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By admin Published: May 20, 2010

Great video news:

Television's most beloved conman and celebrated comedic character, Sergeant Bilko, returns to finagle his way into fans' hearts when the Emmy® award-winning series SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, The First Season makes its debut on DVD July 27 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

More after the jump.

Created by Nat Hiken (Car 54, Where Are You?), SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW won three consecutive Emmy® awards for Best Comedy Series and launched the character of Army Sergeant Ernie Bilko, portrayed by Emmy®-award-winning star Phil Silvers (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), into television history. Fort Baxter sets the scene for the hilarious antics of Sergeant Bilko as he attempts to swindle, bluff and flatter his platoon and fellow comrades in his hilarious attempts to get rich quick. Commanding big laughs, SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW co-stars Allan Melvin (All In The Family), Harvey Lembeck (Beach Party), Paul Ford (The Music Man) and Herbie Faye (The Dick Van Dyke Show).

SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, The First Seasonis a five-disc set featuring all 34 episodes from the premiere season beautifully remastered for optimal picture quality. Available for the suggested retail price of $42.99 US and $47.99 CAN, the set also includes audio commentaries, the original lost audition show, an episode of The Lucy Show featuring Phil Silvers as a guest star and cast commercials.

SERGEANT BILKO: THE PHIL SILVERS SHOW, The First Season five-disc set is presented in full screen with English Mono. The DVD is not rated. The total running time is approximately 14 hours and 42 minutes. The DVD disc breakdown is as follows:

Disc One:

New Recruits (Commentary by Allan Melvin)
The Empty Store
The Horse
The Boxer
Special Feature:
The Lost Audition Show - Rarely seen, live audition show that was never broadcast
Disc Two:

The Hoodlum
Mardi Gras
The Eating Contest
The Centennial
The Singing Contest
The Twitch
Special Features:
Original Network Opening
Original Cast Commercials
Disc Three:

The Reunion
The Rich Kid
The Investigation
Kids In The Trailer
The Revolutionary War
The Transfer
Disc Four:

The Rest Cure
Dinner At Sowici's
Army Memoirs
Miss America
The Court Martial (Commentary by George Kennedy)
Furlough In New York
The Big Uranium Strike
Disc Five:

Bilko and the Beast
The Physical Check-Up
The Recruiting Sergeant
The Con Men
Bilko on Wall Street
Special Feature:
Lucy and the Efficiency Expert - Classic Episode from the fifth season of The Lucy Show where Phil Silvers hilariously guest stars as an efficiency expert who takes over Lucy's office

CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD and Blu-ray businesses for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video. CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD and CBS Blu-ray labels.

Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. PHE is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Paramount Famous Productions, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS and PBS and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment.

Street Date: July 27, 2010
Pricing: $42.99 US / $47.99 CAN
Catalog #: 074414
Runtime: 14 hours 42 minutes
U.S. Rating: NR
CAN Rating: G

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