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  • Actors: Donny Osmond, Marie Osmond, Paul Lynde, Bruce Kimmel, Ruth Buzzi
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM Mono), English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RESPOND2 ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HXDQMO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Donny and Marie: Volume 1" on IMDb

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America's favorite siblings are back in this fabulous collection of the very best moments from their hit TV variety show, Donny and Marie.
Not seen since it was originally aired, this 2-disc set is filled with your favorite musical performances, comedy sketches, guest appearances and much more!

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The jokes may be corny and the content squeaky clean, but it's hard to resist the toothy charms of Donnie & Marie. (When Donnie gets a call on his loafer phone, Marie quips, "That's shoe business!") No matter how crazy the characters (Captain Purple and Wonderful Woman), tacky the outfits (heavy on the rhinestones, feathers, and gold lamé), or incredible the situations (Donnie on stilts), the brother-sister duo always look like they wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Though this collection focuses on only four episodes, it does cover every year of the popular Sid and Marty Krofft-produced variety series (1976-1979). Since Marie was "a little bit country" and Donnie "a little bit rock and roll," each installment features selections from both genres--although "rock and roll" usually means R&B and disco--along with giggly sketches and skating from the Vegas-style Ice Vanities. Musical selections include "Jive Talkin'," "Yakety Yak," "I'm Your Puppet," "Dance to the Music," and "Good Day Sunshine." Guests include Charo, Paul Lynde, Ruth Buzzi, Bob Hope, Cheryl Ladd, Carl Reiner (as Carmen Miranda), and Minnie Pearl (as Shirley Temple). While the cavity-prone should steer clear of this sugary flashback, for the rest of the viewing audience, Donnie & Marie offers boundless enthusiasm, supreme silliness, and the widest smiles of the 1970s (next to Jimmy Carter). --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Customer Reviews

Awesome sound quality!
DVD lover
Brought back lots of memories of watching the Donny and Marie show!
Carol S. Oehme
The jokes are really, really bad.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Xavier Limtuaco on November 29, 2006
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Growing up as a kid in the 1970s, my siblings and I always looked forward to Sunday nights when we would gather in front of our TV set and watch our favorite foreign shows on Channel 7 one after the other. It started with The Muppet Show at 6pm, Donny and Marie, Mork and Mindy, Charlie's Angels and, finally, Three's Company.
Having complete sets of Three's Company and Charlie's Angels, it was, therefore, such a joy to finally learn that Donny and Marie would finally be released on DVD. Inspite of the fact that this DVD set was advertised as "Volume 1" I still bought the DVD because, for me, owning this set was still better than none. Viewing the 4 select episodes with my mom last weekend (like we did 30 years ago) was a nostalgic event. We enjoyed seeing Donny and Marie all over again at their prime singing, acting and dancing their hearts out. I also still clearly recall their wonderful performance of "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" which was thankfully included in Episode 2 of this set so seeing this performance all over again was pure joy. After viewing the 4 episodes on 2 discs, (I got this DVD together with Season 6 of Golden Girls), I wanted more! I felt really disappointed that for 4 episodes, I had to pay $20.00+ which, when compared to the $27.99 cost of the Golden Girls Season 6 containing 21 episodes, was really a rip-off. It would have been such a great buy if this set was called "Donny and Marie: The Complete First Season" containing ALL episodes. When will we see that day? I am sure the manufacturers of this set had their reasons for releasing such an incomplete set but to fans like us, there is just no excuse for depriving us of the joy in seeing the complete first season and the next 3 seasons!
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Lim on November 10, 2006
Must admit to being an Osmond since the early 70s, and as I am now living in China, I jumped at any chance to Donny and Marie perform. After a 30 year wait, what one gets is hardly a best of collection, but 2 sample discs of 4 incomplete Donny and Marie shows. I realise that Donny experienced royalty and cost issues when he tried to create a compilation disc set. This compromise leaves fans wondering if the full collection of 72 episodes will ever be released on dvd. All this aside, am glad to have a high quality reproduction on DVD, as the sound and the images are awesome!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. D. Welch on December 2, 2006
I have been a long time fan of Donny & Marie, so was anxiously awaiting this release and whilst I am so pleased to have the shows in such good quality sound and picture, I have to agree with many fellow reviewers and ask the same question.... 'why was this compliation set so heavily edited?'

All the shows seemed incomplete and kind of stuck in a half way house, between the best of and a compilation set.

The scenes that are there are wonderful and really capture the energy, talent and enthusiasm of D & M, but the editing didn't really capture the spirit, pace and esscence of the original airings of the show.

For example, I was so looking forward to that wonderful duet Donny did with Cheryl Ladd on season 3 ' I Just Want To Be Your Everything' and D & M's fab duet 'You Bring Me Sunshine' from season 4. Also, the guest stars duets would have captured the spirit of what the show was all about: showcasing the current talent of the day. Those are just 2 examples of typical 'Donny & Marie' classic scenes that were missed out.

I would like to se a COMPLETE set of the shows released. The times are right for this. I would be prepared to pay a higher price for complete unedited shows as that's what I remember and loved about the show. It was variety at its BEST!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Haighton on January 16, 2007
The pro of buying this DVD set is the excellent color/picture compared to your home made recordings with your VCRs or the official "Best Of" VHS released by Donny back in late 90s. But what about the sound/audio you get on this DVD. Well I have no 5.1 DTS sound on disc 1 episode 1. It is 100% silent when choosing that audio feature. Furthermore, as printed somewhere on the box, it are no full episodes but edited versions.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Lane on December 26, 2006
Thanks to R2 for finally bringing one of my favorite variety shows from the 1970s to DVD (it's been 30 LONG years since they first aired on ABC)- however, I'm kind of disappointed with the packaging.

There's lots to enjoy here (especially the concert segments which I always looked forward to), but please bring us a FULL SEASON SET in the near future. R2, you owe it to the legions of Donny and Marie fans to deliver next time!!!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MUSICman on November 8, 2006
This was my favorite show from the seventies, as a kid I didn't want to miss it on Friday nights! I bought almost all of the shows in the past four years on video thanks to the internet. I hadn't seen the show (except in clips) since the 70's. I was very pleased when I heard it was coming out on DVD. BUT the four shows are EDITED. Up to 15 minutes on the 1979 show. What a disappointment. There are also no REAL special features. I believe all of this could have fit on one DVD! I don't believe Marie was involved at all in this project. I hope future volumes have more to offer. R2 Entertainment could have done better!!! I have their Tony Orlando & Dawn & The Captain & Tennille collections and they are better packages than this. This DVD was supposed to come out originally in April 2006 and after waiting all this time I expected a better collection. The sound is great as well as the DVD picture quality, but the editing and lack of special features prevents me from giving it 5 stars. The 1978 show is really from 1977, the 1977 show was actually aired in 1976. I don't like the false advertising. Don't manipulate the fans because we know better!! We are the people who made the show a ratings hit in the first place and will be buying this product. I prefer to buy the show in it's entirety or at least a season collection and not 4 episodes a year. What a shady way to make money on Osmond fans.
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No. The christmas DVD is sold separately. And this is only volume 1, not 1 and 2 like the title says.
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