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Dolly Parton & Friends
Dolly Parton Friends
Actors: Dolly Parton, Ralph Emery, Richard Dennison, Billy Davis Jr., Emmylou Harris
Director: Bill Turner
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Television
NR     2007     2hr 30min

Studio: Mpi Home Video Release Date: 02/27/2007 Run time: 150 minutes


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Actors: Dolly Parton, Ralph Emery, Richard Dennison, Billy Davis Jr., Emmylou Harris
Director: Bill Turner
Creators: Bill Graham, Reg Dunlap
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Television
Sub-Genres: Country, Pop, Classic TV
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 02/27/2007
Original Release Date: 02/27/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 02/27/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Great collection of Dolly's early show
Allen Chapman | STAFFORD SPRINGS, CT USA | 02/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Back in 1976, Dolly Parton had her own syndicated variety show. It ran only for the 1976/77 season. The show is your typical 70's era variety show with popular music guest stars of day, although the budget for Dolly's show wasn't on par with say Sonny & Cher or Donny & Marie, as such the show does have a cheaper look to it. Every show started off the same, Dolly decends from the ceiling on a swing to her song "Love Is Like A Butterfly" she then goes into her opening song, which was usually a pop hit of the day. The guests come out and it's pretty much non-stop singing for the next half hour. Some of the concpets for the show are little odd, Dolly singing to a basset hound by the water, Kenny Rogers being locked in a crate on stage, or Billy Davis & Marilyn McCoo dancing with life preservers while singing "Proud Mary" with Dolly.
The show is vintage Dolly though, she's got the big hair, the big ear rings, the bell bottoms and lot's of polyester and rhinestones. Her later series from 1987 was slightly better, but this is Dolly at a time in her career when she was just starting to become a household name. The songs are great and the jokes are corny. Dolly fans will undoubtedly love this, fans of 1970's music will most likely enjoy this as well."
Not Just for Dolly Parton Fans
Gaye A. Cocoman | Macedonia, OH USA | 02/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I can give this DVD 5 stars even before viewing it because I taped every one of Dolly's 1976-77 shows on my trusty ol' Betamax and played them over and over until that Betamax eventually croaked. In fact, I'd happily pay the asking price for this DVD just for the show that featured Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt. For those who've already heard their soaring harmonies on their two "Trio" CD's, you already know you're in for a treat but hearing Dolly, Emmylou and Linda do "The Sweetest Gift" is guaranteed to give you goose bumps. The other guests featured on this CD are also fine choices and highlight Dolly's ability to effortlessly slip into any musical style. I've been waiting YEARS for Dolly's 1970's TV show to be released on DVD ... here's hoping this DVD is just the first in a series!"
Early Dolly TV Show Not Bad/Not Great
James W. Quinton | Jasper, GA USA | 03/30/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Let's start with the good stuff. First of all it's great to actually see some of her first TV show surface on DVD. And there are some very good performances from Dolly and all of her friends. If you didn't get to see these when they were originally aired and you're a Dolly fan you're in for a treat. Now for the bad part, these are edited musical performances mostly. I think there is maybe one skit from the show actually on the dvds. Basically the format is Dolly's entrance to the show with a song, then she introduces her guest, the guest performs a song, then usually there's a Dolly number then she teams up with the guest for a song then it's Bye Bye. I really would LOVE to have seen this collection actually use the ENTIRE broadcast the way it was originally aired. If you're a Dolly Parton Fanatic like I am, it's definitely worth the money, if you're just a casual fan or a fan of one of her guests you might want to reconsider your purchase."
Nice to have after all these years
Raymond C. Ruether | Oklahoma City, OK United States | 03/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Not to be confused with Dolly Parton's 1987 variety show on ABC; this is Dolly, her Nashville-produced syndicated music show from 1976-77. I remember watching this on WFLD-TV (channel 32) in Chicago at 10 or 10:30pm, and it's nice to see six of these shows again after all these years. Dolly's down-home personality really shines with these performances and in her interactions with her guest stars. Her voice is in fine form and it's a treat to see her perform many of her earlier favorites. There are plenty of throw-away comedy bits involving her guests, but that was pretty much par for the course when these shows were produced. Fans will especially enjoy seeing Dolly perform with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt (hinting at what they would eventually strike gold with their "Trio" recordings), not to mention Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray, Ronnie Milsap, Rod McKuen, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Although I was hoping to see McCoo/Davis sing their big hit "You Don't Have To Be a Star", I really enjoyed their performances of "I Hope We Get To Love In Time" and "You Can't Change My Heart", and I'll have to seek out their album featuring those songs. Big pluses for this DVD include a clear, crisp picture, especially when considering these shows are over 30 years old (they didn't even look THIS good on Channel 32 when they originally aired!), and each DVD has a bonus musical performance from when Dolly appeared on Porter Wagoner's show. This DVD set is a MUST for all Dolly fans, and since this set features only six episodes, here's hoping this is merely the first of more to come."