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The Best of Carson, Volume 1
The Best of Carson Volume 1
Actors: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno
Director: Frederick De Cordova
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2006     4hr 0min

Relive the memories from 30 years of The Tonight Show in this 3 DVD collection of the most hilarious moments with the biggest stars in television history. All of your old Tonight Show favorites are here - Johnny's monologu...  more »

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Actors: Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Bob Hope, Joan Rivers, Jay Leno
Director: Frederick De Cordova
Creators: Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Allyn Warner, Bob Keane, George Tricker, Hal Goldman, Richard Marcus
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Steve Martin, Comedy, Classic TV
Studio: Carson Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color - Best of
DVD Release Date: 11/07/2006
Original Release Date: 10/01/1962
Theatrical Release Date: 10/01/1962
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 1
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Collection Is Fine... If You Don't Already Own It!
MGoldie | Near Philadelphia, PA | 11/07/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Buyer Beware! I am not reviewing the level of the content, as it is pure Johnny Carson as this best. You can't go wrong with Carson... unless you already own the same material in a different package. This item would deserve five stars if not for the way it is being marketed.

The front proudly boasts "Includes Never Before Seen Footage." So I ordered this being a huge Carson fan. How disappointed was I to find out that INSIDE it quietly tells you that the material is "Previously Available Only To Carson Club Members." Meaning if you own the Classic Carson Club 12 DVD series that was released in the 90s, or the mega box set sold here called "Heeere's Johnny! The Special Collector's Edition (The Ultimate Carson Collection / Timeless Moments from the Tonight Show / Animal Hijinks)" that also contained them... Then this material is NOT NEW. It is merely 4 hours of the highlights of that 12 volume series of DVDs. So save your money if you own the Classic Carson Club DVDs. You already have all this stuff! If you don't I highly recommend it, I just wish I knew first before I opened it. I called and Amazon said I can get a full refund despite having opened the DVDs, so back they go. I just wish this was more accurately advertised as what it really is!

So if you don't have this material in another form... 5 stars.
If you do.... 1 star."
This could have fit on one DVD
Volpsych | Knoxville, TN United States | 12/06/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Johnny was the best, and any material from his show will always be greatly appreciated. The material on these DVD's may have been duplicated on the 12-disc set (which I have not completely watched), but not on the Ultimate Johnny Carson Collection (which I have watched repeatedly).

HOWEVER, my biggest gripe is how distressingly short these discs are. They claim a run-time of four hours, but that apparently includes the 30 minute "best of" featurette and the "Return to Studio One" show; the actual clips run just over two hours, spread out over 3 discs. When I sit down to watch a DVD and it's over in 45 minutes (or less!), I feel ripped off.

I love Johnny and look forward to seeing more of him on DVD. I just hope the production company doesn't continue packaging little material in multiple sets to raise the prices. Instead, future sets should use the Ultimate Collection as their model; that was a FANTASTIC set."
The Best of Carson, Volume 1
56 City Girl | 02/07/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I faithfully watched the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson over the 30 years that he was on TV and I was very disappointed in the material on this DVD set. This certainly is not the "best of Carson". I thought most of it was boring. Many of the guests were unknown and uninteresting. Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon did so many funny skits with Aunt Blabby and Carnac over the years, but the two on this set had to be the worst. I can't believe that with 30 years of material, this was the best they could come up with."
Classic Carson Collection | usa | 09/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Johnny Carson was the King of Late night and this collection and the fuller box set takes you back when Late night on Carson meant everything to a career. this set has Gobel, Dean Martin and George Burns stopping on through. Carson just had that humor and connection with his guests and audience which is timeless. His Genius of timing and connecting is second to none even still. Classic Carson."