The Victor Borge Show Collection details
The Victor Borge Show Collection - Disc 1
|PG Disc 1|
The Victor Borge Show Collection - Disc 2
|PG Disc 2|
The Victor Borge Show Collection - Disc 3
|PG Disc 3|
|Run time:||6 hours 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||28 Aug 2006|
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Fine 50s musical humour, especially if you're learning the piano!By a customer from London , 03 Oct 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]For its time (1950s), Victor Borge's humour was very avant garde - a concert pianist who entertained by playing well and being very silly!
Although the weekly shows on the discs repeat some material, they are still quite funny and a very good historical example of how a single sponsor (Kelloggs in this case) paid for a TV series to be produced. Some of the ads are hilarious in their own right!
The gems in this collection are without doubt the live public performances at the end of the last DVD. These alone would have scored the highest rating! The biggest shame is that the very last performances have the wrong soundtrack - someone didn't do their quality assurance very well.
If you want the best of Victor from the 50s and have never seen him, get the last DVD of the set and watch the live public performances at the end!
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Early Borge but a pain to watch!By satwalker99 (19 reviews) from CHATHAM , 27 Apr 2009I anticiipated a decent selection of this wild & crazy Dane's best stage turns and wittisms along with the unique piano 'selections' so often repeated in his later period but got only weak suff with little of his later hilarity and Keaton-faced repartee and hilarious adlibbing comments at his audience's expence. But this is early Borge before he had matured along with the 'help' of such as Marilyn Mulvey (hands off the piano!) and clearly virtually all had been poorly videod before a tv with inevitable bad sound & low quality pictures. It was a disappointment for a fan like me - little humour and odd attempts to introduce 'characters' and all sponsor defined. I think the inevitable oral puncutation sketch is included because this was among his first after arriving in the early '40s on American soil speaking only some broken English. Long before these early videos he gradually endeared himself on wartime Armed Forces Radio shows like Command Performance . I already had some of his more recent tapes where many of his turns are familiar and he did become a very funny performer showing unquestionable high piano virtuosity - The Minute Waltz in 30 secs.the opening to The Blue Danube played backwards with upside down music and the one-note recital gag etc etc. He was always a welcome entertainer as we came to know him really as a very skilled artist. This set is let down by its poor technical quality and I understand on the second disc the wrong audio was edited on to the final item.!
3 out of 10 I'm afraid!
Poor quality recordingBy a customer from Epsom , 30 Aug 2008I was really looking forward to seeing some of this brilliantly funny man's older material, but the poor quality of the recording ( yeah I know it was the 50's ) made the experience impossible. Both the visual and audio quality were abysmal... digital enhancement?... it was overlooked by whoever decided to release this on dvd.
We struggled gallantly through the first two of the five shows and then gave it up as a bad job.
Victor BorgeBy brianborofan (30 reviews) from Saltburn , 10 Jul 2008this is a very old recording and shows it. The video and sound quality is very poor. Obviously Borges humour shines throug but the whole is difficult to watch.
Very poor quality film transfer on DVD 3By Idontlikenicknames (80 reviews) from Hertfordshire , 09 Feb 2007Disk 3: This could / should have been much better than it was. The man was unique and if these are the only films of his live performances still left then it is a tragedy as the film quality is so poor. Then to really rub salt in, one of the shows has the wrong soundtrack!
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Victor BorgeBy a customer from Kent, England , 17 Jan 2007No! No! No! - This was not what we expected, to old and dated not the Victor Borge of later years. Boring.