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The Andy Griffith Show: Christmas Special DVD Review

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“The Andy Griffith Show: Christmas Special” is a fine sample of the classic sitcom.

Even though it’s only September, Paramount is getting an early jump on Christmas themed releases this year with “The Andy Griffith Show: Christmas Special” (due out October 4, 2016). The special, which aired in 2015, is a new colorized presentation of two classic episodes (“Christmas Story” and “The Pickle Story”) edited together.

The first episode (“Christmas Story”) is charming fluff about a grumpy old man (Ben) making a citizen’s arrest of a moonshiner (Sam) which puts a damper on Andy, Barney, Aunt Bee and company’s Christmas party plans. Andy decides to move the party into the jail and lets Sam have Christmas with his own family there as well. We soon learn that Ben (who is a bit of a Scrooge) has a change of heart and may not be the crochety old man we (the viewer) thought he was.

The second episode (“The Pickle Story”) has nothing to do with Christmas and is really a rather random choice to be a part of this special but is the more amusing of the two episodes. Basically, the story involves a problematic situation regarding Aunt Bee’s awful pickles and a pickle contest. The story is typical sitcom material, but Don Knotts absolutely steals the show here with Barney’s rambling and funny one-liners.

While both episodes make for an entertaining time, it’s a strange two episode bundle to be sure. Granted, there was only 1 X-Mas themed episode, but a pickle episode seems like an odd pairing even if it is a good episode. Even more baffling is the disgraceful colorization of it all. Does anyone actually like colorization out there? It’s a pointless gimmick that shouldn’t even exist in this day and age. Luckily, you can play the episodes individually in B&W here.


Presentation: 4:3. How do does it look? Despite the fact that seeing the episodes colorized makes me ill, the transfer is still crystal clear. With that said, I would strongly recommend playing the original B&W versions instead which also boast great transfers.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital Mono. How does it sound? A decidedly crisp track that sounds better than the average Mono track.

The only extras are CBS previews and the option to play “Christmas Story” and “The Pickle Story” individually in color or in their original B&W broadcast form.

September 28, 2016 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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