Best of Ed Sullivan Show 18 DVD Deluxe Collection
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This is the Best of The Ed Sullivan Show 18 DVD Collection by Time Life Ed Sullivan treated viewers to the the greatest talents of all time—the legends of music, comedy, stage, and screen No one had a better eye for talent. Ed Sullivan presented an incredible array of extraordinary acts on the greatest variety show in the history of television, and now they’re gathered into one essential collection. It’s all here—brilliant comics, Hollywood luminaries, musical performances from gospel to Broadway to pop to rock, stirring inspirational recitals, dazzling novelty acts, and a patriotic tribute to honor the nation. Featuring Elvis Presley in his debut appearance that attracted a record-breaking TV audience of more than 60 million viewers! Plus, exclusive interviews with the folks who were there, sharing their favorite memories from those 23 years. Order this Best of Ed Sullivan 18 DVD Set today!
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This is okay nostalgic entertainment, for die-hard fans only, just over 7 hours spread over 6 discs, so the packaging is a bit overproduced and consequently overpriced, it's as if all 7 hours could have fit onto 1 or 2 discs, these seem to be compilations of PBS specials. I would have liked to have seen more musical performances, some of the clips only presented part of a song and the first 2 discs had quite a few of the same performers. There are still a few memorable moments, especially seeing Jackie Mason giving Ed the finger, Sonny & Cher singing 'I Got You Babe' and the Doors only appearance doing 'Light My Fire'. But for this price, I would have expected at least 20 hours of entertainment. And the picture/audio quality leaves a LOT to be desired.
This is what you get. a 4 page leaflet is included with the descriptions.
Disc 1 - Unforgettable Performancees (1:15) - The BEST Disc
Carol Burnett hosts this disc with performances by Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz,Barbra Streisand, Bobby Darin, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and others. An extra bonus feature is an interview with Ed & Sylvia Sullivan, the only surviving camera interview.
Disc 2 - 50th Anniversary Special (0:45)
The Smothers Brothers host this show include George Carlin,Richard Pryor,Marlon Brando,Humphrey Bogart,Fred Astaire,Sonny&Cher,Jackson 5, The Supremes,The Beatles,Elvis,Janis Joplin,The Byrds and more. The interview with Ed & Sylvia Sullivan is repeated again on this disc...which is only 45 minutes long! - I thought only IMAX had the nerve to put out such a short DVD.
Disc 3 - The All-Star Comedy Special (1:15)
Mary Tyler Moore introduces performances by Jack Benny,Milton Berle,Carol Burnette,George Carlin,Moms Mabley,Phyllis Diller,Bob Hope,Rodney Dangerfield,Richard Pryor,Joan Rivers,The Smothers Brothers and more.
Disc 4 - World's Greatest Novelty Acts (0:55)
Includes spinners, jugglers, contortionists, balancing acts, gymnasts and acrobats There's no host on this one, probably did not make the PBS Specials.Some mediocre fuzzy picture/audio quality on many of these acts takes away from the performances, one guy eating and smoking cigarettes and swallowing /ejecting objects from his mouth was a bit interesting.
Disc 5 - Amazing Animal Acts (1:00)
Includes bears,stallions, birds,chimps , dogs , tigers, lions. Again no host and probably not a PBS special and like the previous disc, a lot of poor fuzzy audio/picture quality - you could say this one's for the dogs.
Disc 6 - Bonus Interviews (1:55)
With Alan King, John Byner,Rich Little,Gwen Verdon,Flip Wilson,Phyllis Diller,Will Jordan,Carol Lawrence, Jack Carter, David Crosby,Dick Martin,Ray Manzarek,Michelle Phillips,Joan Rivers,Steve Allen, Marlo Lewis,Shari Lewis, Ella Fitzgerald,Milton Berle,Smokey Robinson,Shecky Greene,Johnny Mathis,Jackie Mason and Senor Wences.
Now I really wouldn't call these interviews, they're actually editted clips/memoirs by the above listed performers talking to some unseen interviewer or just to a camera, so don't expect to hear anything controversial or exciting, I would have rather seen actual clips from their performances instead than just hearing 2 hours of rambling reminiscing about Ed Sullivan, I actually was doing puzzles while this DVD was playing because all these people were just talking while seated, there's no clips or anything else going on, quite disappointing.
On the Amazon blurb it says 'From over 1,000 hours of classic television....', so is this all it could afford to give us ?, there is enough room on 6 discs for 25 + hours of entertainment, what you would expect when paying $35 or more for a DVD compilation, and considering the substandard quality of this set, and that we've already seen the Elvis/Beatles/Rolling Stones/Jackson 5 clips on so many other Ed Sullivan specials, I would not really expect to be charged this much for this set, around $10 would be a fair price.
So overall, I could not really recommend this package, there's even an extra disc holder for an additional 2 discs, like there were supposed to be 8 included, however the main problem is the poor to mediocre picture/audio quality and not enough of the big stars.
If you are interested in the performances, forget it. It's basically verse chorus CUT! back to the talking head. Nothing is played out from beginning to end as it was on the show. I can't believe Time Life thinks this is what people want. Their Grand Ol Opry set had the talking heads, but at least the songs were complete.