The Sonny & Cher Ultimate Collection
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After a string of successful hit records, Sonny and Cher attempted to take the movie world by storm. After they failed in that attempt, they regrouped and refashioned blossoming into a cabaret act that found success in nightclubs. Their easy banter and famous names led to them getting their own television variety show in the '70s. The show was a hit, breathing new life into their career. The Ultimate Collection includes over nine hours of footage from the series. In addition to performances of familiar hits like "I Got You Babe," "The Beat Goes On," and others from different artists, the show offered a variety of silly sketches. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
It's not what you'd call high art, but there are some highly enjoyable moments in this nicely packaged box set, featuring nine complete shows (plus ample bonus material) spread out over three discs.
Beginning as a summer replacement in 1971, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour earned its own regular time slot that same year, running for three straight seasons and then returning in 1976 (as The Sonny & Cher Show), after the couple's divorce. The show's formula, which had already been established both onstage and on the small screen (their '69 pilot episode is among the extra features), includes plenty of music (duets, Cher's solo performances in typically outlandish Bob Mackie gowns, various guest shots); lots of shtick (consisting mostly of Cher's put-downs of the minimally talented but good-natured Sonny); and sketches and skits (ranging from lame to inspired, including a mock-opera based on All in the Family and starring Metropolitan Opera tenor Robert Merrill as a warbling Archie Bunker). Guests range from the obvious (TV stalwarts like Harvey Korman, Ruth Buzzi, and Don Knotts) to the downright weird (then-California governor Ronald Reagan). It's all fairly middlebrow, but Sonny & Cher's unpretentious, unself-conscious charm carries it; and once in a while everything congeals into one surreally entertaining package, like the '72 show featuring the Jackson 5 (led, of course, by Michael, who was then 14 and still apparently normal), who are followed to the stage by Reagan (telling jokes, sort of) and singer-actor Howard Keel, veteran of numerous movie musicals.
Bonus features include 2003 audio commentary by a nostalgic Cher, interviews with the producers, the '69 pilot, bios, discographies, and a show history. The DVD set also comes with a music-only CD, featuring live performances of "The Beat Goes On" and "I Got You Babe." --Sam GrahamSee all Editorial Reviews
- Disc 1: Best of the first season of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
- Disc 2: Three episodes from the second and third seasons of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour
- Disc 3: Three episodes from the final season of The Sonny & Cher Show
- Commentary by Cher
- Producers interview
- 1969 TV pilot
- Music videos
- Network promos
- Radio jingle
- History of the show
- Biographies of Sonny Bono and Cher
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Top Customer Reviews
Watching the show now as an adult 30 something years later is interesting. The humor is very dated. There are alot of groaners.
But its fun to see the costumes and see people who weren't famous yet, like Steve Martin, in the skits.
I wish it came with a booklet though that told you who was in each episode and some info about it.
All in all it is well worth the money for a trip down memory lane.
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