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The Best of Ernie Kovacs
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We sometimes see the same clip three or four times. The clips are edited together in ways that don't necessarily complement each other. And if I hear that version of "Mack the Knife" again, ...[I'll go insane].
Kovacs is deserving of a new survey of his works. A better job of compiling his work can be done than this, and we don't need to hear the same Jack Lemmon introduction repeatedly. (I do worry that some of this archival material may have deteriorated over the years, hopefully it's still preserved.)
This set is worth your time, and worth your money. It's reasonably priced, and contains a variety of good material. It would just be nice to have a better assembled, more thought-out collection.
Today, whenever a business seminar leader trots out the well-worn cliche "thinking outside the box," Ernie's face comes before me.
And music was innate. So much of Ernie's TV tech stuff was 100% visual, it was tantamount to viewing a series of silent films.
And we remember that silent movies had musical accompaniment. Ernie had to furnish music which would at once associate itself with the ruthlessly original visual imagery and also be, hopefully, something we'd not heard before.
He scoured the globe for 1950s-era music that you'd never heard before. For example, even fifty years later, I cannot hear the version of "Jalousie" on this CD without seeing the "office equipment" visuals he made. And I'd be grateful for a plateful of fish.
Ernie's outlook on things has warped me for life. He made the fifties what they were. There would not be a Saurday Night Live but for his influence.
Now, here's the "but." This collection is better than no collection at all, but not much better. Kovacs was an editor of great skill, and the editing on these DVDs is awful.
So, some Kovacs is better than none at all. But I would hope somebody would come along and do it right some time...
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I remember Ernie back in the first days of his shows. My mother would not let me watch Milton Berle because he cross dressed (!) but she enjoyed Ernie a lot. So did I.Published 4 months ago by William D. Shirley
My husband, William is a TREMENDOUS fan of Ernie Kovacs. So, as a fan yourself, you will embrace this eclectic set of his best moments as a 'pioneer in television'. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Celtie
Just looking at old B&W remembrances of TV shows we never missed. Some of it slapstick, but much of it clever. It is amazing to me how he partnered music and comedy.Published 16 months ago by Shirley Coker
Back in the 1960's, when these skits were the funniest thing on TV, I looked forward to each new installment. But now they just seem dated, slow paced, and obvious. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paul Bates
For those who remember Kovacs and those who don't there is plenty of material from many of his shows which also includes good work from his regulars and Edie Adams. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Peter Blake
These clips do NOT appear to be clips from the show; they appear to be outtakes & rehearsals. Do not waste your money buying this, or your time watching it. Read morePublished 24 months ago by LML