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Product Details

  • Actors: Oprah Winfrey, Nate Berkus, Gayle King, Chris Rock, Alexandra Wentworth
  • Producers: Amie Baker, Amy Craig, Angie Kraus-Bell, Byl Carruthers, Laura Grant Sillars
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 1034 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B91N3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary Collection" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Oprah Winfrey will donate 100% of Harpo's net profits from the sale of the Oprah Winfrey DVD Collection to Oprah's Angel Network®. A charitable foundation dedicated to helping educate and advance women and children around the world.
  • For the first time, Oprah reveals her candid thoughts and feelings about the biggest moments and interviews in 20 years of history-making television.
  • Disc One
  • The Beginning: look back at Oprah's earliest days; includes rare, never-before-seen footage
  • Heartprints: Some of the guests who touched Oprah's heart forever
  • The Stars: Act 1: John Travolta, Julia Roberts, Barbara Walters and more!
  • Disc Two
  • AHA! Twenty years of lessons…Oprah's lightbulb moments!
  • Surprise! Caught off guard! Birthdays, marriage proposals and other amazing surprises!
  • Home: Private tours of celebrity homes, room makeovers and decorating with Nate Berkus!
  • The Stars, Act 2: Bill Cosby, The Judds, Madonna and more
  • Disc Three
  • The Interviews: Highlights of Oprah's most fascinating one-on-ones
  • Oprah's Firsts: There's nothing Oprah hasn't tried in 20 years
  • The Stars, Act 3: Halle Berry, Michael J. Fox, Beyoncé Knowles and more!
  • Disc Four
  • The Headlines: Oprah opens up about some of the biggest news events of the last 20 years.
  • Makeover Hall of Fame: Oprah's many looks, plus amazing transformations—you won't recognize them
  • The Stars, Act 4: Chris Rock, Celine Dion, Jim Carrey, Bono and more
  • Disc Five
  • Weight: Includes highlights from the biggest show in Oprah history
  • Books: The inside story on Oprah's Book Club
  • Angels: See how the Angel Network changes lives worldwide.
  • The Stars, Act 5: Stars of Sex and the City, Everybody Loves Raymond and more
  • Wildest Dreams: The cars, the bus and the dreams come true.
  • Disc Six
  • Oprah's 50th Birthday Bash! The entire celebration, including Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up"
  • Christmaskindness: Oprah's life-changing trip to Africa
  • Behind-the-Scenes: A day in the life of The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Laughs! Hilarious moments caught on camera

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The Stars. The Stories. The Moments. An unprecedented six-disc collection celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Show, one-on-one with Oprah Winfrey herself. See exclusive never-before-seen footage, never-before-heard thoughts and personal revelations, as Oprah takes a candid, open and look back at all the most memorable moments of 20 years of history-making television. Get the inside story on Oprah's all-time favorite guests, surprises, celebrities and the people that have touched Oprah's heart forever. Share Oprah's personal perspective on the stories that made headlines, the interviews she'll never forget and more! Plus, go on a personal tour of Oprah's home, watch never-before-seen footage from the beginning years of The Oprah Winfrey Show and take an exclusive look behind the scenes of a day in the life of The Oprah Winfrey Show! Twenty extraordinary years...from Oprah to you. Oprah Winfrey will donate 100% of Harpo's profits from the sale of this DVD Collection to Oprah's Angel Network.


Behold the power of Oprah. Whether you hate her, worship her, or liked her better when she was overweight, no one can deny the influence Oprah Winfrey has had on television and pop culture at large. Now the two decades of moments have been condensed into a six-disc collection, to benefit her Oprah's Angel Network®. The set kicks off with Oprah's humble beginnings, her most tear-jerking guests, and episodes to equip others, such as defense strategies against attackers, sex offenders, and kidnappers. Each disc has a different set of montages: following her weight gain/loss/gain/loss; her Book Club® ; her serious interviews (Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy Jr.); home makeovers; and some of her now-regrettable "firsts" attempts, such as filming a music video and wearing a Tina Turner wig. Each disc also contains highlights of Oprah's celebrity interviews, from "friends" like John Travolta, Maria Shriver, and Julia Roberts, to a couch-jumping Tom Cruise (yes, it’s on there), and the interview with Elizabeth Taylor she calls her all-time worst. She's also very candid about her changing looks and how she handles the tears that flow during taping.

Twenty years have wrought many changes in Oprah's connection with her audience. She started as an effervescent reporter struggling to prove there was room on the talk-show circuit for a black Everywoman (incidentally, it was Roger Ebert who, during a dinner date, suggested she go for syndication). You can see over time how that dynamic changed: Oprah, who claims to shun fame (she always puts quotes around "celebrity" like she doesn't get it), starts wearing it like a badge when she's rolling with the A-listers, as if to let the audience know she can sit at the cool kids' table, but will also bend down to grace you from her pedestal. As a one-woman empire, she knows all too well that she's worshiped by many women in America, and often her guru ways can come off as self-congratulatory. Yet you can't deny her later-years role of fairy godmother has been the most fascinating. One of the only two full-length episodes in the collection involves her journey to South Africa, where she gave gifts to some 50,000 children. (Though oddly, this was paired with the other full-length episode, her opulent 50th birthday party.) She describes how she surprised each member of her studio audience with a brand-new car not because she wanted to shock some people, but because each audience member was selected specifically because they needed one. She rewards hardworking, giving people with lavish gifts they deserve--a home, a Porsche, a college scholarship. Even if you don't watch the show regularly, that aspect alone will pique your admiration. It's almost scary how much power Oprah has, but it's nice to see her using that power for good. --Ellen A. Kim

