R2 'Flooded' With Orders for Carson DVDs24 Jan, 2005 By: Thomas K. Arnold
R2 Entertainment VP Brant Berry says his company has been “flooded with orders” for a DVD package of Johnny Carson highlights in the wake of the TV icon's death Sunday at the age of 79.
Since R2 began selling video compilations of “Tonight Show” episodes four years ago, the company has moved nearly 1 million copies of both The Johnny Carson Collection videocassette and The Ultimate Carson Collection DVD.
The videocassette set is only available online, but the three-DVD set, which retails for $49.99, is widely available at retail stores nationwide, including Tower Records and Video, Best Buy and Borders.
Three of the biggest retail chains in the country — Wal-Mart, Target Stores and Costco — will have the Carson DVD in stock by the end of this week, Berry said.
Shortly after news of Carson's death broke, the Carson DVD hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com's top-selling DVDs list.
The DVD includes highlights from Carson's nearly 30-year reign as the king of late-night television, including the two final episodes from 1992: one with Robin Williams and Bette Midler guesting, and the other with only Carson, saying good-bye.
Extras include behind-the-scenes footage, location shots from the 1960s in which Carson participates in various sporting events, and a documentary, Johnny Goes Home.