The Dick Cavett Show - Rock Icons
Manufacturer: Universal Music Group Brand: Universal Music Model: 2294875
When Dick Cavett joined the late-night talk show parade in 1969, his intelligent wit pumped a much-needed breath of fresh air into the format. The show offered guests a forum for controversial opinions and didn’t shy away from an occasional debate about women’s liberation or the war in Vietnam. The Dick Cavett Show also became the late-night home of rock ’n’ roll, with a guest list that reads like a who’s who of the era’s top performers. The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons features 9 episodes from 1969 to 1974 featuring Janis Joplin, David Bowie, George Harrison, Sly And The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder and many more. Highlights include 3 episodes with Janis Joplin and "The Woodstock Show," taped the day after the festival with Jefferson Airplane, Joni Mitchell, David Crosby and Stephen Stills. The shows also feature Cavett's interviews with many of the fascinating personalities of the day from Gloria Swanson to Debbie Reynolds to Raquel Welch. Also included is the featurette Cavett Meets The Rolling Stones, featuring live performance footage from the Stones and a revealing backstage interview with Mick Jagger. Adding insight and perspective to the set are episode introductions and a brand new interview with Dick Cavett. Over 25 Historic Performances on 3 DVDs including: Chelsea Morning – Joni Mitchell Somebody To Love – Jefferson Airplane with David Crosby Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) – Sly And The Family Stone Young Americans – David Bowie To Love Somebody – Janis Joplin Try (Just A Little Bit Harder) – Janis Joplin Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder Bangla Desh – George Harrison Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon Bridge Over Troubled Water – Paul Simon with The Jessy Dixon Singers While it's a stretch calling Paul Simon or Stevie Wonder "rock," this triple DVD set presents nine entire, commercial-free episodes where Dick Cavett welcomed music superstars to his stage. From 1969-'74 his was the only talk show to invite these acts to meet mainstream America, at least half way. Although he might have been more comfortable conversing with crusty Hollywood actors, Cavett's quick mind, relatively youthful demeanor and respectful if slightly stilted approach worked moderately well with music acts not accustomed to the restrictions of network television. Here he interviews the good (a post-Bangla Desh concert George Harrison is witty and honest, as is a very articulate Paul Simon), the bad (Sly Stone in a druggy haze) and the nervous (a painfully uncomfortable David Bowie fiddles with a cane, looking as if he wished he was somewhere else), while holding his own, sometimes barely, with the Woodstock generation. The latter dominates an entire show as Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Joni Mitchell hold court the day after the 1969 event. Janis Joplin appears three times (July '69, June and August '70) and is sharp, intelligent and affable mixing with gue...
The Merv Griffin Show - 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time
Manufacturer: Alpha Home Entertainment Brand: PBS
As host of his eponymous talk show for nearly a quarter of a century, Merv Griffin said his audience saw him as "every mother's favorite son-in-law." Merv was the man who brought glamour and laughter into America's homes, but didn't shy away from spotlighting serious cultural leaders, controversial figures of the day, or mostly unknowns like Jerry Seinfeld and Tom Cruise. The three-discs of this initial set are filled with almost nine hours of remarkable interviews, including four United States Presidents (Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan); Hollywood royalty like John Wayne, Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles; and titled royalty like Princess Grace. Culled from the 5,500 shows and 25,000 guests that appeared on the award-winning, critically acclaimed talk-show during its historic broadcast run, The Merv Griffin Show: 40 Of The Most Interesting People Of All Time. Merv Griffin was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2005 Daytime Emmys, adding another Emmy to the sixteen he already owns; he also was the sole honoree at the 2005 Museum of Television and Radio Gala, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York attended by more than a thousand industry leaders and celebrities. Provocative, intimate and always entertaining, The Merv Griffin Show: 40 Of The Most Interesting People Of All Time hearkens back to an era when the art of conversation was truly an art! A goldmine of archived interviews with some of the most entertaining and influential people in 20th-century America, The Merv Griffin Show: 40 of the Most Interesting People of Our Time is both a pleasure and an educational resource. Using material gathered from a quarter-century of The Merv Griffin Show (1962 to 1986), this three-disc boxed set captures a number of newsworthy figures in very relaxed circumstances, open and funny, speaking freely about their careers or views on world affairs. Griffin, often kidded by Johnny Carson (whose brother, Dick Carson, directed Griffin's program) for producing what The Tonight Show host often called "Merv's fabulous theme shows," actually looks, in retrospect, like a very capable interviewer who can challenge his guests without the sting of confrontation. Thus, when Griffin asks Richard Nixon in 1967 if running for the presidency a second time won't be difficult because of Nixon's reputation as a "loser," the question doesn't seem provocative so much as probing--yet the effect is the same, i.e., getting Nixon to answer a tough query. Each interview excerpt feels substantial; there are no quick sound bites here. Among the great moments is frequent guest Orson Welles's last appearance on the show in 1985, taped mere hours before his death. Welles, at 70, speaks of old age and the burden of regret and a stricken conscience. He also reflects on great pain from his career and personal life, without getting specific or maudlin. And, uncharacteristically, he speaks frankly and lovingly about women from his past, including Rit...
