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Jonathan Winters: Rare and Riotous (1965)

Jonathan Winters  |  NR |  DVD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jonathan Winters
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, 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)
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2005
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007L86L2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Jonathan Winters is the comic genius whom Robin Williams calls his idol and greatest influence. Here is wacky Winters at his craziest: creating hysterical voices, quirky characters, and hilarious "schtick," right off the top of his brilliant head. This rare collection of vintage performances includes a "Chevy show" with singer Andy Williams, a 1964 TV special alongside fellow comic legend Art Carney and talk-show pioneer Jack Paar, and even a lengthy public service announcement in which he plays five different characters! No comedy connoisseur should be without this deliciously daffy DVD!

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3.0 out of 5 stars There's got to be something better than this October 27, 2005
This consists of two half hour shows in rough, un-remastered black and white, plus a public information film about not dropping litter. It is not a researched, 'best of' clip compilation as the blurb may suggest. Can't have been hard to out together. The show with Art Carney has its moments, with some genuinely funny moments of spontaneity, though I found Carney slightly over-competitive and annoying. It ends with a strangely sanctimonious, 'serious' speech from Winters about how much he loves spending time with his family. The Andy Williams show is in poor quality b/w video and is not terribly funny.

There doesn't seem to be much of Winters available on dvd, which is a shame. I would recommend the wonderful Dean Martin Variety Show dvds (available elsewhere) which feature lots of Winters' very funny contributions in glorious colour.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars would prefer zero star option August 30, 2006
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As others have already said it was not funny. It is apparently a special from 1964, complete with the sponsors commercials. the commercials are the highlight of the hour. Jonathan says on more than one occasion that the audience members must be saying "look at him, he's making a fool of himself." I feel sure he was right. The cover has a disclaimer, saying that the dvd is neither endorsed nor authorized by Mr. Winters. That is for a very good reason. It is horrible.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISSAPOINTING July 15, 2006
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible dvd December 18, 2007
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This particular dvd of Johnathon
Winters is "unauthorized" and one can see why. If you're a fan, don't go for this package; it is a very poor selection of material, a lot of it irrelevant, and it even makes Art Carney look bad (well, he is bad here). Instead choose the "authorized" dvd that is available to see some fine stuff, both very old and very new from the comedy genius. Be warned about tbis one (very poor).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny May 20, 2013
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I just want to say, I've always love Jonathan Winters and glad I ordered this DVD! Also would recommend this DVD to others.
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