Monday, August 05, 2013

"Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection"

Produced and distributed by MVD Entertainment Group, in association with Ediad Productions,"Here's Edie: The Edie Adams Television Collection", available November 19, 2013, is a new four DVD box set, featuring 12 Hours of the early 1960's TV series "Here's Edie" and "The Edie Adams Show".

Performances include classic Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Andre Previn, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bobby Darin, Johnny Mathis, Nancy Wilson, Buddy Hackett, Bob Hope, Dick Shawn, Rowan & Martin, Peter Falk, Sir Michael Redgrave, Zsa Zsa Gabor and a whole lot more :

"...more than 50 years after it premiered on the ABC network, the variety shows 'Here's Edie' and 'The Edie Adams Show' are set for release on DVD and digital formats, the first time either series has been seen in any format since its original broadcast more than a half century ago.

"The 'wow' factor of this box set resides in the eclectic guest stars Edie Adams was personally able to secure for the show. Jazz fans will be able to see, rare performance footage including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Al Hirt. 

"Popular vocalists include Sammy Davis Jr., Bobby Darin and Johnny Mathis.

"Comedians include Bob Hope, Rowan & Martin, Soupy Sales, Buddy Hackett, Dick Shawn and Terry-Thomas (who co-starred with Adams in the comedy feature "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" (1963).

"Classical music fans can look forward to performances of Andrew Previn, Lauritz Melchoir and Laurindo Almeida. 

"Additional guests include Allan Sherman, Spike Jones, Peter Falk, Sir Michael Redgrave, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Buddy Hackett.

"After the tragic death of her husband Ernie Kovacs, January 1962, Adams produced her own headlining show, hosting, singing, dancing, acting and taking an uncredited role of costumer 'Enke' .

The four DVD set features a new digital transfer from original 2-inch videotapes of the entire 1962-64 run of 21 episodes (with Adams' famed 'Muriel Cigar' commercials intact) plus extensive bonus footage, including rarely seen Adams' musical numbers from numerous Ernie Kovacs shows of the 1950's with introductions from Kovacs himself. 

"Other bonus features include a set of commercial promos by Adams and 'Mad World' co-star Sid Caesar (whose 'The Sid Caesar' Show alternated weeks with Edie's shows).

Also included is a 'Muriel Cigars' promotional film.

"The DVD package also comes with a 16-page booklet chock full of  rare photos from the family archive, an essay from Edie's son Joshua Mills and a show-by-show rundown from Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams curator, DVD co-Producer Ben Model.

"Directors for Adams' shows included Barry Shear and Joe Behar as well as Steve Binder ('The T.A.M.I Show', 'Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special'), with episodes taped in-studio as well as on location, including those shot in a Las Vegas hotel/casino nightclub, on the streets of London, UK, the Nevada desert and New York City.

"'Here's Edie: The Television Collection' from MVD and Ediad Productions offers fans what they have been waiting for, but never knew existed for more than 50 years..."

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