Manufacturer: BBC Warner
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
She's no ordinary star, she's a megastar! Larger than life and brimming with wit and hilarity, she's Dame Edna Everage! And she's inviting you to explore all her nooks and crannies in The Dame Edna Experience. Available for the first time ever, this series of six variety/chat shows (or, as Dame Edna calls them, "monologues interrupted by total strangers") is guaranteed to keep you in stitches. Celebrity guests (foils for Dame Edna's rapier wit) include Sean Connery, Charlton Heston, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Jane Seymour, Larry Hagman, Rudolf Nureyev and Joan Rivers! DVD Features:Featurette:The BAFTA-winning program An Audience with Dame Edna Everage Ester: Dame Edna Everage, a 30 minute talk show from the U.K. in which Dame Edna 'bares all' so to speak. Interviews:Two interviews with Dame Edna creator Barry Humphries, one of which is conducted by Dame Edna herself! Music Clips:Dame Edna performs her theme song "Niceness" Other:Exclusive Dame Edna introduction PLUS the Madge button! Dame Edna Everage--an Australian housewife turned megastar in her own mind--is possibly the most entertaining person alive. Of couse, she's not actually a real person; she's the alter-ego of comic genius Barry Humphries, the cocoon from which Edna bursts out like a radiant butterfly. Her 1980s talk show, The Dame Edna Experience, proves an ideal format to wallow in her splendor. Though the hairstyles and fashion choices of her guests may have dated--Jane Seymour looks like a meringue pastry topped with shaved cinnamon--Edna's dazzling egomania and Humphries's wicked, sure-footed wit are amazingly fresh. Whether she's wheedling sex tips out of Zsa Zsa Gabor, flirting with Charlton Heston, trading fashion tips with Jerry Hall, singing a duet with Cliff Richard, practically yawning in Sean Connery's face, or simply reveling in her own marvelousness, Dame Edna will charm your pants off. On top of the talk show, there's a short interview that Dame Edna does with Barry Humphries himself (spooky!) and a TV special in which Dame Edna take...
Manufacturer: BBC Home Entertainment
Brand: BBC Video
Graham Norton: The Best of So Graham Norton (DVD)This brand-new DVD features the best bits from the multi-award winning talk show, with Elton John, Orlando Bloom, Cher, Dolly Parton, Chris Rock, Ozzy Osbourne, Kim Cattrall and more! And that's not to mention Graham's infamous web surfing, crank calling and jaw-dropping audience chats.]]> Part talk-show host, part comedian, and all-out extrovert, the very Irish and very gay Graham Norton is one of the few people who deserves all the adjectives that are thrown at him: "bawdy," "saucy," "outrageous," "extreme," and "hilarious" are a few of them. His BBC talk show, So Graham Norton, is something that you just couldn't find in America: a rampant exercise in audience titillation that wallows gloriously in bizarre human behavior. Okay, so it sounds like something hosted by Ricki Lake (who's been one of Norton's guests), but in reality it's more like an audience-interactive NC-17 Saturday Night Live, with occasional breaks for celebrity chit-chat. If you ever wanted to see Orlando Bloom, Gillian Anderson, Cher, Sophia Loren, or Dolly Parton (a Norton favorite) break the talk-show mold with bawdy sex talk, then your dreams have come true. And Norton's cringe-inducing yet compulsively watchable audience polls, which ask common folk to relate embarrassing, adult-oriented tales, reveal a European openness (and sense of humor) that just wouldn't fly here if tried in the U.S. Alas, for most American Norton fans, this DVD will be something of a letdown, as it takes bits and pieces from various shows and splices them together, instead of showcasing separate episodes. (One of Norton's strengths is his inspired pairings of A-list and B-list celebs in an entire episode.) Still, this greatest-hits style compilation will provide a wild-ride intro and satiate fans eager to revisit prime Norton moments--especially uncensored. A little unexpurgated Norton is better than none at all! --Mark Englehart
