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The Best of Donny and Marie: Volume 1
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America's favorite siblings are back in this fabulous collection of the very best moments from their hit TV variety show, Donny and Marie.
Not seen since it was originally aired, this 2-disc set is filled with your favorite musical performances, comedy sketches, guest appearances and much more!
The jokes may be corny and the content squeaky clean, but it's hard to resist the toothy charms of Donnie & Marie. (When Donnie gets a call on his loafer phone, Marie quips, "That's shoe business!") No matter how crazy the characters (Captain Purple and Wonderful Woman), tacky the outfits (heavy on the rhinestones, feathers, and gold lamé), or incredible the situations (Donnie on stilts), the brother-sister duo always look like they wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Though this collection focuses on only four episodes, it does cover every year of the popular Sid and Marty Krofft-produced variety series (1976-1979). Since Marie was "a little bit country" and Donnie "a little bit rock and roll," each installment features selections from both genres--although "rock and roll" usually means R&B and disco--along with giggly sketches and skating from the Vegas-style Ice Vanities. Musical selections include "Jive Talkin'," "Yakety Yak," "I'm Your Puppet," "Dance to the Music," and "Good Day Sunshine." Guests include Charo, Paul Lynde, Ruth Buzzi, Bob Hope, Cheryl Ladd, Carl Reiner (as Carmen Miranda), and Minnie Pearl (as Shirley Temple). While the cavity-prone should steer clear of this sugary flashback, for the rest of the viewing audience, Donnie & Marie offers boundless enthusiasm, supreme silliness, and the widest smiles of the 1970s (next to Jimmy Carter). --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Having complete sets of Three's Company and Charlie's Angels, it was, therefore, such a joy to finally learn that Donny and Marie would finally be released on DVD. Inspite of the fact that this DVD set was advertised as "Volume 1" I still bought the DVD because, for me, owning this set was still better than none. Viewing the 4 select episodes with my mom last weekend (like we did 30 years ago) was a nostalgic event. We enjoyed seeing Donny and Marie all over again at their prime singing, acting and dancing their hearts out. I also still clearly recall their wonderful performance of "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" which was thankfully included in Episode 2 of this set so seeing this performance all over again was pure joy. After viewing the 4 episodes on 2 discs, (I got this DVD together with Season 6 of Golden Girls), I wanted more! I felt really disappointed that for 4 episodes, I had to pay $20.00+ which, when compared to the $27.99 cost of the Golden Girls Season 6 containing 21 episodes, was really a rip-off. It would have been such a great buy if this set was called "Donny and Marie: The Complete First Season" containing ALL episodes. When will we see that day? I am sure the manufacturers of this set had their reasons for releasing such an incomplete set but to fans like us, there is just no excuse for depriving us of the joy in seeing the complete first season and the next 3 seasons! I appeal to the people behind this set to please release the complete 4 seasons because I assure you of our complete support in purchasing the sets. The Donny and Marie Show deserves to be seen again and again by our generation and future generations as well because this show was simply brilliant and is a shining example of what great entertainment is all about. I would rate this 5-stars if it was the complete first season but due to incompleteness, I rate it only 3-stars.
Besides the fact there are only 4 episodes divided into 2 discs & only photo gallery of each episode for extras, these episodes are edited to 30 min each.
From what I remember & Donny says in the 1st season episode "We have a whole hour." The complete opening credits (animated sequence), "It takes Two" segments, solos & music videos w/flower or seagull introduction, & more comedy sketches, are all missing.
I don't know why it had to cost the same as purchasing a 20-30 episode of a tv season from any series & why each episode edited & chopped in half couldnt have just been put onto 1 disc.
But because I haven't seen an episode for over 30 yrs (while in prime time) that's why i hastily purchased this.