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|This Is Your Life - The Ultimate Collection Vol 1|
Actor: Bob Warren
Directors: Axel Gruenberg, Richard Gottlieb
Genres: Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Television
THIS IS YOUR LIFE showcased extraordinary lives - and television brought them into America?s living rooms. Creator and host Ralph Edwards honored uncommon people, sometimes famous, sometimes known only to a few. The stori... more »
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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 5/30/2012...
This is TV nostalgia at its best! I loved the celebrities who appeared to actually be shocked when Ralph Edwards shows them the book of their lives and how many old memories are brought back. I had no trouble playing these three disks on several of our DVD players (I deliberately checked several brands based on anotherís review and complaint) and had no problems!
Nice, But Be Careful...
Bluesy200 | USA | 05/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I waited with great anticipation for this set. It finally came, and when I popped it into my 1.5 year old DVD player, none of the disks in this set would play on a Toshiba player. I had to take them to another player I have, a newer one, a Panasonic.
THAT is scary. Still, I like the set.
You don't even have to like some of the stars on these disks; just seeing their reactions, their horror at being on "This Is Your Life", and their sometimes disingenuous reactions to people is great fun.
It is also sad to see some of these people who are no longer with us, such as Karen Carpenter and Jayne Mansfield. Karen appeared to be just an innocent, wide-eyed, all-American girl who rocketed to fame, only to die too soon. What a cutie. And Jayne really "played" her assets on TV, but you can tell that under the glitzy surface was a woman who cared about her family...and who was anything but dumb.
And there is Jack Cassidy, the "hammy" husband of Shirley Jones, and somebody who also died too soon.
Still, these are fascinating glimpses into the private lives of famous people. They sometimes look uncomfortable, there are lots and lots of pregnant pauses as people stumble for words.
Recommended, but...with caution."
Great A Keeper Brings Back Childhood Memories Plus from a Bo
HershonJones | Michigan | 08/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To be honest, I expected to watch this set & quickly sell it back on Ebay or Amazon.com but its so wonderful and greatly packaged, that its a keeper that I'll cherish. I'm a 51 year old baby boomer and it seems like all the greats were still alive when I was a kid and my knowledge and curiosity were limited back then and I didn't really know anything about these greats or appreciate them like I do now. Most of the people on this DVD made it on their own with their talent, charm & charisma not like the phoney no talented have no business to be considered celebrity types like Paris Hilton & the endless ilk.
Anyway, it was wonderful to see these wonderful people like Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Jayne Mansfield, etc., come alive with real people in a non rehearsed spontaneous setting not put on by some pr person being themselves with their loved ones, long lost friends, etc. Lou Costello was especially touching & he cracks one of the funniest improvised spontaneous cracks I've ever heard. Jayne Mansfield comes across like a really wonderful person as well and I can see why her daughter Marissa Haggerty comes off like a class act.
This would make a wonderful gift for your parents & any baby boomer who misses the wonder years of yesterday."
RALPH EDWARDS, THIS WAS YOUR SHOW! THANKS!
Alan W. Petrucelli | THE ENTERTAINMENT REPORT (ALAN W. PETRUCELLI) | 01/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ralph Edwards' breakthrough series that showcased the extraordinary lives of famous folk has finally been brought to the small screen again. And we couldn't be happier. This three-disc collection features 18 tributes, and spans a variety of genres, decades and honorees. Our favorites, of course, come from the haze of Hollywood, and include Bette Davis (the reunion between she and Now, Voyager star Paul Henried, who recreates the film's legendary "two cigarette" finale, is stirring; Boris Karloff (the renowned actor is reunited with his Frankenstein make-up guru Jack Piece); Lou Costello (who refuses to shy away from the overwhelming grief over his young son drowning in the family pool) and Jayne Mansfield (whose honest emotionality belies her dumb blonde status). Yet the tales of the lesser-known World War survivors, Pearl Harbor hero Rear Admiral Samuel Fuqua and Holocaust survivor Hanna Bloch Kohner, are equally riveting. This remains an incredible piece of TV history that demands to be in everyone's home library, and we fervently hope that Ralph Edwards productions and R2 will release the rest of the shows. Soon."