The Best of the Best of the Electric Company

The Best of the Best of the Electric Company

DVD - 2006
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The very best of the popular '70s kids show that showed just how fun reading can be!
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory ; New York : Distributed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment, 2006
ISBN: 9780738934631
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 165 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 02, 2016

Ah, such happy memories I have of this remarkable series!

It's tragic that the full 1971-77 original series is not available for borrowing or for purchase. Surely someone could have done better than just a paltry five complete episodes on this "Best of" DVD.
But a mere glimpse of this magical show is better than nothing at all, so take this "Best of the Best of" single disc as the gift it is--a fond glance back at one of the most amusing, imaginative, innovative educational programs ever produced featuring an amazing intergenerational and multicultural cast.
Rita Moreno ("West Side Story") is the only cast member making a guest appearance on this disc to provide brief remembrances of the making of the show as well as amusing intros to the featured episodes.

This kind of makes sense, as the energetic and multi-gifted Ms. Moreno was in all the original episodes as the screamingly funny Otto the Director (a takeoff on Hollywood legend Otto Preminger) as well as many other memorable characters.

But then again so was quirky Judy Graubart (Jennifer of the Jungle), boyish Skip Hinnant (Fargo North, Decoder), slyly versatile Jim Boyd (J. Arthur Crank), and the great Morgan Freeman (Easy Reader; hipster radio d.j. Mel Mounds), whom Moreno recalls as cool and elegant. It would have been nice if any or all of her fellow cast members, particularly Freeman, had been available to join Moreno in her recollections and introductions.

Jun 02, 2014

Wow I was only 8 when the show was cancelled, but what memories.


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