THE PLOT THUS FAR
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.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Carol Burnett Show” had a major release from Time Life about a year or so ago. Now, they’re splitting up the contents into specifically themed releases. If you’re a super fan, then there’s no reason not to splurge on the bigger set. However, there is something for everyone on the smaller sets. I dug “Together Again” because it had more material with Ruth Buzzi and Roddy McDowall. Hell, you will believe that Cornelius could be in a “Mama’s Family” sketch. It is pretty surreal to watch.
The thing that made it great besides the cast were the various recurring sketches that were very expertly created. Sketches like Tudball and Wiggins, the Old Folks, As the Stomach Turns, the kid sister and, of course, Eunice, which was the inspiration for the series “Mama’s Family”, helped to make this variety hour a classic. Besides “Mama and Eunice” any one of these shows could have become a series on its own. The only thing that caused the show to go downhill though was when Harvey Korman left.
The DVD comes with movie parodies and featurettes as the special features. The A/V Quality is strong with a supportive transfer and a Dolby audio track. The Dolby track doesn’t get much back channel action outside of the few major slapstick scenes. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 02/10/2015