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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2006
...let me start by saying that "The New Soupy Sales Show" (which is what almost all of this collection is based on) is an extremely funny set of skits, riffs, and humorous repartee' from one of the giants of children's shows from the '70s and early '80s.

The only major complaint that I have with this set is that there is borderline false advertising regarding the inclusion of ORIGINAL material from this comic genius. If the buyer doesn't read the description on the back of the DVD carefully, he or she might believe that this DVD set contains material from Soupy's late '50s and '60s children's show. It actually contains very little (with the exception of a great skit from the original show that includes Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Trini Lopez). Tragically, most of the original show has been erased and will never be available for viewing again.

Another concern deals with the inclusion of what is one of the funniest outtakes in TV history....Soupy's visit by a backstage stripper. If the viewer has seen footage of this on some of the Dick Clark "Bloopers" shows on television over the years, they would know that the viewer only sees what's in front of the set and how it unnerves Soupy. This DVD contains the actual "stripper footage" from the BACK of the set that exposes the well-endowed dancer in all of her glory. Not for viewing by children! (Soupy's reaction to the prank is PRICELESS, though!)

With all of this being said, let me close by saying that this DVD set is certainly worth the price I paid for it. Soupy Sales was a comic genius and his good-natured puns and humor never tire. He appeared to love his work and often times "cut himself up" with what he was saying or what was going on around him. One can't watch these 3 disks without laughing out loud!

RECOMMENDED for fans of the old show!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2006
I grew up watching The Soupy Sales Show on ABC in Los Angeles. I had the record, and I have the guitar songbook. If you ask me, I can play and sing "I'm A Singer Without A Song" and "Hippy's Cha Cha Hips". I've been on the hunt for tapes of the 60s shows since VHS was in its infancy. I know my Soupy.

Back in the late 80s, Rhino came out with three tapes of the Soupy Sales show. They were kind of skimpy on the running time- each one had two episodes... one original 60s B&W show and one of the lukewarm late 70s remakes. But considering how long it had been since I had seen the show, I was satisfied with them.

I was thrilled when I heard that Soupy was finally being given a DVD release, especially since Ernie Kovacs and Sid Caesar have had such great DVD retrospectives. I hoped that this would be just as good, with a higher ratio of B&W to 70s remake. The cover really excited me... there was Soupy singing The Mouse!

Unfortunately, this three DVD set has LESS than the three Rhino tapes did in every way possible... Soupy doesn't sing The Mouse anywhere on this set, the original theme song isn't here either. There's only a measley ten minutes of footage from the classic 60s Soupy Sales Show, and the DVDs have shorter running times than the VHSs did. In fact, the running time is so short, they could have easily fit everything here on a single DVD.

This set was produced by Marino Amoruso. In the liner notes, he goes on and on about how he viewed hours and hours of material to select the absolute best of Soupy Sales. Amoruso should be pelted with pies for cheating Soupy Sales fans shamelessly. Soupy Sales deserves a REAL DVD release with the REAL Soupy Sales Show. I don't care if they are only in fuzzy kinescopes or glitchy two inch videotape. The footage exists. Give me the real deal, and put two hours on each disk fer cryin' out loud.

By the way, The Whole Gang is NOT here. Hippy does not appear anywhere on these disks. I'm writing the company that made this set and requesting that they do it right next time.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2006
The only thing really, that's wrong with this set is that there isn't enough of it. Sure, it's three disks, yet there's only one episode on each disk (plus an extra). But-- it's not expensive (though they probably could have saved some money in its production if they'd put it all on one disk). -- UPDATE: it wasn't expensive, until it went out of print, sorry...

The real problem is, there just *isn't* as much of the best Soupy in existance as most of us fans would like-- it's now only in the ether-- left for aliens to enjoy on their TVs millions of years from now when our first TV signals finally reach them.

It's a crime that much of the early '60s shows were erased, but there's nothing that can be done about that. This collection, though all from the "new soupy sales show" from the '70s/'80s-- is still a pretty darn good representation of even the early shows-- all the signature elements are here-- fang, pookie, listening to the weather, words of wisdom, an endless stream of characters that you never actually see showing up at the door, conversations with the offscreen staff, and of course the PIES. And I found this set every bit as funny as I remembered. If you love Soupy Sales, this is as good as it's gonna get-- unless you get reincarnated as one of those aliens I was referring to. Frankly, I didn't want to wait for that, so I bought this set and am happy with what little I can get of a true genius in the early TV medium. Kovacs was a TV genius too, and I have his shows which are also very funny, but I wouldn't trade them for this set. There's just something about the way Soupy made it work with such a minimal set of elements-- and how totally loose the whole thing was-- Soupy cracking up and his off-the-cuff remarks were a really big part of what made it work (that and fang's dialog-- I never get tired of that and there's plenty on this set).

