The Donny and Marie 1978 Christmas Show
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The show resembles a set of their winter cottege in the mountains of Ogden, Utah. There are sketches where the brothers happilly sing even when they try to make Christmas meals, but things go apart very silly. Another sketch features Donny and Marie singing on stage at their own home-bulit stage studios in Utah with a live audience, and Santa too, of course. You just can't find these rare specials on TV nowadays, not even on the TV Land cable channel. The magic of DVD's, like this one, are the ones to find if you love 1970's nostalgia.
For anyone who loves the Osmonds this DVD is a keeper and done very well!! I have watched it over and over again and it isn't even December yet!! Thank you for bringing it out!!!!!
L.M.T. from Lakewood, Colorado
This is Donny & Marie's third Christmas special. This is not the one that features the outdoor concert, that's 1977.
It's almost wall to wall music. There are no non-musical comedy segments, no guest stars, and a minimum of talking, impressive. Sadly it does not feature any live performance.
Only one segment falls a little flat - the rooftop segment. The dancing and production is good, but the song isn't very good. Marie over acts in a style of performance that's really gone out of style now. As Donny relates in some interviews, he had to unlearn much of his performing style since it now seems passé. The constant smiling and overt playing to the audience. It's interesting to see Marie performing this way and inasmuch as it seems old fashioned that gives you some insight into your own evolution of taste.
The final two songs are sensational. An arrangement of "Silent Night" set against another tune and a final climax number with the entire family. Several other songs in the show are great.
Donny & wife Debbie sing "Three Times a Lady" to each other to very good results. Debbie sings in a slight Osmond style and way better than I expected, actually very good. Donny is electrifying in this piece and the saccharine level may move you, it did me.
The Osmond brothers appear throughout but do not get prominently featured. Jimmy gets a solo song and featured in a few other segments, he comes off well.
The concert segment is a relative disappointment, it isn't as ambitious as other concert productions from Donny & Marie had been. It doesn't feature any live performance at all and does not feature any instrumental sections. It's not that long.Read more ›
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