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Tony Orlando & Dawn - The Ultimate Collection (3-DVD Set)
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When the CBS network scheduled their show as a mid-summer replacement in 1974, Orlando and Dawn (Joyce Vincent and Telma Hopkins) were enjoying a string of kitschy but catchy hits like "Knock Three Times," "Candida," and, of course, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree." Like those songs, the TV show offers light, often corny entertainment with nary an edge to be found. The format is similar to that of The Sonny & Cher Show, which preceded it by a few years (and which was released in a three-DVD set by the same studio, R2 Entertainment, in 2004), combining comedy sketches, appearances by a variety of guest stars, and plenty of music, including the trio's own material and various popular songs of the day. Orlando plays the Sonny role to the hilt, wearing a succession of ridiculous outfits (cowboy, kung fu fighter, vaudeville entertainer, etc.) and standing by good-naturedly as the girls take caustic potshots at him. An average vocalist at best, he readily hands over the spotlight to Vincent and Hopkins, superior singers who perform both solo and together and whose weekly appearances as soul sisters Moreen and Lou Effy are among the better comedy bits. Indeed, Orlando's easy charm and lack of pretense (not to mention his big hair) are probably the show's strongest suits; here's a guy who was on a roll, happy just to be there and loving every minute of it. So what if their versions of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" and Isaac Hayes' "Theme from 'Shaft'," to name just two, are cringe-inducing? The latter, at least, is played for laughs, and the studio audience (consisting largely of the kind of folks who clap on the one-beat), especially the older ladies, can't get enough of this stuff.
The guests are fairly predictable, ranging from old pros (an ebullient Jackie Gleason, a sentimental Danny Thomas, a zany Phyllis Diller) to stars of then-current TV shows (Freddie Prinze, Ted Knight, Loretta Swit), with a few oddball choices (Alice Cooper, George Carlin, homerun king Hank Aaron--who sings!) as well. Among the bonus features are Orlando's appearance on "The Tonight Show" (with Prinze subbing for Johnny Carson), a mildly amusing bit with Dawn and Don "Father Guido Sarducci" Novello on "Fridays," and Carol Burnett's take-off on Orlando's TV show. --Sam Graham
Top Customer Reviews
A long time ago television was really like this! It made you laugh and sing along. Tony and Dawn introduced us to many guest stars - some no longer with us. We laughed up a storm with Jackie Gleason, Ted Knight, Phyllis Diller, Dom DeLuise, Ruth Buzzi, Danny Thomas, Milton Berle, and the incredible Freddie Prinze. Tony and Dawn sang their own hits and every other style of music be it soul, country, gospel, or pop. Tony, Joyce, and Telma knew how to have fun with their guests and their audience and the camaraderie shines here! The audience finales alone (all unscripted) feature more humor and fun than any modern day sitcom. This show made you feel good and, thanks to this DVD collection, it still has the power to do just that.
I am fortunate to have ten installments of this series on VHS that were recorded several years ago from The Nostalgia Channel. Most (but not all) of those ten are beautifully restored here; and we also have the additional "Juke Box" feature to enjoy. The "Extras" are great too; but how great it would be to see the two Christmas episodes of "Tony Orlando and Dawn" on DVD! And then there's an appearance or two (or more?) of Tony with Freddie Prinze on "Dinah", not to mention their appearance together on "Chico and the Man".Read more ›
Also recommended: Tony Orlando Book - Halfway To Paradise.
The bottom line is that these are fun shows to watch and they make you miss the good old days of the 70's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Real blast from the past with many amazing guests. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by brian elmore
This is A ok show with slow pace songs and sometimes some fast songs! In the late 1970's Tony Orlando & Dawn became The Rainbow Hour! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ben P.
Love Tony & Dawn - too bad we can't have good tv shows like this now.Published 18 months ago by Nanci Casad
I had forgotten how funny a variety show could be....until i got this!!! As a fan of FREDDIE PRINZE SR it was wonderful to see his talent beyond Chico and the MAN.Published on July 10, 2014 by miss miriam
Been following Tony since 1973! He's an exceptional entertainer. He is still out there performing and love going back and watching the old tv show!Published on July 10, 2014 by Susan Dietrick
This comedy hour with it's live skits is so funny! I wish they would bring back this kind of comedy today!Published on June 29, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Tony Orlando & Dawn-The Ultimate Collection is very good. A compilation DVD of their television show, it is entertaining. Read morePublished on May 28, 2014 by Amazon Customer