With regards to the commercials-- I don't mind them at all-- in fact, it appears they may not be the original ones but picked because the are unique too-- Andy Warhol for Braniff, bad boy Matt Dillon for Milk, etc... but I'm a fan of old commercial collections as well and have an antique TV that I like to watch this stuff on so it's perfect IMHO...

So, I can find no fault with this set and give it fully 5 stars. It's about the best that will ever be available of Soupy and I'll take what I can get. I've got the B&W set too, and cherish that as well...

Soupy, if you read this-- I love you and give you a big kiss...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2007
Like all the other reviews, if you purchase a "3-DVD Set", you think you are going to get a little more than 3-5 episodes of the show -- No full episodes of the old black & white show, only the new color 1970s version. Only one skit from the old show (but it is the great one with Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Trini Lopez). At $14.99, it's not too much of a rip-off to see Soupy Sales, but it is still false advertising.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2007
The first question is "What Whole Gang?" I received three DVDs
with two episodes on each DVD. Talk about false advertising.
Had I not waited so long I would have sent it back. You'd be
better off with Soupy Sales: In Living Black & White. I don't think
it fair to advertise "The Whole Gang" when in actuality you see less
than half. I'm not blaming Amazon.com - after all it's not their
fault but I do hold the marketing people to be honest and up
front with what they advertise. Amazon should pull this item
from their inventory of items available or at least insert a disclaimer
telling shoppers that there are only 2 featurettes per DVD. Had I known this I would not have bought the 3 disc set. Another question is why spread 6 programs on 3 DVDs when all of them could fit
on one? Although it's difficult to prove I feel that I was deceived into thinking I was getting my moneys worth. Shame!!!! Shame!!!! Shame!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2006
I ordered the Soupy Sales DVD set with very high hopes and awaited its (2 week late) arrival with great expectation.

Unfortunately I was disappointed in the extreme.

The DVD content is overwhelmingly comprised of material from the remake, which aired in the 70's. The truly ground breaking work done in the 60's was almost completely absent. To make matters worse a series of 70's commercials are played at full length taking up precious time. I did not want a retrospective of 70's commercials. There was little if any entertainment value associated with the commercial content.

My advice, if you are a Soupy Sales fan and long for the brilliant spontaneous shows of the 60's the very episodes which often resulted in Soupy being fined and taken of the air, then do not order this DVD set.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2006
I, too, would give my eye-teeth to see the older Soupy Sales shows of my youth - I don't really remember watching the "New" show. Back when Pookie whistled rather than spoke, the less polished version of Soupy's genius, etc. It breaks my heart to hear so much of that was erased. That being said, I'll take anything I can find of Soupy's shows and be content. This DVD collection has many priceless moments and even if the humor is not 21st century, Soupy Sales was a part of my youth, a part of my teaching about humor. DVDs like these are more likely released for the folks who grew up in the 50's, 60's and 70's, and gives them back some of their memories. The fact that networks did not think shows like this worth saving makes it all the more important that what is left be released. Baby-boomers, buy this and enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2006
First off, I was never lucky enough to see the original 1960's Soupy Sales series but grew up during (and enjoyed) the 70's revival. When I first read about this set I was looking forward to it but found myself a bit disappointed that for a 3 DVD set the content was so limited.

Between 3 discs you get just 4 shows from the 70's series and only two segments from the original 60's run, the Frank Sinatra - Sammy Davis Jr. restaurant skit and the stripper at the door(no image blocking here!) blooper.

If you're a Soupy Sales fan, think about it. The shows were fun I just wish there had been more included or at least it should have been released as a 1 disc collection so expectations weren't so high.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 15, 2007
I was so thrilled to see Soupy Sales on DVD, thinking it would contain his old stuff from the 50's/60's. It had very little of that on the DVD--just enough to leave you wanting more. His later material is not funny, which is mostly what is on thie DVD. Save your money.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2006
I loved this compilation. I remember Soupy from the 60's but I was a little young then. He had another show on in the mid-70's in color that I remember better. Brilliant stuff and just like I remember - it was the way Soupy played to the audience that made kids like me love him. He didn't look down at us - he kept us in on the jokes!

Another cool thing about this DVD was the commercials that came with it. They seemed original like they came with the show - it really gave me a sense of the era.

The other very cool thing is Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. getting a pie in the face. Watching it with some older friends told me the episode had to be around '64 or '65 and they (knowing Soupy better than I did back then) said they thought that was the famous "lost Soupy episode". I can't believe I saw it. Very cool. Truly.

Funniest bit in the whole DVD - Alice Cooper walking in on a piano playing bug!

That's the one I showed my teenage daughters - and they loved it, and then they actually showed it to their friends! It's interesting to see if Soupy can transcend generations the way Charlie Chaplin and Jerry Lewis did.

Anyway, good buy for the money. Hope they make another.
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