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The Ultimate Bob Hope Collection (The Great Lover / How to Commit Marriage / The Lemon Drop Kid / My Favorite Brunette / Paris Holiday / The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell / Road to Bali / Road to Rio / The Seven Little Foys / Son of Paleface) (2010)

Bob Hope  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Hope
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, 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: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Bci / Eclipse
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IU37VG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Includes:The Lemon Drop Kid (1951)Road To Rio (1947)The Great Lover (1949)Son Of Paleface (1952)Road To Bali (1952)The Seven Little Foys (1955)Paris Holiday (1958)Private Navy Of Sgt. O'Farrell (1968)How To Commit To Marriage (1969)My Favorite Burnette (1947)Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: NR UPC: 787364749898

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set---Bad Packaging January 17, 2007
If you're a fan of Bob Hope-then this is a great buy. Some Classics here including The Lemon Drop Kid, Seven Little Foys, 2 Road Movies ( Rio & Bali ) plus some of Hope's later-and lesser efforts, i.e. How to Commit Marriage etc.

Though not a fan of these later movies they're still interesting to watch, but it's the earlier stuff that makes this set well worth owning-and the price cannot be beaten.

The only drawback is that because of the budget price-tag the set is presented with five double-sided discs virtually stacked on top of each other making them easily damaged if not careful.

However, having said that, I'm very happy with this package at such a bargain price. Highly recommended.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Set March 20, 2007
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Despite the packaging - (disks pilled on top of each other so to get at the bottom disk you have to first remove the ones on top.) Very inconvientient to manage. Because of the packiaging I had to rate the set as a 4, but if I was just rating the transfers themselves I would have given it a 5. This is the best transfer of the movies included that I have ever seen. My Favorite Brunette and Road to Bali were especially good - video sharp and clear - sound acceptible for movies of this age. The color on Bali was especially good - others I've seen had very poor, washed out colors. I have been completely happy with this set and would not hesitate to recommend it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality Hope - finally! December 11, 2007
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This review is based on the one movie from the Bob Hope Collection that I've watched so far -- The Lemon Drop Kid, the classic Damon Runyon Christmas story that introduced the standard "Silver Bells" as sung by Bob, Marilyn Maxwell, and even good old William Frawley (later Fred Mertz of I Love Lucy).

If The Lemon Drop Kid is anything to go by, this set is a real winner. That movie has been remastered for DVD in much, much higher quality than previous DVD versions. Assuming that the rest of the movies are of similar quality, you really can't beat the value here -- 10 films for a very low price.

Despite what the review below says, these are not the old Brentwood DVDs of Hope films. I fully agree with that reviewer that the Brentwood DVDs were very low quality, but I can say with complete certainty that the version of The Lemon Drop Kid in this new set is definitely not the old Brentwood version. The old Brentwood version of that movie was so unwatchable, with skips and bad picture quality, that I took it back to the store for a refund. This new set, by contrast, contains an almost pristine print of The Lemon Drop Kid.

So, the picture and sound quality, the most essential elements of any DVD, are very good here. What are the set's drawbacks? Well, the DVDs offer few extra features, are double-sided, and are stacked inconveniently in the case. But for this price, you can't expect deluxe treatment. At least they seem to have done the most essential thing right in remastering the films (assuming that The Lemon Drop Kid is representative of the overall quality).

If you haven't seen The Lemon Drop Kid, it's worth buying this set just to get it (since the whole set costs little more than many single DVDs).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No mistake about it... December 23, 2007
By Howie
These *are* the old Brentwood DVDs in a new package. While this is not indicated anywhere on the packaging, it's obvious when viewing the films because the disks all open with the Brentwood logo before the obligatory FBI warning and appearance of the menu! I've also compared these to the Brentwood copies in my collection and they are identical right down to the menus and "special features" (Consisting solely of a Bob Hope biopic in text form). In no way would I consider *any* of these titles to be "remastered". Don't expect new transfers, just a good per-movie price depending on which of these you don't already own.

