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The Best Of The Muppet Show: Vol. 6 (Steve Martin / Carol Burnett / Gilda Radner)

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Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, and Gilda Radner are the special guests in this delightful trio of episodes from the 1970s The Muppet Show. The Martin and Burnett installments are particularly interesting for their atypical formats. Instead of a variety presentation, the Martin show is organized as a series of auditions for new acts, including high-stepping rats, dancing cheese, and the extraterrestrial Four Fazoos. Into the mix comes Martin with his vintage balloon animals, banjo, juggling gear, and arrow-through-the-head prop. It's a truly original program, and even gets by without the series' usual canned laughter. Burnett's show is also built around a unifying concept: in this case, an episode-long dance marathon. Finally, Gilda Radner is paired with a snooty, 7-foot talking carrot (instead of the 7-foot parrot she requested) for a Gilbert and Sullivan medley, and later attempts to tap dance while unintentionally glued to Beaker. Priceless stuff. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • Brian Henson intros
  • Movie Mania
  • Muppetisms
  • "From the Archives" photo gallery and more

Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Kermit the Frog
  • Writers: Jim Henson
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Time Life
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DKDUU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best Of The Muppet Show: Vol. 6 (Steve Martin / Carol Burnett / Gilda Radner)" on IMDb

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By Paulo Leite on April 21, 2004
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This 4-dvd box contains 12 complete episodes with some of the best Muppet moments ever! Every episode has one great guest star and wonderful funny musical numbers.
Disc 1: Peter Sellers, John Cleese and Dudley Moore.
Disc 2: Elton John, Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly.
Disc 3: Mark Hamill (with C3PO, R2D2 and Chewbacca), Paul Simon and Raquel Welch.
Disc 4: Harry Belafonte, Linda Ronstadt and John Denver.
This is a great collection of tv shows many grownups will love to watch too. I used to love the Muppet Show when I was a child and I am glad to say those characters and settings have lost none of their charm.
I think this is the perfect show for kids: lots of music, delightful characters, NO VIOLENCE... just pure fun and the unbelievable imagination of Mr. Jim Henson.
Personal favorites: Peter Sellers reciting Richard III while playing two chickens(!), Elton John playing "Crocodile Rock" in a swamp full of crocodiles, John Cleese refusing to sing "The Impossible Dream", Kermit dancing with Gene Kelly, The Muppet band rioting against Paul Simon's music machine and (last but not least) that wild group of aspargus!!
All episodes have an introduction by Jim Henson's son. The extras in each disc are very few (ONE short sketch, ONE original drawing, a few trailers ...that's it!).
The episodes have no subtitles.
The content is five stars. I just think these dvds should have lots of extras, I mean... I am sure there are lots of material out there. Will we ever get tired of the muppets? NEVER!
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I admit to echoing the opinions of most of the other reviewers thus far, but a consensus about this disc might prevent buyers from being disappointed with it. We buy each of the "Best of the Muppet Show" dvds as they come out, and this one is the weakest so far. Steve Martin's episode falls flat, although the sketches remind me of the Ed Sullivan bits available on the "Muppets Magic" dvd. The Carol Burnett episode is better but not one of the greatest shows; Carol sings a lot more than she does her signature comedy schtick, and the dance contest gag gets old before the episode ends. By far the best of the three episodes, the Gilda Radner show delivers the kind of laugh out loud comedy that one would expect from this disc.
If you own all of the other dvds and want to expand your collection, then this disc will be worth it for the Gilda Radner show, but don't buy this one as your first Muppet Show dvd! The Peter Sellers/John Cleese/Dudley Moore disc is MUCH funnier if you want Muppets and comedians, and the Harry Belafonte/Linda Ronstadt/John Denver disc has lots of great singing AND great jokes.
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This Best of the Muppet Show Collection contains three episodes. The first episode is the show where Steve Martin guest stars. The big joke about this whole episode is that Kermit cancels the Muppet Show that night because they have to have auditions to book new acts. Steve Martin is a bit upset about the whole thing, but ends up "auditioning" a couple of times himself-- performing just for the Muppets themselves. He does a hilarious sketch with balloon animals and later plays a tune on the banjo. As much as I enjoy the Muppet Show and like Steve Martin, this is one of the weaker episodes I have seen (though it is worth watching just to see the balloon animals and Rowlf's response to the doggy balloon).
The second episode guest stars Carol Burnett. Carol arrives to find out that Gonzo has talked Kermit into allowing a dance marathon to take place on the show. Everyone is dancing the whole night, including Burnett. She gets to sing a few songs and a couple times becomes so frustrated that she starts to choke Kermit (in the same way that Homer Simpson does to Bart). This episode netted Jim Henson and company an Emmy for Best Writing for a Comedy Series.
The last episode on the disc is one that guest stars Gilda Radner. I was too young to remember any of Radner's original performances, but from just watching this episode one can tell that the woman was a comic genius and could have been as big as Lucille Ball. This episode is the funniest episode on the disc and includes a couple of hilarious sketches including one where Radner sings a duet with a 7-foot tall carrot and another where Radner accidently releases a tube of Dr. Honeydew's special glue all over the set. Things get really messy and the glue forms a gag that lasts the rest of the show.
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May I just say that I enjoy all three of the actors on this DVD. But Steve Martin's show was like watching rehearals, and he wasn't that funny. I got bored of him 'trying' to act funny. Kermit had auditions for new acts and Steve's show had been cancelled without telling him, so Steve auditioned too... I wouldn't have hired him...
Regardless! Carol Burnett and Gilda Radner's shows more than made up for it. Carol's episode won an Emmy, I believe for writing. Brian Henson will tell you this in the intro, and I believe it. The whole show was a dance contest Gonzo had convinced Kermit into letting him do while Carol was supposed to perform. She ended up paired with Animal. Carol is a riot!
Gilda Radner's episode stole the whole DVD however, and I'm a huge Carol Burnett fan. They spent most of the show getting stuck to things after an accident with Dr. Honeydew and some Muppets Labs superglue. Gilda's hand was stuck to her forehead for most of it.
A good DVD. I'm disappointed in the other reviews save one that actually was about the DVD itself. Don't bring the ratings of a DVD down because you're too lazy to look for the whole set on the internet and need to complain, that's not fair. Go to timelife.com and for 150.00 you can buy the entire thing. Duh! I get them from Amazon because I get to pick and choose which ones I want. At timelife it's 25.00 a piece to choose.
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