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Editorial Reviews

It’s about time somebody put together a fabulous five-DVD pack that brings you the best of The Jack Benny Show, with Jack and his merry troupe, including Mary Livingston, Don Wilson, and of course, Rochester – plus great guest stars!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jack Benny
  • 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: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PASSPORT
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 261 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TSJ07C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,488 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jack Benny Collection" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

The picture and sound quality was shameful.
Amazon Customer
The other thing to note is that this is not really a 5 disc set.
Christopher Michelsen
Yet each disc contains barely an hour of material.
AfroAmericanHeritage

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118 of 121 people found the following review helpful By woolrich2 on March 2, 2004
Format: DVD
For reference, here's a breakdown of the contents of this set:
Disk 1: THE MEDICINE MAN (1930; film)
Disk 2: THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1/1954): w./ Liberace
THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (3/1954): "Goldie, Fields, and Glide" (Bing Crosby, George Burns, & Bob Hope guest)
Disk 3: THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2/1958): "Jack at the Races"
THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (4/1959): w./ Ed Sullivan & "Genevieve"
Disk 4: THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12/1957): "The Christmas Shopping Show"
THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1/1961): "New Year's Eve"
Disk 5: THE JACK BENNY HOUR (11/1959): w./ Danny Thomas, Raymond Burr, and the McGuire Sisters
As a long-time Jack Benny fan (who first discovered him during the 1980's in reruns on cable), I really found this to be a mixed set: sweets and bitters. There are some true Benny classics mixed in, especially on disk 4, which may have the funniest Benny TV program ever--"The Christmas Shopping Show." In this episode, Benny and Rochester try to go Christmas shopping for the gang, only to have a tangle with both Dennis Day, and, most notably, Mel Blanc, as an endlessly harrassed sales clerk. Best Mel line, said aside so Benny can hear, "Why did the governor have to pardon me?" The ending's rather shocking for its day--jet-black humor--but utterly hilarious. Also on DVD #4, is a very unusual late Benny program (early 1960's), in which his date with a bimbo waitress falls through, and he winds up spending New Year's with Rochester. It's actually somewhat bittersweet at moments, but it worked, and I really enjoyed watching it.
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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful By AfroAmericanHeritage on January 27, 2005
Format: DVD
I wish I had read the negative reviews more carefully before ordering this product.

Most singled-sided DVDs of TV programs contain about 4 hours of material, so I thought this 5-disc "collection" would contain about 20 hours of material. Yet each disc contains barely an hour of material.

And they're not even complete programs! No doubt in an effort to squeeze a few more dimes out of us, they didn't bother to secure the music rights, so all the musical numbers have been chopped out.

This "collection" is at most 2 discs worth of material. BTW, DVD#3 is supposed to contain "Jack at the Races." Both the box and the DVD itself are labelled as such, yet that episode is missing and in it's place is a detective sketch with Humphrey Bogart.

I bought a disc called "The Jack Benny Show" at the grocery store for $4.99. It has 5 programs, 2 of which are also in this collection, and a total running time of 2.5 hours.

I give 5 Stars for Jack Benny, but 0 Stars for this ripoff collection. Don't waste your money...if you really want to see these programs, purchase a used copy or borrow it from the library.
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95 of 101 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Don't even think about purchasing this collection.
From its minimal description - or lack of - I expected 5 discs of episodes from the Jack Benny tv show. Wrong.
This is a compilation of films and other shows, wastefully spread out over 5 discs - nothing to do with the beloved series with Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson. All that is included, here, could have been put on 2 discs.
Precisely like the disappointing GEORGE BURNS & GRACIE ALLEN COLLECTION - this is misleading and irresponsible.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Michelsen on January 7, 2005
Format: DVD
I think Jack Benny would roll over in his grave at what was done to his fabulous work as a comedian.

Can you imagine watching Star Wars or the Lord of the Rings DVD's and not in the corner but one third of the way in from the left and a quarter of the way up the screen there was a large logo stamped on the screen saying "Lord of the Rings Trilogy" and that this was present throughout the movie?

This is what they did to Jack Benny. You get to watch a large "The Jack Benny Collection" written on your screen throughout. I have no idea why. Is it an ad? ..for something you already bought? Very disappointing to say the least.

The other thing to note is that this is not really a 5 disc set. This is 10 Gigabytes of material spread over 5 discs. 2 gigs each instead of the 7gig average put on most DVD's. It is less than 1 ½ discs of material.

I love Jack Benny. I find it sad what they did to him.

Chris, Iowa
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By sundayclub on April 17, 2005
Format: DVD
Jack Benny was the most admired and respected comedian of the early 20th century. His graceful style of humor was a major influence on Johnny Carson and Kelsey Grammer, among others. Over the course of his 60-year career, he matured into a first-rate comic actor. He brought class and dignity to television at a time when it was needed the most. If you've missed him as much as I have, this generous collection of TV episodes will bring back many pleasant memories.

This collection spans the years 1951 to 1961, giving us the most comprehensive overview of Benny's TV career to date. The show was initially produced live before a theatre audience in the style of a stage play, and these early episodes are as fascinating to watch today as they were fifty years ago. It was during this period that some of the biggest stars in Hollywood made their TV debut on Benny's show, including Marilyn Monroe (never lovelier) and Humphrey Bogart (graciously spoofing his tough-guy image). Both shows are included here, making this collection a must-have for star-gazers.

Fans of Benny's long-running radio series will enjoy spotting the numerous cameo appearances from his radio cast, including Mel Blanc (man of a thousand cartoon voices), Mary Livingstone (who never did the live shows because of stage fright), Frank Nelson (the smiling jerk who insults Benny at every turn), and Dennis Day (the dim-witted Irish tenor). Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, the Sportsmen Quartet and announcer Don Wilson appear in many of the episodes as well.

I was hesitant about buying this package because Madacy Video has a reputation for poor quality control (their Red Skelton box set is a ripoff, even at half the price).
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