BOOTLEG FILES 761: “The Carpenters…Space Encounters” (1978 television variety special).
LAST SEEN: On YouTube.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: None.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: Music clearance rights are probably at the root of the problem.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Not likely.
When it comes to kitsch, nothing beats the television variety specials of the 1970s. Between the none-too-special guest stars performing musical numbers for which they were ill-suited, the flashy polyester costuming, the overbaked choreography and the manic need to appear hip, these productions often represent the best of the worst elements from the decade that good taste forgot.