'F Troop - The Complete First Season'
(Ken Berry, Forrest Tucker, et al / 6-Disc DVD / NR / (1955) 2006 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Becoming a hero by accidentally leading a cavalry charge the wrong way, Lieutenant Wilton Parmenter is given command of Fort Courage. The Fort's crafty Sgt. O'Rourke has a deal with the local Hekawi Indians to market their wares to the tourists. They must sometimes pretend to be enemies (and the Shugs really are enemies). Jane is out to marry the innocent Parmenter.
DVD Verdict: I first learnt about F-troop back when they showed it on Nick at Nite and Nickelodeon, and loved it then. Watching it now that I'm a littler older (27), I like it even more. It is full of goofy comedy and lots of running gags that keep getting better the longer the show goes on. I could go on writing a paper about why I love F-troop, but my comment is more about the DVD set itself. The only reason I am not brilliantly happy at this release is that it each disc is pretty much "Play All" and "Chapter Index" and that's it. I'm not an expert but to my eyes the transfer looks really good and is definately the clearest I've seen F-troop. Its the only way you'll get to see every episode (assuming season 2 is released eventually), but some commentaries or anything along those lines would have been nice, many of the major actors are still around and probably available for such things. In conclusion, F-Troop contains of slaptick bits and jokes that are great in small doses. If you watch several episodes at one time you will be struck with the repetition of some of the gags. I liked the casting and thought they could do so much more with more material. The cannon gag is in just about every show. Tag lines are used over and over again. My verdict is OK in small doses. Too bad a talented cast was wasted. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of just all 34 first episodes on six discs.