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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - Sony Announces Volume 1

Posted by Gord Lacey
From The Acclaimed Writer and Producer Norman Lear Comes... MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN: VOLUME ONE

The Hilarious Soap Opera Spoof, starring Emmy®-Nominees Louise Lasser and Mary Kay Place, with Dabney Coleman and Martin Mull Will Be Available in a 3-Disc Boxed Set


Culver City, Calif. (January 15, 2007) - It's time to get hooked again as the pigtailed, gingham-frocked, American housewife from the small town of Fernwood, Ohio, deals with such hot topics as mass murder, exhibitionism, masturbation, impotence and waxy yellow buildup on her linoleum floors. That can only mean that Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Volume One is making its DVD debut on March 27 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The broadly-exaggerated spoof of soap opera calamity from creator Norman Lear stars Emmy®-nominee Louise Lasser (Take the Money and Run, Bananas), Emmy®-winner Mary Kay Place (The Big Chill, TV's "Big Love"), Dabney Coleman (War Games) and Martin Mull (TV's "Roseanne"). The collection features the first 25 classic episodes of the series in a three disc set and will be priced at $29.95 SRP.

Ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the "100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time" and listed among TV Guide's "Top 50 Cult Shows in Television History," Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman is the classic soap opera to satirize all soap operas. The character of Mary Hartman (Lasser) is totally impressionable and rather slow-witted, living in a world where television commercials are as meaningful as personal experiences. In the classic soap opera tradition, her life is full of one crisis after another - her daughter is held hostage by a mass murderer; her husband is impotent; her father disappears; her grandfather is the infamous "Fernwood Flasher;" and her best friend becomes paralyzed.

In addition to Lasser, the strong cast included Greg Mullavey as Mary's husband, Tom Hartman, an assembly-line worker whose emotional development was arrested during adolescence; Mary Kay Place as Mary's best friend, child-bride Loretta Haggers, an aspiring country-and-western singer; Graham Jarvis as Charlie Haggers, Loretta's older husband and Tom's co-worker; Dody Goodman as Martha Shumway, Mary's addled mother; Philip Bruns as George Shumway, Mary's father; Debralee Scott as Cathy Shumway, Mary's swinging younger sister; Claudia Lamb as Heather Hartman, Mary's sullen daughter; and Victor Kilian as Mary's grandfather, Raymond Larkin, the "Fernwood Flasher.'

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was the brainchild of TV legend Norman Lear (All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons). In spite of his successful track record, the subject matter of this series was considered so controversial that all three major networks refused to air it and it was sold into five-day-a-week, first-run syndication. The show debuted on January 6, 1976, and ran for 325-episodes over two critically-acclaimed seasons, eventually leading to three spin-offs: "Fernwood 2Night" (1977), "Forever Fernwood" (1977-1978), and "America 2Night" (1978).

DVD Special Features Include:

  • Digitally Remastered Audio and Video
  • Full Screen Presentations
  • Audio: English
  • Bonus Previews
  • Closed Captioned

Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Volume One has a run time of approximately 564 minutes and is not rated. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at

DVD Catalog # 11467
UPC Code: 0-43396-11467-8
SLP: $29.95

About Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a division of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. Sony Pictures Entertainment's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in 67 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web

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