The season we've all been waiting for
Loves: The Hawaiian trip
Likes: Vincent Price, High-School Marcia
The Story So Far...
Paramount released Season One of "The Brady Bunch" on DVD in March of 2005, followed by Season Two in July, and Season Three in September. DVDTalk has reviews of the sets: Season One | Season Two | Season Three
The first three episodes of this set feature the show's legendary trip to Hawaii. For the select few who don't have this adventure burned into their brains, Mike Brady has to head to the island state to check out one of his firm's projects, and brings the brood along for vacation. Once there, Bobby finds an idol statue that brings bad luck to Greg during a surfing competition, and lands the boys in deep trouble in some Hawaiian caves. A guest appearance by Vincent Price as a crazy old archeologist puts a proper bow on a great Brady trilogy.
If you don't see Hawaii when you think of the Bradys, you probably hear, "Oh, my nose!" "The Subject Was Noses" is one of the classics, as a two-timing Marcia gets smashed in the face by karma in the form of a badly thrown football. Other than that misfortunate collision, Season Four was a good year for Marcia, who, in her first year in high school began to grow into the young lady that stole many a young boy's heart in the '70s. In one of her more memorable episodes, her own heart was stolen by Dr. Vogler, the hunky dentist in "Love and the Older Man."
Marcia wasn't the only Brady dating, as Greg found himself a popular guy at school. Of course, his dates aren't easy, as he finds himself grounded in the appropriately titled "Greg Gets Grounded" and then, as a judge of the cheerleading tryouts, he has to choose between Marcia and his girlfriend. As the oldest Brady, he also starts thinking about a career and his own bedroom, both of which lead to wacky outcomes.
Of course, as the middle child, Jan isn't dating anyone, having been stricken with an unfortunate pair of glasses and braces. Thankfully, the focus was taken off of her this time around, as only one episode centers on her, "Jan, the Only Child." Having been miserable forever about her status in the family, she finally gets her wish to be on her own. Being Jan, she's not happy then either.
One of the big themes in this series is the idea of power corrupting, and it continues this season, as Bobby becomes a safety monitor. Pushing the concept to the extreme, Bobby gets under everyone's skin, in school and at home. Cindy learns the same lesson when her head gets too big after winning a spot on a game show. Even Alice gets a bit of a jab when the kids turn on her, when she tells their parents about the bad things they've done.
As cheesy as it may be, the episode from this season that stands out more than the rest is "Amateur Night," another Brady Six performance, though the band goes by the name "The Silver Platters." Thanks to another Jan screw-up, the kids need money fast for their parents' anniversary gift, and enter a talent contest. It might be the stunningly bad costumes or the catchy pop songs, "Sunshine Day" and "Keep On," but this is the epitome of what a Brady Bunch episode should be: pure, innocent goofy fun.
The discs feature static, full-frame menus, with the names of all the episodes and a play-all option. There are no subtitles or language options, but the episodes do have closed captioning.
Once again, this season is a 23-episode run. The first three discs has six episodes, with the fourth holding just five. Here's the episode breakdown for each disc:
The audio for the series is a Dolby Digital 2.0 presentation of a mono mix, and it sounds really nice, with clear dialogue, score and sound effects. The music during the Silver Platters' performances is particularly good.
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