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The material compiled on the six-disc Ernie Kovacs Collection, much of which comprises the only surviving masters of his work (wife and costar Edie Adams spent the four decades following his death attempting to save his shows from the networks, which were all too ready to destroy the tapes), provides an overview of Kovacs's television career, with full discs devoted to his local and national morning shows as well as his prime-time efforts, including the legendary silent special, Eugene, which finds Kovacs's titular innocent abroad in a world driven by visual puns. An episode of his truly offbeat game show, Take a Good Look, is also featured, as well as a sampling of his brilliant commercials for Dutch Masters cigars, and a full disc is given over to his best-loved skits and characters, including the wiggy poet Percy Dovetonsils, proto-horror host Uncle Gruesome, grumpy Hungarian TV host Miklos Molnar (who tangles with Howdy Doody), and the legendary Nairobi Trio, which is still capable of generating gales of laughter, despite its simple premise, after five decades. A treasure trove of supplemental material, from 8mm home movies and short films to a collection of Edie Adams's sultry spots for Muriel Cigars, rounds out this set that cements Kovacs's status as one of television's most extraordinary personalities. --Paul Gaita
The bonus disc contains an extra TWO HOURS worth of material.
With so much material on display here, the collection contains generous samplings of the best and less-than-best of Ernie Kovacs.
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A little hard to understand what's going on, considering the technology of the day. However, Ernie is fantastic and funny.Published 2 months ago by Colorado Bootman
A great job done by Edie of rescuing his shows. So grateful she went to all that trouble and to Joshua! Read morePublished 3 months ago by V. Campbell
What a pleasure to watch Ernie Kovacs again. His early-television style is creative and interesting to watch. Especially like Percy Dovetonsils and the Nairobi Trio.Published 4 months ago by Barbara B. Latham
Ernie Kovacks was well ahead of his time and produced some of the best television in the fiftys and early sixties till his death. Read morePublished 5 months ago by tim
I gave this as a Christmas present to a brother who truly loves the classic comedians from TV's Golden Age. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mary Hazel Leonard
Ernie Kovacs was a genius. If you remember watching him (PBS ran some of the old shows in recent years) or you are a newcomer to this comedian, you will suddenly see that many... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Windy
Ernie was a friend of mine and to have Edie finally release these clips fulfills a 50 year wish. The set arrived in perfect condition but the vendor did not include the companion... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Donald R Soul