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The Carol Burnett Show: Carol's Favorites (Collectors Edition)

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Product Description

The Carol Burnett Show is one of the most popular and beloved shows in the history of television and it is now available on DVD to all audiences for the very first time. Starting in 1967 and continuing for 11 straight years, The Carol Burnett Show was the ultimate variety show with music, acting, larger-than-life guest stars, and, of course, comedy... sketches, jokes and parodies that are as funny now as they were 40 years ago. All the episodes in the DVD collections were personally chosen by Carol, and all DVDs feature full, unedited episodes as they originally aired on television.


If you were around a television set in the 1960s and '70s, you were probably a fan of Carol Burnett, whose I'll-do-anything comedic attack made her the essential link between Lucille Ball and every comedienne who ever found success on Saturday Night Live, from Gilda Radner to Tina Fey. Burnett's variety show ran from 1967 to 1978 and produced 278 episodes, so this six-disc selection is only the tip of the iceberg. It's subtitled Carol's Favorites and features 16 episodes in full, lending a representative taste of the show's wacky vibe. Certain legendary sketches had to be included, including "Went with the Wind," a send-up of Gone with the Wind that had Carol making one of the great walk-on sight gags in the history of television. Among the other movie parodies, a spoof of the Airport series of airborne disaster pictures is especially good at skewering the clichés of the genre.

The guest stars are a collection of '70s TV faces: Dinah Shore, Roddy McDowall, Betty White, and Carol's favorites Jim Nabors and Ken Berry. A few are unexpected--Maggie Smith and Joanne Woodward, for instance--and there's a memorable appearance by the Jackson 5 during which a sketch is interrupted by a mild earthquake (the cameras keep running and Burnett ad-libs like a master). You'll also see some installments of "The Family," the ongoing sketch that, at its best, walked an interesting line between hilarity and quiet (or loud) desperation. The time-capsule aspects that really date the show are the famously crazy costumes by Bob Mackie and the old-school variety-show musical numbers, some of which have a sincerity that was already unfashionable by 1974--although it should be noted that a musical spoof of "Little Red Riding Hood," performed in Spanish by a supposed Mexican troupe, is a surreal exercise that predicts a later kind of conceptual comedy. Burnett's talents extend to her weekly improvs with the audience, and the comedy gold mined by Harvey Korman and Tim Conway remains glittering.

The extras include a good long (46 minutes!) interview with Korman and Conway riffing on each other; a couple of tributes/profiles of the show and Burnett that emphasize her status as a female comedy pioneer; a 35-minute cast reunion with Burnett, Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner; brief (and randomly scattered) intros to certain episodes, with Burnett, Korman, and Conway; a full 33-minute episode of The Garry Moore Show, where Burnett came to prominence as a cast member; and other reminiscences. A 12-page booklet describes the set's episodes and sketches--especially useful because the shows here are not presented in chronological order. --Robert Horton

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Carol Burnett, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Time Life Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 1080 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (623 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0085Z6Z2O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on August 30, 2012
Format: DVD
The Carol Burnett Show is resurfacing on DVD and I, for one, am thrilled. Carol Burnett effortlessly combined pathos with slapstick and made my all-time favorite comedy sketch show. I can still recite lines from its original run and the "Gone With The Wind" and "Mildred Pierce" parodies rank among my absolute top TV programs in history. Time Life is releasing four different versions from 22 discs, to 6 discs, to 2 discs, to 1 disc at various price points. They may not all be on sale here, at least officially, but if you don't find them here--a quick Internet search ought to take you where you need to go (I'm not allowed to provide outside links). I know the Complete Collection is another website's exclusive.

As I decided not to break my personal bank with the Complete Collection, I opted to pick up the 6 disc Carol's Favorites. This set has 16 uncut episodes and over three hours of exclusive bonus features.

