The most notable aspect of the evergreen series’ sixth season was the replacement of LarryLinville’s Frank Burns with David Ogden Stiers’ Winchester. The transition happens over thecourse of a double-length season opener, with Burns’ misadventures and ultimate reassignmenthappening off-screen, while Winchester arrives to be, so the poor sap thinks, a temporaryreplacement. Still plenty of strong writing, and jabs of deadly seriousness permeating through thecomedy.
The mono sound is clean, with virtually no buzz (except when voices are raised particularlyhigh). One can wish for a stereo remix (this is a series where immersing us in the sounds of warwould add to the experience), but the option of playing the episodes without a laugh track is anice touch.
The picture isn’t perfect — some of the shots are very grainy, and there is some speckling.These flaws somehow add to, rather than detract from, the grittiness of the atmosphere. Theoccasional softness is less welcome. The colours are decent, most of the time image is quitesharp, and the blacks are solid.
None, except for the option of turning off the laugh track. Exactly how does this packagethen qualify as a “Collector’s Edition”?
Basic set, good show. Some kind of a stab at some extras would be nice, though.
Special Features List
- Optional Laugh Track