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Tony Orlando & Dawn - The Ultimate Collection (3-DVD Set) (2005)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: R2 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ALZI0G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,819 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The 3-disc package from the group that sold over 70 million records between 1970 - 1977. Tony Orlando & Dawn's already huge recording career morphed into a hit weekly CBS-TV variety show. Never before available on any home video format, this is the first and only Tony Orlando & Dawn video collection of any kind - in living, digitally remastered color! DVD extras include Tony Orlando on The Tonight Show with guest host Freddie Prinze, Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent (Dawn) in a segment from the show Fridays with Don Novello as Father Guido Sarducci, a clip from The Carol Burnett Show: a parody with Harvey Korman as Tony and Carol Burnett & Vicki Lawrence as Dawn and more. These highlights from the 1974-1977 CBS variety show are a virtual who's-who of Hollywood legends, including Jackie Gleason, Danny Thomas, Jerry Lewis, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Phyllis Diller, Joey Bishop, Anne Meara, Dom Deluise and more. Also included are 70s favorites Freddie Prinze, George Carlin, Ted Knight, Georgia Engel, Loretta Swit, Ruth Buzzi and Adrienne Barbeau. Also featured are musical guests Alice Cooper and Neil Sedaka, plus baseball great Hank Aaron and one entire show with the gang from Hee Haw!

If American television watchers craved intellectual stimulation, then Nova would top the Nielsen ratings and C-SPAN2 would enjoy boffo viewership. Since that's obviously not the case, what we end up with is decidedly middlebrow fare like Tony Orlando & Dawn. This mid-'70s variety show is neither very bad nor especially good; instead, these three discs (a total of eleven shows) are a thoroughly undemanding way to kill a few hours (nine, to be exact, including extras).

When the CBS network scheduled their show as a mid-summer replacement in 1974, Orlando and Dawn (Joyce Vincent and Telma Hopkins) were enjoying a string of kitschy but catchy hits like "Knock Three Times," "Candida," and, of course, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree." Like those songs, the TV show offers light, often corny entertainment with nary an edge to be found. The format is similar to that of The Sonny & Cher Show, which preceded it by a few years (and which was released in a three-DVD set by the same studio, R2 Entertainment, in 2004), combining comedy sketches, appearances by a variety of guest stars, and plenty of music, including the trio's own material and various popular songs of the day. Orlando plays the Sonny role to the hilt, wearing a succession of ridiculous outfits (cowboy, kung fu fighter, vaudeville entertainer, etc.) and standing by good-naturedly as the girls take caustic potshots at him. An average vocalist at best, he readily hands over the spotlight to Vincent and Hopkins, superior singers who perform both solo and together and whose weekly appearances as soul sisters Moreen and Lou Effy are among the better comedy bits. Indeed, Orlando's easy charm and lack of pretense (not to mention his big hair) are probably the show's strongest suits; here's a guy who was on a roll, happy just to be there and loving every minute of it. So what if their versions of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" and Isaac Hayes' "Theme from 'Shaft'," to name just two, are cringe-inducing? The latter, at least, is played for laughs, and the studio audience (consisting largely of the kind of folks who clap on the one-beat), especially the older ladies, can't get enough of this stuff.

The guests are fairly predictable, ranging from old pros (an ebullient Jackie Gleason, a sentimental Danny Thomas, a zany Phyllis Diller) to stars of then-current TV shows (Freddie Prinze, Ted Knight, Loretta Swit), with a few oddball choices (Alice Cooper, George Carlin, homerun king Hank Aaron--who sings!) as well. Among the bonus features are Orlando's appearance on "The Tonight Show" (with Prinze subbing for Johnny Carson), a mildly amusing bit with Dawn and Don "Father Guido Sarducci" Novello on "Fridays," and Carol Burnett's take-off on Orlando's TV show. --Sam Graham

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true television treasure! Bring on Volume Two! October 17, 2005
Others have written wonderful reviews of this extraordinary DVD collection and I share their enthusiasm wholeheartedly. There is not one DVD set in my collection that I've enjoyed more than this one. Tony, Joyce, and Telma are three of the most talented artists to ever grace the stage and their show is a joy to watch. A show such as theirs is a true television treasure and deserves to be preserved on DVD in its entirety.

