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  • 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, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: 277 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00022FW86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sid Caesar Collection - The Fan Favorites - 50th Anniversary Edition" on IMDb

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One of the greatest comedians ever, Sid Caesar has been making America laugh since the 1950s, when he ruled airwaves with his Emmy® Award-winning Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour. Now, for the first time ever, 20 of his fans' all-time favorite sketche

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When we worked together," reminisces Sid Caesar, "it was magic, and you don't question magic." So just enjoy this essential three-disc collection of vintage sketches from Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour. To work on these programs was to attend "the Harvard of Comedy," and this "great amalgamation of talents," which included Carl Reiner, Imogene Coca, Howard Morris, Nanette Fabray, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart, and Neil and Danny Simon, were at the head of their class. "We did everything," Caesar notes at one point, and the proof is on these discs: domestic sketches ("Life Begins at 7:45"), game show parodies ("Break Your Brains"), spoofs of foreign films ("U-Bet-U"), opera ("Gallipacci"), and classical music (and a pantomime of "the 1812 Overture"). It is a testament to the knowledge, technique, and taste of those who created the show that these 50-year-old sketches hold up as well as they do. This was the golden age of live television, when anything could happen, and the cast would have to go with it. In "Gallipacci," Caesar's make-up pencil breaks when his character, a heartbroken clown, is applying make-up to his face. Without missing a beat, Caesar rises to the potentially disastrous occasion with one of the most inspired ad-libs in television history.

In between the sketches, the cast members and writers, a virtual Who's Who of comedy, affectionately recall working with each other, and creating these classic sketches. Each DVD includes bonus sketches. Caesar also provides illuminating commentary on selected sketches. More than a television time capsule that vividly re-creates a bygone era, this priceless collection is also a master class for aspiring comedy writers and performers. It is not a coincidence that one of Caesar's signature characters was called "the Professor." --Donald Liebenson

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After more than 60 years, still some of the funniest TV ever.
RickW
Although more material would be nice, the three DVD sets which are out, along with a few supplementary releases, seem to be all that is available.
Melvyn H. Weinstein
Don't watch it too late because you might disturb your neighbors!
J. Freeman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 4, 2005
This is GREAT LIVE TV. But beware, it is a re-packaged, re-issue of the previous "Sid Caesar Fan Favorites" box set by a different distributor ASIN: B00005Q65F.

If you already have that older Out-Of-Print box set there is no need to buy this one. BUT if you missed out on that one, then this is a MUST BUY DVD set!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By SARGE on November 30, 2004
GREAT!SUPERB! A PLEASURE TO REVISIT THESE ABOSLUTLY FUNNY SKITS.

THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANYTHING LIKE SINCE.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE TRIES BUT MISSES THE CHARM.

BUY THIS DVD TODAY.

YOU WILL LAUGH UNTIL YOU CRY.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By William Bright on July 8, 2005
Even with the kinescope(?) reproduction, the quality of the collection given its early age, is quite satisfactory, and just as funny as it was when I first watched its original TV production.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Ott on February 7, 2009
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These shows stand up over time. I would rather had just the shows and not the commentary in between. That's just my opinion. I think I would have liked more skits.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Allan on January 7, 2006
This is overpriced for 23 sketches and we didn't need the coments from the 11 comedians. The space should have been used for more sketches.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Freeman on June 12, 2010
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I'm 63, orig fr N.Y. Now in Los Angeles. If you are a baby boomer...or not, you will laugh so hard and remember with great fondness and hilariously that you will need to repeat watching as you will miss some lines because you will be using Kleenex to wipe the tears from laughing so hard. Don't watch it too late because you might disturb your neighbors!

Enjoy......we will never see comedy like this again, never.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on February 14, 2010
The Sid Caeser show was one of the early sketch comedy programs and it paved the way for a lot of the movie and television comedy. Sid Caeser, a great comedian in his own right, was backed up by a talented cast who made the sketches come to life. He had a real "dream team" of writers which included Woody Allen and Mel Brooks and without them the humor wouldn't have taken off the way that it did.

The sketches in this collection are not some of the ones you normally see in Sid's collections but they are good ones nonetheless. I especially liked the parodies of films that the group did. The Mata Hari sketch is one of the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. O. Hunt on January 19, 2013
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As many have said there is too much interviewing at the expense of more skits. What there was was wonderful.
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