The Captain & Tennille: Ultimate Collection
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LOVE HAS KEPT THEM TOGETHER! In 1976, Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon hosted their own ABC-TV variety series - the CAPTAIN & TENNILLE show, a mix of music, comedy and guest stars. Only running one year, the duo opted out of another season as they felt somewhat torn between doing a weekly TV show and their recording career. Being accomplished musicians first and foremost, the show ended. Dick Clark took over the production for the last half of the season, which meant more C&T music as well as a diverse list of musical guests. Now, nearly 30 years since it originally aired, Captain & Tennille can do that to you one more time...this time on DVD!
DISC 1 begins with the first show from September 1976. Also included are C&T song favorites LONELY NIGHT and SHOP AROUND, plus Toni duets with John Travolta! Featured guests Penny Marshall, Bob Hope, Ron Howard, Leonard Nimoy and Andy Griffith add to the mix. Did we mention the Bionic Watermelon or Masterjoke Theatre?
DISC 2 - It's 1977 and the Captain & Tennille perform tributes to Neil Sedaka, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the Carpenters. TVs original Charlies Angels drop by, as do Tony Randall, Ed McMahon, The Sylvers, Jim Stafford, Muhammad Ali and other special guests. Heard any good HAT JOKES lately?
DISC 3 features some production numbers and Toni just CAN'T STOP DANCIN! Other music highlights include guests Ann & Nancy Wilson in HEART, David Gates and BREAD, RUFUS with Chaka Khan and an amazing duet featuring Toni with Dionne Warwick. Special appearances by Don Knotts, Vincent Price and George Burns round out the classic variety lineup. EXTRAS: Some fun bonus material, including Captain & Tennilles national TV debut on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, more C&T performances, a little Broddy Bounce, a few Muskrat sightings and other surprises! It's like Captain & Tennille never really said goodbye!
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Also there are: Bob Hope, George Burns, John Travolta, Peggy Marshall, Don Knotts, Andy Griffith, Leonard Nimoy, the original Charlie's Angels girls, Raymond Burr, Loretta Swit, Melissa and Lorissa Tennille (Toni's sisters), Tony Randall, Vincent Price, Dick Clarke, Ron Howard, Erin Moran, Paul Williams, Leo Sayer, Ron Clarke, Heart, Englebert Humperdinck, Dionne Warwick, and many more.
Never having seen their show it was a pleasure to see them again after so many years. Although it is not the same as watching their amazing clips I still enjoyed this box set.
There are skits, songs, hat jokes, plenty of good entertainment, then there is the regular segment "Masterjoke Theatre". I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but you have to see it to believe it.
The extras contain their first appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, songs, madness, dancing, and even Daryl's one man band. If all this is not enough, you get a free cd with their new song "Saving up Christmas".
This set is full of pure entertainment and a joy to watch. Whether you like it or not depends on your taste, so if you prefer the entertainment of today, it may not appeal to you. But I do recommend it to anyone who was growing up in the era, or to those who appreciate what pure entertainment was all about.
I gave this set five stars as it was great to see Captain and Tennille again, and a lot of the great entertainers performing.
As I watched the first show on Disc One, I thoroughly enjoyed the songs, skits, and Toni Tennille. She looked fabulous and appeared to be having a great time and had energy galore. She could probably pull off appearing on a Public Access show singing the telephone book and I would watch it after seeing her on this. I thought the show was incredibly fast-paced and was surprised to see the episode lasted only forty-some odd minutes.
After doing some research on the internet, it appears that most or all the shows in this set have been edited. The episode with Tony Randal has him giving an ongoing summary of what's happened on the show and he refers to things that aren't on the DVD. Despite this flaw, I do recommend the set. The Captain & Tennille seem to have supervised the DVD production so if stuff is cut out, it must be at their request.
Don't miss Toni singing "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with John Travolta and watch him mess up the song. Watch Toni and Daryl do a funny skit in a movie theater with members of the "Happy Days" cast. Shake your head in disbelief as Toni performs "Jive Talkin'" with back-up dancers dressed as mimes and laugh at the production number for "Shop Around".
Even the bonus features are fun in this set. Be sure to watch both versions of "Muskrat Love", and the bonus skits from episodes not included in the set. As it says in the song "Lonely Night (Angle Face)", I can't get this set "out of my mind".