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Initial post: Apr 30, 2010 2:23:53 PM PDT
P. Rose says:
Has anyone ever heard why the Carol Burnett Show has not been released as full season sets? I would buy them in a heartbeat if they were but I can't get a straight forward answer on this. I recently saw Carol Burnett in person in Minneapolis and this question came up but she never really answered it. I at least had the opportunity to finally see one of my all time legends in person and now if they would only release full seasons of her show I could die a happy camper!

Posted on May 1, 2010 6:34:00 PM PDT
As is the problem with a number of series, I really believe that it's the issue of music copyrights that is holding up TCBS. I, too, would love to see complete seasons. I wonder why Universal can issue unaltered, complete episodes of "Saturday Night Live," while other shows sit in the vaults or are altered prior to release. It's a shame that nobody is able to enjoy Carol and company in all their original glory. It was truely a wonderful series.

Posted on May 1, 2010 8:50:31 PM PDT
Wow, do I love that program. Nothing else like it, that's for certain.

There must be something going on... either music rights (so many songs were performed on her show-- it was eleven seasons and they did at least one tune each week), or someone has control over the show and doesn't want it released.

Carol never discusses it on TV interviews. She appeared on Oprah a couple of years ago and didn't say diddly about a release. Every time she's interviewed she either doesn't bring it up or sort of steers away from the subject. Maybe her ex husband owns it, or another studio gained control over it. I have no idea. But I do think many people probably resent her because they assume she owns the show and just hasn't put it on DVD.

Even the bootleg websites out there don't have the entire series; they have the reruns of just the comedy sketches that were aired on TBS and the Family Channel years ago.

It's a colossal shame that this series is not available for its longtime fans or for a new generation of people to discover. It was one of the funniest and most entertaining programs of all time. Variety shows are sometimes hit or miss; this show had some delightful recurring sketches (Eunice/family, Mrs. Wiggins, As the Stomach Turns, Stella Toddler, the hollow soldier, etc). And their classic movie parodies were awesome.

You can get thirty complete episodes of the series on DVD (Carol's favorite ones, supposedly) via Guthy Renker, a website and paid program company. The discs are twenty bucks each, and you get one sent to you every 4-6 weeks. It's only available through mail order subscription. (They have only those 30 episodes. I asked them.) Those paricular dvd's are sometimes available on Amazon via their indy merchants, or on eBay.

I doubt we'll see a commercial release of the entire series. I'd be shocked if we did. It would have been out by now already.

This is the #1 series I want on DVD. It's such a gem when you think about it: Harvey Korman and Tim Conway cracking up, the commercial spoofs, the guest stars, the costumes. The writing and performances.
Great stuff.

Posted on May 1, 2010 9:10:53 PM PDT
it was a great show i agree

: )

In reply to an earlier post on May 2, 2010 8:05:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 2, 2010 8:06:16 AM PDT
P. Rose says:
Thanks for the update. I never realized that Carol avoided the subject of season releases when asked. It is weird and a real disappointment to be sure. I currently own all the available videos and dvd's that have been made available as well as the bootleg copies of Carol Burnett and Friends. It also would be nice to have a major studio put out good copies of the 1964 and 1972 versions of Once Upon a Mattress. The collectors copies are usually so poor but still enjoyable just the same.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 11:00:58 PM PDT
Byron Kolln says:
Some encouraging news...

http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Carol-Burnett-Press-Release/16840

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 9:13:37 AM PDT
L. Housley says:
I think that does a great job of answering the questions. TIME LIFE owns the rights to the series. They want to figure out how to get the most money out of the show and these different box sets/releases with different episodes means some fans will be purchasing multiple sets to get as many episodes as they can. It's all greed.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 1:54:46 PM PDT
Byron Kolln says:
You know, it's funny, as I don't really see how Time Life is being greedy. In offering a selection of box set options, they are catering to all budgets and collectors (not everybody will be able to afford the 20-disc set, for instance).

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 21, 2012 9:03:52 AM PDT
L. Housley says:
the 20-disc set will ONLY be available through time life. And we still haven't seen prices yet. And season sets would be better than "best of".
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