THE PLOT THUS FAR
ALL 54 Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts plus over 15 hours of bonus material, collector’s box.. In addition to all 54 side-splitting roasts, the deluxe collection is loaded with extras! The set includes a 44-page Quote Book with rare photos, anecdotes, behind-the-scenes stories and memorabilia. Plus, you’ll enjoy 15-hours of bonus material.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts” were before my time. That being said, I still love to watch aging comedians and celebs talk trash. I didn’t realize the show was on the air so long, but there was a gap between 1979 and 1984. I can’t imagine a time where a cleaned-up version of this show works, but Don Rickles makes it pick up. Blue humor cleaned up for network television doesn’t work anymore. I don’t want to be the one to throw out pale imitation of the real Roasts, but I don’t know how we can’t get to that point.
The Roasts are packed together by themes, rather than years. For newer fans, this might be a tad bit confusing. Honestly, it makes me feel like Deano taking a swig and trying to figure out what’s going on from a bewildered Rich Little. However, the shelf life on the show started to wane around 1978. Naturally, 1979 was the last full year of the show and it was apparent. The Golden Age of Comedians was coming to a close and the Rat Pack shenanigans were losing their allure.
The DVD comes with interviews, featurettes, specials and a collectible quote book. The A/V Quality is about what you would expect from a soft lit show that lasted from the 70s until the early 80s. But, that comes with the territory. The Dolby track is clean as a whistle. If you want to end 2013 right, then this is the classic TV on DVD set to watch.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!