Vol. 2 of the 2009 release of Judy Garland's 1963-64 black-and-white variety show begins with the famous episode (recorded October 4, 1963 and broadcast two days later) featuring a 21-year-old Barbra Streisand singing such... more » songs as "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and "Down with Love" by herself, then a number of songs with Garland, including the medley of "Get Happy" and "Happy Days Are Here Again" in counterpoint. Ethel Merman comes out of the audience and joins the two stars for "There's No Business Like Show Business," and as they talk Streisand mentions that her next big project will be Funny Girl. The Smothers Brothers also appear, and Garland ends the show with her traditional "Born in a Trunk" solo sequence, performing "You Made Me Love You," "For Me and My Gal," and "The Trolley Song." The second episode on the disc (recorded October 11, 1963 and broadcast March 13, 1964) has a Wizard of Oz feel, with guest star Ray Bolger dancing to Garland's singing, and the two reminiscing about Oz and breaking into "We're Off to See the Wizard." Garland participates in an elaborate production number of "The Jitterbug" (cut from Oz) with the other guest, Jane Powell, the two do a comedy number with series regular Jerry Van Dyke (Dick's younger brother), and Powell performs "Dear Friend" from She Loves Me, which had opened on Broadway only six months earlier. Garland closes the show with her solo renditions of "When Your Lover Has Gone" and "Some People." Though it lasted only one season, The Judy Garland Show remains a valuable archive of music variety shows in the 1960s and of Garland's life and legacy. --David Horiuchi« less
David E. Goodlett | Louisville, KY United States | 09/29/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Shameful treatment of a wonderful TV show. Garland and her show deserve better. The Streisand/Smothers Brothers episode is edited and is in no way an improvement upon the picture quality of the orginal Pioneer release. So glad I have all of the original Pioneer releases and encourage others to find them as well. I WILL not but any future releases."
Another big disappointment
David Price | Houston, TX USA | 10/01/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Volume 1 of this series came out and did not live up to its promise. The shows are edited and the packaging is poor. No serious effort was made in the quality department. I kept Volume 1, hoping for a better result in the next release. Volume 2 arrived today and is as bad or worse than the first was -- I have decided to return it for refund. If this company can keep an audience long enough to release all 13 volumes, it will be a miracle to me. This item was another big disappointment. "
Vol 2 Judy Show
Fred J. Hough | South Houston, TX USA | 09/29/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I just got this vol 2 of Judys show. First of all I want to state I am a HUGE Judy Garland fan- She was the best their ever was - HOWEVER.........this dvd as along with vol 1 is EDITED !! I was really disappointed with this product. Why sell a show espeacilly Judys that is edited? It starts out at the begining after the credits- Judy is about to announce her guests - all she said was she had a really good show tonite and bam to the next scene where she introduces the Smother Bros.......... a whole scene was cut where they all came on and talked a bit and Judy sang Be My Guest - all gone. I really recommend getting the Pioneer Box set released about 10 years ago if you can find it- Its all complete and I think the quality is alot better on those sets- these current releases do not look at all- that remastered as stated PLUS on the cases of the dvd it says deleted scenes. They are no where to be found on this set on either vol so far- no extras but they say they do--The Pioneer set has tons of extras and cut stuff and all And one more thing - the first vol came in a really nice thin case with picures ect of Judy - real cute and slim with colorful stuff- this vol 2 came in a cheap flimsy dvd case - those fat ones you find at the dollar stores........ needless to say I wont be buying any further volumes - I will just watch my 2 Pioneer box sets I purchased on the first go around of this series. Judy deserves a better release of this timeless classic - The Show That Got Away !"
"JUDY, BARBRA, ETHEL, RAY & JANE"
DEWEY MEE | ELLENSBURG, WA, | 10/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
As other reviewers have noted, portions of "The Judy Garland Show" episode featuring Barbra Streisand and The Smothers Brothers (October, 1963) have been edited. I know this because Barbra included audio segments of her with Judy on her four disc CD anthology "Just For The Record." On Disc 1 of "Just For The Record", Judy introduces Barbra in a "Be My Guest" segment. Judy asks Barbra what she would like to do. Barbra replies, "Can I replace you?" This is nowhere to be found on the DVD. The editing is rather abrupt and disconcerting. Still, if you do not own the previous Pioneer release, should you deny yourself the intense, electrifying pairing of Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand? I think not. Dick and Tommy Smothers perform a funny song/comedy segment, which predates their later, more controversial "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour." Then, Judy introduces Barbra; who sings a languid, sultry rendition of Rodgers and Hart's "Bewitched, Bothered, And Bewildered"; immediately followed by her highly individualistic version of "Down With Love." The Judy/Barbra duets of "Get Happy-Happy Days" and the "Hooray For Love" medley have deservedly become historic. Ethel Merman pops up from the audience and (what else?) begins to belt out "There's No Business Like Show Business." Perhaps overwhelmed by all the "Diva Power" on stage, Barbra rather quietly and casually mentions that she is about to begin rehearsals for her role as comedienne Fanny Brice in the Broadway musical "Funny Girl." Judy closes the hour with her famous concert medley of "You Made Me Love You," "For Me And My Gal" and "The Trolley Song." The second episode was taped one week later (also in October, 1963); but saved for broadcast until March, 1964, to coincide with the annual TV broadcast of "The Wizard Of Oz." Judy's guests here are fellow MGM alum Jane Powell and Ray Bolger, who, of course, portrayed The Scarecrow opposite Judy as Dorothy in "The Wizard Of Oz." Judy solos on "That's All," and a rather odd comedy routine is built around "One For My Baby, And One For The Road." Jane sings a beautiful version of "Dear Friend" from the musical "She Loves Me." Judy and Ray dance and laugh along to "The Sunny Side Of The Street." Singing "If I Only Had A Brain" and "We're Off To See The Wizard," Judy and Ray share a warm, affectionate chat about "The Wizard Of Oz." Judy mentions that "Over The Rainbow" was initially cut from the film in previews because studio executives didn't want to waste time with this "little fat girl" (herself!) singing." Producers Arthur Freed, Mervyn Leroy, and composers Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg insisted "Rainbow" be put back into the film. The rest is. of course, history. "The Jitterbug", a number that did not survive the final cut, is performed here by Judy, Ray, Jane, and several dancers. Judy closes this hour with "When Your Lover Has Gone" and "Some People" from the classic musical "Gypsy." Despite the abrupt and confusing editing done by Infinity Entertainment, Volume Two features two of the very best episodes of "The Judy Garland Show.""
Great for Garland Fans, ESSENTIAL for Streisand ones!
Steven I. Ramm | Phila, PA USA | 10/11/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After watching Volume one of this series of remastered video tapes of Judy Garlands 1963-64 CBS-TV series I was impressed by the sharp images and crisp sound - to say nothing of Judy's performances (which I've seen on earlier releases). The problem with Volume one was too much time devoted to comedian Jerry Van Dyke.
Van Dyke is here again - I think her was in every episode of the series - but he's restrained and bearable this time.
There are two shows on this disc and the first is a must have. It features Barbra Streisand JUST BEFORE she was to star in Funny Girl and was just 21 or 22 years old! But, boy did she have the poise of a star. She does a bunch of solos and some duets with Garland. And to top it off, they are joined by Ethel Merman! A match made in heaven: three divas for the price of one! The Smothers Brothers are here too but not something you will re-watch.
The second episode features Jane Powell and Judy's Wizard of Oz co-star Ray Bolger. There is a medley from WoO and a few song and dance numbers. I liked this episode, but not as much as the Streisand/Merman one.
A few other reviewers mentioned that there were significant edits but I don't have the previous releases so can't confirm how much. There is the extended "run-out" ending that probably was not in the broadcast version.
The most significant - and annoying - deficiency in this volume is a repeated from Volume 1. There songs are not indexed into chapters! You can't just go to a Barbara song or a Judy number or find the Wizard of Oz medley easily. There are chapters but not logically arranged. Also, for a series that is to become 13 Volumes, there should be consistency in the packaging. Both of these caused the loss of one star. The "star power" of the first episode brought my rating up from three to four stars.