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The Complete Fifth and Final Season
Running Time: 628 minutes
Starring: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman
Retail Price: $29.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Mono, Spanish Dolby Mono, Portuguese Dolby Mono, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, Episode Selections, Chapters (4 Chapters per episode)
Released: July 8th, 2008
All 26 episodes of the fifth and final season of "I Dream Of Jeannie" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. There are flaws on the transfers, but these episodes actually look quite good considering they're over 40 years old. Fleshtones look really nice, and color saturation and detail are pretty good. On the downside, episodes are a little grainy, and have dirt specks and blemishes here and there. Noise and some slight edge halos also rear their ugly heads, as well as shimmering. Overall however, these are good transfers - if only all shows from the 1960s looked this good on DVD (and even subsequent decades).
The English Dolby mono tracks are just what you'd probably expect: extremely straightforward and limited. Still, all the sound elements sound clear on the track and are easy to hear: the dialogue, the musical cues (and theme song), the laugh track and sound effects - right down to Jeannie's famous blink. Fidelity is pretty high on the tracks, and they don't sound tinny. I also did not detect any distortion or hissing. All's perfectly fine in this section of Jeannie's DVD bottle.
Also included are mono tracks in Spanish and Portuguese, plus subtitles in those languages.
"I Dream Of Jeannie" is one of the great sitcoms of the 1960s, and certainly one of the most popular series ever to be aired. While the fifth and final season on DVD looks and sounds pretty good, there are no extras to speak of. Fans might wants to complete their collections now, but more casual fans who haven't purchased many (or any) sets yet might want to wait for what I think will be inevtiable: a complete series boxed set. If that ever comes out, I hope it has a bonus disc of supplements. This series cetainly deserves a retrospective.