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Family Affair: Season One DVD

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Run Time: 750 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Includes:
    Family Affair: Behind the Scenes with Kathy Garver

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Don Fedderson's hit series Family Affair, which ran for five years on CBS, has arrived on DVD from MPI in a handsome five-disc set covering the program's complete first season. The 30 episodes all look to be in fine shape, their color intact and bright and filled with rich detail, right down to the texture of the clothes worn by the actors, and a healthy volume level on the audio. Each disc opens automatically to a main menu recreating the kaleidoscope design of the show's opening credits, and offering an easy-to-use selection of commands, with the "play all" option in the default position. Disc five contains the set's one bonus feature, a delightful 20-minute featurette on the development of the series and its history, hosted by co-star Kathy Garver, who relates stories about the way the roles were cast (she got her part as the teenaged daughter when the actress originally chosen gained ten pounds while vacationing for the summer), and the way they worked and related to each other. It turns out that Brian Keith's and Sebastian Cabot's real-life demeanors and approaches to acting were reflected in their roles; Keith was the freewheeling man's man with a devil-may-care attitude, while Cabot was the meticulous preparer. One has to admire the care that has been taken with this set and the transfers (full-screen, 1.33:1), and the overall production. The programs look great and the documentary is fun as far as it goes. Curiously, we hear a bit more about the background of Johnny Whitaker than any of the other cast members, including Garver herself (whose movie career went back to The Ten Commandments a decade before the series). One can hope, though, that this material is being saved up for a supplement on one of the volumes devoted to another season of the show.
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