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Biography - The Osmonds: Pure and Simple (2005)

Donny Osmond , Marie Osmond  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond
  • Format: Closed-captioned, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AABKWC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Profile of the singing brothers who burst upon the pop scene in the seventies on the "Andy Williams Show", and went on to sell more than 80 million records and break countless hearts. Includes interviews with Alan, Donny, George, Jay, Jimmy, Merrill, Olive, Wayne, and Marie Osmond.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great capsule of the entire Osmond family's career February 3, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This video, produced for the Arts & Entertainment Network's "Biography" series, is a nice overview of the entire Osmond family's musical career. Narrated in the traditional style of other "Biography" broadcasts, the video features many photographs, interviews and rare film and video clips of the entire Osmond family growing up in show business from 1960 to 1999. Aside from interviews from all family members, the show is interspersed with viewpoints from Andy Williams, Mike Curb (who produced much of their recorded material) and an editor from Rolling Stone (who admitted he purchased a 45 of "One Bad Apple" when it was released, much to the possible consternation of his fellow editors!). Although all of the video clips are enjoyable, there aren't as many as an avid Osmond fan might want. I would have liked to have seen more segments from the Andy Williams Show and a clip from their great performance of "Yo-Yo" from Flip Wilson's variety show. Understandably, it IS tough to highlight forty years of entertaining in a one hour program. The major theme of the entire program for the viewer is that of the remarkable binds that the Osmond family possess. Each Osmond brother (and Marie) relate the support that they received from each other. Even though their popularity has ridden the standard show business wave, every member of the family was involved in each other's undertakings and incredibly supportive. The family has held to their strong moral beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints within an industry that, obviously, is skeptical of Christian thought and practice. They all believe that their faith and family unity kept them away from the temptations that show business offers. Aside from some great music and undeniable talents exhibited over a long period of time, I came away with a greater appreciation and repect for the entire family because of this video.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Overview January 3, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
The Osmonds-Pure and Simple is very good for people who want to know more about the Osmonds. The 50 minuit story about the Osmonds covered about 60 years. From the marriage of the Osmond parents-George and Olive-to the birth of their sons and the early career of them to the Andy Williams. It goes into some detail about what went on during the 1970's when they hit it big with things like One Bad Apple and Crazy Horses. It gives some interesting storys about that time such as Donny had to stand on a grate so he could reach the mike while singing One Bad Apple.
The show also goes into what happened to each of them after the first Donny and Marie show got cancelled in 1979. They talk mostly about Donny and Marie, though. They spend some time talking about the new Donny and Marie show and they show a humorous clip when Donny is talking about remodling a tub and Marie quips "You take baths?" Donny who has a hammer in his hand says"Don't make me use this."
All in all it is a pretty good 50 minuits spent.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars osmonds March 8, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Osmond's. Are a very talented family. The Osmond's "pure and simple" is a great look at this famous family. Gives a lot of insight into the lives of each Osmond. They have had 47 gold and platinum records and have sold more than a hundred million records. Very entertaining biography. I would also recommend the Osmond's live in concert!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without Compromise! July 23, 2008
By Roni
Format:DVD
I have been an avid fan of the Osmonds for decades and yet this Biography of the Osmonds provided great insight into the lives of the Osmonds on both personal and professional view points, and as a family.

Through this biography you get to watch performances of the Osmonds through the many, many years that they have been in the show business from the beginning till the time this biography covers.

Each Osmond is interviewed and you get to learn little bits of information about them and their lives, fears, dreams, etc.

For example, Jay who used to look at the camera a lot is actually in reality afraid of being in front of the camera. For him, the thought of being featured in a biography meant being once again casted in the spotlight and once again, in front of the camera and that scared him.

You get to realise just how proud the Osmonds are of each other as a family member and as a professional artist. How glad they are that they have been able to stay in the music business as a family through all these years and how for them it doesn't matter who is in the spotlight as long as it's an Osmond.

Get this DVD and journey with this wonderful family through their years of being in the show busincess and learn how their faith and love for each other kept them true to each other and to themselves - without compromise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and interesting September 19, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Osmonds are an interesting and talented family. What showmanship and they are great singers and it's fun to see them play instruments. I have the "Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows", and you HAVE to get this one too. The Osmonds are amazing in this and really lifts the show up. Please also get the Best of the Donny and Marie Shows. Our kids LOVE it and so does my husband and I. THEN, please get the Donny and Marie Christmas show. What a wonderful family Christmas show. All of the Osmond brothers, (even Virl and Tom), are singing-dancing-and playing instruments! Entertaining and innocent and FUN! Sometimes I'm tired of people thinking/saying that older shows are hokey. These shows blow away our recent shows. Why do we have to use sex to try to make it a good show or to attract an audience? Why can't it just be a good show because it's a good show with out the sex. The Osmonds are a good example and you can see they have fun with each other and enjoy working with one another, how encouraging! Get this one!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great video biography of how the osmonds got started.
Published 28 days ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This DVD was something I wanted for my own after watching a rental.
Published 1 month ago by Jessica L. Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Biography:Osmonds Pure and Simple
I love the Osmonds and they are growing up and disappearing.
I want to keep these memories alive for both myself and my children and grandchildren
Published 10 months ago by Margaret Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good DVD for an Osmond fan
No problems at all with this DVD. If an Osmond fan you will love this. The item was in very good condition and I have nothing bad to say about this product. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Patrice Geczi
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A must have for all the Osmond fans out there. The story is well told and worth having. Keep/share and make sure you get it back!
Published 16 months ago by Melinda Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Family
This a great dvd to have about one of America's successful families. If you collect Osmond memorabilia, then you will enjoy this.
Published 18 months ago by S.C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Biography Documentary!
As expected from Biology, a great documentary on The Osmond Brood! Crazy Horses!!! Traffic In My Mind!!! The Osmonds were rockers!
Published 19 months ago by Kevin Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah!
Gotta love the memories this DVD brings back. I loved them in the 70's, I love them now. Great buy!
Published 19 months ago by Trubrit
5.0 out of 5 stars Osmonds Bio
Bought for my mother. She has enjoyed it as well as the other gifts she received involving the Osmond family.
Published 21 months ago by Gwynne
5.0 out of 5 stars THE OSMONDS BIOGRAPHY
IF YOUR A GREAT OSMONDS FAN LIKE I AM YOU'LL ENJOY THIS DVD. SHOWS THE STRONG FAMILY VALUES THEY LIVE BY AND HOW THEY ROSE TO FAME.
Published 23 months ago by JOANNA
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