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The Best of Sid Caesar (1954)

Sid Caesar , Imogene Coca , Max Liebman  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris, James Starbuck
  • Directors: Max Liebman
  • Writers: Howard Morris, Joseph Stein, Michael Stewart, Selma Diamond, Sylvester L. Weaver Jr.
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FBFZ2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,921 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Sid Caesar" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive Footage from Sid's 1999 Friar's Club Roast
  • Bonus Musical Sketch with Performances by Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa
  • Interview with Actor/Writer Carl Reiner
  • Side-by-side Comparison of the Restoration Process
  • Bonus Sketch: "Airplane Movies"
  • Cast and Writer Biographies
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Selection

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Before there was Leno, or even Carson, television comedy began with Sid Caesar. Called comedic "royalty" (USA Today), Sid's Emmy-winning Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour invented "a hipper style of TV comedy that influenced everything up to and including Saturday Night Live" (TV Guide). Turn back the clock and join Sid for eight of his most memorable and remarkable sketches plus intros from one of the most impressive comedy-writer lineups television has ever known (including Mel Brooks and Woody Allen). Return to the golden age of comedy that shaped a half century of laughter with THE BEST OF SID CAESAR.

Featuring: The Commuters in "7 Dwarves Bet," the Professor in "Boardrooms of Hollywood," Five Dollar Date, Sid Plays Sax with Benny Goodman, The Clock, A Fella Needs a Girl, The Haircuts in "So Rare" and "Flippin'," This Is Your Story.

Product Description

We come to praise Caesar with this hilarious compilation of sketches from the comedy pioneer's Emmy Award-winning programs from the 1950s: "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour." Includes eight complete sketches, as well as impressive bonus interviews with some of Caesar's finest comedy writers, such as Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and others. 75 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biographies; bonus footage; interviews.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here are the details on the DVD: March 17, 2010
Here are the details on the DVD, with year broadcast and running times:

The Commuters in "Seven Dwarves Bet" (1956) (10:26)
The Professor in "Boardrooms of Hollywood" (1955) (8:56)
Five Dollar Date (1949) (6:47)
Sid Plays Sax with Benny Goodman (1954) (4:34)
The Clock (1953) (7:54)
A Fella Needs a Girl (1952) (8:19)
The Haircuts in "So Rare & Flippin'" (1955) (6:25)
This is Your Story (1954) (12:27)

Interview Extras:
Carl Reiner - Salaries (2:51)

Bonus Sketch:
Airplane Movies (1952) (7:28)

Bonus Musical:
Benny Goodman "Sing Sing Sing" (1954) (4:15)

Friars Club Highlights (1999) (10:04)

Writer and Cast Biographies: Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Nanette Fabray, Larry Gelbart, Howard Morris, Carl Reiner, Danny Simon, Neil Simon, Mel Tolkin, Imogene Coca
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live TV August 22, 2007
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This is a great DVD. The skits are from start to finish, not just a few seconds. When you see the list of writers from this show, you will be shocked. This was real TV, not reality TV.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny old time TV January 6, 2009
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This is a great show for the older people who remember those old Sid Caesar comedies and a blast for the younger generations of viewers. The satire of Ralph Edwards' "This is Your Life" was one of the funniest skits ever.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the few skits of The Best of Sid Caesar September 5, 2010
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The quality of the DVD was great. I was disappointed in too few skits and too many interviews. A DVD product needs to be made ofa 4 disc continuous play of his shows like the one of Jack Benny.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Stuff February 14, 2010
We watched this whole set on the weekend, and laughed and laughed. I'm not old enough to remember these shows when they were on but we love glorious black and white. There are interviews and comments by writers and stars like Woody Allen too. One skit involved Nanette Fabray singing an opera while Sid was supposed to be a straight man but things kept going wrong. At one point his false moustache gets tangled in her hair and he puts it back on upside down. We hear from Fabray that this was unplanned, and the incredulous look on her face when she sees the upside down 'stache was real. There are some line blunders too, which we love. This was live TV after all. You'll also like the hyper little Howard "Ernest T Bass" Morris in the sketches.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More Coca, please January 11, 2013
By Lillian
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I bought this to introduce my grandkids (ages 16 and 12) to Your Show of Shows. I'd have liked less talk, more skits ... and more of Caesar and Coca interacting. The sketch with Howard Morris is a winner.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good ole comedy July 13, 2009
This takes you back to real pure laugh out-loud comedy, performed by masters of comedy
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sid Caesar - The Best comedian. August 31, 2008
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We LOVE Sid Caesar and count him among the best comedians ever lived,maybe even the best.Some of his sketches are better then the others( we did not like all his " professors " and " experts" scenes,but it is not him to blame ,but the authors).
We are fortunate to come across this film.Thanks to the seller's quick delivery we can enjoy it to our hearts's content.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars fair, not that good.
There were some funny parts to this dvd, but too much talking and not enough of the Show of Shows footage. I was a little disappointed in it.
Published 14 months ago by lopat
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of Sid Caesar
To my best friend Stan, RIP! We both loved Sid Caesar ,He was one of the best, and the people on the show will never be replaced!
Published 15 months ago by Bob Contrisciano
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Sid Caesar
You have to like Sid Caesar, of course. That is why I bought this.
It was what I had expected it to be.
Published 16 months ago by beadhead
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Sid Caesar
He is hilarious. Watched him every week when I was little. Now I am wanting to watch all these old shows all over again. I would recommend them to anyone.
Published 16 months ago by Grace J. Painter
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Sid Caesar
One of my all-time favorite comedians. I was so glad this DVD was available. My husband and I ordered some of these DVDs--all comedies to give each other for Christmas.
Published 17 months ago by Raphael & Antonio Gagliano
5.0 out of 5 stars Caesar is king
Sid Caesar DVD proves good comedy is always good comedy. The side-men are hilarious. Made meI laugh until I cried.
Published 17 months ago by Carol Blake Gerrond
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best of Sid Caesar
Sid Caesar was a comic genius. The skit "This is your story", a spoof on the 1950s television program "This is your life" is one of the funniest pieces of comedy I... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Larry Hyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Sid Caesar
Those who might think that a black and white video of a 60 year old TV show cannot produce hysterical laughs are in for a pleasant surprise. Read more
Published 21 months ago by olderreviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars brings back great memories
Provides some background on how they developed the writing and the shows. Skits are still funny after all these years. (and there is no foul language or sex talk, imagine that!)
Published on August 22, 2011 by jmic
4.0 out of 5 stars Sid Ceasar, a classic comedian
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