Groucho Marx is arguably the most famous, iconic comedian of all time. "You Bet Your Life" began on radio in 1947, ostensibly as a game show, and became a huge hit television program and as big a part of Groucho’s legacy as the amazing movies he made with his brothers earlier in his career. After the start on radio, the show ran through 423 episodes from 1950 – 1961. These 18 episodes are some of the absolute best from over a decade of popular TV, restored for the highest quality sound and picture possible. They feature guest stars like Phyllis Diller, Edgar and Candace Bergen, Joe Louis, Johnny Weismuller, Frankie Avalon, Groucho's daughter Melinda Marx, Harpo Marx and the first appearance of the show's trademark duck. DVD extras include three Groucho pilots including "What Do You Want", "Tell It To Groucho" and the never-before-seen "The Plot Thickens," plus tons of outtakes and bloopers. The secret word for Groucho Marx fans is "DVD." This three-disc set collects a priceless archive of 18 complete and uncut episodes filmed between 1950 and 1960. The surprise success of the radio incarnation of You Bet Your Life assured for Groucho that there would be life after the Marx Brothers, whose film career came to a sad end with 1950's Love Happy. The television series would be an even bigger hit, and make Groucho a household name. You Bet Your Life was ostensibly a quiz show, but it was more just a forum for Groucho to crack wise with the contestants. These were mostly ordinary people with oddball jobs or interests, or extraordinary talents, like the man who blows up a tire's inner-tube on an episode included on disc 2. Knowing now that the program was carefully planned does not diminish the fun. There are many precious spontaneous moments, such as the trombone-playing female contestant who practically swoons over Groucho's announcer/straight man George Fenneman. Appearances by some "special guests" add to this set's nostalgia value. Former Western star Hoot Gibson, Johnny "Tarzan" Weissmuller, and former boxing ...
Manufacturer: Independent Television (ITV)
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
Two hilarious programs from the outrageous megastar, Dame Edna Everage! First it's The Dame Edna Christmas Experience featuring celebrity guests Roger Moore, Lulu and Australian Cultural Attache Sir Les Patterson! And if that isn't enough, viewers are also invited to Mount Edna for A Night on Mount Edna, a hilarious visit to Dame Edna's Swiss chalet, featuring Gina Lollobrigida, Charlton Heston, Julio Iglesias and a chat with Mel Gibson in Dame Edna's sauna! Plus Dame Edna's Christmas Message to the Commonwealth! Christmas will never be the same! What more could one want under one's Christmas tree than Dame Edna Everage? The glorious alter-ego of Australian comic Barry Humphries sparkles in two Christmas specials, Dame Edna's Christmas Experience from 1987 and A Night on Mount Edna from 1990. Watching Dame Edna discuss skiing and valium with Gina Lollobridgida or interviewing Mel Gibson in her personal sauna--it's a cornucopia of daffy narcissism and off-the-wall double entendres. Charlton Heston appears as Dame Edna's houseboy, running to and from the kitchen, finally spilling cheese fondue in Julio Iglesias's lap. This is, as ever, the most giddy and surreal talk show of all time. But for sheer comic genius, it's one of the special features that really pays off: One More Audience with Dame Edna Everage is just Edna herself, alone on stage, breezily spinning out crazed and hilarious responses to audience questions. --Bret Fetzer
Space Ghost Coast to Coast Vol. 2 (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.]]>
Manufacturer: Turner Home Ent
Brand: TURNER HM ENTERTAINM
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.]]>
Manufacturer: Eagle Vision USA / Stone Stanley Entertainment
Continuing their part coffee talk/part support group theme, hosts Adam Carolla (Loveline) and Jimmy Kimmel (The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Win Ben Stein’s Money) continue to examine the issues affecting today’s modern man in THE MAN SHOW - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON. This 4-DISC set contains all 25 episodes, along with an array of hilarious bonus footage that sadly was left on the cutting room floor. Season 3 topics include: Sperm Banks Drunken Pilots Breast Feeding Juggies Got Gas Assoholics Anonymous Undercover Bartenders
Manufacturer: Comedy Central
Brand: Paramount Home Video
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...