Customer Reviews

This dvd collection is a must-have for all Oprah fans.
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You truly have used the skills that God gave you to help others;which inspires me to do the same.
You will laugh, you will cry and your heart will be warmed over and over!
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82 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Fuinnimh on January 4, 2006
Format: DVD
Born on January 29, 1954, Oprah Gail Winfrey faced a mountain of challenges as a newborn baby .. born to teenage parents, she was black, she was female, she was poor.. not just poor...po!

Oprah's mother, Vernita Lee an 18 year old maid. Her father, Vernon Winfrey, a 20 year old serving in the armed forces. According to Oprah, her conception resulted from a single encounter - one time!

Her first break, being raised on a Mississippi farm by her grandmother. Oprah credits living with her grandmother probably saved her life. She taught her to read, introducing her to her first public speaking role, reading at the local church at age 3..

At age 6, Vernita, wanted her young daughter, so Oprah got packed off to Milwaukee remaining there till age 13. She was forced to sleep outside by her mother's employer who disliked her yet favored her young sister. She was raped by a cousin when she was nine years old and later molested by a male friend of Vernita's, and by an uncle. Like many people, she repressed her anger and pain, never told anyone, and rebelled, running away repeatedly, and by her own admission was promiscuous.

Her mother, unable to cope, tried to put her to a detention home. Oprah gets a break when the home refuses her admission as there were no openings. She gets her third break going to live with her father Vernon in Nashville. She became pregnant, and gave birth to a stillborn baby boy at 14. The death of her baby devastated her and she vowed to turn her life around. Vernon's discipline and high standards helped.

Five years later Oprah Winfrey's career starts in Nashville in 1973, as WTVF's youngest and first ever African American news anchor, moving in 1976 to Baltimore. Here, she changes roles taking over People Are Talking in 1978.
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82 of 98 people found the following review helpful By S. Moran on November 9, 2005
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I was able to get a peek at an advance screening copy and I have to say no fan will be disappointed. Not only are all of the best moments included

but Oprah talks, reminisces, laughs and walks you through all of it. I heard things I've never heard before and found out what Oprah was thinking

during all the big shows I watched over the years.

This is so much more than a "best of" collection. Oprah gives it up!
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Alex Honda on December 19, 2005
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From her earlier beginnings as a field reporter, to the superstar and host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," this
DVD set shows the incredible evolution Oprah Winfrey has gone through. It's packed with hours of footage, including some that never made it to air, of the past 20-years of Oprah's nationally syndicated show.

Some highlights include: Oprah talking about her role in "The Color Purple," non-celebrity guests who have left a deep impact on her life, her audition reel when she tried out for the Chicago news station, and the original theme song that played at the start of the show (an instrumental song composed of flutes or pipes--somehow I can't seem to get that song out of my head!).

Of course there's so much more on the set including celebrity interviews, behind the scenes footage, etc.

The one thing that I really liked about the dvds was Oprah setting up many of the clips--that viewers are about to watch-- which she explains what was going on in her mind during that time, how and why she reacted the way she did, how the audience reacted, why she chose to do that partcular story, and whether she learned anything from that segment.

I wish she did that with all of the segments, like on certain celebrities so we would learn what she thought of each one, but that would probably take way too long. For the most part, she does provide very poignant and honest commmentaries on the stories that seem to have impacted the American people.

I agree with another reviewer who wrote that one should be prepared to cry. Because there are many highlights on this box set that will move you to tears.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Pooley on March 26, 2006
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This review is written by someone who has seldom had the time or interest to watch an Oprah Show, but was at least aware that her show had become quite BIG.

The other day I was channel surfing and something about her show caught my attention. It was not only the subject, but also her ability to capture and hold the person she was interviewing. She did this with her eyes, her body language, her warmth, and her sincere desire to understand what it was like to be inside that person.

It meant asking hard questions, the answer to which we all wanted to hear--including me. So I "gave it up" for a minute to check it out. The minute became the show including the promo for her 20th Anniversary Collection.

Her compassion and honesty prompted me to order the DVD's for my daughter-in-law who I thought might enjoy them. Then, wouldn't you know, I decided I'd order myself a set to see what it was that she was going to see.

Well, hang on to your seat!!! Bring your box of tissues; be prepared to WANT to watch the whole six DVD's uninterrupted. Not only will you cry, but you will weep and sob. Not only will you chuckle, but you will laugh out loud and even find yourself belly laughing. It will pull out of you some of your own deepest memories and feelings. It will tweak you and prod you and most of all give you hope and make you smile.

This one person who you watch grow from a little nobody with a dream into one of the most interesting and interested persons in this planet today will captivate you with her charm, her "realness", and her ability to communicate the "humaness" and feelings of real down-to-earth people who live on this planet.
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