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The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show: Complete Series (2008)

Bill Hudson , Brett Hudson , n , a  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Hudson, Brett Hudson, Mark Hudson
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Video Service Corp
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 355 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00171PAS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Hey Margolis! For the first time on any format comes sixteen zany half hours of family programming from the 70's. It's the Hudson Brothers - Brett, Mark and Bill, shticking and singing through a full season along with series irregulars Ted Ziegler, Billy Van, Murray Langston, and Rod Hull and his Emu. Includes The Best Sketches from the Hudson Brothers Show and The Best of Chucky Margolis.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Mini And Full Review June 19, 2008
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I say mini review because I've only wached the first disc in this set.

Well...where do I begin? This show is...well...very 70s and very silly. I know it was a kids show and I do remember watching this occasionally when I was a kid. However, to be perfectly honest, the show is better in hindsight. Unlike other kids shows, there really isn't much here for adults to enjoy. Any kid over the age of 12 would probably find this to be very boring.

Don't get me wrong. The show (at least what I've seen of it so far) does have its moments. Rod Hull and his Emu are quite funny at times. The Hudson Brothers are certainly fun to see again, but the main problem I have with the show is that it doesn't vary from the formula. At least not much. Every episode is practically the same as the one before it. Which doesn't make for marathon viewing all that enjoyable.

The picture quality is pretty good for a 30 year old 70s kids show. There doesn't appear to be any color bleeding. And speaking of the color...good lord the colors on this show are loud. This show makes those Krofft shows like HR Pufnstuf and The Bugaloos look dull in comparison. I mean, honestly. Really bright, eye popping color (think Brady Bunch Variety Hour and you'll get a pretty good idea of the color scheme used on this show). You almost need to wear sunglasses while watching this. Or ear plugs because the colors are so loud. Which is one of the things that I'm really enjoying about this show. Visually it is certainly not dull. The only issues I noticed with the video were the animated segments just before and just after the commercial breaks. These were a bit on the grainy side and there is quite a bit of visible dirt on the prints.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hudsons Dazzle at Last! June 20, 2008
I was hoping someone would get around to releasing this series - at last, they have. Saturday mornings during the 1974-75 tv season were spent with the Hudson Brothers. Viewing the series today, I STILL laugh at the catchphrases from the show ("No thanks, we're trying to cut down. Frrm!" to Freddy, the kid tv exec). Like The Flintstones, the Jetsons, or Bullwinkle, this was a show aimed at the younger set but was filled with humor that older folks could appreciate as well. Top it off with great power-pop music by the Hudson Brothers (many of which were recorded specifically for the show and did NOT appear on their records) and this is one great set! The bonus is terrific: several of the funniest sketches from the Hudsons original summer replacement Wednesday night series. (I HOPE they get around to releasing THAT complete set...it may have been only four or five weeks long...but it has a few tunes I have never heard since then that I have been searching for SINCE 1974!).

To answer reviewer Brian's question: the girl cast member is Avril Chown (a junior high crush for me!), a talented, energetic gal who did a lot of stage work before joing the Hudsons gang of merry makers.

So go ahead - make the buy - if you've never been exposed to the Hudson Brothers music or comedy, it will be a great treat (think the zaniness of the Marx Brothers crossed with the musical sensibilities of early Beatles). If you watched it then...it'll be a blast of nostalgia that holds up well today.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's great to see the Hudson Brothers again! July 3, 2008
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As a kid, I waited eagerly each week to see the next installment of The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show on Saturday morning. Then, after the short run of 16 episodes were shown and repeated perhaps once or twice, the show left the airwaves and left me high and dry. For more than three decades, it seemed as if virtually all memory of this show had vanished. The Hudson Brothers themselves also rapidly faded from the scene. Thus, it was indeed a delightful surprise to see these shows resurface again in any form.

When I put in the first DVD, I was quite worried that the quality of the video and audio might be abysmal, but was pleased to find them amazingly well preserved. As was noted in another review, there is one episode in particular that exhibits a few video faults early into the program, but these clear up relatively quickly. There are also some odd edits or issues in the final two or three episodes that make one wonder if something might be missing from them. My suspicion is that perhaps the network was just getting a bit slapdash in how these were assembled toward the end of the show's run.

