New Release: Leave It To Beaver Complete Series DVD

TV scene of Leave It To BeaverShout! Factory, which specializes in older TV shows (the supplier is bringing out the late-1960s/1970s show Marcus Welby M.D. next week) delivered Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series in a 37-disc set on June 29, 2010. Just DVD, not Blu-ray, but do we really need the Beaver in high-definition?

The long-running 1950s television series follows the comedic trials and tribulations of the Cleaver family and stars Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow and Jerry Mathers as June, Ward, Wally and Beaver Cleaver, respectively.

All 234 episodes of the show’s six seasons (1957-’63) were restored and remastered for the release.

Leave It To Beaver: The Complete Series DVD boxThe discs offer these special features:

  • pilot episode “It’s A Small World”
  • “Forever the Beaver: The Cleavers Look Back,” with cast members Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow and Barbara Billingsley, as well as renowned collector and co-creator of The New Leave It To Beaver Brian Levant, reflecting on the sitcom.
  • “Ken Osmond and Frank Bank Remember,” featurette in which cast members Ken Osmond and Frank Bank reminisce
  • “The Drum Major of the Toy Parade,” conversation with theme song composer Dave Kahn
  • six episodes of Shokus Radio’s Stu’s Show featuring members of the Leave It To Beaver cast
  • special film for the U.S. Treasury featuring the Cleavers
  • original network promos

Plus, the box set, priced at $199.99, contain an exclusive replica of the original “Leave It To Beaver Money Maker Board Game” and a commemorative booklet.

The first two seasons of the TV show were released on DVD a few years ago, but a separate six-DVD set of Leave It To Beaver: Season Three was issued on June 15, 2010.

The season three set includes an audio interview with Jerry Mathers and Frank Bank from Shokus Internet Radio’s Stu’s Show.

 

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.