Picture quality is acceptable for the price of this set but as one reviewer has said, it's "muddy" on some films. On the B/W films you'll find generally poor contrast with fine distinction in black levels almost gone. The worst B/W print is "The Great Lover" which appears as if you are looking through gauze. The other B/W prints range from Fair to Good. The color prints are in better shape but still a bit inconsistent. Colors tend to be good to excellent. On all films don't be suprised to see streaks, scratches, bad edits from "repair work", missing bits ("The Great Lover" has a bad edit in the middle of one of the songs causing a portion to be missing) and other anomolies. However, nothing is bad enough to make the films unwatchable and they *are* generally much better quality than VHS copies I've seen. These are ALL Full-Screen even though several were originally filmed in Wide-Screen ratios. "Paris Holiday" teases you by starting in OAR and switches to FS about 5 minutes in!

Considering that "The Lemon Drop Kid" is currently OOP with the Brentwood copies going for upwards of $30(!) this set is a good value for that title alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe The Brass! July 14, 2008
All the names in movie reviews call "The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell " a BOMB, but nothing could be less true! This is a later Hope movie, full of the unexpected, giving us a lighter view of WWII in the South Pacific. This film combines the hilarity of Bob Hope with the comic genius of Phyllis Diller, giving us the answer to the big question: what do a bunch of army and navy men do on a tropical island with no women and no beer?! The answer? Try to get nurses flown in, and get Diller and a bunch of male nurses insted; then, go after a sunken supply ship full of beer yourself! In between, find your long lost love (Gina Lollobrigida).
At 24, I am the 2ed of 6 children, and this movie never fails to get a laugh and smile. So I say, watch it and decide for youself!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy
Beware of this collection. At least two of the films - Seven Little Foys and Lemon Drop Kid - are severely truncated, with musical numbers cut out, presumably to avoid paying for... Read more
Published 23 months ago by richard zoglin
4.0 out of 5 stars ROAD TO BALI
I have been looking for a really good transfer of this = the only Technicolor Road film --
this is it - it is sharp, detailed and rich -- like the best of Paramount's color... Read more
Published on January 9, 2010 by Philip R. Jaeger
2.0 out of 5 stars I Hoped For Better (get it?)
I hate to be the fly in the ointment, but although these are some wonderful films, the transfers left much to be desired in most cases. Read more
Published on October 26, 2009 by Hussein In The Membrane
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat of a disapointment
I was somewhat disappointed with the video tranfer & quality. I have been waiting forever to find "The Lemon Drop Kid" on DVD. Read more
Published on September 20, 2009 by Peps
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Seeing
At bargain basement price, you will love this collection of Bob Hope movies. These ten DVD movies has been digitally remastered. Read more
Published on March 16, 2009 by Don Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back the good ole days
My wife heard that the Lemon Drop Kid, starring Bob Hope, was a great movie that included horses - she has two horses. She wanted the video as a Christmas present. Read more
Published on January 14, 2009 by David Snodgrass
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for 10 DVDs
The collection of Bob Hope movies makes it easy to familiarize yourself or reconnect with 10 good DVDs of Hope classics. Read more
Published on January 1, 2009 by ROBERT GENTLEMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate bob hope collection
the ultimate bob hope collection is to be proud of in any movie collectors cabnet, my favorites are the "lemon drop kid " eddie foy and the seven little foys " i can watch them... Read more
Published on October 14, 2008 by J. M. Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars A great deal for great movies
This was the first set of movies that I ever bought of Bob Hope and I had high expectations and all my expectations were met. Read more
Published on July 16, 2008 by Samantha Marie Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars A No Frills Diamond
While not the place to look if one is seeking booklets of material, outtakes, interviews or other special features, this set of 10 movies delivers quality production and sound on... Read more
Published on May 14, 2008 by Best Of All
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THE LEMON DROP KID (1951), ROAD TO RIO (1947), THE GREAT LOVER (1949), SON OF PALEFACE (1952), ROAD TO BALI (1952), THE SEVEN LITTLE FOYS (1955), PARIS HOLIDAY (1958), PRIVATE NAVY OF SGT. O'FARRELL (1968), HOW TO COMMIT TO MARRIAGE (1969), and MY FAVORITE BRUNETTE (1947).
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