Monday, November 7, 2016

Now Available to Own -- THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: THE VAULT SERIES DVD Collection From Time Life (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


"One needs only to look at the Late Night landscape to know where every contemporary talk show had its roots: THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON.  Now, for the first time at retail, fans of Carson, late night talk shows, the Golden Age of TV and laugh-out-loud comedy can get their fix of Johnny and his pals with newly-packaged collections featuring the very best complete shows from over 30 years!" 

It is hard to not think of Johnny Carson when you think of late night show hosts.  He will also be the greatest host of the Tonight Show in my eyes.  What do you think?  

My father was a police officer and would also work long hours, usually including details.  I would try my hardest to stay up at night time to see him return safely, as well as to get in a little daddy/daughter time.  He would eat his reheated dinner, while we sat together on the couch watching Johnny.  As we watched the show, he would tell me about different guests, as many of them I didn't know about.  But, as the show went on and I got older, I was able to pick out popular actors and actresses and even some great comedians like Jay Leno and David Letterman.  I never thought either man would go on to become late show hosts like Johnny.  All I knew is I liked the jokes they told and knew they would be successful stand up comics.

As the years went on and I got older, I would still continue to wait up for my dad, and we would watch The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.  It became a ritual for us, and one I continue to cherish to this day.  So, when I heard the folks at Time Life were releasing THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: THE VAULT SERIES to DVD back on the 8th of November, I was excited. What perfect timing...a few days after my birthday.  You could say they planned it as a great birthday gift for me. :-)

I requested a sample be sent for review, and couldn't wait to share the news with my dad.  I knew he would be just as excited as I was when I originally heard about the vault collection coming to DVD.  I couldn't wait to have my parents come to visit, just so I could put on the DVDs and sit down and watch some of the episodes again with my Dad.  Unfortunately, we have been sidelined with colds and pneumonia, so I have had parents stay away, as not to pick up any germs.  My dad and I plan to watch some of the episodes -- not sure we can get all 6 DVDs watched in one weekend (but we will try), when they come down for Thanksgiving.  I can't wait to sit and watch them with him, and have a conversations like we used about the guests.  This show helped my dad and I connect and we have a special relationship because of the show.  

If you are a fan of Johnny Carson and want to relive some of his greatest moments, including visits by Charlton Heston, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Paul McCartney, Burt Reynolds, Don Rickles and Orson Welles, just to name a few, then you will want to pick up the THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: THE VAULT SERIES.  I for one can't wait to check out the bonus features and see all the old commercials.  With the holidays fast approaching, this Time Life Vault Series release couldn't have come at a better time.

If you have a Johnny Carson fan in your life, or you are one, this is one DVD collection you will not want to pass by.  Relive the iconic moments of the great Johnny Carson, the original and one and only great King of Late Night!


More about this DVD Collection:

"Johnny Carson defined late-night television.  For over 30 years, America watched together, laughed together, and sang together on the couch with the Original King of Late Night.  Now, this fall, home audiences will be able to enjoy the very best of late night, any night, with THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: THE VAULT SERIES.  The singular collections, new to retail and available in multiple configurations, feature Johnny and the inimitable Tonight Show crew in full episodes fresh from Carson's vaults - including commercials! 
Released on DVD on October 4, THE VAULT SERIES gives viewers the opportunity to relive the incomparable magic of a night with Johnny, Ed and Doc.  These collections feature some of the best and most requested episodes from over 30 years and 4,000 shows -- including material not seen by the public since the original broadcasts!  Among the many highlights are the 10th and 11th anniversary shows and Johnny's birthday episodes, a week of shows from March 1976, visits from Carnac the Magnificent and the Mighty Carson Art Players, and Johnny singing Rhinestone Cowboy astride a donkey.  Carson is also at his best bantering with famous friends including Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Richard Pryor, Muhammad Ali, Bing Crosby, Jack Benny, Sean Connery, John Denver, Peter Fonda, Charlton Heston, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Paul McCartney, Burt Reynolds, Don Rickles, Orson Welles, and many others.  Hours of highly-entertaining bonus features are also included on the multi-disc sets, and feature bonus monologues, in-depth interviews, and additional clips with Lucille Ball, James Brown, Rodney Dangerfield, David Letterman, Joan Embery and her wild animals, the beloved Aunt Blabby, and a Hollywood stunt woman demonstration. 
THE VAULT SERIES retail DVD configurations includes a single disc release (2 shows; $14.95srp), a 3-disc collector's set (6 shows + nearly an hour of bonus features; $39.95srp), a 6-disc collector's set (12 shows + two hours of exclusive extras; $59.95srp) and a 12-disc deluxe edition collector's  set (24 shows + over 4 hours of exclusive extras; $99.95srp).  Additionally, prior to the general release of THE VAULT SERIES, on September 13, Costco will debut an exclusive 6-disc set featuring 12 complete shows and over 2 hours of bonus features. 
For over 30 incredible years, Carson paved the way for a late night TV revolution that will never be equaled.  And THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: THE VAULT SERIES will give Carson fans, TV historians and late night aficionados alike the chance to once again watch an amazing talent and true American icon at the height of his powers.


THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: THE VAULT SERIES is available at the following retailers...

Barnes and Noble
For Your Entertainment (FYE)

You can also purchase the THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON: THE VAULT SERIES online at Barnes and Noble.

About Time Life
Time Life is one of the world's pre-eminent creators and direct marketers of unique music and video/DVD products, specializing in distinctive multi-media collections that evoke memories of yesterday, capture the spirit of today, and can be enjoyed for a lifetime. TIME LIFE and the TIME LIFE logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc. 

Disclosure: I was sent a screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. This would be a collection my husband would love to own. These were definitely the good years of late night TV!