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The Best of Sonny & Cher — Now on DVD

collector's booklet from Sonny & Cher DVD Collection
The included booklet tells the story of Sonny & Cher in text and photos.

OK boomer, it’s finally here: I Got You Babe, The Best of Sonny & Cher DVD Collection from Time Life. This is the first time these episodes have ever been available on DVD. In this collection: 18 episodes + extras on 10 DVDs. Plus, there’s a 36-page booklet that tells the story of Sonny & Cher and their TV shows, with rare photos and wardrobe sketches to accompany the text. Picture quality and sound are excellent, and the extra interviews and clips are a real bonus.

I was a teenager when The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour premiered in August of 1971. Being a busy high school student with a healthy interest in girls, cars and illicit substances, I wasn’t watching a lot of prime time TV at the time. I only caught an episode here and there, so it’s really fun to watch them now and look back at a very interesting period in popular culture.

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Here’s what you get with this collection.

Sonny & Cher were a hard musical act to pigeonhole. They weren’t rock and roll exactly, but they also weren’t pop like Andy Williams or Dean Martin. They were an odd couple — a young dark-haired beauty possessing a deep sultry voice, paired with a dweeby guy eleven years her senior. They always seemed more showbiz, not hippies or part of the counterculture like other L.A.-based acts like the Byrds or even the Mamas and the Papas. Cher finally let her freak flag fly after she broke up with Sonny and married rocker Gregg Allman, but as a duo they were a mainstream act that was not at all threatening to middle America. I for one was not surprised when Sonny Bono ran for and won a seat in congress as a Republican. Sadly, a skiing accident ended his life in 1998. Cher is still performing and recording, and tweets frequently on a range of subjects.

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Although rock stars like Elton John do pop up from time to time in this collection, most of the guest stars were the same tried and true performers you’d see on The Carol Burnett Show or The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The special guest for the very first show was septuagenarian vaudevillian Jimmy Durante. So the producers were obviously targeting an older audience.

Photo of the DVDs included in The Best of Sonny & Cher DVD Collection
It’s quite ingenious how 5 DVDs are able to fit in each of the cases.

When I did tune in, it was definitely to see Cher in the revealing gowns created for her by iconic costume designer Bob Mackie. I’m not sure I was even aware of Sonny & Cher’s divorce, their separate solo TV variety shows, and how they professionally reunited for the revamped Sonny & Cher Show that aired in 1976-77. But now, boomers like me all across America can grab a snack and relax on their comfy couch or recliner and travel back in time to the 1970s, when TV variety shows ruled the airwaves. Click here to order or learn more about I Got You Babe, The Best of Sonny & Cher DVD Collection. Free standard shipping is available.

Bowflex TreadClimber Big Holiday Savings

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New PC Matic Commercial with Randy White, New Lifetime Protection Plan

In this new TV spot, PC Matic CEO Rob Cheng turns over pitchman duty to legendary NFL Super Bowl MVP Randy White. The former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle retired from football over 25 years ago. Americans under 40 don’t know him. That means customers for PC anti-virus/security software must be mostly boomers and seniors. Seems about right, since younger people do most of their computing on smartphones, tablets and MacBooks, not Windows laptops and desktops. I must admit Randy does a great job, bringing a lot of enthusiasm to this pitch. First, he covers PC Matic basics— Continue reading

Billy Mays, Backwards & in Reverse

In a world where crushed M&Ms become whole and people walk backwards gracefully, Billy Mays is known by millions as Syam Yllib, He Who Balks Tackwards. This is the YouTube world of Alex Connery, who has given us a gift of hundreds of commercials and clips that are reversed to run backwards. Exactly why he’s created these turned-around videos is a mystery, but he’s obviously taken a lot of time and care to create this huge collection, so why not enjoy some?

Billy Mays Impact Gel in reverse is replete with shots of people moon-walking backwards. You’ll be struck by how much Billy’s voice sounds like a Swedish pitchman. Or should we say ″Pitch människa″? If you don’t recall what it sounded like originally, you can check it out on our Top 20 Billy Mays Commercials page. Continue reading

Wall Street Journal Wonders if “The Wonder Years” Will Be a Big Hit on DVD

The  Wonder Years complete TV series is now available on DVD from Time Life, and The Wall Street Journal wonders if fans of the 80s show will shell out big bucks to own the complete series on DVD. Continue reading

PC Matic Anti-virus Software: Made in the USA

The best security software is made in America, according to PC Matic. “Where in the world is your security software developed?” asks PC Matic CEO Rob Cheng in the PC Matic ‘Foreigner’ TV commercial. And that’s a question I hadn’t thought to ask myself over the years – but now that the question is raised, do I want to trust my computer’s security to a foreign company with potentially questionable loyalties? Continue reading

New PC Matic TV Commercial Features Real Customer Reviews

Problems with your Windows laptop or desktop computer, including Windows XP? PC Matic’s new TV commercial features real users and their uncompensated reviews and testimonials about the popular computer security suite. Continue reading

Premier Shade Trees – New Product Tuesday

Why not beautify your yard with beautiful shade trees? Renowned American poet Joyce Kilmer famously penned, “I think that I shall never see / A poem lovely as a tree, ” and you can’t plant poems in your yard anyway.

This As Seen on TV Shade Tree offer gets you four different hardy trees that will grow almost anywhere you live in these United States: Red Maple, Sugar Maple, Pin Oak and Tulip Poplar. Continue reading

PC Matic Changes Advertising Strategy

After years of TV commercials featuring attractive young women getting their virus-plagued computers tuned up with help from dads, customers or tech guys, PC Matic is changing their advertising strategy. The new PC Matic commercials all feature founder and CEO Rob Cheng. Continue reading