Tonight - 4 Decades of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson
Manufacturer: Carson Entertainment Group Brand: Atlantic Horizon Int'l Color: black
Tonight is a reissue of the best selling 2010 box set from Carson Entertainment Group. Featuring over 30 hours of timeless entertainment from 4 decades of The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Hand-selected by an original Producer, as the best episodes from the most popular late night show in history! Classic Episodes from every era of Johnny's reign as the King of Comedy - 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. EPISODE RUNDOWN: Discs 1-7 - December 31, 1965 - Woody Allen, The Muppets September 23, 1971 - Della Reese, Bob Uecker May 19, 1972 - Adelle Davis, Robert Blake, Gwen Davis September 15, 1972 - Vikki Carr, Peter Falk, Albert Brooks November 13, 1972 - Mayor Lindsay, Muhammad Ali, Harry Chapin September 12, 1973 - Joan Embery, Bette Midler, David Steinberg February 20, 1974 - Joan Embery, David Brenner April 9, 1974 - The Jackson 5, Jerry Van Dyke September 2, 1974 - Doris Day, Rodney Dangerfield, Burt Mustin September 26, 1974 - Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Art Carney May 6, 1975 - Luciano Pavarotti, Maude Tull September 19, 1975 - Don Rickles, Robert Blake September 23, 1975 - Glen Campbell, Fernando Lamas December 9, 1975 - Carol Burnett, Burt Convy, Tom Dreesen July 28, 1976 - Burt Reynolds, Robert Blake November 12, 1976 - Frank Sinatra, Don Rickles, Olivia Newton-John May 4, 1977 - Chevy Chase, Richard Pryor June 14, 1977 - Alice Cooper, Jay Leno September 9, 1977 - Sid Caesar, Eubie Blake March 24, 1978 - Donna Pyle, Milton Berle May 2, 1978 - Sammy Davis Jr. February 21, 1980 - Engelbert Humperdinck, Steve Landesberg, Loni Anderson September 26, 1980 - Steve Martin, The Mighty Carson Art Players November 11, 1980 - David Letterman, Pete Fountain March 4, 1981 - David Brenner March 5, 1981 - Slim Whitman March 18, 1981 - Richard Benjamin, Garry Shandling May 5, 1981 - Jimmy Buffett, Thalasa Cruso Discs 8-15 - October 14, 1981 - Robin Williams October 28, 1981 - Lance Burton, Reba McEntire, Dick Cavett October 30, 1981 - Michael Landon November 12, 1981 - Dom DeLuise, Jerry Seinfeld, Betty White November 19, 1981 - Suzanne Pleshette, Luciano Pavarotti November 25, 1981 - Kenny Rogers August 31, 1982 - Bill Maher, Joe Garagiola December 31, 1982 - Tina Turner, Joe D'Auria & Jonathan Brown January 5, 1983 - Teri Garr, B.B. King May 17, 1983 - Albert Brooks, Brooke Shields September 8, 1983 - Bill Cosby, Chuck Mangione January 4, 1984 - Dabney Coleman, Paul Rodriguez May 17, 1984- Garry Shandling, Stéphane Grappelli May 24, 1984 - John Denver, Michael Davis November 20, 1984 - Robert Blake, Louie Anderson November 22, 1985 - Jim Fowler, Marty Pollio, Rubén Blades December 17, 1985 - Bette Midler March 27, 1986 - Billy Crystal, Buddy Rich April 18, 1986 - David Letterman June 27, 1986 - David Letterman, Judge Wapner November 26, 1986 - George Carlin, Barney Odom & Flat Nose January 8, 1987 - Robert Goulet, Waddie Mitchell, Baxter Black May 21, 1987 - Eddie Murphy, Ellen DeGeneres July 28, 198...
