The Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection - His Favorite Moments From The Tonight Show (Vols. 1-3) (1962-1992)
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The DVD edition adds some superlative extras, including "Danger Johnny" segments from his first decade, short bits on the history of the show and the host, and more behind-the-scenes glances, including an intriguing way to watch the final show via unedited feeds from isolated studio cameras. Also included is the 1982 NBC special "Johnny Goes Home," which follows Carson on a tour of his rural Nebraska homeland, and a slightly edited version of the penultimate show, in which his last two guests, Robin Williams and Bette Midler, are on fire. These extras make the DVD, produced a decade after Carson left, a must-have piece of entertainment and pop history. --Doug Thomas
- Volume 1 - The Best of the 60s & 70s; The Best of the 70s & 80s
- Volume 2 - The Best of the 80s & 90s; Johnny Goes Home
- Volume 3 - 5.21.92 Episode; The Final Show
- Additional Behind-the-Scenes Footage
- "Danger Johnny" featurette
- "The Johnny Carson Story" Featurette
- Art gallery including magazine covers
- Script notes and written questions
- Guest list
- The History of the Show
- Isolated Studio Camera (ISO) recordings of final show
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It is not that the content of the shows is terrible. Far from it. It's just woefully short on material to justify the rather steep pricetag of a 3 disc set. Understanding that a lot of the tapes from the early years were destroyed years ago, there still had to be over 20 years of material to put together several more hours. Instead, there is a "Best of the 60s/70s", "Best of the 70s/80s" and "Best of the 80s/90s" segment, each about 45 minutes each. Many of the classics are here (the Ed Ames hatchet throw, George Gobel's brown shoes joke, the marmoset using Johnny's head as a restroom, Jimmy Stewart's poem about his dog Bo, even a very funny intro of future president Clinton), but there had to be more. There were no Floyd R. Turbo (who I consider the first right wing militant) bits nor was my favorite Carnac the Magnificent moment included (the answer is Sis-Boom-Bah, the question: What sound does an exploding sheep make). The latter omission is interesting because I seem to recall Carson saying at one time that that bit garned the biggest laugh in the show's history.
There's also Carson's last shows, which I actually already have on tape, so other than a better picture, it doesn't do it for me. There's also a show from 1982 when Johnny went back home to Nebraska to visit old hangouts and friends that was interesting.
In summary, some great moments, but there should have been more!
My biggest disappointment was in the way the final two shows were absolutely butchered. The next-to-last show is missing an entire segment (the classic Ed Ames segment from 1965). The major part of the segment is on disc 1, but still, deleting it from the show is unforgiveable. The final show is missing a segment as well--a classic montage of the great musical talents who passed through Studio One.
Finally, the end of the final show--Johnny's farewell--is absolutely hacked. All of the shots of audience members--Johnny's staff and family among them--were deleted. Those are some of the shots that add to the emotion of the very end of the King's reign. When the video dissolved to credits, the music stopped--Doc and the band played to the end of the actual show.
There are still good things to recommend--"Johnny Goes Home" is an interesting look at the man and his background. The camera iso footage from the last show is a good "behind the scenes" kind of thing, and the "Danger Johnny" extra is some neat, rare footage from the 1960's.
Having said all of that, the quality of the entertainment make this worth having. We'll never see the likes of Johnny Carson again. And to be fair, take a look at the extra discs in the larger "Special Collector's Edition"-the clips are longer, and show each performer in better context. Very enjoyable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Christmas gift to my brother in law. We all got to watch as a family. Very good quality and editing.Published 7 days ago by Gregory Moore
Reminds me of what late night TV should be, Johnny was and still is the best and ALL the others are imposters trying to be a late night show host!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I watched Johnny Carson when he was on and was very disappointed when I purchased this 3 dvd set. The Ultimate Collection is hardly that. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Movieman
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