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An Ice Cream Show (2004)

 NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WQED Multimedia
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002TT0LY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,191 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Everybody loves ice cream. It’s cool, sweet and delicious. It’s also the tantalizing topic of this happy documentary program that takes viewers to ice cream places across America from Vermont to Hawaii, highlighting outstanding places to get a cone or a bowl. An Ice Cream Show features mostly small ice cream lovers – from makers and eaters to collectors and cone-makers.

About the Actor

Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs.

His slightly wacky documentaries celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. Audiences have learned to recognize his friendly narrative style and the unusual topics that he obviously loves.

He's done an hour about hot dogs and hot dog shops across the United States. Another hour on flea markets. Ninety minutes about Pittsburgh's great commercial neighborhood called the Strip. You can catch can his "Sandwiches That You Will Like" on public television or on DVD. He's put together programs about pre-Disney amusement parks, really good ice cream places, "Stuff That's Gone" in western Pennsylvania, and, in a special called "Shore Things," he documented some of the non-environmental reasons why people like to go to the beach.

Rick's programs may make you want to travel. The New York Daily News has said, "Rick Sebak is not a filmmaker. He's a brainwasher. He's a brainwasher because you can't watch one of his effervescent films without having a very strong urge to follow in his footsteps and experience firsthand the places he presents so compellingly."

He has put together many individual special programs that make up what is called the Pittsburgh History Series, including "North Side Story,""Kennywood Memories", A To Z," and "Things That Aren't There Anymore."

After his statewide special on "Pennsylvania Diners And Other Roadside Restaurants" aired on PBS stations across the country in 1994, earning good ratings without any significant promotional campaign, Rick began making national documentaries including "An Ice Cream Show," "Great Old Amusement Parks," and "A Flea Market Documentary."

He has a way of quickly capturing the essence of a place and its people. His documentary, Sandwiches That You Will Like, delighted viewers, tempted their taste buds and, in the process, convinced them to contribute to public television.

PBS stations around the country often rebroadcast Rick's programs because audiences respond so favorably to the quirky blend of Americana, places and personalities.

In 1990, Rick converted one of his local specials into a national program for PBS: "Our Neighbor Fred Rogers." In 2003, after the death of Mister Rogers, Rick rewrote the documentary which was reedited with new narration by Michael Keaton, and the resulting program titled "Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor" has aired on PBS stations nationwide.

Before coming to WQED in Pittsburgh, Rick worked for 11 years at the South Carolina Educational Television Network in Columbia, South Carolina. His work there included the award-winning documentaries "Shag," about the official state dance of South Carolina, and "The Slightly Wacky Aussie Doco," a travelogue about Australia.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, so long as you have some ice cream on hand September 3, 2004
Very enjoyable program about the history, variety and community of ice cream. As with other programs from this producer, he has a way of producing a program about a topic, presenting it very well--yet, the show is really about americana and the people behind the topic.

Please, don't you dare watch this show without plenty of ice cream and toppings on hand.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I screamed for the "ice cream show" June 28, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
What is not to love about an ice cream show? No matter what, you know you are going to see a lot of happy people, lots of interesting places, and an insiders look into how this combination of cream, sugar, and fruit gets made. This was an enjoyable, though disjointed, cruise through an american pasttime, eating ice cream. The variety of different locations, and different flavors kept me in the seat, and the fun narration was constantly assuring me that it wasn't taking its topic too seriously. I will admit to eating more ice cream since I watched it, what the's June.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A LIP LICKING EXPERIENCE!! July 31, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
I really enjoyed learning all about the ins and outs of the history of Ice Cream. My children and their classmates love to watch it over and over again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Scoops, Please July 7, 2008
Rick Sebak is a genius. He makes us happy by showing other people... being happy! It's contagious!

But "An Ice Cream Show" is also informative. Learn how much milk fat it takes to qualify an ice cream as 'premium.' See how cones are made. Delve into the technological mysteries of Penn State's Ice Cream Lab.

So sit back and enjoy the road trip as Rick visits ice cream lovers across the USA. Then complete your Sebak culinary trilogy with A Hot Dog Program and Sandwiches That You Will Like. Mmmmmmmm!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Come on; admit it. You love the stuff yourself! July 31, 2006
Format:VHS Tape
Actually, knowing the views of some of

the PBS crowd, harmless videos like this

almost want to make me contribute, again.

But then they took Red Green off in my area!

Seriously, one of the best programs they did

in the last few years. Really shows all the

faucets of this industry. I have been to the

places in here in VA and out in Oah'u, Hawai'i!

Great job, PBS!
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