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The Best of The Price is Right

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Produced in over 30 territories, The Price Is Right is the longest running game show in television history.
In the USA, The Price Is Right is the No.1 daytime show.
The first episode of Price is Right aired on NBC in 1956, hosted by Bill Cullen and quickly became a top ten show. A consistent combination of entertaing contests, an engaging host and fantastic prizes have entertained generations of viewers.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Barker, Bill Cullen, Johnny Olsen, Janice Pennington, Drew Carey
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Navarre Corporation / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 930 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00125JPN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,775 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of The Price is Right" on IMDb

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Michael Ceciliani on October 19, 2009
Being a game show fan. I bought this set at Best Buy soon after its release. I had read about what would be on the set, so I wasn't as disappointed with some of the models and decades not being included. I also know why they weren't included, since I read and post regularly on a few web sites. For those not in the know, I'll share:

Very first show is not included - because the very first item up for bids (IUFB) was a FUR COAT. Bob Barker has since become an animal rights activist and wouldn't clear the show, even though BCI, the makers of this collection, agreed to add a disclaimer. I think I have to side with Bob on this - it would be nice to see the show for historical purposes, but it does make him look like a hypocrite.

Missing models and decades - Barker and his beauties have beefs with each other. He admitted to an affair he had with Dian Parkinson, who sued him for $8 million afterwards. Holly Holstrom sued him for unlawful termination when she was fired in 1995 for being overweight. She got money in a settlement that was reportedly in the millions. Janice and Kathleen were let go in 2000, mainly because they testified in Holly's lawsuit against Barker and sided with Holly. They supposedly were paid a severence package in agreement not to sue. The 80s and 90s shows featured all of the models mentioned. Apparently Barker doesn't want to models to get any more money. Janice is featured since she was on from the first show and Diane is on an hour-long show. No Holly or Kathleen in this set.

No Rod Roddy - Bob reportedly got mad at Rod when he (Rod) went to negotiate for himself and the models that their salary for the nighttime specials should be equal to if not more than the daytime show. Bob cut Rod's on-camera time from the show after that.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael G. Siepel on June 3, 2008
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As a life-long fan of the show, I am very dissapointed. Fremantle would be better to put together a disc set of bloopers, set mis-haps, behind the scenes (showing the entires soundstage) and cast/crew interviews.

I have a problem with this being promoted as the "Best of The Price Is Right". This is in fact a compilation of what seems as the first season of The Price Is Right, their move to 1 hour episodes and the last week of Bob Barker.

I have seen better episodes on the Internet. I wish I could get my money back, but I would not be able to.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Marriott on September 26, 2009
Firstly, I'd like to agree with previous reviews that this isn't really a "Best Of" compilation, but I think much of the criticism is overly harsh, with some reviewers giving this a one star rating. My guess is that the title, "Best of Price is Right," was chosen for lack of a better name. The episodes do seem to be fairly random, and while I'm not sure the reason for this, I doubt "Random Episodes of the Price is Right's Early Years" would have had a nice ring to it. I also doubt we could all agree on which episodes are the "best", so pleasing everyone would be impossible.

However, what you do get is worth every penny:

The first disc contains mostly episodes from the original 1950s series (i.e. pre-Bob Barker days), and while I didn't expect much going in, I have to admit these early episodes have a certain charm. They also provide a good comparison / contrast to the more familiar series we all know and love.

The second and third discs contain episodes from 1972 (the first season) to 1975. It would have been nice to have the very first episode included in this set, but you get a good sampling, none the less. It's interesting to see the very early episodes where many of the seats were empty and mistakes and malfunctions in the equipment are common. As time progressed, audience attendance increased and new games are added... and some games (like the unwinnable bullseye game) are dropped.

The fourth disc contains episodes from Bob Barker's final week on the show. I haven't watched this disc yet, but I'm looking forward to it since I missed these when they originally aired.

Having grown up watching TPIR (since the early 1980s anyway), I'm excited to be able to own ANY of the early episodes in a long-lasting, high-quality format.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Viola D. on April 15, 2008
As a long time Price Is Right fan I was eager to see The Best of The Price is Right. Unfortunately it is not on this dvd set. I did find the Bill Cullen shows interesting, and those old dark haired Bob shows were entertaining, but a little goes a long way when you are eagerly waiting for the best to begin. I expected to see the Price Is Right that I loved with the beautiful girls Janice, Dian, Holly, and the adorable Johnny. Those shows aren't anywhere on this dvd set. I was expecting The Best of The Price Is Right but sadly it's not here.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christopher B. Book on April 30, 2009
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Many have harped about the DVD set "The Best Of The Price Is Right" for its selection of its earliest four years of the CBS show and Bob Barker's final week as it excludes some noted show models. Others, who were born way after the CBS show began, think the Bill Cullen shows shouldn't have been included ("It's not in color!..." "it doesn't have pricing games!..." "the contestants aren't crazy!..." "we can't psychoanalyze the lettering font in a game display!"). Cry me a river, all of you. Cullen's show was TV's top game in its day and Barker's version probably wouldn't have made it on the air without it paving the way. As for the selection of Barker episodes, let it stand as a testament, a litmus test, of how it started as a "Let's Make A Deal" ripoff and became TV's longest running game. If anyone's to blame for not having a wider spread of shows, blame either CBS or Barker himself and his beef with the excluded models.
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What Happened To The Price is Right?? Has anyone Noticed
I'm with you Michael. Drew is not a game show host personality. (As for that matter, neither are Wayne Brady, Cedric the Entertainer, or Steve Harvey!). What's with the stand-up comics as game show hosts? You are right.....they have no class, and the shows, as a result, have no class.

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Jun 18, 2014 by JDC |  See all 5 posts
new DVD set
It's the same one. According to http://www.tvshowsondvd.com. BCI Eclipse now Navarre lost the rights to releasing them. Mill Creek recently took the project over and is reissuing the existing sets.
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