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The Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection - His Favorite Moments From The Tonight Show (Vols. 1-3) (1962-1992) (1962)

Johnny Carson , Ed McMahon  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Carson Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2003
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068WS7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection - His Favorite Moments From The Tonight Show (Vols. 1-3) (1962-1992)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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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Heeere's Johnny . . . in his favorite moments from four decades of the Tonight Show, selected by the King of Late Night himself. Includes Carson classics like Carnac and Aunt Blabby, monologue jokes, couch time with Ed McMahon, and performances by Dean Martin, David Letterman, and Robin Williams, among others. Includes the emotional final show and hilarious Animal Hijinks. Color and black & white, 4 hours 28 min. on 3 DVDs.

Culled from 30 years of material, this collection of moments from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson contains some of most inspired bits of lunacy ever recorded. Whether cajoling with Hollywood's biggest stars or normal folk with special talents, Carson was a master of finding the right joke, with timing second to none. Along with bits of his opening monologues, skits, and early standup appearances from the likes of David Letterman and Eddie Murphy, there are many highlights with perhaps the perfect Carson guest--exotic animals that stole the show. This collection was released shortly after Carson's reign ended in 1992. Although most of the tapes from his first decade are lost, there are plenty of highlights from the '70s through the '90s. Also included is Carson's touching and historic "Final Show," which finds the host simply talking to his audience and showing highlights--or just the faces--from his years on the set. Although many followed--and a few have even succeeded--Carson's Midwest charm made him the king of TV in a period when America was defined by television.

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

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140 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the King! June 21, 2002
By A Customer
As one of the millions that sorely miss the wit and wisdom of Johnny Carson, I was especially pleased to receive this "best of" DVD collection. The three DVD's feature the best moments from the show - divided by decade - from the 60's through the 90's, and also include the complete second-to-last show (with Bette Midler and Robin Williams) and the final show, along with a documentary on Johnny I had never seen before. The remastering quality is great. There is a fun little short film called "Danger Johnny", and one of the most interesting things about the DVD's are the ISO CAMS, that allow you to pick the camera angles to view some of the programs. You can even view scenes from Johnny's perspective. The menu options are terrific, and the packaging very deluxe. If you are a fan of classic television, this is a great addition to your library - and I plan to send them as gifts to family members I know miss Johnny too.
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261 of 285 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What's There Is Great, But There Should Be A Lot More August 18, 2004
I himmed and hawed about purchasing the Carson DVD package. I always loved Johnny's anniversary shows where he would break out old clips from over the years along with the highlights of the year just ended. So the package seemed intringing, but I decided to rent first. Good decision.

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!
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Believe It's Been Ten Years Since Johnny Left January 9, 2003
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No matter what happens, Johnny Carson was, is and always will be the greatest late night host ever and one of the most towering figures in television history. David Letterman is terrific, but even he pales next to Carson. It's amazing to think that it's already been ten years since Johnny retired. This DVD collection brings it all back and reminds us all of just how great Carson was. (The Ed Ames tomahawk throwing segment just might be the funniest moment in TV history) The only disappointing thing about this set is that it does not include that much material from the first ten years. It's sad that so much classic material was lost. However, the set has a very comprehensive sample of Carson's funniest moments from over the years and show why Johnny will always be the King of Late Night.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Carson is for Real. June 22, 2002
By A Customer
The boxed set goes straight to the very best of Johnnie. No fillers or wasted space, just one funny or interesting scene after another, from the famous tomahawk throwing sequence that Johnnie handles with magnificent adlibs to a scene wth Bob Hope, Dean Martin and George Gobel that is pricesless to his final show with Robin Williams and Bette Middler. We have watched these DVD's over and over. Makes you realize how Jay L. and Dave L. just don't come close to the one and only Johnny..
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3.0 out of 5 stars Non-existing quality control mars existing material June 23, 2005
If you have the VHS tape collection that was released in the 1990's, you may want to hold on to them. This collection contains the same episodes, however, there are some segments that were trimmed. For instance, within the actual video files themselves on the DVD are the opening title cards used on the VHS tapes, e.g. "KING OF LAUGHS!" The control files on the DVD, though, start playing the video after that. However, the major disappointment is in however actually authored these DVD's.

Sloppy and erroneous programming abounds on these discs. For instance, if you use your remote to try to access the main menu directly, the 1 to 2 minute opening introduction plays. You can Next skip past this BUT it loads the next video file in the stream, which on these discs can be any of the sub menus from the main menu. You're forced to watch through it or fast forward just to get to the main menu again. Disc 2 is entirely unforgivable because it's Scenes menu for The Best Of The 80's And 90's does not work at all on any player I tested, stand alone, computer, or otherwise! Select your favorite scene, and, oh! Nope! It acts as a Start button instead, playing the VERY FIRST scene. Regardless of the Scene you pick!

There are abundant video errors, too, converting the material. Granted, some of the source video is not the best. Many of the surviving Carson shows only exist on kinescope, basically using a film camera to record the broadcast off of a TV screen. Still, most of the errors are in existing color material that has aired fine before on the VHS tapes and on TV. For instance, one scene from Disc 1 clearly goes into off shades of solid green colors for a few frames. Another develops wavy static momentarily. Another has pixelated pink that shows up.
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From what I can see in the reviews of this set here, there are some sketches missing from the DVD release. One notable omission appears to be of the late Sam Kinison.
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