I know, I know, I know…This series is regularly regarded as one of the worst (if not THE worst) television series in US history (yada, yada, yada). If you are looking at this page, then you know that’s *not* true!
Sure, this is one of the most bizarre TV shows ever made, but it’s highly watchable! The comedy skits aren’t very funny, but you will find yourself laughing at the disco-era outfits and the Ed Wood-like atmosphere that permeates the entire production. You’ll be wondering *why* NBC and the Krofft brothers made this show, but glad that they did!
The bonus materials are pretty sparse. While the recent interview with Jeff Altman is insightful, it would have been a treat to catch up with Mie and Kei themselves. (Maybe they’re finally learned some English over the years since the show was made!)
The picture quality is good for a 20+ year old videotaped show. The DVD transfers aren’t that bad, and it’s almost like being tuned in to NBC for those magical few weeks back in 1980! (Now, all we need are DVDs of “Supertrain” and “The Big Show” to truly re-live the “glory” days of NBC! And while we’re at it, how about DVDs of David Letterman’s morning show, which premiered a few months after Pink Lady!)
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A wonderful, 3 DVD boxed set containing the complete 6 Pink Lady variety shows from 1980. Easily the most exciting DVD release of the year.The image quality and sound quality are average for an early 80s television show. However, be warned: Oddly, the discs’ chapter stops are spaced mainly to give the viewer easy access to the terrible comedy skits. To find the brilliant musical numbers, you’ll have to scan past the skits to locate the musical numbers. The included index card doesn’t even list the song titles. But rest assured- the discs do contain the complete shows, with all musical numbers intact.One of the most exciting moments of the entire series was guest star Greg Evigan’s solo number, “People I Know”, in which he not only sings but plays saxaphone. He later duets with Mie and Kei in the same episode.The bonus interview with Jeff Altman is entertaining. However, as was the case in 1980, he’s easier on the eyes than on the ears. It’s wonderful to see him shirtless in the hot-tub sequences at the end of several shows. If only he’d have done the skits that way…Other bonus features fail to show Pink Lady to their best advantage. There are seveal websites devoted to Pink Lady which offer more interesting information.However, this set remains an incredible value. No fan will be dissapointed. Place your order at once!Craig
Have all of the skits on Saturday Night Live been funny? NO. Have all of the musical numbers on SNL been great? NO. Okay so here was a show with skits that weren’t always funny and musical numbers that weren’t always great. But when Pink Lady and Jeff was good it was VERY good.
It seems as if Jeff Altman was paid money to say bad things about the show on the DVD intros like it was important to distance himself from this “disaster” as he put it. Whatever Jeff. Unless you did those intros for free, you were paid to say negative things as if everything was tongue in cheek like you were smart enough to think at the time that you were doing a bad show. Again, I refer to SNL. I can’t tell you how many of the sketches in the early years when the show was supposed to be “cutting edge” that were not funny in the least. At least Pink Lady and Jeff was fun to watch at all times. Jerry Lewis was funny. Red Buttons was funny. Jim Varney and Anna Mathias were funny. Sid Caesar was funny. Roy Orbison performing Live….what a treat. Yeah, the show missed the mark a few times but did anyone see that stupid episode of Seinfeld that wasn’t funny. Which one? Yeah…my point exactly. Too many unfunny episodes of Seinfeld to name but THAT was named the best comedy ever. The Pink Lady and Jeff DVD will have you in stitches… irrespective of what Jeff says in his paid intros. You would think he would be smart enough to embrace the show. If you buy the DVD’s go past Jeff’s intros. He contributes nothing of value.
Mie and Kei were VERY GOOD at singing corny American songs like Macarthur Park and Yesterday. But they are even better at singing their own songs. Especially UFO. The studio audience goes nuts at the end of that one. This DVD will be a collector’s item soon. Buy it now, keep it in good condition and make those fools who don’t have it now pay out the nose for it later. I have 3 copies.