Customer Reviews: Soupy Sales Collection: The Whole Gang Is Here!
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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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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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on October 15, 2009
The description on Amazon does not mention that the bulk of this collection is from the NEW Soupy Sales Show and while some of the old spark is there, it's still not the fast-paced laugh riot that was the hallmark of a very funny show of the late 50's and 60's. I see that others have noted that those shows are simply not available because of some short-sighted people who erased, let's face it, DESTROYED, the earlier work of this comic genius. However, the liner notes by Marino Amoruso, talk about archives in Iron Mountain and say, "My colleagues and I took a golf cart to a designated area where we were able to examine THE ENTIRE SOUPY SALES COLLECTION." The notes continue stating that, "In total there were 180 Soupy episodes, the EARLY ONES on film and the later ones on various formats of video tape." So, according to the person who put this collection together, there is STILL lots of material and, I fervently hope, that it will become available sometime in the future. I am going to attempt to contact the producers of this collection and get the straight scoop. In the meantime if anyone has any new information, please add it to this forum. These memories MUST be kept alive if at all possible.
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on March 24, 2014
What a shame that I only discovered whom this man was only after died. I just happen to flipping through channels a while back for something to watch when I just happen to tune in just as Soupy was introducing the "Pookie Theater" and from that time I was hooked.

The Soupy Sales Collection is a set of three DVDs featuring selected sketches from his 1979 series revival, The "New" Soupy Sales show, with the only additional "special features" being scenes of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. being hit with pie and the "naked lady" prank his production staff pulled on him. Interspersed among the sketched are commercials from (what I think) are the mid-60's to late-80's.

In so many ways the DVD production was either or both bare bones or barely thought out - I can excuse the simple menus if the contents were uniform but what starts outs as a television episode is edited into a 45 minute DVD that just boggles the mind in its presentation. It seems that somewhere in the development hell what a supposed to be a simple transfer of episodes turned into be a "best of" montage by someone who had no idea who Soupy Sales was or the expectations of what a "collection" should be.

In general, its great introduction into Soupy Sales if you have never heard of him. If you have memories of watching him on television, you will be disappointed. As of June 2014, Retro Television (RTV) seems to have rerun the entire 1979 series and selected episodes of the 1965 WNEW series, presenting soupy as he should be.
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on May 12, 2007
The set-ups of the weird folks knocking at Soupy's door is hilarious just for what it is; the conversations with White Fang and Black Tooth tickle the silly bone quite well. Charismatic as Soupy Sales is, however, it is hard to watch these shows for too long on account of their extremely corny, poorly written comedy skits. WIsh they had provided Soupy with good writers back then instead of letting him, apparently, wing it on his own, often with the most embarassingly bad jokes and puns. Once and a while they provide a good laugh, however. Soupy does light up the screen.
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