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Color Honeymooners: Collection 1 DVD
Color Honeymooners: Collection 1

Color Honeymooners: Collection 1

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The Color Honeymooners: Collection 1 is more alluring than it would seem at first glance, even if it lacks anything like the seminal popular-culture impact of the classic '50s Honeymooners shows. Released by MPI as a triple-DVD set covering the 1966 revival of the series by way of The Jackie Gleason Show, the nine episodes from that season look a little faded, as one might expect from videotape material of 40 years' vintage; the color is a bit muted as is some of the detail, and the sound is a little soft. But those minor flaws can be overlooked in favor of the energy that Gleason and fellow players Art Carney, Sheila MacRae, and Jane Kean (as well as guest stars Madeleine Sherwood, George O'Hanlon, Rita Gam, and Howard St. John) bring to their roles. Gleason and Carney still had all of the classic timing and the body English that made them a stitch to start with, and they manage to overcome the lack of invention in the scripts, which were a rehash of a "lost episode" plotline from the previous decade. (One heartily wishes that Madeleine Sherwood had been allowed to sing a bit more, based on the little snippet of vocalizing that she does here.) It's also interesting to see Kean's work again -- in 1966, not many people could have been aware that she was the woman that, 15 years earlier, Walter Winchell had been seeing on the side, and quietly boosting in her act with her sister Betty as part of the Kean Sisters. And Carney was just coming off his Broadway success as Felix in The Odd Couple. One also wishesthat Gleason could have aimed a little higher in his aspirations, which -- in the context of the show -- never ascended higher than the kind of kitschy between-the-two-wars kind of musical revues that he knew from his youth. The June Taylor Dancers' work
Title: Color Honeymooners: Collection 1
Genre: TV Comedy, Box Sets
Starring: Joyce Randolph, Audrey Meadows, Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Jane Kean, Sheila MacRae
Directors: Frank Bunetta, Frank Satenstein
Studio: Mpi Home Video
Attributes: Dolby, 3PC
Release Date: 6/27/2006
Product Type: DVD
Rated: UNR
UPC: 030306769691
Item #: MPD007696

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