Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Patsy Cline Sweet Dreams Still - The Anthology|
Actors: Patsy Cline, Robert K. Oermann
Director: Gregory Hall
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Patsy Cline is a singular voice on the landscape of American music. Her emotion and raw power is inescapable, and her timeless melodies continue to make fans of people from all generations and walks of life. Sweet D... more »
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Fabulous Patsy But Flawed DVD
"Tee" | LA | 12/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm as happy as anyone that these classic Patsy performances from 1950's and early 1960's television have finally made their way to DVD - the full numbers, not just snippets like on the Patsy documentaries. But this DVD loses some it's charm with the extras herein.
1. Too much commentary by Robert Oerrman. Do we need to hear this guy's opinion on every Patsy performance here? He is rather repetitive too (how many times does he say "she owns this song" or something similar). We don't need him to tell us she gives a great performance on a track, we can hear that ourselves!! Maybe some sort of introduction was needed but I don't see why it couldn't have just been a segment at the start of the DVD and not before every song.
2. Song titles on the screen. Do we need this? I mean first of all we've got Oerrman telling us what is coming up. Then we've got on most of the performances, the original introductions from the long-ago hosts telling us what she is going to sing, and finally we've got the menu chapters telling us which songs are which. Do we need to have the song's name on the screen, too then??
3. Poor choice of menu chapter starts. The Oerrman intros wouldn't be so bad if the menu chapters would ignore them and jump right to Patsy's performance - that's what chapters are for to get right to the good stuff. But you've got to sit through Oerrman everytime you want to hear a particular song by Patsy if you don't fast forward. Seesh!!
Picture quality of the vintage films are all over the place, from stunningly flawless (the Town House party appearances which look better than most 1950's movies) to pretty bad and scratchy on some tracks. But this is how these films and/or kinescopes exist, so cherish them in any form. One strange song selection is "I Saw the Light" which is sung by Ernest Tubb and features an all-star singalong on the chorus including Patsy, June Carter, Chet Atkins, Jean Shepard, Ferlin Husky - and Tony Bennett (!!!!!!) This would be a fascinating track but it's not the full number unfortunately and Patsy in fact is only spotted briefly on the film. This is one track we could have used some more information on - did Bennett go to Nashville or did Nashville go to New York for this appearance? I guess we should be greatly it's here in any form but it will certainly leave you wanting more. Also odd is the second version of "Walking After Midnight" which Patsy sings wonderfully but the foolish long-ago TV director has her cast as a fabric shop owner going about her business as she sings to herself - Patsy never looks up once or at the camera during the whole number!! And what makes it most exasperating is the print quality on this number is outstanding!
Don't let my criticisms of the DVD's production scare you off of this DVD. It's truly a treasure for Patsy fans and we certainly should be greatful these films of "The Cline" exist. Hopefully more will surface for a volume two."
Sweet Dreams Still DVD is Sweet
J. K. Walker | 10/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Sweet Dreams Still" Review
Finally the Patsy Cline DVD the fans have asked for, full video performances uninterrupted! This is a video anthology of her work from 1955 to 1963. The big hits are here with some lesser-known performances as well. Nashville Music Historian, Robert Oreman, host the video giving insight and history into each performance.
A condensed version of this has appeared nationwide for PBS Fundraisers in 2005. Hallway Production put this together with Patsy's widower, Charlie Dick as consultant. This group has put together 2 outstanding video bios on Patsy and other country legends. So we can count on a quality project from this group.
The video starts with her first release, "A Church, A Courtroom and Goodbye" from a Grand Ole Show in 1955. It's wonderful to see this new star being introduced by Opry Legends, Little Jimmy Dickens and Ernest Tubb. As we watch other performances such as her first hit "Walkin After Midnight" we notice the confidence she gains in herself. We also notice the heartbreak she breathes into such classics as "Crazy" and "She's Got You." One of the most touching moments are her performances of "I Fall To Pieces" and "San Antonio Rose", taped days before her untimely death. Some may notice she is not quit up to par, but she was sick with a bad cold or the flu at the time of the taping. The show must go on and she comes through with the "fly-a-nest of colors".
The extras performances are what the fans will clamor for. A cast performance of "I Saw the Light" that includes June Carter Cash and Guy Mitchell is a rare treat. One of the first true video is her lip-synching "3 Cigarettes in the Ashtray". Kd lang must have seen this as she did a similar version on Carson's Late Night. The camera angles on "Come On In" are much like "I Love Lucy", they capture the audience and we see the side of Patsy at the same time. Oh, and the arm movements are very much like what Patsy did in her live performances according to her friend Anne Armstrong.
The video concludes with an interview with Charlie Dick and current family photos.
A wonderful treasure!
Wendy Vickers | Nashville, TN | 10/04/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In this video of clips from Patsy Cline's TV appearances, Patsy is as compelling to watch as she is to listen to.
I appreciated country music author and historian Robert K. Oermann's commentary and setups to the various segments. I have seen a few of these clips before, but many were unfamiliar. The only thing missing for me was that I would have liked a little more detail on all the clips --what shows they came from, what year they were broadcast (some of that information was given in spots, particularly on the earlier clips, but not enough in the more recent ones).
Another reviewer made reference to the possibility of other vintage Patsy video performances in existence; let's hope there is a followup somewhere down the road."
Aaron Loves Country | Seattle, WA | 10/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been waiting a very, very long time for a DVD like this! It's amazing to be able to watch full-length video performances by Patsy Cline. I had heard of some of the rare footage ("Let It Snow" with Ferlin Husky, for example) but thought that most of it must simply exist in the hopeful minds of fans like me. Well, folks, here are the goods! I agree with the previous reviewer: I'd like to know a little bit more about the dates and TV programs, but at least they are arranged chronologically by period in her career. Absolutely, positively a must for a serious Patsy Cline fan."