'The Dick Cavett Show: And That's The Way It Is'
(Dick Cavett, Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Diane Sawyer, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2018 / S'More Entertainment)
Overview: Since 1968, Dick Cavett has been host of his own talk show, in a variety of formats and on a number of television and radio formats.
These releases were taken from episodes that aired between 1968 through 1996 and feature some of the best known news reporters of the era including Cronkite, Rather, Brokaw, Walters, Wallace and Sawyer.
DVD Verdict: For those not in the official know, 'The Dick Cavett Show' was an 90 minute mixture of talk and variety that ran for six astounding years on late-night prime time television on the ABC-TV network from the first telecast on May 26,1969 to the final episode of the series on August 16th, 1975.
This was at the time one of the most versatile performers who eventually gave us some of the biggest entertainment acts in the history of rock,and went toe to toe with the King of Late Night-Johnny Carson and eventually at the time Merv Griffin for the battle of late night supremacy.
However, Dick Cavett was one of the few television personalities ever to star or host major programs in daytime, prime-time, late night, all in quick succession.
And it wasn't about his failure to attract a large audience with any of them, because his late night talk show brought in some of the largest ratings ever for ABC at the time.
Well praised and received by the critics, his late night show was generally acknowledged to be witty, intelligent, and interesting compared to what was scheduled around them.
'The Dick Cavett Show: And That's The Way It Is' is a wondrous 2-Disc DVD set with just over four hours of lush flashback material. Stand outs here for me are the ones with Walter Cronkite, with whom he conducted two one-on-one conversations: the first October 16th, 1974, the second on March 11th, 1982.
Another is when Mike Wallace was a participant on a Cavett panel that included Robert Klein, Joan Gans Johnson and Nicholas Johnson on June 30th, 1970. Now this one, amongst the bevy of others, stands out for me as it was yet another quite brilliant showcasing of comedic talent from the great Richard Klein.
And, of course, how could we all forget that infamous broadcast on November 18th, 1985, when Diane Sawyer appeared on a panel with 60 MINUTES producer Don Hewitt, Morley Safer ... and oddly, Teddy Ruxpin and Don Kingsborough (the man who introduced the Teddy Ruxpin toy!). This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.