Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Captain Tennille - Ultimate Collection |
3 DVD Set
Actor: Captain & Tennille
Director: Tony Charmoli
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Television
LOVE HAS KEPT THEM TOGETHER! In 1976, Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon hosted their own ABC-TV variety series - the CAPTAIN & TENNILLE show, a mix of music, comedy and guest stars. Only running one year, the duo opted out of... more »
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J. CUPERTINO | 11/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Beautifully packaged 3 DVD set of the 76-77 series "The Captain and Tennille" is a joy to behold. The show has a magical quality about it an though somewhat dated in spots, still remains as entertaining today as it was back then. What a collection of guest stars: John Travolta, Redd Foxx, Tony Randall, Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason, "Charlie's Angels"(Kate, Farrah, and Jaclyn), The "Happy Days" cast, Penny Marshall, Leonard Nemoy, Muhammad Ali, and many, many more. Remember "The Bionic Watermelon"?, The endless hat jokes?, the great music? If you have a fondness for the seventies, or if you want to enrich the lives of your children, pick this set up, out the discs in and enjoy. We need this kind of entertainment in our lives today. Thank You R2 entertainment, keep the good times coming-you've made my whole DVD collection a bit brighter."
Not as bad as you would think...
David Kenner | Fort Worth, Texas United States | 01/02/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I was 10 years old when this show originally aired and feared that it would be so bad I wouldn't be able to take it 3 decades down the line. But my curiosity wouldn't keep me from getting this set to watch it again. The first episode is as bad as I expected but it surprisingly gets better as the series goes on. The 1977 episodes have more emphasis on music and less comedy skits and are the reason the show continued to improve. It's fun to see performances by many of the pop stars of the time like Marilyn McCoo/Billy Davis, Heart, Leo Sayer, The Sylvers, Bread, and England Dan & John Ford Coley, although only McCoo/Davis refrain from lip-synching. The performances featuring Louisa and Melissa Tennille are also very enjoyable. I remember having a thing for Melissa when I was 10. I thought she was pretty hot!
The comedy mostly ranges from semi humorous to very bad but there are a few laughs along the way, mostly involving the ongoing "Masterjoke Theater" skits. The pie fight on the season finale was predictable but fun to watch.
Mostly it's just fun to watch the Captain & Tennille perform, particulary when doing songs from their own albums.
I was disappointed to find that the performance of "Mind Your Love" was not included on the C&T jukebox though. It was the one performance from the show that I still retained a vivid memory of and I was looking forward to seeing it again. It was always one of my favorite C&T songs.
It's a good set though -- full of fun, memories and good tunes. Anyone who enjoys the goofiness that was the 70s television variety show will really enjoy this collection."
CAPTAIN & TENNILLE RULE! Who Knew!?!
Henry Branham | Howell, MI USA | 12/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For years I've longed to see episodes of THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE again as it was one of my many cherished childhood memories, but I have to admit I was a bit worried that seeing it again would ruin the memories. Unlike the bad experiences of re-viewing 1978's atrocious `Star Wars Holiday Special' and `Legend of the Super Heroes', seeing THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE again was a wonderful delight! I watched all 11 episodes and the delicious extras in less than 2 days. Anyone who had a fondness for this pop duo should not miss this excellent boxed set.
THE SONNY & CHER SHOW set the format for all 1970's variety programs, and THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE falls into line perfectly. Sure, the comedy bits are dated and not really all that funny (were they ever on these variety shows?) but on THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE the comedy pieces are quick and to the point. Many other variety series belabored the ill fated comedy sketches and let them drag on far too long. This one doesn't. The main focus on THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE is the music. And what music it is! Many consider the music of the 1970's to be lightweight and weak, but how can anyone argue how well crafted these songs are? It may not be raw rock & roll, but it is perfect pop music. Toni Tennille has an amazing voice and seems capable of performing just about anything. Watching her belt out the tunes (from 1940's standards to 1970's ballads and pop classics) and dancing up a storm, one can only wonder how she did not become a huge Broadway star (oh, how I would have loved to have seen her in the touring company for `Victor / Victoria' back in 1995). She's an incredible talent. It's quite fun to watch her with her chipmunk hair style and her happy peppy persona and know that by 1980 she'd become a full blown sex symbol upon the release of "Do That To Me One More Time". The Captain (Daryl Dragon) should not go unnoticed either. The box set proves he is a first class musician on so many levels.
As for the shows themselves, they contain most of the duo's big hits ("Lonely Nights", "Love Will Keep Us Together", "Shop Around", "Butterscotch Castle", and "Come In From The Rain") as well as some excellent covers ("Boogie Fever", "Your Song", and "My Boyfriend's Back"). Toni performs duets with John Travolta on "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" and Erin Moran (Joanie Cunningham) on "My Guy". THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE offers up several of the hottest guest stars from the hottest TV shows of the time - Charlie's Angels (!!!), Welcome Back Kotter, Happy Days (even Pinky Tuscedaro & The Pinkettes!), and What's Happening.
Cher had nothing to worry about as far as wardrobe competition was concerned. Toni Tennille's costumes are usually quite conservative, but in a few numbers she surprises viewers with an image defying outfit. In one episode she dons a sheer black dress with a plunging neckline that rivals anything Jennifer Lopez has ever worn. In another, Daryl and her are dressed in Elton John's leftovers and even comment on how ridiculous the costumes are. In one sexy number, Toni shows off her long sexy legs in a skimpy nurse's costume! Va Va Voom!
The extras are fantastic. If you watch all 11 episodes and find one of your favorite songs are missing, check out the video jukebox! Most stunning here is the vampy "Superstitious" which features Toni dressed as a spider vixen (she looks exactly like Pat Benatar in this number). There's plenty more where that came from! A music video, a Tonight Show appearance, and some extra comedy bits are all worth watching.
It's hard to believe that THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE was only on for one season. My memories of `The Bionic Watermelon' are so vivid (don't ask why - it's really not that funny). In my head it is probably all a big blur because there were so many variety shows on at the time - `Sonny & Cher', `Tony Orlando & Dawn', `The Jacksons', `Donny & Marie' (coming to DVD in spring 2006), and all those miscellaneous variety specials by Diana Ross, Suzanne Somers, Cheryl Ladd (!!!!), and Donna Summer. THE CAPTAIN & TENNILLE is a perfect slice of the 1970's and should not be missed!
Robyn Butler | Sugar Land, Texas | 11/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"These two wonderful musicians are the reason that I am now a musician and music teacher. I watched them every week and fell in love with their sound. I had to make music my life, too. They will never know the influence that they had in my life. Watching these DVDs all day today just helps to reinforce that even at the age of 12, I had the very best of taste in music. I haved loved them for 30 years and I hope to love them for at least 30 more!!!"