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Relive the holiday magic of these rare Sonny & Cher Christmas shows. For the first time ever classic TV and pop music fans alike can step into Christmas with Sonny & Cher - and Chastity too! This groovy collection features highlights from their three - and only Christmas variety shows. Two from the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour which originally aired in 1972 and 1973 and the third from the Sonny & Cher Show in 1976 when the famous - and then divorced couple came back to network television for one more season. Having never released a Christmas record this collection includes the only holiday performances to be found by Sonny & Cher either individually or collectively. So sit back relax and get ready for a blast from Christmas past. Three decades later - and the holiday Beat Goes On!Featured Holiday Songs:Jingle Bells - Sonny & CherA Gift of Song & O Holy Night - CherThe Twelfth of Never - SonnyCaroling Medley - CastSystem Requirements: Running Time 120 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS Rating: NR UPC: 823753800198 Manufacturer No: 8001
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The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour / Produced by Allan Blye & Chris Bearde / Directed by Art Fisher.
The Sonny & Cher Show / Produced by Frank Peppiatt & Phil Hahn / Directed by Tim Kiley & Jaime Rogers
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Both of the first two shows feature William Conrad (television's 'Cannon', which was also the inspiration for the skits they used to do with everyone in huge 'fat suits' in case you remember those) and Chastity as their only guests, with their crew of regulars joining in more than usual in the comedy and song bits. Conrad seems to be having a ball, particularly while doing some pantomime bits as a vagabond bumming some Christmas cheer. For a guy who was mainly known as being a great 'voice' (he was Matt Dillon on radio's version of Gunsmoke and the announcer on Rocky and Bullwinkle), he is very effective in these silent skits. He also appears to do some singing, even trying a solo during the Victorian Village Caroling part of the second show.
Perhaps they meant to continue this tradition (Christmas shows with only Bill Conrad as their guest), but Sonny and Cher's divorce meant that a few years passed before their next Xmas outing (or, in their case, Ex-Mrs outing?). Chastity, Bernadette Peters and Bob (Captain Kangaroo) Keeshan are the guests on the final show, from the 'divorce show' years, with Elijah Blue Allman making a small appearance as well.
A nice package, the only extra being a 'video jukebox' of some of the musical highlights. No commentary, but considering how spare Cher's remarks were on the three-disc package of the shows, I don't think we're missing much.
One cavaet-the first two shows only run about 35 minutes each, so it looks like there must have been some music or other copyrighted material that had to be omitted. Anyone know what was cut out of these shows? The last show runs almost 45 minutes, which is what you would expect of an hour-long show without the commercials.
The collection contains the Christmas episodes of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show wrapped up in one great DVD! The shows are full of laughter, music, and holiday cheer along with the unmistakable Sonny and Cher banter! Chastity, joins Sonny & Cher for a number of scenes to make the family holiday complete! Guests include William Conrad, Bernadette Peters, Shields amd Yarnell and Captian Kangaroo!
"Jingle Bells", "Oh Holy Night", And a Christmas medley that includes a very young Chastity singing "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause" are just a few of the musical highlights!
Regular segments including "Raggedy Sonny and Raggedy Cher" and "Sonny's Pizza" are given a holiday twist along with lots of segments created just for the holiday episodes.
This must have Christmas Collection DVD is a great follow-up to "The Sonny and Cher Ultimate Collection", a 3 DVD set which was released last year. The Ultimate Collection which has a new low price was worth every penny at it's original price and is also a must have for Sonny and Cher fans as well as anyone who enjoys relaxing, fun filled evenings of great musical entertainment !
In 1973, William Conrad guest stars again on another Christmas show. This time, playing different characters like a vagabond visiting homes on Christmas Eve. Plus a sketch where Sonny Bono shows Conrad a fictitious Christmas album, "Sonny Bono Sings Christmas Songs". There's a lot more to see on this show too!
The most surprising episode of all, from 1976, was their 'post divorce' holiday show, appearing with their daughter Chasity and a surprise guest, Bob Keeshan as Captain Kangaroo from his daily series also airing on CBS that time. Hey! Watch where Bob Keeshan in a "Sonny's Pizza" sketch where he plays an unusual kind of angel flying over people dining alone on Christmas Eve. You'll really flip yourself over this!
You won't find a great true 1970's holiday treasure DVD like this one. Sonny and Cher's Christmas shows is a 'must have' for DVD collectors today!
I wasn't sure what to expect, but I find the show to have been very well-written and performed, and as most fans probably knew already, Sonny was the talented one. He drove the entire series.
It's rather fascinating to me to peek into the popular culture of previous eras like this. Hard to believe that a show like this one could succeed today, with its lengthy skits and musical numbers. Our microwave society would get bored.
As a DVD presentation, this also is a good one, which includes one cool extra: a music-video showcase of all of the songs over the three Christmas episodes collected here.
Good pickup for someone who, like me, loves Christmas specials; great pickup for fans of the team.