A long time ago television was really like this! It made you laugh and sing along. Tony and Dawn introduced us to many guest stars - some no longer with us. We laughed up a storm with Jackie Gleason, Ted Knight, Phyllis Diller, Dom DeLuise, Ruth Buzzi, Danny Thomas, Milton Berle, and the incredible Freddie Prinze. Tony and Dawn sang their own hits and every other style of music be it soul, country, gospel, or pop. Tony, Joyce, and Telma knew how to have fun with their guests and their audience and the camaraderie shines here! The audience finales alone (all unscripted) feature more humor and fun than any modern day sitcom. This show made you feel good and, thanks to this DVD collection, it still has the power to do just that.

I am fortunate to have ten installments of this series on VHS that were recorded several years ago from The Nostalgia Channel. Most (but not all) of those ten are beautifully restored here; and we also have the additional "Juke Box" feature to enjoy. The "Extras" are great too; but how great it would be to see the two Christmas episodes of "Tony Orlando and Dawn" on DVD! And then there's an appearance or two (or more?) of Tony with Freddie Prinze on "Dinah", not to mention their appearance together on "Chico and the Man".
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious Memories of the 1970's January 28, 2006
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This DVD set is truly a reminder of the quality of past television programs. The music was something you could sing along to and the comedy was truly worthy of the name. If you remember when this show was popular you will thoroughly enjoy reliving the memories. If you are too young to remember the show this is a chance to see what you missed. The set contains three DVD's with four shows on each one. After watching the first show I had to keep going until I had seen all four programs on the first DVD. The price for this set is not steep considering the quality you are getting. It would certainly be very easy to watch the same program several times. If there are people in nursing homes who would remember the Tony Orlando and Dawn show it would be an uplifting experience for them to view these shows again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY.. GO GET IT!! September 16, 2005
I recently got the new Tony Orlando & Dawn DVD's and I cannot tell you how truly impressed I was. I remember watching this show as a kid on it truly brought me back to my childhood big time. This DVD set is filled with wonderful laughs, songs, comedy, guest stars and memories you will want to watch over and over again. It's truly a classic collection of TV history that is a must have for any Tony & Dawn fan. Even if you are too young to remember the show, this is still a great purchase for anyone to make. You will see why Tony & Dawn were one of the most popular groups of their time. This is 9 hours of laughs, music and fun for the whole family to enjoy. I urge you to go out and purchase this truly awesome DVD collection. Believe me, you won't be disappointed. After watching these shows, you will probably find yourself looking for tickets to Tony's next concert! Enjoy!! Denise Molinaro

Also recommended: Tony Orlando Book - Halfway To Paradise.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Fun! December 1, 2005
These programs are a lot of fun to watch for so many reasons. First you can watch Tony grow with each show. At first he looks completely out of place, but as each show goes along he gets more and more comfortable. The singing of course is great and the fact that they give Tony his own songs and then they give Dawn their own songs to sing is wonderful (you have to wonder why Dawn never went out on their own). Watching the shows opens a door to the times. Some of the things that are talked about are so current for today, but it is also interesting to see what they were able to say and do with topics that people are still having a hard time talking about.

