Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blog DVD Review: Game Show Moments Gone Bananas (Plus A Look At The Price is Right, Match Game, All-Star Family Feud DVD Sets)

It is Saturday, so that must mean it is time for the blog DVD review! Today we take a look at Mill Creek Entertainment's Game Show Moments Gone Bananas. Game Show Moments Gone Bananas shows us hours worth of hilarious clips from classic game shows. This is a must for any game show fan! See skees53's blog DVD review of Game Show Moments Gone Bananas:

Game Show Moments Gone Bananas (Mill Creek Entertainment, $9.98) presents nearly four hours of the funniest moments from the FremantleMedia library of game shows from around the world. The series, hosted by Ben Stein, aired on VH-1 in summer 2005 and features some of the funniest bloopers, worst answers, and some things that weren't even intended to be funny (but were) from classic game shows such as Family Feud, Match Game, Beat the Clock, The Price is Right, Password, Press Your Luck, Tattletales, What's My Line?, and more. This DVD from Mill Creek Entertainment presents all five episodes on a single disc. There are many hilarious moments featured on the DVD, mostly from American game shows, but also some foreign game shows--even including the Mexican and Australian versions of The Price is Right! The highlights from each episode, as well as runtimes (all are unedited as they were on VH-1), are as follows:

• Episode One (43:22)
o Richard Dawson receiving a pat on the behind from a contestant on Family Feud.
o A contestant being called to "come on down" while being in the restroom on The Price is Right
o Richard Moll being forced to guess a Super Password answer with hints "hairy" and "palm."
o A family who gives answers of "alligator" and "frog" to the category "animals with three letters in their name" on Family Feud.
o Marsha Warfield giving an answer of "boobs" on a "bobbing for BLANK" clue on Match Game.

• Episode Two (43:06)
o An entire family giving Richard Dawson very passionate kisses on Family Feud.
o A kid who claims to has three older and more mature girlfriends on Child's Play.
o Two families that have an incredibly difficult time understanding a category on Family Feud.
o A woman not understanding how to play skeeball on The Price is Right.
o A woman who doesn't quite seem to understand what an appliance is on Family Feud.

• Episode Three (43:06)
o A contestant giving a very sexually explicit clue to describe a honeymoon on Showoffs.
o A Playboy model who accidentally hits the buzzer on Family Feud with something other than her hands.
o A woman who "comes on down" on The Price is Right and publicly mentions that her bra has broken.
o Rip Taylor flipping his wig--very literally--on Super Password.
o A woman who answers "hole punch" when asked to name something with a hole in the middle on Family Feud.

• Episode Four (43:01)
o A family who gives random names as answers to "characters in a James Bond" movie.
o Phyllis Diller giving a clue of "masticates" on Super Password and being deeply misunderstood.
o A woman cheating on Shell Game on The Price is Right by picking up a shell.
o Betty White being forced to restrain herself given a certain clue on Super Password.
o A series of sexually suggestive clues from Alex Trebek's Double Dare.

• Episode Five (43:02)
o A home bar being featured on The Price is Right that doesn't work as advertised.
o Special appearance by Vanna White (before she was famous) on The Price is Right.
o A woman who beats the odds with some incredibly bad skils (but good random guesses) on Clock Game on The Price is Right.
o Norman Fell not being able to understand what a sperm bank is on Tattletales.
o A series of really bad answers from one family on Family Feud.

Many of the clips are good, but my only complaint is that there were way too many clips from the British game show Distraction, which weren't really particularly funny at all. There is also a large number of clips from Family Feud. Aside from that, though, most of the other clips are pretty enjoyable to watch.
Each episode also has a special countdown of certain top five moments, presented by celebrities relevant to the topic on the episode. This "countdown" appears right where each of the commercial breaks would have appeared when the episodes aired on VH-1. They are as follows:

1. Top Five Host Screw Ups, presented by Chuck Woolery
2. Top Five Blond Moments, presented by Kato Kaelin
3. Top Five Wardrobe Malfunctions, presented by Jay Manuel
4. Top Five Celebrity Moments, presented by Ed McMahon
5. Top Five Brain Freeze Moments, presented by Cindy Margolis

The DVD has some very bizarre (and honestly bad) packaging, containing just one disc inside a black paper sleeve inside a double thick keepcase. It seems like it would have been easier to just place the DVD in a standard DVD case, but they did not. The cover art has a yellow and purple color scheme with logos of many of the series featured on the DVD, and the back includes a brief description of the set, as well as logos from some of the other series featured on the DVD.

The main menu on each disc has a purple and yellow color scheme, with the theme music from the episodes playing in the background and several TVs with some of the game show moments floating around. The options on the main menu include Select Show and Play. Select Show just brings up five more TVs, with each one numbered 1 to 5. Once you select an episode, it plays right away. Chapters are placed throughout each episode.

The video quality on the DVD leaves quite a bit to be desired, which is surprising for a show as new as this one. Of course, many of the clips are from older game shows, but even the newly taped parts featuring Ben Stein looks kind of rough, with poor lighting and picture quality that is far from being described as crisp. The audio is fine for the most part, although it isn't going to really impress anybody. The episodes are neither subtitled nor closed-captioned.

The DVD has no special features, but in a way, that is what we would kind of expect from a series that is itself almost like a special feature. Still, maybe some additional game show moments would have been nice. The ones included in the episodes are far from an all-inclusive list of funny game show moments.

All in all, this is a fun DVD to watch if you can find it at a decent price, and I've already seen it in some stores for only $5. It is more than worth it for that price. Sure, you can see many of these clips as YouTube videos, but they are much nicer to watch on the TV screen. This DVD is worth it for any game show fan out there, and despite some bad filler material on many of the episodes, there are many great moments within the episodes.

