Actors:Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon Genres:Comedy, Television Sub-Genres:Comedy, Comedy, Classic TV Studio:Carson Entertainment Format:DVD - Black and White,Color DVD Release Date: 10/14/2003 Original Release Date: 10/01/1962 Theatrical Release Date: 10/01/1962 Release Year: 2003 Run Time: 7hr 0min Screens: Black and White,Color Number of Discs: 3 SwapaDVD Credits: 3 Total Copies: 10 Members Wishing: 0 Edition: Box set MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 4/27/2020...
This set of DVD's brings back so many memories! Loved the last two nights especially Bette Midler's part! (She and Robin Williams would have been great together in a movie. Just about any one who was someone was on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show at some point in time! He got misty eyed as much as I did when I watched this great compilation!
What's There Is Great, But There Should Be A Lot More
K. Palmer | Illinois | 08/18/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I himmed and hawed about purchasing the Carson DVD package. I always loved Johnny's anniversary shows where he would break out old clips from over the years along with the highlights of the year just ended. So the package seemed intringing, but I decided to rent first. Good decision.
It is not that the content of the shows is terrible. Far from it. It's just woefully short on material to justify the rather steep pricetag of a 3 disc set. Understanding that a lot of the tapes from the early years were destroyed years ago, there still had to be over 20 years of material to put together several more hours. Instead, there is a "Best of the 60s/70s", "Best of the 70s/80s" and "Best of the 80s/90s" segment, each about 45 minutes each. Many of the classics are here (the Ed Ames hatchet throw, George Gobel's brown shoes joke, the marmoset using Johnny's head as a restroom, Jimmy Stewart's poem about his dog Bo, even a very funny intro of future president Clinton), but there had to be more. There were no Floyd R. Turbo (who I consider the first right wing militant) bits nor was my favorite Carnac the Magnificent moment included (the answer is Sis-Boom-Bah, the question: What sound does an exploding sheep make). The latter omission is interesting because I seem to recall Carson saying at one time that that bit garned the biggest laugh in the show's history.
There's also Carson's last shows, which I actually already have on tape, so other than a better picture, it doesn't do it for me. There's also a show from 1982 when Johnny went back home to Nebraska to visit old hangouts and friends that was interesting.
In summary, some great moments, but there should have been more! "
I Can't Believe It's Been Ten Years Since Johnny Left
Michael K. Beusch | San Mateo, California United States | 01/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No matter what happens, Johnny Carson was, is and always will be the greatest late night host ever and one of the most towering figures in television history. David Letterman is terrific, but even he pales next to Carson. It's amazing to think that it's already been ten years since Johnny retired. This DVD collection brings it all back and reminds us all of just how great Carson was. (The Ed Ames tomahawk throwing segment just might be the funniest moment in TV history) The only disappointing thing about this set is that it does not include that much material from the first ten years. It's sad that so much classic material was lost. However, the set has a very comprehensive sample of Carson's funniest moments from over the years and show why Johnny will always be the King of Late Night."
Still the King!
K. Palmer | 06/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As one of the millions that sorely miss the wit and wisdom of Johnny Carson, I was especially pleased to receive this "best of" DVD collection. The three DVD's feature the best moments from the show - divided by decade - from the 60's through the 90's, and also include the complete second-to-last show (with Bette Midler and Robin Williams) and the final show, along with a documentary on Johnny I had never seen before. The remastering quality is great. There is a fun little short film called "Danger Johnny", and one of the most interesting things about the DVD's are the ISO CAMS, that allow you to pick the camera angles to view some of the programs. You can even view scenes from Johnny's perspective. The menu options are terrific, and the packaging very deluxe. If you are a fan of classic television, this is a great addition to your library - and I plan to send them as gifts to family members I know miss Johnny too."
The Ultimate Carson is for Real.
Michael K. Beusch | 06/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The boxed set goes straight to the very best of Johnnie. No fillers or wasted space, just one funny or interesting scene after another, from the famous tomahawk throwing sequence that Johnnie handles with magnificent adlibs to a scene wth Bob Hope, Dean Martin and George Gobel that is pricesless to his final show with Robin Williams and Bette Middler. We have watched these DVD's over and over. Makes you realize how Jay L. and Dave L. just don't come close to the one and only Johnny.."
5 star material, 0 star editing...
Alan H. Kline | 11/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Other reviews have pointed out flaws in the disc mastering and "Best of" segments, so I won't repeat those.
My biggest disappointment was in the way the final two shows were absolutely butchered. The next-to-last show is missing an entire segment (the classic Ed Ames segment from 1965). The major part of the segment is on disc 1, but still, deleting it from the show is unforgiveable. The final show is missing a segment as well--a classic montage of the great musical talents who passed through Studio One.
Finally, the end of the final show--Johnny's farewell--is absolutely hacked. All of the shots of audience members--Johnny's staff and family among them--were deleted. Those are some of the shots that add to the emotion of the very end of the King's reign. When the video dissolved to credits, the music stopped--Doc and the band played to the end of the actual show.
There are still good things to recommend--"Johnny Goes Home" is an interesting look at the man and his background. The camera iso footage from the last show is a good "behind the scenes" kind of thing, and the "Danger Johnny" extra is some neat, rare footage from the 1960's.
Having said all of that, the quality of the entertainment make this worth having. We'll never see the likes of Johnny Carson again. And to be fair, take a look at the extra discs in the larger "Special Collector's Edition"-the clips are longer, and show each performer in better context. Very enjoyable."