Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Has Hell frozen over?
Yow! As of today (October 2, 2007) the legendary Paul Lynde Halloween Special is making it's debut as a legit DVD! Having been broadcast only ONCE back in 1976, the only way you could ever see this were poor quality "for fan's only" copies. Well, this is probably as good as it's going to get, as the S'more Entertainment DVD states that this is from the only complete copy known to exist. Gay television trailblazer Paul Lynde leads us through a classic 70's variety show, only this one is turned up to eleven. Not only featuring THREE complete songs performed by KISS, but full on sketches dedicated to CB radios and truckin' as well as lots and lots of Disco, including the never ending show stopper "Disco Baby", sung and danced by the whole cast. And what a cast it is! Donny and Marie Osmond, Florence Henderson and Betty White, Roz "Pinkie Tuscadero" Kelly (who is only referred to AS Roz "Pinkie Tuscadero" Kelly), ubiquitous 70's short person Billy Barty, and two famous witches, HR Pufnstufs Witchie Poo (Billie Hayes), and the Wizard of Oz's Wicked Witch Margaret Hamilton. And there probably isn't a more iconic 70's gay image as the FREEZE FRAME at the end where sequin disco suited Paul plants a wet one on the Wicked Witch of the West! On top of the main program, there is a plethora of bonus content, including a lengthy interview with Paul's Hollywood Squares co-star Peter Marshall, and some pictures from what looks to be Paul's personal photo album. Though the hard partying Paul Lynde passed away in 1982 at age 55 (with the heart of an 80 year old man!) it's nice to see this legendary slice of 70's surrealist television actually available to anyone who wants it. Get it while it's still only $11.99, as KISS are notorious for controlling everything concerning their performances or images. And since KISS represents at least 25% of this whole show, I gotta figure little fish S'more Entertainment would probably have a hard time paying KISS what they are actually worth. You have been warned, get it NOW.