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Sanford & Son: First Season
     

Sanford & Son: First Season

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Fans of the classic TV series Sanford & Son starring Red Foxx will be happy to see the first season on 2 DVDs in Sanford & Son: The First Season. Each of these 13 episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full frame and sport some inherent imperfections such as grain, dirt and a softness in the image. While the transfers may not be perfect, overall each episode

Overview

Fans of the classic TV series Sanford & Son starring Red Foxx will be happy to see the first season on 2 DVDs in Sanford & Son: The First Season. Each of these 13 episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full frame and sport some inherent imperfections such as grain, dirt and a softness in the image. While the transfers may not be perfect, overall each episode features solid colors and well defined black levels. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in English and appears to be clean, if somewhat bland. The range of each mix is focused only in the front speakers and sound flat and fairly dull. However, due to the age of the series this can be overlooked since each mix is generally clear of any hiss or major distortion. Also included on these discs are English and Spanish subtitles. Sadly, junkyard fans will be sorely disappointed to see not a single extra feature available on this set.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jeffrey Iorio
For producer Norman Lear, 1971's groundbreaking All in the Family was a tough act to follow. But sometimes when you're hot, you're en fuego, as Lear's Sanford and Son proved one year later in January 1972. Like All in the Family, a comedic vehicle addressing controversial social issues, Sanford and Son remade Britain’s Steptoe and Son, focusing on a father-and-son duo selling junk in Watts, Los Angeles. Funnyman Redd Foxx shines in virtually every episode as the inimitable Fred Sanford -- whether he’s calling his son Lamont (Demond Wilson) a "big dummy" or locking horns with his holy-rolling, acerbic-tongued sister-in-law Esther (LaWanda Page). Sanford has been called an African-American version of Archie Bunker, and in many ways they’re kindred spirits, both bubbling over with racist and sexist pronouncements but somehow coming across as endearing lugs just the same. Sanford and Son (which NBC carried for five seasons) was the first in a line of successful African-American comedies for Lear, who later developed Good Times and The Jeffersons. This handsome two-disc set collects the 14 first-season episodes and is a must-have for fans of television’s favorite (if only by default) family of junk sellers.
  • "Crossed Swords" -- Lamont takes a porcelain figurine to an auction house and builds the price to $1,500 before Fred outbids everyone and later ends up breaking the piece.
  • "Happy Birthday, Pop" -- Lamont takes Fred out for his 65th birthday but, after a night on the town during which Fred complains about everything, leaves him in the rain with $5.
  • "Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride" -- Lamont's fiancée leaves him at the altar, but her family decides to reclaim their presents anyway. Lamont eventually takes off for his honeymoon vacation with Fred.
  • "The Copper Caper" -- Lamont buys a bundle of copper, even though Fred urges him not to. It turns out that it had been stolen from Fred's neighborly friend Goldstein -- and the Sanfords are the copper thief’s next target.
  • "A Matter of Life and Breath" -- After Lamont and Fred take advantage of the free test offered by a Breathmoblie, Fred becomes convinced that he has tuberculosis.
  • "We Were Robbed" -- Fred breaks Lamont’s porcelain, then covers his clumsiness by proclaiming a robbery and turns into a boastful hero cited for bravery.
  • "A Pad for Lamont" -- After Fred continually interrupts Lamont’s dates, he moves out to pursue the life of a swinging bachelor.
  • "The Great Sanford Siege" -- When the Sanfords are late on their bills, it takes a great acting job from Fred to prevent the collection agency from repossessing their property.
  • "Coffins for Sale" -- Lamont buys two coffins at an auction, sparking Fred’s superstitious side.
  • "The Barracuda" -- Fred’s proposal of marriage to the widow Donna Harris prompts Lamont’s objections.
  • "TV or Not TV" -- Fred wants a color television and Lamont wants a car, but they can't afford both. Lamont gets the car, but Fred ends up in the hospital with amnesia.
  • "The Suitcase Case" -- When Lamont finds a suitcase full of money, he and Fred get a surprise visit from the disgruntled crook, setting the stage for a dramatic rescue by officers Smitty and Swanny.
  • "The Return of the Barracuda" -- Fred and Donna reconcile their differences and are once again planning to wed.
  • "The Piano Movers" -- A great deal on a grand piano finds Lamont and Fred lodged in the apartment of a wealthy eccentric.
  • Product Details

    Release Date:
    08/06/2002
    UPC:
    0043396094277
    Rating:
    NR
    Source:
    Sony Pictures
    Region Code:
    1
    Time:
    6:04:00
    Sales rank:
    13,076

    Special Features

    Closed Caption; English audio; English & Spanish subtitles; Episode selections; Interactive menus

    Cast & Crew

    Scene Index

    Side #1 -- Disc 1
    1. Crossed Swords [26:01]
    1. Happy Birthday, Pop [26:01]
    1. Here Comes the Bride, There Goes the Bride [25:53]
    1. The Copper Caper [25:59]
    1. A Matter of Life and Breath [25:57]
    1. We Were Robbed [26:01]
    1. A Pad for Lamont [25:57]
    Side #1 -- Disc 2
    1. The Great Sanford Siege [25:43]
    1. Coffins for Sale [25:54]
    1. The Barracuda [25:56]
    1. TV or Not TV [25:54]
    1. The Suitcase Case [25:55]
    1. Return of the Barracuda [25:59]
    1. The Piano Movers [26:01]

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    Sanford & Son: First Season 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    Classic Fred - a must have for those nights without options on the tube and you need a laugh. Works everytime!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I was skeptical about buying this series. I used to watch it back in the 70s but didn't care too much for it. Now I can't get enough! I'm constantly laughing! I can't wait til to get the 4th and hopefully the 5th season.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I love Sanford & Son. I have been a fan since I was a kid in the seventies. I love the funny antics that is delivered in the show. Redd Foxx is canning and Demond Wilson brings his own. I told my wife that I want to grow my mustache like Lemont. This set brings classic to life on DVD. I love It! I don't think I have ever seen this show so clear.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    I have loved Sanford and Son for years. I was delighted when I saw the 1st season for sale in Barnes and Noble. Right then I knew I had to have it!!! My family and I have had a great time laughing at the amusing Redd Foxx. Can't wait for the 2nd-5th series on DVD!!!!!!