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The Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary Collection
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The Stars. The Stories. The Moments. An unprecedented six-disc collection celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Oprah Winfrey Show, one-on-one with Oprah Winfrey herself. See exclusive never-before-seen footage, never-before-heard thoughts and personal revelations, as Oprah takes a candid, open and look back at all the most memorable moments of 20 years of history-making television. Get the inside story on Oprah's all-time favorite guests, surprises, celebrities and the people that have touched Oprah's heart forever. Share Oprah's personal perspective on the stories that made headlines, the interviews she'll never forget and more! Plus, go on a personal tour of Oprah's home, watch never-before-seen footage from the beginning years of The Oprah Winfrey Show and take an exclusive look behind the scenes of a day in the life of The Oprah Winfrey Show! Twenty extraordinary years...from Oprah to you. Oprah Winfrey will donate 100% of Harpo's profits from the sale of this DVD Collection to Oprah's Angel Network.
Behold the power of Oprah. Whether you hate her, worship her, or liked her better when she was overweight, no one can deny the influence Oprah Winfrey has had on television and pop culture at large. Now the two decades of moments have been condensed into a six-disc collection, to benefit her Oprah's Angel Network®. The set kicks off with Oprah's humble beginnings, her most tear-jerking guests, and episodes to equip others, such as defense strategies against attackers, sex offenders, and kidnappers. Each disc has a different set of montages: following her weight gain/loss/gain/loss; her Book Club® ; her serious interviews (Nelson Mandela, John F. Kennedy Jr.); home makeovers; and some of her now-regrettable "firsts" attempts, such as filming a music video and wearing a Tina Turner wig. Each disc also contains highlights of Oprah's celebrity interviews, from "friends" like John Travolta, Maria Shriver, and Julia Roberts, to a couch-jumping Tom Cruise (yes, it’s on there), and the interview with Elizabeth Taylor she calls her all-time worst. She's also very candid about her changing looks and how she handles the tears that flow during taping.
Twenty years have wrought many changes in Oprah's connection with her audience. She started as an effervescent reporter struggling to prove there was room on the talk-show circuit for a black Everywoman (incidentally, it was Roger Ebert who, during a dinner date, suggested she go for syndication). You can see over time how that dynamic changed: Oprah, who claims to shun fame (she always puts quotes around "celebrity" like she doesn't get it), starts wearing it like a badge when she's rolling with the A-listers, as if to let the audience know she can sit at the cool kids' table, but will also bend down to grace you from her pedestal. As a one-woman empire, she knows all too well that she's worshiped by many women in America, and often her guru ways can come off as self-congratulatory. Yet you can't deny her later-years role of fairy godmother has been the most fascinating. One of the only two full-length episodes in the collection involves her journey to South Africa, where she gave gifts to some 50,000 children. (Though oddly, this was paired with the other full-length episode, her opulent 50th birthday party.) She describes how she surprised each member of her studio audience with a brand-new car not because she wanted to shock some people, but because each audience member was selected specifically because they needed one. She rewards hardworking, giving people with lavish gifts they deserve--a home, a Porsche, a college scholarship. Even if you don't watch the show regularly, that aspect alone will pique your admiration. It's almost scary how much power Oprah has, but it's nice to see her using that power for good. --Ellen A. Kim
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