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Sonny & Cher - The Ultimate Collection (1971)

Sonny Bono , Cher , Art Fisher  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sonny Bono, Cher, Ted Zeigler, Chastity Bono, Tom Solari
  • Directors: Art Fisher
  • Format: Box set, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: R2 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2003
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DA23M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sonny & Cher - The Ultimate Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1: Best of the first season of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
  • Disc 2: Three episodes from the second and third seasons of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
  • Disc 3: Three episodes from the final season of The Sonny & Cher Show
  • Commentary by Cher
  • Producers interview
  • 1969 TV pilot
  • Karaoke
  • Music videos
  • Discography
  • Network promos
  • Radio jingle
  • History of the show
  • Biographies of Sonny Bono and Cher

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Product Description

After a string of successful hit records, Sonny and Cher attempted to take the movie world by storm. After they failed in that attempt, they regrouped and refashioned blossoming into a cabaret act that found success in nightclubs. Their easy banter and famous names led to them getting their own television variety show in the '70s. The show was a hit, breathing new life into their career. The Ultimate Collection includes over nine hours of footage from the series. In addition to performances of familiar hits like "I Got You Babe," "The Beat Goes On," and others from different artists, the show offered a variety of silly sketches. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

It's not what you'd call high art, but there are some highly enjoyable moments in this nicely packaged box set, featuring nine complete shows (plus ample bonus material) spread out over three discs.

Beginning as a summer replacement in 1971, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour earned its own regular time slot that same year, running for three straight seasons and then returning in 1976 (as The Sonny & Cher Show), after the couple's divorce. The show's formula, which had already been established both onstage and on the small screen (their '69 pilot episode is among the extra features), includes plenty of music (duets, Cher's solo performances in typically outlandish Bob Mackie gowns, various guest shots); lots of shtick (consisting mostly of Cher's put-downs of the minimally talented but good-natured Sonny); and sketches and skits (ranging from lame to inspired, including a mock-opera based on All in the Family and starring Metropolitan Opera tenor Robert Merrill as a warbling Archie Bunker). Guests range from the obvious (TV stalwarts like Harvey Korman, Ruth Buzzi, and Don Knotts) to the downright weird (then-California governor Ronald Reagan). It's all fairly middlebrow, but Sonny & Cher's unpretentious, unself-conscious charm carries it; and once in a while everything congeals into one surreally entertaining package, like the '72 show featuring the Jackson 5 (led, of course, by Michael, who was then 14 and still apparently normal), who are followed to the stage by Reagan (telling jokes, sort of) and singer-actor Howard Keel, veteran of numerous movie musicals.

Bonus features include 2003 audio commentary by a nostalgic Cher, interviews with the producers, the '69 pilot, bios, discographies, and a show history. The DVD set also comes with a music-only CD, featuring live performances of "The Beat Goes On" and "I Got You Babe." --Sam Graham

