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Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown, Vol. 1

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Editorial Reviews

Bozo is the World s Most Famous Clown! The Bozo the Clown show ran for 47 years on TV, making it one of the longest running shows ever! 30 live-action ½ hour full color episodes. Each features a 5-minute cartoon! Contains a special interview with Larry Bozo the Clown Harmon. Digitally re-mastered and transferred from Larry Harmon s original film masters.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bozo: the Worlds Most Famous Clown
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Infinity Entertainment Group
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P1KPGI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,248 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Brian J. Pietrusinski on March 22, 2008
Format: DVD
I'm from Chicago and therefore I am most familiar with the Bob Bell/Joey D'Auria Bozos. I purchased Volume 2 of the Larry Harmon Bozo the Clown DVD a couple years ago and I must say, Frank Avruch did do a good Bozo. HOWEVER, if we want to be technical about this whole Bozo ordeal, the original and therefore REAL Bozo was neither Bob Bell or Frank Avruch. Pinto Colvig was the voice of Bozo when the character started out as a children's storybook and record from Capital Records. Colvig also was the first LIVE Bozo when KTTV in Los Angeles broadcast the first Bozo show in 1949. Also, Larry Harmon did not originate the character as I mentioned before, Capital Records was the Bozo originator. Harmon licensed the character and made the clown as popular as he became with the cartoons and different Bozo shows throughout the country, and of course the merchandise.

Anyway, with all that aside, I now switch back to Chicago's Bozo. As much as I wish that Bob Bell's Bozo come to DVD, the reality is that this may be more difficult to achieve. Don't forget that the show was broadcast live from 1961 to 1980 and tapes of these would be scarce if they exist at all! Of the shows that could be put on DVD would be Ned Locke's final show in July 1976, Bozo's live broadcast from Chicagofest in 1979, the Bozo 25th Anniversary special that aired live from Medinah Temple in 1986, the 30th Anniversary Special, Bozo: 40 Years of Fun, and a special on Bob Bell entitled Bozo: The Man Behind the Makeup that aired on WGN in 1984 when Bob Bell retired. Plus let's not forget about the special, "Bozo, Gar, and Ray" that airs on WGN every Christmas Season.
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'Bozo: The World's Most Famous Clown, Vol. 1' (2007) features 30 full-color episodes of the famous children's program which reached the zenith of its popularity during the 50s and 60s, when 'Bozo' was then both a national treasure and a national franchise. Those episodes included here were culled from the Boston show, which featured Frank Avruch as the title character.

Depending on the viewer's taste and on which Bozo they experienced in childhood, Avruch either makes an excellent Bozo or merely a serviceable one. Immediately noticeable is the fact that Avruch doesn't play the High Clown role in any appreciable sense: he essentially speaks and behaves just as any average male adult would when dealing with fairly small children in public.

This is a failing of the show in several ways, since Avruch is neither particularly poised, charming, nor amusing. He doesn't try to be funny, and isn't. The program's other performers, who hurry on and off the stage with both forced and sincere abandon, are equally awkward and amateurish, even clumsy.

Most of the skits, which are completely without wit, appear to have been creatively drummed up moments before their execution, leaving viewers very likely to feel embarrassed for everyone involved.

The games are rushed and the hazy rules arbitrarily shouted out to the dazed children, who are rushed from their seats and then rushed back to them; giant beachballs go array, bouncing out of camera range or right into the camera. Younger viewers may wonder how and why this program, or the larger Bozo franchise, ever became successful to any degree.
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It's just not very watchable. The lion drawing fast animal pictures using the names of kids and some of the treasure chest games are the only parts that are entertaining or slightly entertaining.

As others have said, this whole show (and Bozo) aren't anywhere close to being in the same league as the Chicago Bozo. Another negative... didn't even have Bozo Buckets. I saw a youtube interview with the Little Rock, Arkansas Bozo and he said he went to Boston to watch this show beforehand and all the studio kids were bored. Yep!
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As much as I appreciate Larry Harmon for creating the character Bozo the Clown, I cant help but echo what others have said here...for those of us that grew up watching Bob Bell in the role, I would NEVER buy anything else but Bob's Bozo on dvd. It is my sincere hope that WGN TV would open its archives and that of the Chicago based Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) to release all that they can from Bob Bell's Bozo that ran for years and years on Tribune Broadcasting WGN TV. Between the Bozo Show and its many incarnations and the Ray Rayner & Friends morning show--that was LOCAL kids programming at its best and I think it is sorely missed by me and others. PLEASE release some of the Chicago Based Bozo Shows on DVD sometime soon!
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These are live television at its finest. Creativity abounds in these wonderful shows where anything can happen, and usually does! I grew up with the great Bob Bell as Bozo, but this Bozo really grew on me fast.
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By Aerianne on February 14, 2015
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A bit on the stupid side, but I think kids would like it. I kept falling asleep. My two favorite parts of the shows was the Bozo cartoon and the Bozo treasure chest games. I absolutely couldn't stand Ruth and Professor Tweedlepooper. I was glad when Ruth finally left the show. I didn't grow up watching Bozo Circus, but I do remember watching a few episodes on cable at my folks' house.
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