The bottom line is that these are fun shows to watch and they make you miss the good old days of the 70's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! A must have for any Tony Orlando and Dawn fan! September 17, 2005
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I love this dvds! I've been waiting for years for them to do this! I remember watching these shows as a child, I love that they have these shows on dvd! It brings me back to my childhood ever time I watch them, which is all the time!LOL! If you a Tony Orlando and Dawn fan and have been for years, like I am, you will love these dvds and watch them over and over again! I hope they make future volumes!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally DAWN breaks... November 13, 2005
and what a wonderful day it is! The set is packaged most elegantly. You can tell loving fans of this group put this together. The jukebox portion is worth the price of admission alone. I have always been a fan of TOAD and hope this boxed set brings them new fans from this generation. Thanks to bringing my old friends back.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POPULAR SHOW FOR #1 TRIO OF 70S COMES TO DVD September 24, 2005
R2 Entertainment follows the bestselling Sonny & Cher Ultimate Collection up with another outstanding 3 DVD set for Tony Orlando & Dawn. Tony Orlando & Dawn already had a string of hit records and deep roots in the music industry with Tony Orlando being a veteran of the famous Alden Building and Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent having been top Motown and Stax session singers when CBS asked them to enter the television arena. While many music acts saw their hit records dwindle before or after taking on a TV series, Tony Orlando & Dawn continued to hit the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and/or AC charts during and after ("Sing" #7 AC-1977) the four season run of their show including the #1 smash "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)". You'll see many of those hits performed here. The guest list includes Jackie Gleason, Jerry Lewis, Alice Cooper, Freddie Prinze, Neil Sedaka, Hank Aaron, Milton Berle, Phyllis Diller, Ruth Buzzi, Art Carney, Buck Owens, Tammy Wynette, and Anne Meara who wrote some the sketches she appears in. There's also a bevy of CBS series stars like Ted Knight, Georgia Engel, Nancy Walker, and Loretta Swit who shines in a musical number as none other than "Sweet Gypsy Rose" herself. Also featured is George Carlin who was a regular in the "Rainbow Hour" edition. The set also includes a healthy helping of the hilarious running sketch series "Lou Effy & Moreen" with original characters created and played by Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent some say were the inspiration for another female comedy duo to come along a few years later with the intitials "L & S". The only mistake is the cutting from one segment of Kate Smith who was probably just one show shy of being a regular and very "motherly" to Tony and the girls during her many visits to the show. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had forgotten how funny a variety show could be
I had forgotten how funny a variety show could be....until i got this!!! As a fan of FREDDIE PRINZE SR it was wonderful to see his talent beyond Chico and the MAN.
Published 3 months ago by miss miriam
5.0 out of 5 stars He is still out there performing and love going back and watching the...
Been following Tony since 1973! He's an exceptional entertainer. He is still out there performing and love going back and watching the old tv show!
Published 3 months ago by Susan Dietrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD !
Tony Orlando & Dawn-The Ultimate Collection is very good. A compilation DVD of their television show, it is entertaining. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Nolting
5.0 out of 5 stars Music that Everyone Loved
How can you not like the showmanship and sing along music of Tony Orlando and Dawn? Knock Three Times - Gypsy Rose - Who's in the strawberry Patch with Sally Tonight - and many... Read more
Published 7 months ago by TazTopic Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I Know Who My Son Modeled His Hairstyle After!
First, this was exactly as the seller described - and more. I bought it as a used item in 'like new' condition and it was perfect. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Prove It To Me
5.0 out of 5 stars tony orlando
Very much enjoyed this I would recommend it to all who have enjoyed this show when on tv. So entertaining
Published 9 months ago by CountryLady
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane
Take a trip down memory lane to the 1970s with a group that dominated television and the air-waves for a few years. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, great skits!
This collection of Tony Orlando and Dawn, is very entertaining. When I ordered it, I thought I had ordered the CD collection. It was given to my mother as a gift. Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by NanS
5.0 out of 5 stars TONY, TELMA & JOYCE
This dvd brings back so many fond memories of Tony Orlando & Dawn.. They were a magical threesome who put out some great music from it's time. Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by HONCHO
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Coverage of old TV Show
This is a great collection to have in library. I had forgotten how funny "Dawn" were with their one liners. Read more
Published on October 23, 2009 by Foxy Lady
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Knock Three Times?
Those songs are included in the DVD's. There is a jukebox feature on the DVD's where you can just choose a song that was performed on the show.
Aug 15, 2006 by ChiKat |  See all 4 posts
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