- "Best Moments of Match Game" hosted by Brett Somers
- A Tribute to Gene Rayburn
- Exclusive interview with Brett Somers
- Original 1962 pilot of The Match Game
- Still gallery
Best of Match Game
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Game show in which 6 guest stars (which change from week to week) are given a humorous phrase with one word missing. The stars write down a word they think would be most appropriate for the missing word and then two contestants try to guess what the stars have chosen. A point is given for each correct match and the one with the most points wins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: TV-PG UPC: 787364750894
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much is made, for instance, of the fact that Kirstie Allie's television debut was as a Match Game contestant. an interesting piece of history, certainly, but how much, really, does it have to do with how the game goes that particular week? (do we really need all three of her episodes?) personally, i found it pretty cool at first as i recalled that Allie was in Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, but ceased to be particularly impressed upon remembering that she also somehow ended up on the very worst (not to mention most overrated) sitcom of the coming decade, Cheers.
so basically, the inevitable room for debate concerning what constitutes "best" will cast it's own shadow on the selection presented. but that being said, there's good laughs awaiting you here. i personally don't really think of Match Game as a game-show so much as an off-the-cuff comic free-for-all a' la Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and there's certainly no shortage of that element herein.
one particularly pleasant surprise is that significant (of not quite equal) time is given to the last couple of years. you hear so much about Richard Dawson's contribution that i was frankly half afraid the post-Dawson era would get the cold shoulder. don't get me wrong. i'm not trying to downplay Dawson's appeal and or contribution. it's just that when ya get right down to it, "Dickie" Dawson is to Match Game what Davy Jones was to The Monkees: no one's denying that he was a significant contributor, but he was hardly (as some would have you think) the whole damn show.
the most famous incident featured is probably the infamous "Dumb Dora's cultured pearls" incident. the contestant's answer was school, and when the show is running smoothly any sort of school would be considered close enough to match. but in this case the judges get all high-hat and reject such usually admissible embellishments as Finishing School and Scuba Diving School.
my favorite bit here is probably when the "lower tier" decides to clone the upper. Richard Dawson adopts the flibbertigibbet urbanity of Brett Somers, and Fannie Flagg the campy arrogance of Charles Nelson Reilly.
the special features are a similarly mixed bag. the interviews with Brett Somers are a fun look behind the scenes, but I was a little saddened to note how much emphasis is placed on the featured episodes. that sounds logical, but the result is that all the featured clips are things you've just seen rather than the honorable mention at least some could've been for the episodes that didn't quite make the cut.
well, the heartfelt tribute to the memory of host Gene Rayburn at least partly makes up for that.
also interesting is the original black-&-white pilot produced in 1962. about the only thing the two approaches have in common is host Gene Rayburn. this original prosaic version of the game wasn't exactly the 11:00 news, but it's still played less broadly and so seems positively somber by comparison.
so you won't regret the purchase, even if you do regret that quite a few highlights fell short of the standards of whoever was in charge of the compilation. there's room and then some for The Best Of Match Game Vol. 2, and i'm pretty sure there's demand as well.
meantime, thank God the reruns are still running GSN.
My suggestion, before making a purchase, contact a few sellers and ask if they have played all four disks without a hitch. I paid very little for this set and got them used, so am not angry but would be unhappy if I paid full price for new disks and encountered these problems.
Also, the show was best in the mid 70s when Richard Dawson was a guest. The later shows lost some punch to them. I only wish they had more shows between 1973 and 1975. I absolutely love seeing the people from this era, their hair styles, their clothing, it is like going back in a time warp and being there.
This set contains hand-picked episodes that are among the best aired, and features some of the greatest and funniest moments in the history of the show. The six celebrity panelists changed weekly, although regulars Richard Dawson, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Brett Somers appear far more than other rotating panelists. It was fun to watch the changes over the years, and was especially fun to watch the ever-escalating antics of Brett and Charles. It was truly amusing to see the great consolation prizes (including many variations on the theme of car waxing, and some truly ghastly food products and gaudy kitchen countertop laminate to serve the food upon) and hear the ever present voice of announcer Johnny Olson again.
The DVD has numerous episodes on every disc, and each disc has a special interview segment with Brett Somers. The interviews are interesting and informative and Brett comes through with the same sense of humor that made her so loveable on the show. Also included are "A Tribute to Gene Rayburn", which is informative and made me respect and appreciate him even more than I previously had, the Original 1962 pilot of "The Match Game", which is not only in black and white, but is a completely different (and much more sedate) format than the show we remember from the 1970's, as well as a still gallery of photos.
My only complaint is that there haven't been more sets released of this timeless comic game show. I hope to see more of this historical and hilarious gem in the future.