The Best of The Colbert Report
Manufacturer: Comedy Central Brand: Paramount Home Video Model: 3346311
In this age of skepticism and not getting it, Americans want the truthiness. And no one has more truthiness than it-getter, flagophile, and four-star American hero, Stephen Colbert. Now, with this collection of The Colbert Reports finest moments, you can watch as Stephen shows the nation how he better feels the facts, better justifies injustices, and better knows the districts. So, look up in the sky, above the fruited plain, across the purple mountain majesties. Thisis The Colbert Report. At a liberal three hours, this Colbertrospective is as definitive as The Best of Chappelle's Show. Here are the signature segments ("Better Know a District"), defining moments (the definition of "truthiness", Merriam-Webster's 2006 Word of the Year), classic confrontations ("Papa Bear" Bill O'Reilly, Jane Fonda, and Emmy-stealer Barry Manilow) and essential features (the "Green Screen Challenge" and "Stephen Colbert's Rock and Awe: Countdown to Guitarmageddon,") If you're a recent immigrant to Colbert Nation, this DVD is your passport for full citizenship. A spin-off of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report (those T's are silent) is a pitch-perfect parody of self-mythologizing TV pundits ("This show is not about me," Colbert, in full gravitas, proclaims in episode 1. "It is dedicated to you, the heroes. Who are the heroes? The people who watch this show"). Colbert is a "straight shooter" who doesn't trust books ("they're all fact and no heart") and he promises to "feel the news at you." But the media-savvy Colbert doesn't just feel the news, he makes news. Included is his jaw-dropping "Better Know a District" interview with Florida Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler, who was running unopposed in the 2006 Midterm election, prompting Colbert to goad him into saying "a few things that would really lose the election for you if you were contested" ("I enjoy the company of prostitutes because it's a fun thing to do"). Soon after, the Democratic leadership told incoming-freshman congressmen to steer clear of the Report. Colbert has abandoned his run for President of the United States following his failure to secure a place on South Carolina's ballot. It's just as well. There is, he states, "a whole big world to fix," and now more than ever we need a leader, who, as venerable 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer observes at one point, is "a sunburst of emotion in a time darkened by reason." --Donald Liebenson
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Indecision 2004
Manufacturer: Comedy Central Brand: Paramount Home Video Model: MFR097368865549#VG
The 2004 race for the White House was one of the most memorable presidential elections of the last five years. Now relive it again - and again - and, that's enough - with this exquisitely packaged heirloom collection. This 3-DVD set brings together some of the most repackageable moments from "Indecision 2004." The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is so laugh-out-loud funny that Indecision 2004--which could have been a dated recap of a time many would rather forget--is instead a hilarious time capsule of the follies and foibles of the 2004 presidential election. What also helps is that many of the issues being lampooned, such as the Iraq war, are still in the news in 2005. The 10 episodes included in the three-disc set are the four reporting on the Democratic National Convention, the four from the Republican National Convention, the episode following the first Bush-Kerry debate, and the hourlong election-night episode, subtitled "Prelude to a Recount." The Daily Show mimics the format of a news program, with Stewart as the anchor and his troupe of "senior correspondents/analysts"--Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Samantha Bee, and Ed Helms--filing their "reports" from the field. Stewart is always quick to dismiss his show as "fake news," but an increasing number of people have taken to the Comedy Central staple as the way to get their news. Political news is mostly sound bites anyway, so Stewart piles the video clips together at their most incongruous or contradictory, then follows up with a wisecrack or a marvelously deadpan look of disbelief. As further proof of its impact, The Daily Show won a 2005 Peabody Award for electronic media excellence for its "satire that deflates pomposity on an equal opportunity basis." (Stewart admitted during the campaign that he himself was voting for Kerry, and his audience is very anti-Bush, but he takes the opportunity to skewer anyone who deserves it.) He also attracts a number of "legitimate" guests. Appearing on these episodes are Ted Koppell, Joe Biden, Chris Matthews (shortly after he'd been challenged to a duel by Zell Miller), Al Sharpton on election night, and a wry John McCain not looking like the combative party zealot that had appeared at the convention podium the night before. In addition to the 10 episodes, the three-DVD set has more reports by Colbert (whose survey of Democratic minority groups has something to offend anyone), Corddry, Bee, and Helms. There's also John Edwards's 2003 announcement of his presidential candidacy on The Daily Show, the Schoolhouse Rock! spoof about midterm elections, a surprisingly musical four-correspondent rendition of the national anthem, and other lunacy. --David Horiuchi
The Dick Cavett Show - Hollywood Greats
Manufacturer: Shout Factory Brand: Universal Music
