Groundbreaking and hilarious. Those are the best two words that one can possibly come up with when one thinks of singer/actor Dean Martin’s celebrity roasts. There was nothing else like this series on television when it was spun off from his equally entertaining Dean Martin’s Comedy Hour. And even today, when one watches Comedy Central’s celebrity roasts, one can’t deny the influence of Martin’s show on today’s celebrity roasts. Martin’s celebrity roasts were just as irreverent as anything broadcast on Comedy Central today. Anyone that has any knowledge of classic movies and television will attest to that. And that’s just one reason that audiences will appreciate the recent release of Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roasts: Collector’s Edition. Decades have passed since these shows aired. Despite that, the jokes are still as biting today as they were back then. While the celebrities and jokes featured in each of this set’s shows are the most important aspect to the set, they’re only part of what audiences will appreciate about this new laugh riot collection from Time Life Entertainment and Star Vista. Viewers will also appreciate the bonus features included in each of the set’s six discs. And last but definitely not least, Time Life and Star Vista are more than deserving of praise for the packaging of this set. The manner in which each of the set’s discs was placed protects each disc, and is ergonomic for any DVD rack. When one takes into consideration everything noted here, one will see just how important it is to the history of television and movies that Star Vista and Time Life Entertainment have released this set. It’s a set that any fan of true, pure comedy must see at least once.
The celebrities and jokes that fill each episode of Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roasts: Collector’s Edition are the most important aspect of the episodes culled for the set. Audiences that are more familiar with classic television and movies will appreciate seeing big names such as Rich Little, Don Rickles, former President Ronald Reagan, Sammy Davis, Jr., and so many others. Little’s impersonations of some of Hollywood’s biggest names are among the many highlights. Audiences will roar with laughter as he impersonates Johnny Carson. Carson does everything that he can to not do the mannerisms that Little lists off one at a time. The funny thing is that he can’t help but do those same mannerisms. It shows just how closely Little studied his subjects. It’s just one of so many moments that will have audiences laughing so hard that they cry. There’s actor Kirk Douglas’ joke comparing fellow actor Don Rickles to a weasel, Rev. Billy Graham’s golf joke about Bob Hope, and even Foster Brooks’ ever entertaining drunk act from one show to another. Somehow that act never loses its shine, no matter how many times he does it. There is plenty more material from which audiences will be able to call their favorite moments. Everything listed here is just a small sampling of that to which audiences can look forward with this collection of hilarious roasts.
The celebrity lineups and jokes that fill each of Martin’s celebrity roasts easily make Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roasts: Collector’s Edition make it an easy contender for the top spot on this year’s list of the best new box sets. One can’t make such a statement without examining the set’s bonus material. Bonus is a word that is bandied about far too often with DVDs and Blu-rays today. But the additional content included in this set couldn’t be more properly labeled than bonus material. Audiences are offered interviews with those that shared the stage throughout Martin’s Celebrity Roasts and bonus shows, too. The interviews with the likes of Carol Burnett, Rich Little, and others show just how honored the chosen celebrities were to have been chosen both for the celebrity panel, and as the subject of the roasts. The celebrity interviews included across this set are definitely worthy of being called bonus material. Audiences will also appreciate the bonus segments of The Dean Martin Show, as well as a comparison between Martin’s celebrity roasts and what is offered today on the likes of Comedy Central. It’s very interesting to note Carol Burnett’s own words, stating how today’s comedy is “mean” versus Martin’s roasts being just good clean fun. She makes a valid argument. One can really tell that Martin’s celebrity roasts were really meant all in good fun. There were some off color material. But even back then, the comedians on the panels didn’t have to work blue unlike today’s comedians. It’s a telling statement. And when they order this set, audiences will see that and more for themselves.
The bonus material included in Dean Martin’s Celebrity Roasts: Collector’s Edition puts this set way over the top. Unlike the extra material crammed into other sets by other companies, the extra material included in this set is more than deserving of the title of “Bonus.” When set next to the celebrity lineups and their jokes, it makes this set one that any classic TV and movie fan absolutely must add to their own home library. Those same fans will notice in adding this set to their home DVD library that the packaging is another plus. The box itself takes up a small amount of room on one’s rack. That’s because of how the discs inside the box were themselves packaged. The discs are placed on either side of a group of “inserts” inside the box. They are given their very own space on either side of each insert. This not only saves space, but also protects the discs from scratching one another at the same time. This means being able to share the laughs again and again for years to come. They are laughs that will be welcome with every watch. And they can be enjoyed when audiences order the set from Time Life Entertainment and Star Vista online at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D2UMI9Q/ref=s9_simh_gw_p74_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0JVYS83R0PH9M3VZQVZP&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1630083502&pf_rd_i=507846. More information on this and other releases from Time Life Entertainment and Star Vista is available online at http://timelife.com and http://www.facebook.com/TimeLIfeUs. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.