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The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show - Unforgettable Performances [VHS] (1991)

Julie Andrews , Carol Burnett , Andrew Solt  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julie Andrews, Carol Burnett, George Carlin, Sammy Davis Jr., Duke Ellington
  • Directors: Andrew Solt
  • Producers: Andrew Solt, Susan F. Walker
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Ent
  • VHS Release Date: April 7, 1992
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302477778
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,500 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Made for the MTV crowd February 12, 2007
Format:DVD
I suspect the five-star reviews of this DVD were written by spammers working for the company that sells it.

These compendium DVDs are routinely made by stupid jackasses who figure our attention span is only 10 seconds (the MTVers) so there's no point in showing an entire performance. What we get here is Carol Burnett talking about Ed Sullivan and occasionally throwing out little snippets of the acts. We get only a few seconds of the comedians and novelty acts, though they sometimes provide a whole song, other times a fraction of the song. This format is so annoying I didn't much like the DVD.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Retrospective--Part One! April 21, 2004
Format:DVD
This DVD highlights just a comparative few of the very special moments of the classic Ed Sullivan Show on television. It is a real treat to own and watch; the viewer plays and can replay a classic comedy routine by Jackie Gleason as well as countless novelty acts. Ed Sullivan exercised enormous control over the show and the result is quality entertainment. A very young Julie Andrews sings "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady during a episode in 1956. Sammy Davis Jr. and Ella Fitzgerald sing together in another wonderful clip. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. Some of the clips are in black and white but it doesn't diminish the viewer's enjoyment one bit. The quality of earlier color video clips is not as good as I had wished it be but color tv wasn't up to today's quality standards at that time. Although the DVD show is 98 minutes long it goes by as if it were just a few minutes. Included is a rare interview with Ed Sullivan and his wife from 1958. I would strongly recommend this DVD as a BUY! for those who want to reminisce or for anyone who wants a splendid introduction to the talents of that time.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By C. Clay
Format:DVD
I also own "Ed Sullivan - The Best of Broadway Musicals", which is a collection of about 11 full and complete performances. When I purchased this DVD collection, I had hope it too would include many full performances, but most appear to be edited.

Some highlights from this DVD: Jimmy Durante "Young at Heart" (50 Seconds); Louis Armstrong "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey" (1 Min 10 Sec); Ella Fitzgerald with Sammy Davis Jr " 'S Wonderful" (Over 2 Mins); The Beatles "Ticket to Ride" (1 Min 30 Sec); The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" (Less then 1 Min); Julie Andrews "I Could Have Danced All Night" (1 Min 30 Sec); The Doors "Light My Fire" (About 2 Min); and an Excellent Collection of Clips (Each About 1 Min) featuring The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson Five.

This is indeed a memorable collection and is nicely hosted by Carol Burnett. The DVD menu does not offer direct access to the individual performances.

This version, the "Collector's Edition" runs about 80 minutes. An almost exact version with the same title noted as "Volume 1" runs about 98 minutes. I own the VHS version of that, and it also includes a rare comedy sketch with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz - this edition does not. Obviously this DVD contains less footage then the original.

All in all, the performances get a 5; however Sofa & Ventura Entertainment each get a 1 for their poor packaging and description. I consider this a dupe of the original Volume 1 issue, with LESS programming. Exactly what is collectible about it? Nothing I am aware of.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Partial Performances January 12, 2008
Format:DVD
Why would you entitle a production "Unforgettable Performances" and then forget to include a single performance in its entirety?
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43 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a really great Shew! September 13, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Warning. If you're over 40, watching this DVD will cause waves of nostaliga to wash over you. With Carol Burnett hosting, the DVD is a montage of entertainment legends from the past half century. Unlike today where getting on Television is as easy as being willing to bare your soul and or make a complete fool out of yourself, getting on Ed Sullivan required actual talent. I can't wait for Volume 2.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of wonderful performances February 10, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The best thing about this DVD is that the performances shown appear in their entirety - not as excerpts! So many documentary collections just give you a portion of a performance. Also, the quality of the old films, especially the ones in color, is remarkable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Much Better May 12, 2009
By SAM
Format:DVD
I have to agree with a few other reviews here. Most performances are not seen in their entirety. You just starting getting into an act, and it abruptly changes to the next clip, very annoying. I still give it 3 stars, because there does not seem to be a better release out there, and it does provide a great trip down memory lane. Hopefully some company will do this show justice and release a series of Best of compilations with better editing and smoother transitions. Perhaps, one day, we will be able to download entire shows from Amazon that we can burn to our own custom made disc's. They'd better hurry though, the customer base is dwindling.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SHORT CHANGED September 11, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I am completely disappointed with this video. It is a CHEESY RIP OFF as they edit down many of the performances. There is plenty of space on a DVD to have shown these performances in their entirety from the original show and if they had made ANY effort to provide decent indexing people could have bypassed performances they may not want to have seen. There was NO reason for these cuts. Basically I bought it for the Doors "Light My Fire" video. Like most of the rock artists on the shows I remember the show vividly. Jim Morrison sang with a detached passion and virility that practically made the television smoke. They edited out about 45 seconds that literally contained the footage I bought the video to have. I would probably have bought the whole series if I weren't so disappointed with this edited down crappy memoir of the greatest variety show that has ever been. BOO to the producers of this video!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE this DVD!
Bring back Sunday nights with the Great Ed Sullivan Show!
Published 3 days ago by Betty Dreams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances
Talk about a walk down memory lane. This is such a great collection...bought both sets. Wish there was more. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show,
Love it, Real nice to watch the good oldies again. Very entertaining, I recommend this if you feel like being nostalgic, brings back good old memories! Read more
Published 8 months ago by sandra jane
5.0 out of 5 stars History of the world of entertainment
So much history of music, comedy, theatre, and more that anyone under 35 years old knows nothing about- it was so entertaining as well as educating about the early world of comedy... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paige
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely entertaining walk down memory lane.
Completely entertaining walk down memory lane to one's younger years. Couldn't tear myself away. Didn't realize the depth of Ed's talents.
Published 10 months ago by Z Zang
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the old shows
Perfect! My husband and I love watching the older shows and this one is great. I would recommend to anyone who liked tv from this time
Published 11 months ago by Teresa Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great nostalgic trip
Watched Ed Sullivan with my kids and my parents many years ago. Remember many of these performances. Brings back happy times.
Published 12 months ago by Pat Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Video Clips
A collection of treasured clips that anyone would enjoy and can't be seen anymore. Comedians, musicians, impersonators, actors. Read more
Published 17 months ago by cw
4.0 out of 5 stars A Time Capsule of Television History.
Back then, The Ed Sullivan Show was one of the biggest things ever on television, and for a good reason, because it's where many of the most famous performers in the world have... Read more
Published on July 17, 2011 by Austin Somlo
3.0 out of 5 stars The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show, vol. 1
I got a kick out of watching these old shows, they did a lot of editing it seems. The film didn't clean up too well in some cases when they made it digital. Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by R. Nelson
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