Some of the sketches included, a good cross section:
Went With the Wind
The Family
Mrs Wiggins
The Oldest Man
The Charwoman
As The Stomach Turns

Guest stars include Betty White, Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, The Jackson 5, Shirley MacLaine.

Bonus Features:
Let's Bump Up The Lights: Cast Reunion
Harvey Korman and Tim Conway Together Again
The Dentist sketch (with Korman and Conway) from 1969
The Gary Moore Show episode featuring Burnett in a Supergirl skit
I Want To Push that Button: The History of The Carol Burnett Show Featurette
Ahhh, Mrs. Whiggins Featurette
Interviews with Betty White, Carl Reiner and others.

I seriously doubt I need to sell anyone on the idea that The Carol Burnett Show was brilliant television. Just thought I'd let you know the content of this six disc set. KGHarris, 8/12.
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***** = the episodes
*** = the DVDs
Don't get me wrong, these are GREAT EPISODES, but for those of us who bought the 31 disc set from Columbia House 10 years ago in 2002, we have them all.
It is disappointing that Carol Burnette & Time Life sprinkled some 10 new episodes in another 22-disc mega-set (NOT THIS 6 DVD SET) forcing us to re-buy most of what we already have, just to get 10 new episodes. And I repeat, those 10 new episodes are NOT on this shorter 6 DVD set! You have to get the 22 Disc set. I would quickly buy this set if it had the 10 new episodes.

To top off the insult, if you buy the new 22-disc set to get the 10 new episodes not previously available, you still have to look for the old 31 disc set from 2002 because 22 episodes from that set have been left off of the new 22-disc set.

If I sound cranky it is because I do not want to buy 15 discs of shows that I already have just to get 4 discs of new shows & 3 discs of bonus material. I would still have to keep the old set for the missing 22 episodes.

This 6-disc set is just for those casual fans who either have not bought the previous 2002 31 disc set from Columbia House, or do not want to buy the mega-22 disc set currently being offered from Time-Life. (Old Columbia House DVD disc numbers are in parentheses)

Time Life EDIT note: In the "Disaster '75" sketch a tiny bit of the nuns singing a song has been cut out, while it does appear on the Columbia House disc!

TIM CONWAY is a cast regular starting on September 1975. He is in all of disc #1, #810 & 903 in disc #2, #921 in disc #3,all of disc #4, #1012 in disc #5, and not on disc #6.
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By R. Haynes on November 6, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Am still in the process of watching all the DVDs. So far, I've been a little underwhelmed at the choices of her favorite episodes.
I am a huge fan of Carol and her shows.

I assumed I would put in the first one and not want to stop watching until I got through all of them. So far, not enough "Tim" and not enough funny skits. Several serious ones and too much Roddy McDowell and Nancy Walker and apparent friends of Carol's. Of course, this is labeled her favorites...just not a lot of mine. Still enjoying it, but not like I thought I would. I've got one more disc to watch and I hope the clips picked are funnier.
I'll do another review, once I get all the way through.

The discs have 2 or 3 partial shows on each one. There could have been a lot more included, or at least the entire show.

It does show the opening where she takes questions from the audience. Those are very entertaining. It's also nice to see all the beautiful gowns Bob Mackey created for her.

I'm still glad I purchased it.
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I grew up watching this show back in the 70's and it's as fresh today as it was then. Time Life has out done themselves with these DVD's, making them available in stores and online at such a reasonable cost. I own the ultimate DVD set, and can't believe how much content is on them. I must say I am impressed with the quality of the DVD's, especially with the older stuff and the sound is perfect.

I never get tired of watching Went with the Wind; "I saw it in the window and I just couldn't resist", and if you don't laugh at Tim and Harvey's dentist sketch you're not human! Plus I really enjoyed seeing such a young Carol on The Gary Moore Show, one of the bonus perks. It was fascinating seeing where Ms. Burnett got her start on TV.

So get your Christmas list ready because these DVD's will make a lot of people happy! And if you'd like to order the ultimate DVD collection just go to Time Life online.
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