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5.0 out of 5 stars New Dean Martin Show Collection Contains Many 1st Time-on-DVD Musical Numbers, April 4, 2011
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This review is from: The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show (Collector's Edition) (DVD)
UPDATE (posted July 31, 2011): Now that The Golddiggers Super Site has confirmed that Time-Life is going forward with a SECOND edition of DVDs culled from The Dean Martin Show, we thought that this would be an auspicious time for a detailed and objective examination of the first collection, assembled with the aim of improving future installments.

Toward that end, we've reviewed the T-L sets' pluses and minuses, taken into consideration many of the criticisms expressed here on Amazon, and offered some informative background on both Dean's series and the complexities of clearing music for vintage television programs.

Beyond just surveying what's come before, we've additionally cast an eye toward what's next, by advancing a series of practical, viable solutions for avoiding some of the pitfalls of this initial release in future reissues.

And to make it easier for connoisseurs of this material to know exactly what they're getting (and what they're not), we've provided a painstakingly-researched appendix that takes the 20 episodes in Time-Life's 6-DVD set and compares the original musical content of those shows when they were first broadcast on NBC with not only the musical selections contained in Time-Life's reissue of those episodes, but also, with the musical portions of those episodes that can be found on the earlier 29-volume Guthy-Renker collection.

For the most sweeping and unbiased look at this subject available anywhere, simply type into any search engine the phrase: Updates/The Golddiggers Super Site

And we cordially invite anyone who has written a review of the Time-Life sets on these pages to add it to our site and/or comment on our article, where such postings are guaranteed to be read by those who will shape future releases of material from The Dean Martin Show.

ORIGINAL PREVIEW (posted April 4, 2011, prior to release):

This 6-DVD Collector's Edition is the largest of three forthcoming releases representing the first new group of DVDs culled from episodes of The Dean Martin Show in 8 years, with the selections being produced this time around by Time-Life Video from footage supplied directly from NBC, the network that broadcast all 9 seasons of Dean's wildly popular variety series.

These new products - unlike the older ones from Guthy-Renker composed of segments drawn from different episodes and seasons of the program all mixed together - are arranged by individual episodes, with the 6-DVD set containing 20 episodes in all, featuring more than 50 guest stars and a total of 80 musical performances -- many of the latter making their official debut on DVD. An advance, in-depth rundown of the guest star lineups and original air dates of the shows included in The Best of The Dean Martin Variety Show 6-disc set can be found by using a search engine to locate: Updates/The Golddiggers Super Site (a site named after the female singer-dancers who became famous for their appearances on both Dean's TV series and their own).
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Initial post: Apr 19, 2011 4:25:45 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2011 11:33:04 PM PDT
M. Schnitzer says:
Yes, I agree with you -- as I'm sure do thousands of other Dean Martin fans -- that those films should definitely be released...and I would add that one very effective way to help shine the spotlight on the cause is to call attention to it on high-visibility websites that focus on Dino and are regularly visited not only by fans, but also, by entertainment industry executives that make decisions about these matters.

One such forum that I would recommend would be the Pallies Lounge section of the "Dean, Golds and Dings" website (you can find it by Googling it), which is frequented both by regular cast members of his series and occasionally, even by influential showbiz movers and shakers. If you were to post your want list of unreleased Dino material on that site, it would achieve higher visibility than in a more tucked-away corner of the web like this reply space. And if you want to keep up with the latest in news about Dean, please feel free to click the LIKE button atop the Facebook page for Dean, Golds and Dings.

It's always great to be in touch with fellow Dean Martin fans, and I appreciate your support for more Dean Martin releases.

Posted on May 16, 2011 11:53:18 AM PDT
Thanks for the informed Info, Michael! -kimmmy

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2011 12:52:52 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 5, 2011 2:01:17 PM PDT
Steve Ramm says:
As another reviewer pointed out on his review - and it will be noted in mines - when I finish viewing my set - These are NOT complete shows. What I mean is not that the commercials have been removed but MANY performances of artists listed in the opening and closing credits. For instance: the first show with Bob Hope and Joel Grey and Juliet Prowse and Jose Greco only has duet with Hope, Duet with Prowse and Joel Grey solo. This WHOLE show lasts 17 (!) minutes.

Many of the clips I've watched so are are entertaining but buyers should know up front these are only "excepts" from the DMS.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2011 6:37:52 PM PDT
It is disheartening to hear that Gilbert O'Sullivan is in a show but he is no where to be seen.

Posted on Jul 19, 2011 8:22:39 AM PDT
Does it have english subtitles?

Posted on Jan 4, 2012 5:37:22 AM PST
Thanks so much fir the info. It saved me money because i was going to get as gift but I will take the advice and wait. Hopefully it wont be too long m
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