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The Sid Caesar Collection - The Buried Treasures - 50th Anniversary Edition (1954)

Sid Caesar , Imogene Coca , Max Liebman  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 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: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2004
  • Run Time: 232 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022FW7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sid Caesar Collection - The Buried Treasures - 50th Anniversary Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 19 rare sketches
  • Bonus sketches: Dancing Towers, Chinese Food, and Invitation to Murder
  • Bonus stories: Neil Simon talks about the opening of his play "Laughter on the 23rd Floor," Sid talks about his early years in the Catskill Mountains, and Nanette Fabray talks about trying to get copies of Caesar's Hour
  • Cast and writer biographies

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Product Description

A comic genius who’s had America laughing since the 1950s, Sid Caesar was the star and guiding force behind the Emmy® Award-winning Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour.

Now, 19 of Sid's legendary sketches have been unearthed from the vault, and can be s

The DVD releases of SCTV, Kids in the Hall, and In Living Color, made 2004 a banner year for sketch-comedy aficionados. But this three-disc collection of vintage sketches from Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour is essential for those with an appreciation for the grand masters. We come to praise Caesar, not to bury him. This was the golden age of live television, and these were the shows to which comedy writers aspired. Caesar's dream team included (though not at the same time) Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Selma Diamond, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner, and Neil and Danny Simon. The Sid Caesar Collection is a treasure trove of sketches, representative of the "knowledge, technique, and taste" of the show's creators: domestic sketches ("Nan Hires a Maid," "The White Rug"), spoofs ("Bullet Over Broadway," "German U Boat 749"), and pantomime ("Grieg Piano Concerto," "Pantomime Cocktail Party").

One reason why these sketches, some more than 50 years old, hold up so well, is Caesar's credo that "People are more interesting than things." The best sketches are universal, human comedy. In "Nan Hires a Maid," the writers meticulously establish wife Nanette Fabray's frustration with husband Sid's sloppiness, so when Sid comes home from work, we anxiously await to see him carelessly discard his clothes around the room, and for dutiful Nanette to explode, which she does "just so." Anything could happen on live television. Check out the "Bus Station" sketch, in which commuter Sid can be glimpsed wearing sandals he did not have time to change from a previous gladiator sketch. Other memorable sketches include "Toy Band" (which echoes the intricate teamwork of the Your Show of Shows classic, "The Clock") and "Bullets Over Broadway," which may have inspired the Boss Hijack sketches in the Caesar homage, My Favorite Year. In between the sketches, cast members and writers affectionately recall working with each other, and creating this classic comedy. Each DVD includes bonus sketches. Caesar also provides illuminating commentary on selected sketches. --Donald Liebenson

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still Waiting For The YSOS Complete Seasons December 14, 2004
Your Show Of Shows was a ground-breaking series, although what's left of it is admittedly in kinescope-type quality rather than good I Love Lucy film quality. But still, unless you can get these current releases at a great discount, I'll recommend that everyone wait until YSOS finally comes out on Complete Seasons DVDs.

That is because when it comes to a giant of comedy like the mighty Caesar, verily it shall be worth thy wait!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Not as uproariously funny as the 1st collection of 18 legendary episodes, but still far above most anything seen that is called comedy on television today. Here is a real master in the mold of Chaplain, Keating and, yes, the Marx Brothers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caesar Still a King May 9, 2013
By Ogleman
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For people who like really well written comedy sketches and want to see a comic genius at work with remarkable players then this is a collection you should have on your shelf. These shows essentially are the roots of TV variety show comedy, maybe even beyond that. The writers for these shows are like a who's who of comedy writers including the likes of Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Danny Simon, Woody Allen and the list goes on. The ability of Sid to become almost anyone in any sketch is worth the price of admission alone. And if I start to name the individual players in his cast I fear I'm sure to leave someone out, due to my faulty memory.
So ... by all means buy this jewel because make no mistake it is that. Sad to say, we'll not ever see the like of this kind of great sketch comedy again. It ended with Carol and Harvey and Tim. But Sid and his pals started it all and now you can bear witness to just how great it was when you watch this collection. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sid Ceasar October 26, 2013
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Good overview of the shows I saw as a kid. I would have preferred the whole shows, and not just the skits and then commentary. A separate disc for commentary would have sufficed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lots of laughs March 20, 2014
By Debra
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Enjoyed seeing Sid Caesar at his all time best! He is timeless and will watch again and again. Great for the whole family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic comedy April 4, 2013
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When I was a kid, The whole family watched Your Show Of Shows with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. And By Golly, it was the funniest show on TV. And it was Live. Not like today where everything is taped ahead and all vocals are lip synced, because none of these new so called singers of today can sing live. And the reason is...THEY JUST DON'T HAVE THE CHOPS TO SING LIVE! AND THAT'S THE TRUTH. And also, I bet 99% of them don't even know what keys they sing in. I totally recommend anything to watch of these very talented people. Frank
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