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Best of Match Game DVD Collection
Best of Match Game DVD Collection
Actors: Gene Rayburn, Johnny Olson, Bern Bennett, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
NR     2006     11hr 0min

Game show in which 6 guest stars (which change from week to week) are given a humorous phrase with one word missing. The stars write down a word they think would be most appropriate for the missing word and then two contes...  more »


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Actors: Gene Rayburn, Johnny Olson, Bern Bennett, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Family Films, Comedy
Studio: BCI - A Navarre Corporation Company
Format: DVD - Color - Best of
DVD Release Date: 11/21/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 11hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Ashley | USA | 11/05/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I just found out about this set last night and I am just absolutely stunned. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Match Game would make it to DVD. From what I've read at GSN's "Classics" forum, this set is supposed to consist of 30 of the best episodes from 1973 to 1982, and likely will be uncut, meaning that the ticket and fee plugs should also be left in tact! It sure will be great to watch these episodes without those annoying speed-ups and credit crunches that we always see on GSN. Though I'm aware of the Jeopardy DVD which only contains a handful of episodes, one only being a vintage episode (the pilot), I'm hoping that the Match Game set will open the doors and pave the way for many other classic game shows on DVD.

This will definitely be a must-have for any hardcore Match Game, or game shows in general, fan."
Dumb Dora Isn't So Dumb
Michael Kerner | Brooklyn, New York U.S.A. | 11/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These days, game shows are making their way onto DVD much more frequently, but not in the actual way some video owners have wanted. More games like Price Is Right, Family Feud and Let's Make A Deal are being made into DVD video games, not as home video. It is difficult for it to be equally mastered. Last year, Jeopardy tried to make it onto DVD video in good fashion. Sadly, it seemed more like it was about contestant Ken Jennings, and his reign as champion rather than the other recognized champions like blind champion Eddie Timanus, or others. Now, another game show classic has tried to make it happen, and this time it really is no blank at all, Match Game.

The Best Of Match Game is a 4 disc DVD reflection of one of the most legendary game shows of the 70's and early 80's. See some of the classics that legendary wild host Gene rayburn, and his band of merry blanking panelists, as they bring out the best in humor from the legendary classic CBS game show. The shows popularity within the past years has been extraordinary in the past few years on Game Show Network, later called GSN. Earlier this year, GSN named Match Game as the greatest game show of all time, according to their countdown of the 50 greatest game shows of all time, outranking longer-running shows like Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune. This DVD collection 30 episodes from this classic show in its 3 formats, the syndicated late 70's edtion, the CBS daytime version, and Match Game's nightime version, Match Game P.M.

There are many great episodes here that feature classic panelists Brett Sommers, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Richard Dawson, yes Richard Dawson before and while he began his reign as the original host of Family Feud, including a episode where Richard helps the audience start a riot, where he felt a ruling from a judge was improperly given, to a episode where Gene starts a fight, where he is playing tug of war with a cameraman for giving a improper shot. The set also features episodes with favorites including Kirstie Alley from the recent Jenny craig ads, when she was originally appearing just as a contestant who had won $6,000, and Michael Landon who was the first celebrity announced on the CBS daytime version in 1973. There also as extras from a tribute to the late Gene Rayburn, andd reflection from Brett Sommers herself, on some of her all time favorite moments from the show, from her point of view.

All in all, I just absolutely wish that there could've been more episodes of Match Game that were highlighted, but hopefully there will be. All in all, The Best Of Match Game is still a much better purchase for anybody who is into game shows like this classic blank. I definitely love watching this wonderful classic game show on GSN, and it is all new, fresh and exciting to me. If you haven't seen this classic game show at all, you really don't know how much fun you're missing. I love this show a lot, and I really recommend The Best Of Match Game on DVD. Dumb Dora really isn't so dumb after all.

Price: A-

DVD Extras: B+

Episodes: B+

Remastering: A-

Packaging: A

Overall: A-"
Great Set......but.....defective...?????
James J. Haas | 12/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I LOVE this set !! But.......I have had two copies of this Match Game DVD set....and find portions of the discs defective and unreadable on my DVD players...I have four different brands. Check out Disc Four....the 1962 Pilot.....anyone else having problems watching this...?"
Best Game Show Ever
Nam Howell | Boise, ID USA | 11/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I never thought I would be so addicted to a TV Game Show until I watched The Match Game. Well, ok, everybody can say that. But I'm not even American.

I've been here for almost 5 years, started watching game shows only like 6 months ago. I liked a lot of shows but only enjoyed The Match Game. This show is just so so hilarious. If u never watched it, give it a try, watch 2 or 3 episodes, I guarantee you will love it. It doesn't matter which episodes you're gonna watch because they're all super!!!

This 4 DVD box set contains 30 episodes, not nessaccery my best episodes but like I said, they are all super!!! My favorite stars are the 3 regular ones: Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Relly and Richard Dawson. And I like the host Gene Rayburn, too. And Betty White, and Fannie Flagg, too. Everybody was just too funny.

There are also the Special Bonus Features which contain:
Best moments of Match Game hosted by Brett Somers
A Tribute to Gene Rayburn
Photo Gallery
Exclusive interview with Brett Somers
AND: The original 1962 Black and White Pilot episode.

I really recommend everybody to buy this 4 DVD box set and enjoy it with families and friends."