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Jack Paar - As I Was Saying...And More!
Jack Paar - As I Was SayingAnd More
Actor: Jack Paar
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2004     2hr 0min

Jack Paar, a pioneer in late night television, brought conversation, comedy, and wit to millions of Americans who tuned in nightly to watch Jack, his celebrated guests, and their antics. This exciting, two-hour documentary...  more »


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Actor: Jack Paar
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Television
Studio: Kultur Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/23/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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The REAL King of Late Night
Ed Wesley | Iowa | 06/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First of all I want to say that I'm only 22 years old. I grew up - being born in 1982 - as a child of the Johnny Carson generation. So obviously I never had the opportunity to enjoy Jack Paar in his prime, so that makes me appreciate this DVD so much more that it is available for the younger generation like myself - who may not have otherwise had the opportunity to appreciate his genius. For years I've heard my father talk about how great Jack Paar was so my jaw dropped when I found another DVD set, "The Jack Paar Collection" at Best Buy a few weeks back. I purchased it and became a quick Paar fan. I then jumped on the internet and tried to find everything I could about Jack and that led me to Amazon and this DVD, "As I Was Saying...And More!" I'm very impressed with this DVD and it contains some very rare footage - including actual kinescope footage of Jack leaving the Tonight Show (Jack tearfully thanked the audience and said "There has to be a better way to make a living") after a joke had been wrongfully censored. A few weeks later, he returned to the show after practically being begged by NBC executives. Upon returning to the show, Jack slyly grinned and looked into the camera and said ever so calmly: "As I was saying before I was interrupted..." All of this footage is on this DVD! There is also a treasure chest of other footage contained in this 2-hour documentary. As for extras, there's a photo gallery and a documentary that Jack hosted about John F. Kennedy. But I think my favorite extra is the actual audio footage (the video is presumably lost forever) of the famous Water Closet joke that caused so much controversy. Hearing this hillarious story (about a misunderstanding between "WC" meaning "Water Closet" - which is a term the British use for a toilet facility, or meaning "Wayside Chapel". This leads to a hillarious story that is not offensive in any way, shape, or form but NBC felt they should censor it, which led to Paar walking off his show the next night. The audio of this water closet segment is on this DVD as an extra so you can judge for yourself how idiotic the NBC executives were for cutting the segment in the first place!The only beef I have at all with this DVD is actually Amazon's manner of advertising it. They use the description for the VHS version to describe the DVD version. The VHS and the DVD versions are slightly different. The VHS version consists of 3 videos, with one video hosted by Jack talking about his Post-Tonight Show ventures. The DVD does not contain any of this footage (I didn't see any footage of Jack on "The Pat Sajak Show" and the Johnny Carson footage is very brief). So I think Amazon needs to write a better description for the DVD version as its NOT quite the same as the VHS version.But for any of you out there who are like me and too young to remember anyone else hosting the Tonight Show other than Johnny Carson, you owe it to yourself to pick up this DVD as well as "The Jack Paar Collection". Jack is the real King of Late Night, but that's not to take away from Johnny Carson. If anything, I can see where Johnny has copied many of his mannerisms and his delivery style from Jack."
Jack Paar was a better Tonight Show host than Johnny Carson.
Ed Wesley | 09/06/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Jack Paar's five-year era as host of the Tonight Show was the definitive one, with an emphasis on intelligent conversation as opposed to the scripted celebrity huckstering of whatever happens to be for sale this week that, with the exceptions of Dick Cavett's various shows, became the post-Paar talk show norm. Paar was a kind of national obsession in his day, reaching a level of fascinated attention that was never matched by his successor, Johnny Carson, or anyone else in the talk show field, and deservedly so. For those unfamiliar with Paar and unable to get to the Museum of Television and Radio in either New York City or Los Angeles, this video is required viewing. Most of it is taken from an American Masters special, and people would be well advised to tape that show off the air rather than order this video if they get the chance, since the section of this one not aired on PBS amounts to little more than home movie filler. The problem there is that the show is so seldom broadcast that you might find yourself waiting for years for the opportunity to do that, and the chance to watch the flamboyantly charismatic Paar host the Tonight Show is a revelation that should be an American birthright. I would have edited this show differently, but the discerning viewer will practically be driven to weep that we were stuck with the comparatively pedestrian Carson during all those years when we might have had Paar."
Jack Paar was a better Tonight Show host than Johnny Carson.
Ed Wesley | 08/25/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Jack Paar's version of the TV talk show was a glittering carnival of raconteurs, much more anecdotal and compelling than the vapid and shallow excuse for "conversation" that we're currently suffering through in our television talkfests. The decline got under way when Paar's departure left us with Johnny Carson as his Tonight Show successor, a man interested in comedy but plainly not his guests' stories. Dick Cavett, a Paar writer, kept the torch delightfully alive for a while with the various permutations of his own talk show, but now only Charlie Rose's PBS series offers any real conversation and the rest only feature what amount to meaningless seated vaudeville turns aimed at advertising whatever happens to be for sale that week. Very corporate in philosophy. I wish that I'd been the editor of these tapes; I'd've done it differently, but they're quite worthwhile as a glimpse of what the definitively charismatic Paar did and why America obsessed over him like no television personality before or since"
Fred Oberheide | Clayton, MO | 06/26/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"KULTUR, the company responsible for tranferring this video to DVD, should consider refunding the buyer's money, removing it from the market, and do the transfer over again using state-of-the-art video equipment. It is bad...VERY bad. However, Paar himself is tremendous, as well as the overall program material.

Even though I'm a HUGE fan of the late and great Johnny Carson,
Jack Paar not only was the innovator of the talk show format, but also had the talent to back up those staunch critics who claim he remains #1. I'm among those many.

His classic exchanges with Judy Garland and Jonathan Winters have never been equaled. They're priceless.

Buy this DVD...terrible transfer and all."