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Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection
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But what sets Here's Edie apart from the majority of variety series and helps to underscore Adams's unheralded gifts, are the first eight episodes of the program, each of which is devoted to a single theme or concept: "Love," "New York," "Bossa Nova," and so on. Unlike the traditional variety series approach to these ideas--skit-musical-number-skit--Adams and her producer-director Barry Shear address them in a manner similar to Kovacs's specials for ABC, with quick edits, nonlinear and wordless sketches, experiments with split-screen and other in-camera effects, and other decidedly artful approaches that seem more in line with television projects that came a decade or more after Here's Edie left the air. The show was also willing to tackle some ambitious location shooting, most notably on the streets of New York and amidst London neighborhoods still displaying damage from World War II, for a small-screen effort, and devote air time to decidedly nontraditional material, like Peter Falk's monologue as a New York cabbie and Sir Michael Redgrave overlooking the Thames while reciting the St. Crispin's Day speech from Henry V. These are quietly thrilling moments, both in concept and execution, and it's a shame that they--and Adams--didn't receive the acclaim they deserved due to the relatively short network run of Here's Edie. Thankfully, modern audiences can reframe their understanding of and appreciation for her gifts with this four-disc set, compiled by her son, Josh Mills, who also provides thorough liner notes on the show's history, which are also annotated with program notes by historian Ben Model and appreciative comments from admirers ranging from Bob Dylan to Ann Magnuson and Paul Reubens. The set is rounded out by a wealth of terrific extras, including 19 musical numbers (some exclusive to this set) by Adams from various iterations of Kovacs's TV output, a pair of promos by Adams and Sid Caesar for their respective shows, which alternated weeks in the same time slot, and a terrific, jet-setting 1965 promotional film for Muriel cigars, which Edie promoted in an iconic series of sultry commercials throughout the decade, and whose parent company, Consolidated Cigar Corporation, backed both the Kovacs specials and Here's Edie. --Paul Gaita
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Back in 1962, I had no idea that Edie was such a powerful woman, as Edie was always such a femme fatale as you would see her absolutely beautiful and sexy in the movies and especially in her famous Muriel Cigar commercials. For those of you old enough to remember Muriel's commercials from the sixties, Edie would say, Why Don't You Pick One Up And Smoke It Sometime? in a very Mae West tone, only with a Marilyn Monroe figure. Those commercials must have worked, as I remember every father on my street in the 1960's smoking Muriel Cigars, including my own father. My father having 5 children also liked the 10 cent price, and I even remember Edie singing the song to the tune of Sweet Charity's Big Spender, only with the words- Hey Big Spender Spend A Little Dime With Me. How wonderful that these commercials are on these dvd's, so that we will be able to see them again after so many decades!
Edie Adams who passed away in 2008 at the age of 81, is the reason we have any DVD's of The Ernie Kovacs Show.Read more ›
The guest list alone is staggering: Sammy Davis, Jr., Bobby Darin, Peter Falk, Sir Michael Redgrave, Don Rickles, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sid Caesar, Nancy Wilson, Al Hirt, Bob Hope, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Louie Nye, Soupy Sales, Spike Jones, Buddy Hackett, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton and several visits with up-and-coming comedians like Dick Martin, Dan Rowan, Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill. A roster of this level makes the show like The Ed Sullivan Show without the spinning plates.
But Here's Edie, or later, The Edie Adams Show, is as different from variety shows of its day as Kovacs' shows were from comedy shows. First of all, Adams had complete control of the show, rare for many performers, especially females, in those days. So every episode is a personal reflection of the artist herself: a classically trained soprano who had a grasp of popular entertainment as well as an acute intelligence, sensitivity and eclectic sense she was eager to present.
When Here's Edie was broadcast from April 1963 to March 1964, audiences and industry insiders knew the headlines about her situation well. Kovacs' passing left behind a labyrinth of debt. Live concerts and this series were literally Adams' most visible means of support and recovery.Read more ›
As you probably know by now, the set was produced by Adams’ son Josh Mills (from Adams’ second marriage – after her first husband – Ernie Kovacs – died). Mills is also responsible for the two multi-volume Ernie Kovacs DVD sets and keeps both Kovacs’ and Adams’ names alive. Adams had her own production company and recorded all her shows. That gives Mills the access to reissuing these. If you got the Kovacs Collection DVDs you were probably as prostrated as I was to see that many of the shows were not complete – Adams songs were excised, except for some public domain material. That’s because of “rights” issues and licensing is prohibitive. This was not the case of the Adams shows and they are here complete. As bonuses you even get to see and hear songs from the Kovacs shows. And yes, all the Murial cigar commercials are here too.
The black and white images (in the 4:3 standard ratio – view it that way, not full screen if you have a flat screen TV) are really nice. It is funny to see the primitive way that, even network shows, ran the credits. (Didn’t we get headaches watching them them?).
The booklet enclosed helps select which shows had which “special guests” – and some of the biggies are there too!Read more ›
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DON'T GET ME WRONG THE EPISODES ARE VERY INTERESTING TIME CAPSULES OF THE EARLY 1960S, AND IF YOU ENJOY MELODIC MUSIC THESE TV SHOWS WERE GREAT. AND DVD 1 PLAYED GREAT... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roger M
I was 10 years old when this was originally shown. We didn't have an ABC affiliate until 1964, so I doubt I would have been able to see it anyway. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eclectic Reader
Not quite what I was hoping for, Miss Adams is a fine performer but she really lacks in being able to "host" her own show. Read morePublished 20 months ago by filmcritic57
Arrived quickly, no damage.
Love Edie! A long overdue unlooked Star.
This series was completely unknown to me. I never watched it when it was on. I have no memory of it what so ever. Read morePublished on July 13, 2014 by Mark Martucci
The Edie Adams Television Collection is extremely fun to watch as it transports you back to the early 1960's and how television was done then. Read morePublished on May 20, 2014 by cwilli
Love everything about this set. While the music doesn't get better than guest appearances by jazz giants Stan Getz and Duke Ellington, what remains stunning about these shows is... Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Paul F. Etcheverry
To be honest, I bought this dvd set because I had some extra points and I think Edie Adams is gorgeous! Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Frank Smith