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Don't Touch That Dial

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THE BEST COMMERCIALS FROM TELEVISION'S GOLDEN AGE! The commercial is a unique art form that challenges the creators to squeeze a lasting message into a brief time slot. This nostalgic journey through the Golden Era of television adverising is a priceless collection of Madison Avenue s best, often capturing the humor, romance and excitement of the programs in which they appeared. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Toy Commercial Classics (Barbie, Slinky, Silly Puty, Hula Hoop, Frisbee, Creepy Crawlers, etc.) Classic Celebrity Commercials (Lucille Ball, John Wayne, The Marx Bros., The Three Stooges, Gayle Sayers, Don Knotts, Pat Boone, Jack Benny, Elizabeth Montgomery, Andy Griffith, Dick Van Dyke, etc.) Unforgettable Commercial Icons ( Tony the Tiger for Frosted Flakes, Rosie for Bounty, Mrs. Olsen for Folgers Coffee, Mr. Clean , Franken Berry , Count Chocula , Speedy for Alka-Seltzer, etc.) Favorite Brands (Coke, Pepsi, Crest, Ivory, Hershey s, American Express, Jiff, Pringles, Milk, Dole Bananas, Wheaties, Shasta, A1 Steak Sauce, Charmin, 7-UP, etc.) Plus many, many others! ALSO INCLUDES OVER 2 HOURS OF CLASSIC CAR COMMERCIALS! All of yesteryear s favorite autos plus commercials for car-related products. Nash Rambler, Hudson, De Soto, Dodge, Datsun, Chevy, Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Texaco, Simoniz wax, Firestone tires and more!

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, The Marx Bros., The Three Stooges, Gayle Sayers, Don Knotts
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Total Content, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024F087O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A. Sprank on September 9, 2009
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I was really looking forward to this but was tremendously disapponted in the film quality. Considering the subject matter I was ready to look over certain quality issues due to the commercials' age factors; however, I purchased a similiar item which contained several of the same commercials on it and the film quality was SO much better I couldn't believe it! This DVD has MANY parts which are so illegible or faded you literally cannot see the piture. I also purchased "1001 commercials" DVD set; the quality on "1001", which contains many of the commercials shown on "Don't touch that dial" was so far superior I know this is not age issues rather the poor quality of this DVD that makes it incredibly bad. This makes me angry--I feel ripped off by the crappy quality throughout this DVD. And this one had the guts to cost MORE than "1001"! I hope that my review can save someone else from wasting their money.
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This is an interesting collection of commercials, but as another reviewer noted, the poor video quality is distracting and some spots are unviewable. It's as if they videotaped a TV displaying a not so great quality VHS tape. I'd be embarassed to release a product of such poor quality.
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This DVD is almost an exact copy of the Madacy set that was released a few years ago. Classic Commercials The commercials are in the exact same order and everything, so if you already own that set I do not recommend purchasing this set.
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Don't touch that dial promises a look at favorite commercials from the past, unfortunately the product quality is so poor it easily overwhelms any fun that might have come out of this.

For the good stuff. This is am amazing look back in time. It is fun to see future stars in early jobs- Mike Farrell shilling for Schlitz beer was a surprise. Commercials from your youth ,like Frankenberry pack a lot of nostalgia and even older commercials like a tap dancing box of lucky strike cigarettes is a look into an older age. I finally understand the Chevrolet logo and will remember for a long time that the 1959 models will be available October 16! It also makes you think. There are products that have completely disappeared, anyone for a Hamm beer? But obviously for people around when those came out they remember them. What do the clothes and the approach of the commercials say about the times?

So much for the good. The bad is the quality of the ads. Some are quite good. Some are understandably faded with time but many from the early 70's are nearly unwatchable with blurred edges and barriers. Why? There is no explanation but many of these become very frustrating when your think "were they this bad when I was 8 years old?"

The second problem with this DVD is the complete and utter lack of organization and chapters. The commercials just start and run and that's it. Sometimes similar items are together, like several car commercials in a row, but other wise there is no rhyme or reason to how they are set up and while some progressive through time or products might be educational, these just thread together. Secondly there are no chapters just a single 6 hour track.
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love to see the old commercials and see how the charters changed after 15 years and the product change or what ever they wereselling
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