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M.A.S.H. - Complete Series 1-11 - The Martinis and Medicine Collection DVD

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This M*A*S*H-tastic 36-disc collection is one for the television time capsule. It contains all 11 seasons of this multi-Emmy Award-winning series. Adapted for television by legendary comedy writer Larry Gelbart, the series has long since supplanted Robert Altman's film in the public's consciousness. Life and death at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War doesn't seem like ripe fodder for a comedy series, but M*A*S*H masterfully balanced laughter and tears (less so in its later, more preachy seasons). It often does play better without a laugh track (a viewing option for all episodes). During its run, M*A*S*H survived several delicate operations, including the departure of Gelbart after season 4 and the loss of core ensemble members McLean Stevenson as Col. Henry Blake and Wayne Rogers as Trapper John (after season 3), Larry Linville as Frank Burns (after season 5) and Gary Burghoff (a veteran of the original film) as Radar (after season 8). The show thrived with the introduction of some new blood, Henry Morgan as "regular Army" Col. Potter and Mike Farrell as compassionate BJ (season 4) and David Ogden Stiers as elitist Charles Emerson Winchester III (season 6). M*A*S*H was honored with the prestigious Peabody Award "for the depth of its humour and the manner in which comedy is used to lift the spirit and, as well, to offer a profound statement on the nature of war." This was a sitcom that did not always leave you laughing, as witness the classic season 3 episode "Abyssinia, Henry." And throughout its run, M*A*S*H broke the sitcom mould with several episodes, including "The Interview" (season 4), in which Clete Roberts interviews the staff of the 4077th, "Point of View" (season 7), subjectively seen through the eyes of a wounded soldier and "Life Time" (season 8), which unfolds in real time. M*A*S*H boasted one of television's greatest ensembles, fully embodied characters who each became icons, most notably Alan Alda, who served with distinction as Hawkeye, the series' soul and conscience. But a special salute to Loretta Switt, whose Margaret Houlihan went from "Hot Lips" to nobody's pushover. From the "Pilot" to the feature-length finale, "Goodbye, Farewell & Amen," still the most-watched episode in history, this essential (but not so much if you bought the individual season sets) collection honours one of television's greatest half-hours. --Donald Liebenson

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Available in a complete box set all eleven seasons of this classic comedy are presented in a stunning specially designed Medicine and Martinis First Aid Kit box set As well as over 260 episodes this highly collectable edition contains special features to pay tribute to this critically acclaimed comedy legend plus a special collectable booklet containing photos and an invaluable guide to the series

The complete series 1-11 of MASH. In the Korean War, they were a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit stationed three miles from the front where bloody fighting meant that incoming helicopters full of wounded brought the horrors of war to them daily. The Army surgeons and nurses were highly skilled and deeply dedicated, but the 4077th adopted a hilarious, lunatic lifestyle as an antidote to the tragedies of their Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, and in the process infuriated Army bureaucrats. The Swamp occupants Hawkeye (Alan Alda) and Trapper (Wayne Rogers) constantly frustrated Hot Lips (Loretta Swit) and Major Frank Burns (Larry Linville) whilst Lt. Col. Henry Blake (McLean Stevenson) tried to keep the peace along with his aide Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly (Gary Burghoff), and Father Mulcahy (William Christopher) tried to keep the faith as Cpl. Maxwell 'Max' Q. Klinger (Jamie Farr) tried to get out of the Army. Includes over 260 episodes.

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