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  • Actors: Gene Rayburn, Johnny Olson, Bern Bennett, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly
  • Directors: Marc Breslow
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BCI - A Navarre Corporation Company
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000J3EB8K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,502 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Best of Match Game DVD Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Best Moments of Match Game" hosted by Brett Somers
  • A Tribute to Gene Rayburn
  • Exclusive interview with Brett Somers
  • Original 1962 pilot of The Match Game
  • Still gallery

Editorial Reviews

Game show in which 6 guest stars (which change from week to week) are given a humorous phrase with one word missing. The stars write down a word they think would be most appropriate for the missing word and then two contestants try to guess what the stars have chosen. A point is given for each correct match and the one with the most points wins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: TV-PG UPC: 787364750894

Customer Reviews

I grew up watching these originally, so lots of nostalgia.
Bobby Brady
It sure will be great to watch these episodes without those annoying speed-ups and credit crunches that we always see on GSN.
Ashley
It has many of the classic episodes, no credit crunches, and it has the classic ticket plugs and fee plugs.
Greg Palmer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 29, 2006
These days, game shows are making their way onto DVD much more frequently, but not in the actual way some video owners have wanted. More games like Price Is Right, Family Feud and Let's Make A Deal are being made into DVD video games, not as home video. It is difficult for it to be equally mastered. Last year, Jeopardy tried to make it onto DVD video in good fashion. Sadly, it seemed more like it was about contestant Ken Jennings, and his reign as champion rather than the other recognized champions like blind champion Eddie Timanus, or others. Now, another game show classic has tried to make it happen, and this time it really is no blank at all, Match Game.

The Best Of Match Game is a 4 disc DVD reflection of one of the most legendary game shows of the 70's and early 80's. See some of the classics that legendary wild host Gene rayburn, and his band of merry blanking panelists, as they bring out the best in humor from the legendary classic CBS game show. The shows popularity within the past years has been extraordinary in the past few years on Game Show Network, later called GSN. Earlier this year, GSN named Match Game as the greatest game show of all time, according to their countdown of the 50 greatest game shows of all time, outranking longer-running shows like Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune. This DVD collection 30 episodes from this classic show in its 3 formats, the syndicated late 70's edtion, the CBS daytime version, and Match Game's nightime version, Match Game P.M.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nam Howell on November 26, 2006
I never thought I would be so addicted to a TV Game Show until I watched The Match Game. Well, ok, everybody can say that. But I'm not even American.

I've been here for almost 5 years, started watching game shows only like 6 months ago. I liked a lot of shows but only enjoyed The Match Game. This show is just so so hilarious. If u never watched it, give it a try, watch 2 or 3 episodes, I guarantee you will love it. It doesn't matter which episodes you're gonna watch because they're all super!!!

This 4 DVD box set contains 30 episodes, not nessaccery my best episodes but like I said, they are all super!!! My favorite stars are the 3 regular ones: Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Relly and Richard Dawson. And I like the host Gene Rayburn, too. And Betty White, and Fannie Flagg, too. Everybody was just too funny.

There are also the Special Bonus Features which contain:

Best moments of Match Game hosted by Brett Somers

A Tribute to Gene Rayburn

Photo Gallery

Exclusive interview with Brett Somers

AND: The original 1962 Black and White Pilot episode.

I really recommend everybody to buy this 4 DVD box set and enjoy it with families and friends.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on November 5, 2006
I just found out about this set last night and I am just absolutely stunned. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Match Game would make it to DVD. From what I've read at GSN's "Classics" forum, this set is supposed to consist of 30 of the best episodes from 1973 to 1982, and likely will be uncut, meaning that the ticket and fee plugs should also be left in tact! It sure will be great to watch these episodes without those annoying speed-ups and credit crunches that we always see on GSN. Though I'm aware of the Jeopardy DVD which only contains a handful of episodes, one only being a vintage episode (the pilot), I'm hoping that the Match Game set will open the doors and pave the way for many other classic game shows on DVD.

This will definitely be a must-have for any hardcore Match Game, or game shows in general, fan.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James J. Haas on December 20, 2006
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I LOVE this set !! But.......I have had two copies of this Match Game DVD set....and find portions of the discs defective and unreadable on my DVD players...I have four different brands. Check out Disc Four....the 1962 Pilot.....anyone else having problems watching this...?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Twiddles42 VINE VOICE on November 26, 2006
Okay, that is my whine. My one and only whine.

I never expected the day when Match Game would be out on DVD. I am quite overjoyed. The outfits, the smoking, the drinking, the risque (BLANK) questions, the era, all of it. Great stuff! Nice piece of tv history from a more civilized time. :)

But the amount of material from 1978 onward makes up half the set. MG (and Match Game PM) hit their most confident stride in 1975-1977. Not that the latter-day episodes were bad, but there was some toning down and repetition of the questions.

Still, if this set sells well I can't see why another would be released. And with over 1000 episodes taped, they could do this for years...

Few game shows transcend the "Wanna win money" theme. Match Game was always entertaining and about the absurdity of the questions and, more importantly, coming up with clean answers to PG-rated questions. (one can only fathom if a remade were to be made today; the censors would probably allow anything requiring a bleep to be said unbleeped. The comedy isn't in being overtly lewd. It's about being cute and poking innocent fun at folks who want to censor pretty much anything. And that's what Match Game is; poking fun at overzealous censors. Not being crude for the sake of being funny; this isn't about laughing at people passing gas.)

The extras were a TERRIFIC touch as well. it's great to listen to Brett Somers reminiscing. Her input, along with the other extras (Gene Rayburn's tribute, et al) are alone worthy of the price.

The restoration of these episodes is very good. The sound is crisp and clear. The video looks very clean as well.
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DEFECTIVE PRESSINGS-Disc 4
I had ordered the Match Game from Amazon - watched the first 3 disks (which I enjoyed) - the fourth disk was most certainly defective - couldn't watch any of the episodes - the b&w pilot - Brett's comments, gallery - you name it. I was extremely disappointed - called Amazon and received another... Read More
Dec 23, 2006 by Classic Film Fan |  See all 17 posts
No Richard on the Cover ?
The pics on the cover are from later in the run, after Dawson had left the show.
Oct 15, 2006 by Chuck Donegan |  See all 5 posts
"The Best Of 'Match Game', Vol.2" (?)
Considering this is already 3/4 past 2007, I think 2006 is not likely. However, there has been confirmation on volume 2, it's been a big discussion on the GSN Bulletin Board for some time now. However, the "intelligence" behind this set came on and said he is working on 2 Family Feud...
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