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Thursday, May 1

DVD Review - I Dream of Jeannie: Seasons 1 & 2



I Dream of Jeannie: Seasons 1 & 2
Starring: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman
Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Retail: $14.98
ASIN: B00I099K4K
Running Time: 25 hours and 48 minutes
Rating: Not Rated

Review:

Arriving on DVD last month from Mill Creek Entertainment is Seasons One and Two of the classic sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, which the seasons can be purchased individually or as a Two Season Combo Pack.

 I Dream of Jeannie aired from 1965 to 1970; producing 139 episodes during its five season run. The series centered on Major Anthony "Tony" Nelson (played by the late Larry Hagman), an astronaut, who stumbles upon a unique bottle when his one-man capsule lands in the South Pacific. He gets a big shock when he opens the bottle and a 2,000-year-old genie, Jeannie (played by Barbara Eden), pops out of it.

In the fairy tales, genies typically gives you three wishes, but that is not the case for Major Nelson, whom is permanently stuck with Jeannie, even though he had wished for her to be free. He returns home in Florida, where he is looking forward to seeing his fiance, a general's daughter. Jeannie is already in love with Major Nelson and is determined to interfere with his relationship. Note: the fiance character was dropped after the pilot.

After the pilot, the series focused on Major Nelson, along with his pal Major Healey, covering up what antics or whatever trouble Jeannie has gotten herself into, in fear that NASA would learn that she is a genie.

The 61 episodes on the six disc set are:
  • Season One - Disc One: 
    • The Lady in the Bottle
    • My Hero?
    • Guess What Happened On The Way To The Moon?
    • Jeannie And The Marriage Caper
    • G.I. Jeannie
    • The Yacht Murder Case
    • Anybody Here Seen Jeannie?
    • The Americanization of Jeannie
    • The Moving Finger
    • Djinn & Water
  • Season One - Disc Two:
    • Whatever Became of Baby Custer?
    • Where'd You Go-Go?
    • Russian Roulette
    • What House Across The Street?
    • Too Many Tonys
    • Get Me To Mecca On Time
    • The Richest Astronaut In The Whole Wide World
    • Is There An Extra Jeannie In the House?
    • Never Try To Outsmart A Genie
    • My Master, The Doctor
  • Season One - Disc Three:
    • Jeannie And The Kidnap Caper
    • How Lucky Can You Get?
    • Watch The Birdie
    • The Permanent House Guest
    • Bigger Than A Bread Box and Better Than a Genie
    • My Master, The Great Rembrandt
    • My Master, The Thief
    • This Is Murder
    • My Master, The Magician
    • I'll Never Forget What's Her Name 
  • Season Two - Disc One:
    • Happy Anniversary
    • Always On Sunday
    • My Master, The Rich Tycoon
    • My Master, The Rainmaker
    • My Wild-Eyed Master
    • What's New, Poodle Dog?
    • Fastest Gun In The East
    • How To Be A Genie In 10 Easy Lessons
    • Who Needs A Green-Eyed Genie?
    • The Girl Who Never Had A Birthday - Part 1
  • Season Two - Disc Two:
    • The Girl Who Never Had A Birthday - Part 2
    • How Do You Beat Superman
    • My Master, Te Great Caruso
    • The Greatest Lover In The World
    • Jeannie Breaks The Bank
    • My Master, The Author
    • The Greatest Invention In The World
    • My Master, The Spy
    • You Can't Arrest Me, I Don't Have A Driver License
    • One Of Our Bottles Is Missing 
  • Season Two - Disc Three:
    • My Poor Master, The Civilian
    • There Goes The Best Genie I Ever Had
    • The Greatest Entertainer In The World
    • My Incredible Shrinking Master
    • My Master, The Pirate
    • A Secretary Is Not A Toy
    • There Goes The Bride
    • My Master, Napoleon's Buddy
    • The Birds And The Bees Bit
    • My Master, The Swinging Bachelor
    • The Mod Party 
I grew up watching reruns of I Dream of Jeannie, which normally aired back-to-back with Bewitched. Nowadays, when a sitcom ends its run, it enters syndication for a few years and eventually disappears from the airwaves altogether. I Dream of Jeannie has been in syndication ever since the series ended. The series has previously been released on DVD, but most of the seasons are out-of-print. Mill Creek Entertainment's six-disc set features ten to eleven episodes per disc. This may seem like one too many episodes crammed on one disc, but the picture quality is decent. Overall, I have enjoyed watching I Dream of Jeannie: Seasons 1 & 2 and I recommend it to others.


*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Billy.
    Earlier this year you advised that the Bewitched Seasons 1 & 2 release by Mill Creek did not have the Screen Gems logo reinstated at the end of the closing credits. Can you please advise if it has been reinstated for this IDOJ Seasons 1 & 2 release from Mill Creek?

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    1. I just checked a few random episodes from season 1 & 2 and the Screen Gem logo is at the end of episodes.

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  2. I bought the Box set of the complete series and it appears as the SCREEN GEMS logo is at the end of most of the episodes

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