Comedians, politicians and rock stars all graced The Dick Cavett Show stage, but the audience favorites were often the movie stars. And when the guests were greats like Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and Orson Welles, Cavett often devoted the full 90 minutes to them. In the case of Katharine Hepburn, the interview went so well that it required two full 90 minute shows. This 4-DVD set contains 12 episodes featuring: Katharine Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Groucho Marx, Debbie Reynolds, Kirk Douglas, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlon Brando, Mel Brooks, Frank Capra, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert Mitchum, John Huston and Orson Welles. Also contains a new Cavett interview conducted by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne. Additional bonus material includes: • Outtakes featuring Katharine Hepburn • New episode introductions by Dick Cavett• Original promos for The Dick Cavett Show In an era that makes celebrities out of talent-free narcissists like Paris Hilton, it's nice to be reminded of a time when stars were bigger-than-life characters who were famous and beloved because they had actually accomplished something, and whose off-screen shenanigans were the stuff of legend rather than some glib report on Entertainment Tonight. The reminder comes in the form of Hollywood Greats, the latest offering from the vaults of Dick Cavett's 1970s TV talk show. This is a really impressive lineup: Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Fred Astaire, Robert Mitchum, Orson Welles, Groucho Marx, Kirk Douglas, Bette Davis, and others. And if some of them prove less than scintillating, on balance there's still more than enough on these four discs to satisfy even the most ardent star-gazers. Of principal interest to many will be Cavett's interviews with people like Hepburn and Brando, who rarely ventured into TV land. The notoriously press-shy Hepburn, 66 at the time (1973), is seen checking out the studio and making picky remarks about the rug and furniture before agreeing to do the do right then and there, with no audience; she ends up holding forth for two entire shows (plus bonus material), revealing herself to be witty and sophisticated, as well outspoken, practical, and entirely in charge ("You keep interrupting," she chastens Cavett, "Just shut up..."). Brando, a year removed from The Godfather and Last Tango in Paris, agreed to appear only if he could discuss the plight of American Indians (several of whom are also on hand). Cavett, a sharp, self-effacing, well-prepared host, went along, little suspecting that the whole interview would be an exercise in teeth-pulling, with Brando refusing to discuss his career at all; his dismissal of his stage and screen work as "irrelevant" is laughably disingenuous, considering that were it not for his acting, he wouldn't have been invited on the show in the first place. On the other hand, Davis is grand, saucy, full of stories about Hollywood's Golden Age--everything one wants in a...
Da Ali G Show - The Complete Second Season
Manufacturer: HBO Studios Brand: HBO HOME VIDEO
Da Ali G Show: The Complete Second Season (DVD)The Emmy nominated, BAFTA Award-winning Ali G is back! British comedic genius, Sacha Baron Cohen, slips into the skins of his devilish alter egos, Ali G, Borat and Bruno to create loads of hilarious riffs at the expense of American culture in the second season of the international phenomenon called "riotous", by The Dallas Morning News and "deliciously wicked," by the Boston Globe.]]> If there's such a thing as surreality TV, then Sacha Baron Cohen is da man, and Da Ali G Show is da bomb. Better known as his alter egos Ali G (the "wanskta" journalist), Borat (the clueless correspondent from Kazakhstan), and Bruno (the gay Austrian fashionista), Cohen is consistently hilarious in these six episodes (on two discs) from the 2003 season of his HBO show. With his cracked Cockney-Rasta patois ("does you 'tink… ") and constant malapropisms (confusing "incest" with "incense" and "bi-lingual" with "bi-sexual"; calling MIT linguistics professor Noam Chomsky "Norman"), Ali G is the star. But so is the odd and, well, surreal assortment of folks he interviews in his relentless, "Candid Camera"-goes-hip-hop assault on the idiots and idiosyncrasies of American culture and politics. Some are at least partly complicit; Pat Buchanan, of all people, plays right along with the shtick, as does Immigration and Naturalization Service chief James Ziegler. Others are merely confused, like the doc who grows increasingly frustrated by Ali's inability to differentiate between "veteran" and "veterinarian," newsman Sam Donaldson, or former LAPD chief Daryl Gates. But as absurd as Da Ali G Show gets, this isn't Jackass, and Cohen is no dummy. Along with all the goofing are some shrewd questions about abortion, teaching religion in schools, Iraq, and homeland security, to name a few ("How come there ain't no security on trains?" Ali G asks Ziegler, who laughs off the question… and then came the Madrid and London subway bombings). With a generous helping of extras (including Ali's commencement speech at Harvard!) along with the episodes, Da Ali G Show is a riot. Fuh real, yo. --Sam Graham
Space Ghost Coast to Coast - Volume Three
Manufacturer: Turner Home Ent Brand: TURNER HM ENTERTAINM Model: 2228651
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Vol. 3 (DVD)Watch Space Ghost's definitive interviews with real celebrities whose expressions reveal everything from awkward puzzlement to an obvious hangover. Brak, Zorak and Moltar are also there to help ease your suffering--and deliciously add to Space Ghost's.]]>
The Man Show - Season Two
Manufacturer: Eagle Vision USA / Stone Stanley Entertainment
The chauvinistic celebration of all things male continues with the complete Season Two. More ber, monkeys and of course, Juggies!
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