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TV Commercials: Ultimate Collection


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TV Commercials: Ultimate Collection

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  • Actors: na
  • Directors: na
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ent. Software
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 618 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004B2F9CM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,697 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Bottom line: Don't waste your money.
Bluesy200
Each of the Discs starts out well but after a few minutes you get pixilations, freezes and otherwise unplayable content.
Wesley Horton
The visual quality and sound are as good as one can expect from forty-to-fifty-year-old archives.
jayesem

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Bluesy200 on July 29, 2008
Format: DVD
4 words:

Same old, same old.

The commercials on this set were downloaded from the Prelinger Archives. You don't need to fork over money for any of these, because they're readily downloadable over the web at the Internet Archives.

The worst thing with this set is that they actually managed to screw up the audio on the ads! It's tinny sounding, echo-y, and nothing like the mpegs you can download for free off the Web.

And they cut corners when they engineered the DVD. You cannot skip through any of the commercials if you've seen one; you have to fast-forward. As somebody who can burn professional DVDs, I give this outfit a big fat F for laziness.

Bottom line: Don't waste your money.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Reno J on May 6, 2009
Format: DVD
I love this collection. It brings back memories of a simpler time. Sure, as others have stated, you can find a lot of these commercials for free on the internet - I've seen them - but I've got better things to do than sit around for days on the computer searching for the 613 commercials included in this set, downloading them, and then compiling them myself. Then there are those that complain that the picture or sound quality is not up to current standards. For gawd's sake, these things are old, and I doubt that the original source material was as well taken care of as, say, "Citizen Kane". No 5.1 sound? Give me a break! I remember it as a kid in 1.0 mono, and that's the way I want to hear it again. Anyway, for the price of one new release DVD, you get 6 discs of nostalgia - and you can't beat a deal like that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Grulkey on June 23, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
For the most part it's pretty good but it's kind of padded out with some shorts rather than just commercials as I had hoped. Not the best quality but about par for the originals. Some seem like a copies of a copy maybe it might be due to the 16 mm stock most were filmed by.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Alan Beumann on May 1, 2009
Format: DVD
First off, what amazes me are the 'reviewers' who complain that there's no 5.1 surround. How pampered can you be when you gripe about the lack of surround sound ON MATERIAL THAT HAD NONE TO BEGIN WITH? Give me a break!

Ooh, poor you, who can't bear to watch this for what it is - a fairly fascinating look at the advertising methodology and techniques used back in the day. Some of these are more than fifty years old, so if the black and white doesn't look razor sharp on your HDTV, grow up and get over it and go watch 'The Matrix' for the thousandth time.

This set runs around three bucks a disc, for ten hours worth of programming. That sounds to me like a pretty decent bargain. So what if they're 'downloadable' from another website? I actually have a job, so I don't have time to sit and burn blank DVDs that would cost more than this set did to begin with.

The 'wow' factor, or the "I had one of those" phrase comes to mind quite often, especially in the disc involving toy commercials. In addition to the toy disc, you get a disc of cigarette commercials, celebrity commercials, a 'miscellaneous' disc, a disc of car commercials, and a disc of food and beverage commercials.

Oh, and one more thing - the fast forward button isn't all that difficult to manage. Sorry that the DVD authors didn't put chapter stops on every single one of the more than six hundred commercials here. But, if watching thirty and sixty second pieces of video is too time consuming for you in the first place, this probably isn't the set for you.
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I purchased especially for two humorous commercials: A1 is/was Dick Wilson's character role of "Mister Wiffle" in Charmin Tissue packages & his most popular (& most repeated line) of "Please... Don't Squeeze the Charmin"! That was so well created & written, that "Mr. Wiffle" DID NOT "PRACTICE WHAT HE PREACHED!" Second is Dena Dietrich's acting as "Mother Nature" in an expired margarine "Chiffon" group/set of commercials. Third favorite is retired football athlete, Joe Greene (as himself) in a Coca-Cola commercial. After a Pittsburgh Steelers' youngster & youngest? fan (boy) gave a just opened bottle of 10 ounces of Coca-Cola to "Mean Joe Greene" & to return the favor, Joe Greene tossed his jersey (after a football game) to the youth to keep, as a "COLLECTORS' ITEM! & TOO MANY & NUMEROUS to list addittional favorites!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jayesem on August 4, 2008
Format: DVD
There is plenty of nolstalgic amusement in this set. For those of us who lived through the time of these commercials, it is a fun experience to watch the way the things were and consider how far technology has come. The visual quality and sound are as good as one can expect from forty-to-fifty-year-old archives. I watch these dvds while I'm washing dishes and cleaning the kitchen. If I miss a word here or there, it is of no great consequence. Invariably, whenever I watch one of these dvds in my kitchen, I will look around and find that one or more children have gathered around and are more than willing to help clean up as they watch.
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