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The Dick Cavett Show: John & Yoko Collection

 

Picture: C†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: C+†††† Episodes: B

 

 

In its time, The Dick Cavett Show was the intelligent alternative to the usual talk shows the way Charlie Rose is now, though it was not as talk-only.It did not have the ratings of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and no other show (despite a peak of such attempts in the 1970s) did.However, Cavettís work endures and has been slowly coming out on DVD from Shout! Factory.The latest release is the double DVD John & Yoko Collection, which offers the amazing and ever-appreciating occasion of John Lennon & Yoko Ono showing up on a talk show.On any talk show.

 

What would have been just a memorable appearance for just about any other star turned out to be a cultural event, one that threw the censors for a loop, and had the U.S. Government watching very closely.They were not happy, as unbeknownst to the people who made the series possible, a file was being compiled on The Lennons to try and get them out of the U.S. due to their anti-Vietnam involvements.They also audited everyone who made the show from that point until its cancellation.John was already explaining the problems he was having in court with them to stay in The States, while the efforts to cause him trouble were more outrageous than anyone but darker power interests could know.This was from 1971 Ė 1972 TV season, before Watergate and other scandals broke out.

 

They do not do any music initially, though Yoko shows her Mrs. Lennon promotional film and the now-famous promo film for Imagine is also shown.When they do perform much later, it is of his controversial classic Woman Is The Ni@$#r Of The World, for which Cavett actually does a disclaimer.For the first show, they are the sole guests, the second show has the great Stan Freberg and Robert Citron, and the final show has Shirley MacLaine, who discusses her own troubles in finding work for being political.All of it is the usual intelligent talk the show became known for, which was a bit more racy, political and even intellectual than Carsonís always smart and witty show always was.This was one of its peaks and a terrific set long overdue for release.It is one of American TVís greatest moments!

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is a bit disappointing with detail troubles at the edges from a strange transfer of the analog professional NTSC tape source.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is a little weaker than expected, owing in part to the low TV audio standards of the time.It is still very enjoyable, but a little more flawed than expected.Extras include intros by Cavett as he reflects on the shows, a featurette called Cavett & The Lennons, a thin booklet with text inside the Digipak foldout and optional configurations of how to watch al the footage.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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