With our Match Game DVD game for your TV you can join host Gene Rayburn and his panel of wacky celebrity guests as you try to match answers with the stars. Game features hilarious Match Game answers from all your favorite panel stars like Richard Dawson, Bettie White, Brett Somers, Nipsey Russel, and of course the flamboyant Charles Nelson Reilly.
Match Game looks like you would expect a game show shot on videotape in the 1970s to look - imperfect, but it could be worse. The biggest problem seems to be with the DVD authoring. In at least one episode, the audio becomes out of sync with the video for a minute or so. Sometimes the episodes get stuck at chapter stops. Hitting fast forward gets the episode back on track, but this is annoying even if you pretend that it is an interactive feature.
On discs one (22:11), two (21:49), three (22:06), and four (12:20) Brett Somers hosts Best Match Game Moments (22:11), compilations of clips from the series. Unfortunately, there are a few flaws. The biggest is that the clips - which are way too lengthy - are from episodes found on those very same discs. Plus the compilations seem to be a little buggy - my DVD player froze during many of the transitions - and is ultimately expendable because we can just watch the episodes. Simple reminiscences might have been better.
The remaining extras are found on disc four. The Original 1962 Pilot The Match Game (21:24) is absolutely fascinating in that the series is TOTALLY different than what it would become. Guests Peggy Cass and Peter Lind Hayes each lead a team of two players. Both teams are presented with the same question. Each team scores ten points for each matching answer. The questions are much more innocent than what they would become in the show's future incarnation ( Name an American inventor other than Edison; Name one of Santa's reindeer ). The first team to reach fifty points goes on to the end game in which they have to match the most popular answer given by one hundred people in the studio audience. This version of The Match Game has more in common with Family Feud than its subsequent form. Again, the DVD freezes at the end of each chapter stop.