back in December of last year that I pasted a notice about the first season of Mayberry R.F.D. making its DVD debut in April 2014. The collection is now out, and my boss at ClassicFlix was extremely generous enough to send me a freebie set as a belated Christmas gift. (Some of you may not see it that way, of course; The Classic TV History Blog's Stephen Bowie, inarguably the finest of the television bloggers, tweeted me to say "That's called reaping what you sow.") The first season aggregation contains all twenty-six episodes, all of which were discussed at one time in our TDOY feature Mayberry Mondays.
I opened the set this morning to satisfy my curiosity as to whether the episodes were uncut…and they most certainly are; for example, when I originally covered “The Copy Machine” I noticed the (always reliable) IMDb mentioned that actor George Cisar, who played Mayberry’s resident capitalist swine banker Cyrus Tankersley both on R.F.D. and the earlier Andy Griffith Show, was in this episode even though my copy (obtained via my friendly neighborhood bootlegger) did not reveal this to be the case, I speculated that Cyrus’ scene might have been sacrificed to the snipping-for-syndication; I further guessed that there might have been a scene where Cyrus had approached Mike the Idiot Boy (Buddy Foster) and his pal Harold (Richard “Fishface” Steele) about making some copies.
I’m sure there is “bonus material” in all of the uncut first season episodes and if I still had my bootleg copies I’d compare them both and add an addendum to the past write-ups. (I donated my bootlegs to an author friend who is currently working on a book about the show—he said he’d send me a free copy when it’s finished.)
The video quality on these DVD episodes compared to the bootlegs is the difference between night and day. Compare:
|First season Millie (Arlene Golonka)...my true love.|
|Howard Sprague (Jack Dodson)...hipster.|
|Tell 'em Goober says 'Hey'!|