I disagree with the comment in another review that there really isn't much here for adults to enjoy. The issue is just that such a show as this must be approached with the right perspective to enjoy it.

First of all, the DVD set presents us essentially with an artifact of 1970s kid's programming. We are given the show just as it was. Either the viewer will find this entertaining to witness again (as I certainly do) or may not be all that captivated.

Secondly, this is variety-show entertainment from a different era.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'M RAZZLE DAZZLED January 28, 2009
By Lauree
TO SAY THAT EVERY HUDSON BROTHER FAN HAS WAITED YEARS FOR THIS COMPILATION, WOULD TRULY BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT. STRIP AWAY ALL THE COLORFUL SETS, THE SLAP-STICK GAGS, THE BRIGHTLY COLORED SWEATERS, AND WHAT WAS LEFT WERE THREE GENUINELY TALENTED MUSICIANS...THREE OF THE NICEST, MOST GORGEOUS GENTLEMEN I HAD EVER MET. IF YOU EVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THEM IN CONCERT, YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND. BUT, BACK TO THE SHOW. FOR ME, THESE EPISODES BRING BACK WONDERFUL MEMORIES, MUSIC, I STILL REMEMBER THE WORDS TO, AND CHUCKY MARGOLIS, WHOM I NEVER TIRED OF SEEING. THOUGH THE MATERIAL MAY SEEM DATED NOW...BACK IN 1974, THERE WAS NOTHING I LOOKED FORWARD TO MORE, THEN SPENDING SATURDAY MORNINGS WITH BILL, MARK, AND BRETT. THEY ARE TRULY A WELCOME ADDITION TO MY OTHER TELEVISION COLLECTIONS. I REALLY LOVED THESE GUYS, AND THEY WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART. THEY BROUGHT ME LAUGHTER, MUSIC THAT WAS FUN AND CATCHY, AND GOOD TIMES I WILL NEVER FORGET.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fine item, fine service, fine seller! Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Guilan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Nonsense
This is great nonsense from the 70s which is cool to reminise. Trying to help my family understand what I grew up with and why I am so wierd now.
Published 3 months ago by Scott
4.0 out of 5 stars Fond Memories
Nothing high-brow here, just slapstick and 70's rock. Almost as good as their prime time variety show. Nice bonus features too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DalGoda
4.0 out of 5 stars HEY MARGOLIS!
Loved the Chucky Margolis ( how Brett always made Bill loose his composure). Best 70 's Saturday happy childhood memories!
Published 6 months ago by Cheryl Rigelwood
3.0 out of 5 stars OH BROTHER!
THE HUDSON BROTHERS RAZZLE DAZZLE SHOW: In the "anything goes" decade that was the seventies, THE HUDSON BROTHERS... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great show
A fantastic underrated show from the 70's. These guys also deserved a longer show & to be appreciated, it was truly one of the best show & still holds up.
Published 8 months ago by Brent Clark Rogers
4.0 out of 5 stars I Remembered at Least 80% of the Sketches!
I loved the Hudson Brothers' night time show, but this is their Saturday morning program. I didn't realize that until I began watching it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Thomas E. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back Childhood Memories!
When this show came out, I was under age 5, and I loved it. Watching it now brought back memories.
Published 11 months ago by A Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
Alot of my generation does not remember this children's TV show when I talk to them about it. It is nice to be able to show them and watch the "AHAA! Read more
Published 14 months ago by MIBALLZITCH
4.0 out of 5 stars Chucky Margolis RULES!!!
The only reason I bought this set of Hudson Brothers shows is for the Chucky Margolis skits. I used to laugh so hard I'd almost pass out. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lee Scott
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Hoping for the nighttime variety show to be released
Now THAT's a petition I would sign!!! There weren't that many of them but they were FAR more entertaining than some of these "kidded-down" episodes. Perhaps if THIS set is successful, somebody will be wise enough to investigate the availability of the prime-time shows!
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