-- Reviewed by skees53
(3.5/5 stars)

To purchase this DVD, click below and help support SitcomsOnline.com:
Amazon.com

Related links:
SitcomsOnline.com Full DVD Reviews Page
Game Show Moments Gone Bananas TV.com Page

But don't leave yet! We have more game show DVD updates from Mill Creek Entertainment to share! Game Show Moments Gone Bananas is actually a rerelease of a DVD that was previously released by the former company BCI, which is no longer in business. Mill Creek has also rereleased several other game shows, which include The Price is Right, Match Game, All-Star Family Feud, and Password. These sets are all the same as the previous versions that we have reviewed, although they are now presented in standard double-thick keepcases and at a lower price. Click on the titles to buy them from Amazon!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Friday, December 14

Fresh Off the Boat - "Cousin Eddie" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The battle begins between mother and son when Eddie informs Jessica that he wants to spend Christmas with friend Nicole in New York. But Jessica insists that tradition prevails and he needs to spend the holiday with the family, so he does everything within his power to try and get her to crack and allow him to go. Meanwhile, Louis and Evan do their best to try and help an overwhelmed Emery decide on which one of his numerous friends to invite to the family’s Christmas Eve dinner.

Speechless - "J-I-- JINGLE T-H-- THON" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
A Christmas tree fire leads Maya to tell a small lie with big consequences. Meanwhile, Ray struggles to live in Pepper’s shadow as Dylan twists the knife, and JJ encourages Kenneth to stand up to his sisters (guest stars Niecy Nash and Lisa Leslie).

I Love Lucy - "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT)
I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL features “The Christmas Episode” and the newly colorized “Pioneer Women.” Both were colorized with a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

“The Christmas Episode” finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky’s Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos’ son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

“The Christmas Episode” was first broadcast on CBS on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series’ long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

In “Pioneer Women,” Lucy and Ethel’s hopes of joining the posh Society Matrons’ League leads to a bet with their husbands over which sex – the men or the women – had it harder living in a bygone era. They select the turn of the last century, and as Lucy and Ethel start to bake their own bread and churn their own butter, the men become acquainted with straight-blade shaving and riding home from work on horseback. They all have some “‘splainin’” to do when two ladies from the Society Matrons’ League stop by for an unexpected visit.

“Pioneer Women” was originally broadcast on March 31, 1952, and became an immediate viewer favorite.

The Dick Van Dyke Show - "The Dick Van Dyke Show -- Now in Living Color!" (CBS, 9:00PM ET/PT)
The special features the season one episode “Where Did I Come From,” written by Carl Reiner, and the season four episode “Never Bathe on Saturday,” also written by Reiner. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set – at the beginning and end of the hour – with no interruption between the episodes.

The Emmy Award-winning series starred Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore as television comedy writer Rob and his wife, Laura Petrie; Larry Matthews as their son, Ritchie; Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie as Buddy Sorrell and Sally Rogers, co-writers on the fictional “The Alan Brady Show”; Carl Reiner as Alan Brady; Richard Deacon as Mel Cooley; Jerry Paris as Dr. Jerry Helper; and Ann Morgan Guilbert as Millie Krumbermacher Helper.

In “Where Did I Come From,” 6-year-old Ritchie asks his parents the inevitable “where did I come from?” question, and they recall the days before his birth. The episode was first presented on Jan. 3, 1961 during the series’ first season.

In “Never Bathe on Saturday,” the Petries’ romantic second honeymoon becomes a disaster when Laura’s toe gets caught in a bath spout. The episode was first presented on March 31, 1965, during season four.

Last Man Standing - "The Gift of the Mike Guy" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Vanessa helps the family realize the importance of its long-standing holiday family traditions.

The Cool Kids - "Margaret Dates the Zodiac Killer" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Margaret begins dating Karl, a fellow resident who may or may not be the "Zodiac Killer."

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 10)

Friday, December 14

  • Karen Gillan (Selfie) - Watch Karen on a repeat of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC. She talks about The Party's Just Beginning on the BUILD Series at 2pm.
  • Tony Shalhoub (Wings/We Are Men) - Watch Tony on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle, Laura Linney (The Big C) and Nick Kroll (The League/Cavemen) - Bryan, Laura and Nick make special guest appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Bill Burr (F Is for Family/Townies) - Bill is a guest on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Busy Philipps (Vice Principals/Cougar Town) - Busy appears on a repeat of The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Romany Malco (Weeds/Blunt Talk) - Romany is a guest on a repeat of Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Kathryn Hahn (I Love Dick/Happyish/Transparent/Free Agents) - Kathryn talks about the film Private Life on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt/The Office) - Ellie appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Minnie Driver (Speechless/About a Boy) - Minnie is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Leah Remini (Kevin Can Wait/The Exes/Family Tools/The King of Queens/Fired Up) - Leah visits The Wendy Williams Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine/The Hotwives of Orlando) - Angela and her husband Joshua Snyder serve up monkey bread and chocolate peppermint cupcakes on Rachael Ray, so check your local listings.
  • Vanessa Hudgens (Powerless) - Vanessa talks about Second Act on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Chris Elliott (Schitt's Creek/Get a Life) - Chris talks about Clara's Ghost on Couch Surfing at 8am.
  • Tia Mowry (Instant Mom/The Game/Sister, Sister) - Tia talks about Hallmark Channel's A Gingerbread Romance on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Christine Lakin (Hollywood Darlings/Step by Step) - Christine is a guest on Steve, so check your local listings.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November)

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest