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Bob Hope: The Ultimate Collection

4.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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For the first time on DVD, The Ultimate Bob Hope Collection features highlights from fifty years of The Bob Hope TV Special with bonus extras never before available. This remarkable legacy of laughter is the only video collection authorized by Bob Hope himself. This special collector's edition features rare vintage clips, hilarious outtakes, and a guest list that reads like a virtual who's who of Hollywood legends, Presidents, and stars from every generation. Extras include Bob's first ever radio appearance in 1935, movie shorts from the 1930s, an excerpt from "Memories of World War II," Bob's photo album, and more.
Volume 1: 50 Years of Laughter, Parts 1 and 2. Five decades of Bob's favorite memories with the biggest stars and the biggest laughs.
Volume 2: Hope for the Holidays; Saulte to the Troops. Every Christmas Bob delivered laughter and hope to TV audiences and American GIs around the world.
Volume 3: Celebrity Bloopers; Bob's Special Extras. The funniest outtakes from Bob's personal blooper reel and rare extras from the Hope archive.

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The Ultimate Bob Hope Collection features over six hours of highlights from over a half-century of television specials by a true legend in American entertainment. In his staggering 50 years on NBC, Bob Hope created such a formidable mass of comic clips, bloopers, and salutes to troops, that a mere three-DVD set can barely contain them. Still, the collection brings together, for the first time on DVD, timeless sketches with such notable wags as Dean Martin, Phyllis Diller, Johnny Carson, and Jack Benny, and celebrates countless moments of hilarity with some of the biggest stars of the century, including John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra. While this DVD set is, for the most part, a compilation of previous collections that have aired on NBC over the years, it still delivers the goods, and should prove a beloved addition to the collection of any Hope fan. It's a delight to have one of the most engaging comics of our time, and 50 years of him at that, at our very fingertips. --Karl Wachter

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bob Hope, Marilyn Maxwell, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Lucille Ball
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: R2 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
  • Run Time: 389 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068WS9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bob Hope: The Ultimate Collection" on IMDb

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By A Customer on May 29, 2003
Format: DVD
First off, the "remastering" here is deplorable. Five off the rack Bob Hope retrospectives dating from the '60s through the '90's. No attempt to return to the source material and clean it up. Also, the packaging seems to suggest an elaborate anthology especially prepared for this DVD release (timed to coincide with Hope's 100th birthday). Not the case. A major disappointment truly unworthy of its subject, the great Bob Hope.
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By A Customer on June 25, 2002
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This is a great collection of 3 DVDs that covers Bob's television career from 1950 through his final special in 1995. The guest list is a virtual "who's who" of all the big television and movie stars of the period, and given the five decades it covers it really becomes a virtual history of television. Bob is terrific, and the quality of the remastering and packaging is top notch. Made a great gift for my WWII veteran Dad.
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For those of us old enough to remember Bob Hope, I really missed his silly jokes and swaggering style with his golf club. I only will ever get one set of DVD's for any of the older comedians, and this was the one I tried for him. It is very nice. Organized by Christmas, Military Reviews, etc.
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By Rob on November 20, 2003
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A great retrospective of Bob's five decades on television, starting in 1950 and going through the 90's. This is a terrific 3 DVD set, featuring lots of extras that will bring back many memories. The set also features many great guest stars, and almost serves of a "who's who" of celebrities for several generations. The packaging is very deluxe too - it made a great gift for my Dad.
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Nostalgic highlights and wonderful moments with Bob and glittering stars such as Lucille Ball, Red Skelton,
And a host more. The second segment of the set is devoted to one of his memorable trips overseas to entertain
The troops. What a joy to witness the faces of these soldiers as they watch! The third segment is composed
Of bloopers that are really funny! Bob Hope at his best!
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This is one of the best Videos I've seen in a long time that had a varried collection of his work. I especially cared about the Troop tours he made to the military sites. You can tell by the faces of the soldiers as to how much it meant to them to get a visit/show by this great man and his troop of performers, yes of course they especially like having the beautiful women he had with him, but all in all it made a big difference to them beacause they had no real contact with the outside world or word from their families. Hope always seemed to come through for them and made personal message deliveries to quite a few guys. Bravo for all who had a hand in making it possible for him to be able to visit them. The other videos shows he and other great performers together in acts from the beginning of his career to the endof his life. Seeing he and his personal family in these settings was fantastic as there wasn't much news about him in his later years. Good video to add to your all time favorites.
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Now that we have lost perhaps one of our greatest citizen's ever, can there truly be any collection of Bob Hope moments that is not worthy of having? We love you Bob... and we'll never forget you!
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'The Ultimate Bob Hope Collection' is a fine DVD series. Too bad it didn't offer extended scenes...some were far too brief.
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