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The Best of Sid Caesar

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Product Description

Sid Caesar's Emmy winning "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour" have made America laugh for over 50 years. Now the bst sketches from these programs are assembled onto one DVD packed with priceless bonuses. System Requirements:Running Time 75 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY UPC: 767685980439 Manufacturer No: NVG-9804

From the Back Cover

Before there was Leno, or even Carson, television comedy began with Sid Caesar. Called comedic "royalty" (USA Today), Sid's Emmy-winning Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour invented "a hipper style of TV comedy that influenced everything up to and including Saturday Night Live" (TV Guide). Turn back the clock and join Sid for eight of his most memorable and remarkable sketches plus intros from one of the most impressive comedy-writer lineups television has ever known (including Mel Brooks and Woody Allen). Return to the golden age of comedy that shaped a half century of laughter with THE BEST OF SID CAESAR.

Featuring: The Commuters in "7 Dwarves Bet," the Professor in "Boardrooms of Hollywood," Five Dollar Date, Sid Plays Sax with Benny Goodman, The Clock, A Fella Needs a Girl, The Haircuts in "So Rare" and "Flippin'," This Is Your Story.


Special Features

  • Exclusive Footage from Sid's 1999 Friar's Club Roast
  • Bonus Musical Sketch with Performances by Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa
  • Interview with Actor/Writer Carl Reiner
  • Side-by-side Comparison of the Restoration Process
  • Bonus Sketch: "Airplane Movies"
  • Cast and Writer Biographies
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Selection

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: Black & White, 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: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: New Video Group
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FBFZ2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Best of Sid Caesar" on IMDb

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By J. Paulsonn VINE VOICE on March 17, 2010
Here are the details on the DVD, with year broadcast and running times:

The Commuters in "Seven Dwarves Bet" (1956) (10:26)
The Professor in "Boardrooms of Hollywood" (1955) (8:56)
Five Dollar Date (1949) (6:47)
Sid Plays Sax with Benny Goodman (1954) (4:34)
The Clock (1953) (7:54)
A Fella Needs a Girl (1952) (8:19)
The Haircuts in "So Rare & Flippin'" (1955) (6:25)
This is Your Story (1954) (12:27)

Interview Extras:
Carl Reiner - Salaries (2:51)

Bonus Sketch:
Airplane Movies (1952) (7:28)

Bonus Musical:
Benny Goodman "Sing Sing Sing" (1954) (4:15)

Friars Club Highlights (1999) (10:04)

Writer and Cast Biographies: Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Sid Caesar, Nanette Fabray, Larry Gelbart, Howard Morris, Carl Reiner, Danny Simon, Neil Simon, Mel Tolkin, Imogene Coca
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This is a great DVD. The skits are from start to finish, not just a few seconds. When you see the list of writers from this show, you will be shocked. This was real TV, not reality TV.
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This is a great show for the older people who remember those old Sid Caesar comedies and a blast for the younger generations of viewers. The satire of Ralph Edwards' "This is Your Life" was one of the funniest skits ever.
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The quality of the DVD was great. I was disappointed in too few skits and too many interviews. A DVD product needs to be made ofa 4 disc continuous play of his shows like the one of Jack Benny.
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We watched this whole set on the weekend, and laughed and laughed. I'm not old enough to remember these shows when they were on but we love glorious black and white. There are interviews and comments by writers and stars like Woody Allen too. One skit involved Nanette Fabray singing an opera while Sid was supposed to be a straight man but things kept going wrong. At one point his false moustache gets tangled in her hair and he puts it back on upside down. We hear from Fabray that this was unplanned, and the incredulous look on her face when she sees the upside down 'stache was real. There are some line blunders too, which we love. This was live TV after all. You'll also like the hyper little Howard "Ernest T Bass" Morris in the sketches.
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I bought this to introduce my grandkids (ages 16 and 12) to Your Show of Shows. I'd have liked less talk, more skits ... and more of Caesar and Coca interacting. The sketch with Howard Morris is a winner.
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We LOVE Sid Caesar and count him among the best comedians ever lived,maybe even the best.Some of his sketches are better then the others( we did not like all his " professors " and " experts" scenes,but it is not him to blame ,but the authors).
We are fortunate to come across this film.Thanks to the seller's quick delivery we can enjoy it to our hearts's content.
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Sid Caesar was a comic genius. The skit "This is your story", a spoof on the 1950s television program "This is your life" is one of the funniest pieces of comedy I have ever seen, a reminder about how extraordinary (and theatrical) live television was in that era.
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