The Hee Haw Collection DVD Review
“The Hee Haw Collection” is strictly for nostalgic fans.
For those that weren’t born when the show debuted, “Hee Haw” was a popular country/rural centric variety show from the 60’s and 70’s that was hosted by Buck Owens and Roy Clark. The show was comprised of comical songs, comedy sketches, random joke deliveries, cartoon characters (including the donkey), and musical performances by the likes of Buck Owens, Grandpa and Ramona Jones, The Hagers, Tammy Wynette, Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Gordie Tapp, Donna Fargo, Tommy Cash, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Charlie Rich, Dottie West, and Hank Williams, Jr.
Instead of releasing a complete series or season set, Time Life has put out a 3 disc set that features a sampling of 5 full episodes (#13, 15, 19, 56, and 99 to be exact). Considering each episode is more or less the same, you can definitely get a feel for whether or not you like the series. Personally, I’m amazed this is the type of program that passed for entertainment all those years ago.
While there are certainly some admirable performances by talented musicians such as Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn and Roy Clark (whose guitar skills are most impressive), “Hee Haw” itself is chaotic and woefully unfunny. I know I’m not the target demographic here, but it’s tough to endure the godawful rhymes, cheesy songs, and livestock jokes. Granted, the show was from a different era, but considering how many better variety shows existed at that time period, it’s baffling how this show became a hit (and a syndicated hit). With that said, there’s no denying the fact that the show has a nostalgic fanbase that will want to relive the goofyness all over again
Presentation: Fullscreen. How does it look? The show has not been remastered and it shows. The colors appear faded and there are noticeable flaws in the episode prints.
Audio Track: Unspecified. How does it sound? A bit flat, but not bad the most part. For some reason, episode 99 sound worse than the others though.
* Lengthy interviews with Roy Clark, Lulu Roman, George Lindsey, Roni Stoneman, George Yanok, Charlie McCoy, and Jim and Jon Hager in which they discuss everything from “Hee Haw” and careers to music and family. The Lulu Roman interview here is fascinatingly honest.
* “Hee Haw Laffs”- Contrary to what the booklet says, the only extra is a half hour best of special that contains the sketches “School House,” “Hee Haw Players,” “Dear Royella,” “Amateur Minute,” “Trigonometry,” and “More Dear Royella.”
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