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111 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly, The Beat Goes On! November 8, 2003
I am thrilled to finally have great episodes of the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour available on DVD! I loved these shows as a child and thirty years later they are still funny, charming and full of great musical numbers! How lucky we are to have this set available!
This collection includes nine complete episodes (six from the original run of the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and three from their reunited run on The Sonny & Cher Show).
Laverne at the Launderette, Raggedy Sonny and Raggedy Cher, and the classic V-A-M-P segments are just a few of the great regular series features represented in this collection. Just a partial list of guest stars includes: Don Knotts, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Tina Turner, then Gov. Ronald Reagan, Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Carroll O'Connor and Glenn Campbell. There are many great musical numbers by the weekly guests and of course Sonny and Cher! Many Sonny & Cher hits and Cher's solo hits are spotlighted in this collection, including: "All I Ever Need Is You","Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves", "The Way of Love", "A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done", "Half-Breed", "Dark Lady", "The Beat Goes On", and "I Got You Babe".
Each show's opening segment was a bright musical duet from Sonny and Cher and always included one of their famous dialogue exchanges. The openers to each of these shows are priceless and remind me of just how much I love The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and how happy I am to be able to view it again!
This collection also contains a great amount of bonus material highlighted by audio commentary (on select segments) by Cher. This commentary was recorded in August of 2003 and is a wonderful addition to the collection. Recent interviews with the shows producers, and Sonny & Cher's 1969 pilot spot on the Barbara McNair Show, are just two of the other great segments included in the bonus material.
The visual and audio quality of "The Sonny & Cher Ultimate Collection" is outstanding! I hope this is the first of many editions!
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Last Penny!!! A Total 70s Time Capsule February 9, 2004
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When I think of early 70s pop culture, nothing embodies and virtually SCREAMS the early 70s for me as much as this show. During an era when variety shows ruled, this one has always been the king of them for me, and I've dreamt of owning episodes like this for 30 years now. This set does not disappoint and really delivers the goods.
One of the very best things about it is that you get FULL and unreedited episodes, exactly the way they were broadcast, right down to those memorable animated sequences with the ball-creature at the commercial breaks. BRAVO to the people who brought us this DVD collection for giving us exactly what we wanted!
Looking at this show again for the first time in 30 years, it seems even sillier and schmaltzier than I remembered. Younger folks raised only on Saturday Night Live might find it hard to appreciate, and it's significant that this show's initial run ended in 1974, just a year before the debut of SNL. I feel it symbolizes the end one of one era in comedy and the beginning of another. What we have here is humour in the old-school, high camp Vaudevillian tradition.
Yes, some of the jokes are downright groan-worthy, and for anyone else this show might have flopped, but what makes it work here is the undeniable talent, charisma and charm of -- and chemistry between -- Sonny & Cher, who I consider one of the great couples of the 20th century. Sure the jokes are silly, but here are two people just literally having the time of their lives making this show, and their enthusiasm and enjoyment is infectious.
The guest list on these shows is a star-studded who's-who of 70s pop culture including Burt Reynolds, Howard Cosell and even Ronald Reagan from the early 70s and Donny & Marie and Farah Fawcett-Majors from the later 70s.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic Sonny and Cher Highlights! October 13, 2003
This may not be the show's entire run, however, it is a massive contribution, which is well thought through and beautifully presented.
For me, one of the greatest highlights is Cher's recent contribution of commentary made during her farewell tour!!!
With the songs listed below and the Bonus CD, this is a great product. If we support this, we may have hope of the entire series being released!!!
"All I Ever Need Is You"
"Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves"
"The Way of Love"
"A Cowboy's Work Is Never Done"
"Dark Lady"
"The Beat Goes On"
"I Got You Babe"
Commentary from Cher on select segments - recorded in August 2003 during her Farewell Tour !!!!
Newly filmed interview with Comedy Hour producers Allan Blye and Chris Bearde
1969 TV Pilot (very rare from the Barbara McNair show)
Sonny & Cher karaoke
Sonny & Cher album Discography
Original network promos
and more!
SPECIAL BONUS: Exclusive 15-track Sonny & Cher CD featuring favorite songs from the era of their TV show. This CD comes FREE with every DVD purchased. Not available in stores, I Got You Babe: The Sonny & Cher 70's Collection is a great companion to this first-ever Sonny & Cher DVD release!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They've Got Me, Babe!! November 8, 2003
Only one word can be used to describe this boxed set: MAGNIFICENT! For once, a company gets the fact that fans want to watch episodes of their favorite TV shows EXACTLY the way they originally aired. They even included the original pilot! These episodes are uncut and include the original animated opening credits (remember the S&C egg cracking open?) as well as the animated station break bumpers (these are the kinds of things that usually get discarded from DVD releases, but what this collector ultimately wants to see included). The quality of the episodes is top-knotch. Obviously they spent a great deal of time and care in restoring these episodes. I believe the originals were taped, not filmed and sometimes tape doesn't hold up over time. THESE DO!! Cher's commentary is fun to listen to also. It's so cool to hear her talk of these "old days" with affection -- unlike other stars who seem to have an attitude everytime you mention their TV past. I haven't seen this show since it first aired, and watching these episodes was like stepping through a time warp to Wednesday nights. I definitely recommend this boxed set! I amy even check out their other releases too. If they did such a good job with Sonny & Cher, their Johnny Carson and Bob Hope collections must be cool too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it's like they never split up
Bought back's like they never split up.. They were made for one another. Still like Sonny and Cher. They are still the best. Thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Debbie Hoover
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by Stacye Rhyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
They were the bomb!
Published 3 months ago by None
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Sonny & Cher!
If you were there to watch this when it was on, you would know why I purchased this. It was actually purchased as a gift, and that person was & is thrilled.
Published 14 months ago by Sally Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memories
It brought back the fun my friends and I had when it was on TV. We should have more shows like this instead of these darn reality shows. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Elizabeth L. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Who couldn't love Sonny & Cher! This is quite fun to see them together, to hear them sing, and to watch the comedy! It is well worth the purchase!
Published 17 months ago by Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back Great memories
This is a very well done DVD. The producers of this DVD kept the fun that the "Sonny and Cher Show" provided in my family's home for me as a child. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A-v Associates
5.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the "ultimate Collection".
The "collection" is very good but, not enough shows. where is the complete year 1 series? Year2? and so on. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. McGlumphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as wonderful as I remember it!!
Funny skits great characters. Really miss great shows like this!! Cant go wrong with these old time variety shows. Great buy
Published 19 months ago by Veronica Nervais
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Episodes could have been chosen..purhaps complete seasons one...
Ok Wouldn't call this a Ultimate Best of the series by a long shot...merely their first shows..and couple others. Sure that there later shows were better... Read more
Published 21 months ago by steep
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