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Time Life Entertainment has in recent years become one of the leading names in home entertainment. That is thanks to the release of series such as The Real Ghostbusters, and collections from other classic series such as The Dean martin Celebrity Roasts, Hee Haw, The Johnny Carson Show and one of CBS’ brightest gems, The Carol Burnett Show. Over the course of the past couple of years the latter of that group has seen a number of DVD releases made available courtesy of Time Life Entertainment. Late this summer audiences saw what could very well be the pinnacle of those releases in the form of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition. This 22-disc collection is a set that the series’ most hardcore fans will appreciate. That is due in large part to the material that is included within the set. That will be discussed shortly. The set’s packaging is just as noteworthy as the material contained therein. That will be discussed later. Last but hardly least of note in the set is its bonus material. Each element proves to be important in its own right to the whole of The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition. All things considered, this collection proves to be one of the year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences.
Time Life Entertainment’s recently released Carol Burnett Show box set The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition is one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences. That is due in part to the material that is contained within the collection. Audiences will note that most prominent inside the box are three of the series’ previously released standalone Lost Episodes collections—Classic Carol, Treasures From The Vault, and The Lost Episodes. The three sets contain a total of 3,163 minutes spread across 18 discs. That is a little nearly 53 hours of entertainment for audiences, including not just the sets’ featured episodes but lots of bonus material, too. The all-important episode guides included in the sets’ original releases are there, too. As if the inclusion of those sets isn’t enough for audiences, Time Life Entertainment has also included two extra double-disc sets with the set, one of which features the previously released Carol + 2 box set. That box set also included Once Upon A Mattress, which itself is also included in the new noted box inside this much bigger collection. It also includes a feature on the origin of The Charwoman, two other featurettes (which this critic will let audiences discover for themselves) and a handful of extra interviews. The second of the set’s bonus sets includes its own share of extra material. That extra material includes even more interviews with celebrities who have shared the stage with Burnett and those who have been influenced by her work. It also includes the second part of a roundtable talk with the show’s writers and even more outtakes for audiences to enjoy. In the simplest terms possible, the material that is included inside The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition includes both previously released material and some new material all housed within one much larger set. Being that it is all housed within one full set, it will save a certain amount of space for anyone who has already spent the money on the previously noted standalone sets. Speaking of that space-saving, that is another reason that this recently released box set will impress fans of the classic variety series.
The material that is contained within The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition is in itself a key element to note in examining this recently released Carol Burnett Show box set. It is not the only element to examine in studying the set’s overall presentation, though. The set’s packaging is just as important to note as its material in examining its presentation. The five boxes and 22 discs that make up the body of the box set are contained in a box that is very similar in style to that presented in The Carol Burnett Show: Ultimate Collection, which was released in 2014. For those that might not be familiar with that packaging style, it is a medium-size rectangular box. The only thing that separates the two boxes is that the box for the latest Carol Burnett Show collection is slightly smaller than that of The Carol Burnett Show: Ultimate Collection. It—The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition—measures roughly 11” X 7.5” X 3”. What this means is that the box really is not that big. So it won’t take up a whole lot of space in a fan’s home regardless of where it is stored. At the time, it isn’t that big, which is good in its own right, but it packs a big punch with all of the material that it houses. That is because it will, again, allow audiences who purchased the Time Life’s previously released Lost Episodes collections to eliminate them and replace them with this much more extensive box set. And the box set doesn’t take up that much room despite being a box set itself. Keeping all of this in mind, The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition boasts plenty for fans to appreciate. It still is not all that makes this box set stand out. The bonus material that is included in the box set rounds out its most important elements.
The material contained within The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition and the set’s packaging are both key elements to note in examining the set’s presentation. As important as they are to the set’s presentation, they are not its only noteworthy elements. The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important as those previously noted elements to the set’s presentation. The bonus material comes in the form of a “Guest Book” presented a la Burnett’s own guest book, which she would have guests at the end of each episode of her hit show. The guest book opens with an introduction by Burnett herself explaining why it has taken so many decades for any episodes from the series’ first five seasons to finally be available. The story that she tells is both entertaining and insightful. Along the way there are quotes from some of television’s biggest stars past and present across the entertainment world and even more tidbits of information about certain skits shown throughout the show’s run.
The stars who are quoted include Tony Benett, Queen Latifah, Jonathan Winters, Bernadette Peters, Lucille Ball and many others. The information included in the guest book a hilarious interview between comedian Flip Wilson and one of Carol’s audience members, a revelation by Vicki Lawrence about watching Cher perform next door to The Carol Burnett Show’s studio, and notes from Alan Alda (M.A.S.H.) and Burnett about Tim Conway along with Carol Burnett Show writer Gail Parent. This is hardly all of the information provided within the set’s bonus guest book. There is so much more for audiences to enjoy when they order the set for themselves. Between all of its information, the quotes from the stars and the very breadth of stars featured in the guest book, the set’s guest book proves to live up to its title of bonus material. When it is partnered with the set’s packaging and presented material, all three elements join to show why The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition is such an enjoyable collection for the series’ most devoted fans. All things considered, this recently released box set reveals itself to be one more of this year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences.
The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes VIP Signed Edition is one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences. It is a collection that any of the series’ most devoted fans will appreciate. That is due in part to the material that is presented within the set. The packaging that houses that material is just as important to the set’s presentation as the material that makes up its body. The bonus guest book that is included with the featured material rounds out the set’s most important elements. When it is partnered with the previously noted elements, all three elements come together to make this collection, again, one of this year’s top new box sets for grown-up audiences. More information on this and other titles from Time Life Entertainment is available online now at:
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