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The Very Best of the Honeymooners

3.9 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

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Rediscover the comedy classic that features bus driver Ralph Cramden and his eadering wife Alice, as well as their wacky friends Ed and Trixie in this collection of their best loved episodes. Contains "The Honeymooners Favorite Episodes Vols. 01 and 02," "Letter To The Boss," and "The Wit And Wisdom Of Ed Norton."

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A busload of material featuring Ralph Kramden, the hefty bus driver from Brooklyn immortalized by Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners, appears on this DVD, though the title is somewhat misleading. This production is more of a tribute to Gleason himself and his fellow performers, especially perennial sidekick Art Carney. A constant theme throughout is Gleason's remarkable ability to ad-lib when things went wrong on live television. Short clips of bloopers and improvisations involving characters such as the drunken playboy "Reginald Van Gleason" or the eternal sad sack "Poor Soul" appear frequently, along with monologue bits from Gleason's hour-long variety shows. In fact, the material featuring characters from The Honeymooners that appears is taken from sketches performed as part of the variety show, and include such classic bits as Ralph and Alice Kramden preparing to be contestants on Beat the Clock, Ralph trying to help his wife's sister to elope, and a full-length sketch in which Ralph thinks he's been fired and writes an ill-conceived letter to his boss. Art Carney takes a starring role in a bonus program entitled The Wit and Wisdom of Ed Norton. --Robert J. McNamara

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolph, Jack Lescoulie
  • Writers: Jackie Gleason
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305957878
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Very Best of the Honeymooners" on IMDb

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By James Helberg on December 15, 2004
I was disapointed with this DVD collection! Included are 3 clip collection segments, "Funniest Moments Vol. 1 & 2", "The Wit & Wisdom Of Ed Norton", and the full length episode "Letter To The Boss" Now, as a fan of the show,these characters, and actors who portray them I was entertained viewing this DVD. However, this does not represent the very best of the Honeymooners as the title states! A major part of the Funniest Moments bits include bloopers which in most cases they are not at their very best! I would suggest that anyone who is viewing "The Honeymooners" for the first time watch the "Original 39" episodes which are available on another collection. "The Very Best Of The Honeymooners" is best viewed by fans who have a knowledge of the history of the show and Jackie Gleason.
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When I first got my DVD, I knew I just had to have this! I've been a fan of "The Honeymooners" for as long as I can remember (I'm currently 22) and I knew I would enjoy this DVD very much! And I really do. It's something that a fan of Jackie Gleason and "The Honeymooners" should have in their collection. My problem with the DVD lies in the fact that two of the programs on here, "Funniest Moments Vol. 1 and Vol. 2" have already been released on video, and infact are in my video collection. These are nice programs to see if you're interested in not just "Honeymooners" clips, but also clips of Reggie Van Gleason, Joe the Bartender, and other classic Jackie Gleason characters. The third program is one that I had not seen before, "The Wit and Wisdom of Ed Norton," which is a salute to our favorite sewer worker. Again, a very nice program with some pretty good clips. The final program is "Letter To The Boss," which is an entire "Honeymooners" skit from November 14, 1953. This is one of the first "long" skits featuring these characters, and while this is a nice one to feature, there probably are better skits to use. However, the quality is nice and clear (for a kinescope) but why just present the skit? Would it have hurt MPI to release the entire "Jackie Gleason Show" from that week with the June Taylor Dancers and Gleason's monologue included, as well as credits and commercials? That would have made this an automatic 5 stars! I think this is worth having, but like my title says, a good start to introducing a classic to the digital age.
Before I close, I would just like to mention that there are several "still lost" episodes in the vaults.
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The "Very Best of" is a only a snapshot. I wish there were more completed episodes included. ( ie. top 10 shows ). There was one weak episode. If you are a "Honeymooners" buff this will only wet your appetite for more. There is almost 2 hours of entertainment.
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I agree with the previous excellent review, in that THIS, "The Very Best Of The Honeymooners," is not THE BEST of The Honeymooners as the title implies, which I especially want to caution those who want to purchase this. By all means, it is a very excellent DVD without a doubt, for any Jackie Gleason fan. And it does contain many hilarious excerpts of the Honeymooners. However, this also contains wonderful excerpts taken from Mr. Gleason's variety shows too. Yet what I cherish most are the bloopers showing all the many amazing instances where Mr. Gleason alone,

or Mr. Gleason and Mr. Carney and other cast members, managed to sail right through them all! There is even the clip from when Mr. Gleason broke his leg in a 1954 skit during live television, yet he somehow still finished it! Now talk about how "the show must go on!"

That is incredible! So if you are a fan of Jackie Gleason, you WILL want to add this to your collection, even if it isn't exactly what the title implies.
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WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A FOUR-STAR PRODUCT WAS REGULARLY INTERRUPTED BY A NARRATOR WHO THOUGHT HE WAS A COMEDIAN. HE WASN'T. THE FUNNY STUFF SHOULD HAVE BEEN LEFT TO THE PROS WHO DIDN'T NEED ANY HELP.
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I agree with everything that the first reviewer stated. Except one thing, mine won't be collecting dust on the shelf. It will definately be a regular watch for me.
I do hope that a nice box set of all episodes will be put out on DVD. That would be a nice opportunity to put the anniversary show on. And if they could get the european episodes that would be a really nice bonus.
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It is a shame that the Generation X kids of today, truly
do not understand the genius of the Honeymooners, as the
reveiws before this one would indicate. This DVD is a
treasure to have, and the show will live on, revival after
revival. The quality is as expected, for the time made,
but still packs plenty of laughs, and some clips you may
never have seen before.
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This was back in the classic age of television. This television show, the honeymooners, is a clear example of the genious Gleason had for putting on a show. Back then, television had class. They were very basic story lines but back then they didn't need an elaborate script to cover up bad acting like they do now. Sure, they can call the actors nowadays stars, but the stars of the honeymooners were REAL stars. The brilliancy and capability of mind to ad lib whenever something didn't go as planned still amazes me to think that they could do something as hard as that spur of the moment. To cover up a mistake when you know one without breaking a smile is super acting. The hilarious episodes portrayed in this DVD only points out the case more that they don't make television like they used to. The Honeymooners are always fun to pull out and you'll always laugh; even if you had seen it a hundred times. That there points out that no show will ever be able to come close to the genious of Jackie Gleason and the charm of '50's television.
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