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Ultimate Carson Collection [DVD] [Import]
Culled from 30 years of material, this collection of moments from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson contains some of most inspired bits of lunacy ever recorded. Whether cajoling with Hollywood's biggest stars or normal folk with special talents, Carson was a master of finding the right joke, with timing second to none. Along with bits of his opening monologues, skits, and early standup appearances from the likes of David Letterman and Eddie Murphy, there are many highlights with perhaps the perfect Carson guest--exotic animals that stole the show. This collection was released shortly after Carson's reign ended in 1992. Although most of the tapes from his first decade are lost, there are plenty of highlights from the '70s through the '90s. Also included is Carson's touching and historic "Final Show," which finds the host simply talking to his audience and showing highlights--or just the faces--from his years on the set. Although many followed--and a few have even succeeded--Carson's Midwest charm made him the king of TV in a period when America was defined by television.
The DVD edition adds some superlative extras, including "Danger Johnny" segments from his first decade, short bits on the history of the show and the host, and more behind-the-scenes glances, including an intriguing way to watch the final show via unedited feeds from isolated studio cameras. Also included is the 1982 NBC special "Johnny Goes Home," which follows Carson on a tour of his rural Nebraska homeland, and a slightly edited version of the penultimate show, in which his last two guests, Robin Williams and Bette Midler, are on fire. These extras make the DVD, produced a decade after Carson left, a must-have piece of entertainment and pop history. --Doug Thomas
If you expect lots of the funniest moments of Carson you will find them. However this is more than a collection or synopsis's of the program. You get the real feeling you know Johnny as you get everything from behind stage scenes to a view of Johnny's home town told by Johnny himself.
The three DVD's are a little much to view in one sitting and are fun to rewatch. Everyone has their favorites. And most of them are here. Yet for those that just must have more there are other collections.
I discovered Johnny Carson here in the US on Antenna TV, I am from England. In watching the selections they show on TV, I really find some of it hilarious. Now everyone's funny bone is different, this is 7 hours of which 4-5 hours are clips from what they consider "the best of". Each little sketch offers great entertainment regardless of who you are or how old you are, I admit there were a couple where I laughed so much I had tears.
Do the math: think of it from a movie stand point. Each DVD offering 2 hours per movie which this 3 pack would offer 6 hours. Now if Johnny Carson had 30 years, say 5 days a week take that at 30 minute shows (minimum) that would be at least 7,800 hours of material which is impossible to jamb in to 3 - 2 hour DVD's. I'll be generous & give each DVD 8 hours which would mean I should be looking for a set of around 975 dvd's to have the entire Johnny Carson series.
Extremely funny DVD collection that covers 30 years as host of the Tonight Show. At one time back in the 90s, Carson had an average audience of 15 million people per night. Disc 3 has May 21, 1992 with Robin Williams and Bette Midler and the May 22, 1992 last show. Includes clips from Jay Leno, Robin Williams, George Carlin, David Lettermen, Don Rickles, Jack Benny and Dean Martin- just to name a few, They have also included animal clips.
Johnny also takes you back to his hometowns in Iowa and Nebraska where he grew up, showing you the car that he first drove in as a kid, his childhood home and all of his childhood memories including actual video that his father took of the family as a youngster and a teenager. I didn't even know that this was a part of this DVD collection.
If you put all of the current late night talk show hosts together, they still wouldn't be able to equal Johnny's talent. We were laughing thru all 3 DVD's. The best $17.00 that we have ever spent on a DVD collection. We purchased ours from the "more buying choices" button on Amazon and we saved about $10.00 over the Amazon Prime price.
I also added a quick David Letterman clip- this is after NBC passed on him and they gave the Tonight Show to Jay Leno (who was the permanent Tonight Show fill in host for Johnny at the time) before Jay was given the Tonight Show by NBC.
in the Tonight Show; get the full DVD collection instead.