Posted October 11 2006 - 01:59 AM
[Moderators: Sorry. This should be in the Software/TV forum.]
It looks as if the trustees of the Carson estate have decided to issue a new (?) collection of Tonight Show material from the Carson years.
Retailers are showing a release date of 11-7-2006. I checked the official Carson site and the 3-disc set IS listed there for purchase $39.99. Amazon's pre-order is $27.99. Costco: $24.99
The only question which remains: what is the material that will be included? I would fork over $30 for new Carson material in a flash...but how much will be different from what was already included in the original Ultimate Collection?
Here is the description (as vague as it is) posted at the official site:
| Introducing, The Best of Carson Volume 1 -- a brand new 3 DVD collection featuring over 4 hours of hilarious highlights from three decades of The Tonight Show! The Best of Carson features the biggest names in entertainment history, classic Carson characters, and stand-up comedy from the best in the business! |
Each disc in this collection ALSO includes a cherished bonus extra including: a special photo gallery featuring rare, never before seen photos of Johnny from the early days to his Tonight Show final farewell.
Volume 1 - 3 DVD Collection
Includes NEVER before seen footage!
Features 30 years of hilarious highlights from The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Bonus Extras include: Return to Studio One, Tonight Show Memories and Never Before Seen Photos!
"Return to Studio One" is a separate release from the Carson company of a single show from 3-6-1969 which is a classic episode including Bob Hope, Dean Martin & George Gobel fron NYC.
| Original Tonight Show telecast never before available! This classic "lost" episode is regarded as one of the most hilarious in television history. Johnny and his guests had no idea what was in store for them when Bob Hope and Dean Martin dropped in unannounced. The unrehearsed antics that followed are now a part of show business legend. |
"Tonight Show Memories" is another prior release from the Carson vault:
| For three decades, The Tonight Show ruled late night TV and Johnny Carson was the King. Condensed from the 3 volume Johnny Carson Collection, this best of the best DVD will bring back all of your favorite memories from The Tonight Show. |
So, if they comprise 2 of the 3 discs, it is tough to say, at this point, if the 3rd disc is also going to be re-hashed material and if this is just a re-packaging of material we've already seen.
With all the wealth of material in the Carson vaults, it sure would be nice if they developed some kind of regular release program of material...even if it was just some of the anniversary specials.
You've got to figure that the audience for such material is huge...and more than ready to spend good $$$ on quality product (maybe even not-so-quality product...but it's gotta be new).