The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Favorites (Collectors Edition)
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The guest stars are a collection of '70s TV faces: Dinah Shore, Roddy McDowall, Betty White, and Carol's favorites Jim Nabors and Ken Berry. A few are unexpected--Maggie Smith and Joanne Woodward, for instance--and there's a memorable appearance by the Jackson 5 during which a sketch is interrupted by a mild earthquake (the cameras keep running and Burnett ad-libs like a master). You'll also see some installments of "The Family," the ongoing sketch that, at its best, walked an interesting line between hilarity and quiet (or loud) desperation. The time-capsule aspects that really date the show are the famously crazy costumes by Bob Mackie and the old-school variety-show musical numbers, some of which have a sincerity that was already unfashionable by 1974--although it should be noted that a musical spoof of "Little Red Riding Hood," performed in Spanish by a supposed Mexican troupe, is a surreal exercise that predicts a later kind of conceptual comedy. Burnett's talents extend to her weekly improvs with the audience, and the comedy gold mined by Harvey Korman and Tim Conway remains glittering.
The extras include a good long (46 minutes!) interview with Korman and Conway riffing on each other; a couple of tributes/profiles of the show and Burnett that emphasize her status as a female comedy pioneer; a 35-minute cast reunion with Burnett, Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner; brief (and randomly scattered) intros to certain episodes, with Burnett, Korman, and Conway; a full 33-minute episode of The Garry Moore Show, where Burnett came to prominence as a cast member; and other reminiscences. A 12-page booklet describes the set's episodes and sketches--especially useful because the shows here are not presented in chronological order. --Robert Horton
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As I decided not to break my personal bank with the Complete Collection, I opted to pick up the 6 disc Carol's Favorites. This set has 16 uncut episodes and over three hours of exclusive bonus features.
Some of the sketches included, a good cross section:
Went With the Wind
The Oldest Man
As The Stomach Turns
Guest stars include Betty White, Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, The Jackson 5, Shirley MacLaine.
Let's Bump Up The Lights: Cast Reunion
Harvey Korman and Tim Conway Together Again
The Dentist sketch (with Korman and Conway) from 1969
The Gary Moore Show episode featuring Burnett in a Supergirl skit
I Want To Push that Button: The History of The Carol Burnett Show Featurette
Ahhh, Mrs. Whiggins Featurette
Interviews with Betty White, Carl Reiner and others.
I seriously doubt I need to sell anyone on the idea that The Carol Burnett Show was brilliant television. Just thought I'd let you know the content of this six disc set. KGHarris, 8/12.
*** = the DVDs
Don't get me wrong, these are GREAT EPISODES, but for those of us who bought the 31 disc set from Columbia House 10 years ago in 2002, we have them all.
It is disappointing that Carol Burnette & Time Life sprinkled some 10 new episodes in another 22-disc mega-set (NOT THIS 6 DVD SET) forcing us to re-buy most of what we already have, just to get 10 new episodes. And I repeat, those 10 new episodes are NOT on this shorter 6 DVD set! You have to get the 22 Disc set. I would quickly buy this set if it had the 10 new episodes.
To top off the insult, if you buy the new 22-disc set to get the 10 new episodes not previously available, you still have to look for the old 31 disc set from 2002 because 22 episodes from that set have been left off of the new 22-disc set.
If I sound cranky it is because I do not want to buy 15 discs of shows that I already have just to get 4 discs of new shows & 3 discs of bonus material. I would still have to keep the old set for the missing 22 episodes.
This 6-disc set is just for those casual fans who either have not bought the previous 2002 31 disc set from Columbia House, or do not want to buy the mega-22 disc set currently being offered from Time-Life. (Old Columbia House DVD disc numbers are in parentheses)
Time Life EDIT note: In the "Disaster '75" sketch a tiny bit of the nuns singing a song has been cut out, while it does appear on the Columbia House disc!
TIM CONWAY is a cast regular starting on September 1975. He is in all of disc #1, #810 & 903 in disc #2, #921 in disc #3,all of disc #4, #1012 in disc #5, and not on disc #6.Read more ›
I am a huge fan of Carol and her shows.
I assumed I would put in the first one and not want to stop watching until I got through all of them. So far, not enough "Tim" and not enough funny skits. Several serious ones and too much Roddy McDowell and Nancy Walker and apparent friends of Carol's. Of course, this is labeled her favorites...just not a lot of mine. Still enjoying it, but not like I thought I would. I've got one more disc to watch and I hope the clips picked are funnier.
I'll do another review, once I get all the way through.
The discs have 2 or 3 partial shows on each one. There could have been a lot more included, or at least the entire show.
It does show the opening where she takes questions from the audience. Those are very entertaining. It's also nice to see all the beautiful gowns Bob Mackey created for her.
I'm still glad I purchased it.
I never get tired of watching Went with the Wind; "I saw it in the window and I just couldn't resist", and if you don't laugh at Tim and Harvey's dentist sketch you're not human! Plus I really enjoyed seeing such a young Carol on The Gary Moore Show, one of the bonus perks. It was fascinating seeing where Ms. Burnett got her start on TV.
So get your Christmas list ready because these DVD's will make a lot of people happy! And if you'd like to order the ultimate DVD collection just go to Time Life online.
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bought this as a gift for my husband after watching ads on tv and laughing. We both grew up watching the show so thought this would be fun to watch. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Mom of Teens
Excellent entertainment to see after 40 years. The recording in color, exquisite dance numbers, in the costumes designed, and above all the comedic acting talent in the shows are... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Joseph P Sgro
fun flashback. Great quality DVDs arrived as promised and good conditionPublished 18 days ago by Deborah Palmer
While there are some very good shows in this collection, I expected these to be the "best of" the Carol Burnett shows. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Picky Purchaser