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The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series (6 DVD Set)

 

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We have no idea why Time-Life chose to send us a screener of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series (6 DVD Set Collector’s Edition). It appears to be a very slight repackaging of a set they released three years ago, but this reviewer is nonetheless more than happy to sing its praises.

After Carson left the program in 1992, excerpts have turned up on places like YouTube, and there have been DVD clip show releases. This, however, is altogether different, a boxed set of 12 complete shows (along with some bonus clips) running more than 17 hours.

Although Tonight Show episodes have turned up on “cable television” in recent years, those programs are, so I hear, heavily edited, mainly due to music licensing issues. However, the 12 shows collected here not only include all the musical guests and their complete performances, but also everything else, including film clips f…Read the entire review

By Max Schindler