Best of All Star Family Feud
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This wonderful collection gathers the best moments from Richard Dawson's tenure in 28 all-star matchups. Some of the celebrity feuds include Soap vs. All My Children, The Love Boat vs. Eight Is Enough, Welcome Back Kotter vs. Barney Miller and more on 4 DVDs. 1976-85/color/12 hrs/TV-PG/fullscreen.
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The shows typically don't get past the 'Double' round because they take so much time at the beginning promo-ing the casts. And they don't have Batman or Lost in Space, so bad vibes to the people who made the packaging. In fact, it would have been nice if they listed the shows that are on the four DVDs on the box.
As far as the production quality of the DVD, it's more noticeable because the DVD menus are so crisp and sharp. But this is a TV show from the 70's and early 80's, so you can't expect it to be that good. The first Terminator movie had worse production quality than this. I've heard that you can convert film to High Definition, but this was probably originally tape instead of film, which is cheaper (hence why The Terminator movie used it). Regardless, even though I'm watching it on my 50" plasma TV, there are very few times that I even notice the quality once I initially get past the jolt at the beginning going from the menu to the show.
Anyway, it's 720 minutes of entertainment for less than $15. If they had a 'best of' section or a blooper section included, it would be incredible, but it's super the way it is. After you get this, you would probably enjoy the excellent Family Feud game for the iPod, as well. In fact, that's why I bought these DVDs, to show my daughter that one of her favorite iPod games was originally a TV show.
When I discovered these specials were available on DVD, in one package, I was elated! How I wanted to see these episodes of "Family Feud" again. On occasion, I had seen a few of them over on Game Show Network, but it wasn't very often. Now, I own all of them, or certainly a nice collection. There are other episodes not included in this package, which I would also love to see again. I am hoping a second DVD set will be released in the future. I would buy it in a second!
A previous reviewer mentioned how interviews with celebrities who appeared, like Joyce Dewitt, Marla Gibbs, Dick Van Patten, and Meredith Baxter-Birney would have most definitely been an added bonus. I could not agree more. I am sure they have memories they would have gladly shared. Another reviewer noticed how often the cast of "Eight Is Enough" was on. True, they were on a lot. The entire cast, with the exception of Betty Buckley, made an appearance. I recently discovered they often played in memory of Diana Hyland, the Mom from the first season.
My sister, who was born during the original run of "Feud", enjoyed watching these shows with me more than I thought she would. For me, it was a trip back in time. Whether you grew up during those days or not, if you know the shows, you will like this. Now, I will admit if you are a stranger to these shows (Soap, Love Boat, The Jeffersons, It's A Living, Three's Company, etc...) you might not find this all that great. However, if you remember them, you will see a lot of familiar faces. It is one of the best collections I have ever seen, and I am so glad to own it.
They also need to release a daytime TV set. This was when the soap stars would come on, and play for charity too.
(Remember: it's 1980s full screen TV!)
Generally, each of these one-hour prime time specials is divided on episode menus thusly: Team 1 vs. Team 2 is one selection. Team 3 vs. Team 4 from the same hour is selection two. The winners of these two matches play a one-question game for the grand prize on selection three.
Twice there are only two days of a five daytime show battle between the same pair of teams and one time, there's three days. A Disc Four anomaly has a contest between Gilligan's Island and Hawaiian Eye. This is supposed to be followed by two matches with Batman. Perhaps some legal issue prevented BCI from using Batman and these segments were deleted AFTER box contents had been printed up.
It's speculative, OK?
If you liked Richard Dawson's FAMILY FEUD, you too will enjoy this collection!
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF DVD CONTENTS THAT INCLUDES GUEST STARS IN
EACH CHAPTER (1-12), SEE COMMENT #1, LOCATED BELOW THIS REVIEW.