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The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978
The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978
Actor: Johnny Cash
Director: Walter C. Miller
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2008     0hr 50min

For his 1978 Christmas special, the third in as many years, Johnny Cash moved the taping of the Christmas Special to Los Angeles, and, predictably, the program takes on a Hollywood feel. Guests include Kris Kristofferson a...  more »


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Actor: Johnny Cash
Director: Walter C. Miller
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Country, Pop, Cash, Johnny
Studio: Shout Factory
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/07/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Johnny & June; Kris & Rita - and "Wild and Crazy" comedy by
Steven I. Ramm | Phila, PA USA | 11/30/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

This is one of four volumes of Cash's Annual Christmas show, as broadcast on CBS, released by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Shout Factory. While the other three were recorded in Nashville with a down-home country feel, this time they took the show to Los Angeles and, to me, it just doesn't feel right.

The musical guests this time are Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge. Kris and Rita duet as do Johnny and his Wife, June Carter Cash. And, of course Kris and Johnny do a couple of duets as well, most notably, Kris's composition "Sunday Morning Coming Down".

For comedy "relief" they added Steve Martin during his "wild and Crazy" period and his bits certainly had little to do with Country music. (He's a great banjo player - and even has a banjo album coming in 2009) but that's not evident here.

This is the weakest of the four shows released - The 1977 is a MUST HAVE - but Cash completists will probably want this one too. It's not bad; just disappointing.

The quality of the video print is excellent.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"