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Steve Martin: The Television Stuff

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Product Description

Over six hours of rare stand-up, television specials, guest appearances and more.


Steve Martin remains one of the most beloved and creatively prolific talents in American comedy, but until now his body of work on television has been largely unavailable on DVD. That all changes here. From the stand-up act that made him a comedy rock star (of which only two complete performances were ever recorded, both included in this set) to his four joyfully twisted NBC sketch comedy specials, his Oscar-nominated short film and a jewel box of additional comic bits, The Television Stuff finally delivers one of the most unique and treasured eras in Steve Martin’s celebrated career. Featuring special guest appearances by Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman, Lauren Hutton, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Lynn Redgrave, Paul Simon, David Letterman, Carl Reiner, Eric Idle and Johnny Cash


The Stand-up Specials

* On Location With Steve Martin (Live At The Troubadour, 1976)

* Homage To Steve (Includes The Absent Minded Waiter and Steve Live At The Universal Amphitheatre, 1979)

The NBC Specials

* Steve Martin: A Wild And Crazy Guy (1978)

* Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (1980)

* All Commercials . . . A Steve Martin Special (1980)

* Steve Martin’s Best Show Ever (1981)

Bits And Pieces

Spanning 1966 to 2005, a collection of television guest appearances, speeches and music videos.

Review

How wild and crazy a guy was Steve Martin? This three-disc gem of a box set offers ample evidence, with six of his early comedy specials and clips from his 15 Saturday Night Live hosting gigs. --Entertainment Weekly, Sept. 21, 2012

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Steve Martin
  • Directors: Gary Weis
  • 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: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 390 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSMWA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,946 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Richardson VINE VOICE on September 18, 2012
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When I cracked this baby open , I was first wondering where the promised '79 concert in its entirety was and was fuming... until I found it buried in disc 2 after the Homage To Steve..so Excuuuuse Me! I enjoyed that show in person and can say it brought back so many fond memories...
I was around 21 when Steve Martin blew up big time as a stand up so he's my (Daniel Tosh, Dane Cook etc.) and holds a special place in my heart along with George Carlin. Steve actually ended up with the career that Carlin had wanted when he began in the late 50's early 60's which saw him move from being court jester to movie star but for my money Steve Martin has never touched in any of his movies the brilliance displayed on these 3 DVDs of lunacy...stupidity..and surprisingly intelligent comedy. Of course I also LOVE all the banjo playing. While I am so happy to have the '79 show I actually attended..the '76 show from the Troubadour was a total surprise (I didn't have HBO in '76 and didn't know anybody else who did) so this even earlier nugget filmed more in a club environment is the perfect opening show!

Its a great mix of classic stand up and sketch comedy which is very much of its time but goodness when you have a Pre-Pee Wee Herman Paul Reubens a post Starsky & Hutch Antonio Vargas, classic Louie Nye...legendary writer Pat Proft and others like Richard Deacon and Peter Graves in your casts...you have a time capsule that is full of funny.

the DVD quality is very good...best source material possible and Steve's bonus interview on each DVD is also current and appreciated as an extra...in particular there is an option to view the bonus disc with Steve giving a brief intro to each segment and it really adds a great deal to that set.
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Steve Martin, renaissance man - writer, author, comedian, playwright, screenwriter, producer, actor, banjo player extraordinaire - is more than deserving of his own Shout! Factory retrospective, and the label's wonderful STEVE MARTIN: THE TELEVISION STUFF ranks as one of the year's most enjoyable DVD catalog retrospectives.

Available on September 18th, this three-disc set focuses primarily on the early Martin years, with his two taped concert performances and handful of network TV specials comprising the set's first two platters. Martin's stand-up is particularly noteworthy, seeing as he abandoned it in lieu of his feature-film career. In both a 1976 HBO special and a 1978 appearance at the Universal Ampitheatre (included in the 1984 home video special "Homage to Steve," along with the funny short "The Absent-Minded Waiter"), Martin shows off both his adroit comedy writing and a side of his on-screen "persona" that viewers unfamiliar with his early material will find especially amusing. Unlike other stand-up acts which haven't weathered the years well (including the Richard Pryor concert films, which I've seen recently on cable, and are almost entirely dependant on drug/shock humor that's no longer shocking), Martin's material is sly and offbeat, relying on his "performance" as a hapless magician and comedian to milk laughs out of intentionally-poor material.
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Worth the price just for Martins "Comedy Is Not Pretty" special. Still kills me to this day. Great to have his classic stuff all in one spot. The new interviews and comments from Steve Martin really highlight the discs and makes this another winner from Shout Video.
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When I was a kid, the highlight of every year was the Steve Martin special: All Commercials, Comedy Is Not Pretty, what have you. I had every one on taped on VHS and watched them so often that I can still quote them word-for-word to this day. Over the years, those old VHS tapes were somehow misplaced one by one. Now, finally, all those lost classics are available again, and in the words of the Great Dry Cleaner: "They ask me, 'Can you make it, as though new?' And I say... yyyeaa-yuh!" The quality of the imprint on the disks is outstanding, and there is so much bonus material, stuff that I somehow missed back in those days of "see it live at broadcast or it's gone forever". The second this set arrived in the mail, I sat my wife down and we watched "All Commercials" together. At the end, she turned to me and said, "I think I have just gained a brand new insight into how your mind works." Thank you, Steve, for the opportunity (at last) to share these formative memories with all the people I love now who weren't there to enjoy the ride the first time around.
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A few years back actor Ron Van Clief ( a.k.a. The Black Dragon ) decided he wanted to release his movies on a deluxe DVD. Ron was a student of Bruce Lee, and after his master's death, decided to cash in by starring in his own cheap Kung Fu films. Now 30 years later Ron wanted those same movies on DVD. The problem was that Ron could not locate any prints of his old films. The only copies he could find were third generation bootlegs, made from Star Video's original pan and scan VHS release back in the 80s. That was the best Ron could find, so the back of the DVD box came with an apology for the quality. Just because Ron was the star of the film, and just because he paid for the rights to do a DVD release, did not mean he had access to the film itself. While watching the Steve Martin set, I could not help but thinking about Ron's DVD set, and wondering if Steve Martin ran into the same problem.

The one star is not for the entertainment value of the shows in this set, but for the video quality. If I am paying for an authorized DVD set, then I expect better quality than if I purchased an unauthorized set of the same shows from a trader. The entertainment industry is always complaining about how bootleggers and piracy is ruining their business. You would think the one advantage they had was they owned first generation prints of their recording, movies and shows. Or at least something superior to what the bootleggers have. The problem here is that this DVD set looks like it was compiled by Joe from down the block, who edited it from whatever he downloaded from Pirate Bay. Scratch that. If Joe from down the block actually did compile this set from whatever he found on Pirate Bay, it would probably have looked a lot better, and had been more complete.
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