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Dolly: The Ultimate Collection 6-Disc DVD Set Review

Dolly Parton fans will be overjoyed by “Dolly: The Ultimate Collection.”

In Time Life’s 6-disc Dolly: The Ultimate Collection DVD set, the bulk of the main content here are episodes from the 1987 short-lived variety series “Dolly.” To be specific, the episodes included here are 1-5, 8-10, 13, and 19-20. Why they are presented out of order and why they didn’t just include all 22 episodes, I don’t know. Regardless, the show includes a host of guests like Oprah Winfrey, Burt Reynolds, Muppets, Bruce Willis, Pee Wee Herman, Hulk Hogan, Bob Hope and music performances (many of which are country music based) by Willie Nelson, Jerry Reed, Kenny Rogers, Burl Ives. Dolly herself often sings with the guest musicians too. Given that this is a variety series, there are plenty of skits and segments like “Dolly’s Place” and “Dixie’s Place” as well.

Despite feeling outdated even in the 1980s, “Dolly” has its charms. Not only is it enjoyable to watch the charming and fashionable country legend Dolly Parton interacting with Miss Piggy and Pee-Wee Herman, but you get to see some stand-out music performances such as her belting out “Down On Music Row” is the Nashville tribute show from the Grand Ole Opry House and doing a medley of Willie Nelson tunes with Nelson.

Next up on this set is the 1988 special “Bob Hope’s Jolly Christmas Show With The All-American Champs” featuring Dolly Parton among others. The special has Bob Hope on a cruise ship doing monologues. What else do you need?

The 80 minute Live 2009 concert from London is easily the highlight of this set. You get to see Dolly in her element on stage belting out hits like “Jolene.” I kind of wish there were more live shows on this set to be honest.

“Dolly And Friends: The Making Of A Soundtrack- Dumplin’” is a 40 minute behind-the-scenes special about the making of the Netflix movie soundtrack. I feel like your interest level in this one will greatly depend on whether or not you cared about “Dumplin’.” I did not.

Following that is a whopping 10 music videos for “Shine,” “I’m Gone,” “Backwoods Barbie,” “Shinola,” “The Sacrifice,” “Together You And I,” “Home,” “Here I Am,” “Jolene,” and “When Life Is Good Again.” 

Finally, there is the 90 minute 2019 biographical documentary “Dolly Parton: Here I Am” that is loaded with  archival clips and interviews with Dolly among others. This doc provides a nice rundown of her life and career. Much of the material may be familiar to devoted fans, but it’s a good introduction to the popular artist to be sure.


Presentation: Fullscreen. How does everything Look? The episodes and older material look as they did when they aired. The newer material like the documentaries and concert look much sharper.

Audio Track: Unspecified Audio Track. How does everything sound? I don’t think the audio is going to wow anyone here, but it’s solid. Again, the newer material certainly sounds better.

* Booklet featuring DVD contents and credits.
* “Dolly: Custom Made”- A featurette on items/clothes made for Dolly Parton.
* The self-explanatory nearly 18 minute “Dolly: Highlights From The 80’s Variety Show.”
* A near 20 minute interview with Mac Davis.
* “Dolly Parton: Live From London” bonus features including interviews, a sound check, meet and greet, and London’s Dolly fanbase.

October 4, 2021 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , , ,

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