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The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show: Dean's Ultimate Collection (2012)

Dean Martin , Time Life  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dean Martin
  • Directors: Time Life
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 17
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Run Time: 1020 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090SVD9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This Ultimate Collection is a must-have for all Dean Martin fans. The Dean Martin Variety Show was a hit TV program for nine scintillating seasons... and now, all the greatest moments of this American classic are together in one definitive collection: the best comedy, the greatest music and the biggest guest stars in the business! Over 32 hours of classic TV, including bonus interviews. Forty-eight episodes with 335 musical performances! Also includes a 32 page collectible book featuring rare photos from Dean's personal collection with an intro by Kevin Spacey.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Good and Bad of This Collection January 2, 2013
By Dan
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I really, really, really wanted this to be 5 stars and more. What you get in this collection is other releases (which are sold separately here on Amazon), combined into one collection.

First, let me say this, I got this set during the lightning deals around Christmas, and for that price, the collection is worth it. It's listed at just under $200, and for that price you would be better off buying the parts individually. (I paid less than half that)

In the box comes:
The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show (Collector's Edition) (6 Disk Set)
The King of Cool: Best of Dean Martin Variety Show (Collector's Edition) (6 Disk set)
Dean Martin Christmas (Single Disk)
Dean Martin Variety Show Uncut (3 Disk Set)

Now, you can go find each of those items as they are all sold individually. And, when you add them up, you can see what the "right price" for this collection should be.

Along with many other reviewers for the individual items, I thought these would be complete shows. I have not been through all the disks yet, but as others have pointed out, the two 6 disk collections are just partial shows. The Christmas one I have not yet viewed, and the Uncut 3 disk version sounds like the only "5 star" disks of the group.

Here is the worst part, as many others have said. The best of Dean, in my opinion, his musical numbers, have actually for the most part been removed. All of the songs from the couch are omitted (which are simply beautiful and can be found on YouTube on occasion).

What also is really infuriating is they show the closing credits, which roll over still shots of the complete episode. So, you can see all of the parts they deleted in these collections !
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dino -- By The Case! September 7, 2012
UPDATE (11/18/12):

With the 17-DVD "Ultimate Collection" (which includes the once-hard-to-find "King Of Cool" BONUS DISC), as well as the single-volume "Dean Martin Christmas Special", now both released, the most thorough and accurate review of ALL of this material, replete with exclusive info, insights and pictures galore, can be found by typing into any search engine the title of The Golddiggers Super Site's article: "Bundle Up With Dean".


A rich and hearty harvest of music, comedy and merriment for the millions who adore Dean Martin and/or know others that do, this 17-disc "Ultimate Collection" consolidates the three prior Dean Martin Show releases assembled by Time-Life from the NBC archives ("The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show", "King of Cool", and "The Dean Martin Variety Show UNCUT"), and adds: 1) the never-before-reissued Christmas episode from the 1968-69 season (which is also being made available as a standalone single DVD); 2) a bonus disc of DM Shows that was previously included only in the edition of the "King of Cool" DVDs sold by Costco; and 3) an abridged paperback version of the photo book heretofore packaged only with 2011's "Dean Martin: Cool Then, Cool Now" CD set.

For additional, exclusive details about the new "Dean's Ultimate Collection" collection, as well as future Dean Martin Show releases, use any search engine to locate the article "Dean Comes Home For Christmas" on The Golddiggers Super Site.
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18 of 27 people found the following review helpful
It just keeps getting better!

Since Time-Life stepped up to the plate, we have been fortunate enough to have a treasure-trove of material from TV's Dean Martin Show released from the archives! Now Time-Life is amassing their past three DVD box sets ("The Best of...", "King of Cool" and "Dean Uncut") into one huge "Ultimate" set to bring us 17 hours of material all under one package with a few bonuses thrown in...

As a former TV executive and founder of The Dean Martin Fan Center (you can find us on the Web), we produced a lot of TV shows back in those years, but the one show that had captured my heart and I spent my youth on, is Dean Martin's Variety Show. Watching these Time-Life DVD's takes me right back to Studio 4 in Burbank as if it were yesterday. If you're old enough to remember, I don't even have to explain, but if you've only heard about those years, all I can say is that it was a magical time

Included in the Ultimate set is the never re-released The Dean Martin Show "Christmas" episode from December 19, 1968 (with Dom DeLuise and The Golddiggers). What a treat in itself! Also included is a disc of episodes that was only available at Cosco stores last year, but now included to give everyone a chance to have and own.

I am glad to have had the chance to be a small part of this re-release, and I'm happy that my good friend, Lee Hale (Special Materials Person and Musical Director on the original Dean Martin Shows) had a larger hand in keeping these releases with the same look and feel as they did when aired originally.

Listen... honesty... the price may seem a little steep, but it is well worth the enjoyment you'll get from trying to straighten the smile off your face the next day! If you're still having a hard time deciding... try looking at some clips of Dean's show that people have put on YouTube, then get this set to watch it on your large screen TV!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Martin's Ultimate Collection June 22, 2014
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This collection is priceless, we have had hours of enjoyment savouring the music and humour plus the memories of a bygone era. Dean Martin is without doubt the 'King of Cool' but his endless list of celebrities who were regular guests on his show also provided much enjoyment. We never tire of watching this collection, it is a very special box of absolute pure heaven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy watching "The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show
I really enjoy watching "The Best of the Dean Martin Variety Show." It was well worth the purchase. He is such a great entertainer and comedian.
Published 2 months ago by Cathey Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love anything Dean Martin. Which NBC and timelife would release more of the episodes.
Published 2 months ago by Trisha
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you're a fan it's a must. The first disc was grainy or it would have got 5 stars
Published 3 months ago by Jjmojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Dad loved it!
Many, many hours of enjoyment for my Dad who can't get around very well. Good music, comedians, vocalists and skits.
Published 6 months ago by Donna CAnode
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Martin fans onlu
My Mom loved this gift. I got it cheap during lightning sales before Christmas. I thought they were kind of lame, but it's for his fans.
Published 18 months ago by S. McDermott
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
great service great communication......product as described . arrived on time all components . would do business with this company again
Published 20 months ago by eric lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic TV Fun!
My husband and I grew up watching this shos as it was both of our mom's favorite. The shows are great fun, lots of music and comedy by some of the greats.
Published 21 months ago by Ingrid Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean Martin is a favorite.
This was a Christmas gift for a good friend. Dean Martin was a classic act,
and his show was wonderful.
Published 22 months ago by M. Fetter
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool, Funny and Entertaining
This show was brilliant. Dean Martin is hilarious and fun to watch in every monologue, sketch and musical number. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Michael McGinnis Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Dean Martin
My wife loves Dean Martin so if it makes her happy then everyone is happy. I am glad I bought it
Published 22 months ago by MJA
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