The Carol Burnett Show FINALLY Coming To DVD!

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Many years ago Columbia House sold DVDs of complete episodes, two per DVD with intros for many with Carol, Tim, and Harvey. There were about 25 DVDs of 50 total eps. I hope that the upcoming DVDs are not the same 50 episodes!!

The 50 episodes were from the 1972-78 years, with one ep from 1979 [when she did a summer season of shows on ABC].

Re the 1967-72 seasons, the plus side is that the guests were of a higher caliber than many guests from 1972-78; the down side is that the sketches are not as good in 67-72.
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@ EricMontreal. Don't feel bad. I also broke down and purchased a 60 disc DVD set of all 500+ episodes of PEYTON PLACE. I didn't regret it one bit. They were of decent quality, uncut with zero commercial interruptions.

20th Century-Fox is letting that show just rot in it's vault. It's a damn shame.
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I think that's the same set--recorded from the Romance Channel, right? (Which I know aired the full show twice way back--I don't know all those funny smaller US cable stations but I believe Romance became Hallmark). Yeah I was surprised at how decent they were--and that they included the really rare (though apparently not very good) three tv movie sequels inclusing the 80s one which was a pilot never picked up for a New Generation/Dallas-y type version.

It's frustrating--I don't know what Fox thinks they can do with the series otherwise. Shout Factory was doing a great job with them, and I doubt anyone (network/cable or DVD company) would pay more, and Fox will probably never release such a long and old series themselves... (I mean more popular primetime soaps like Knots Landing still haven't got more than a couple of seasons out)
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@EricMontreal: YES! Those are the ones. They were recorded from Romance Classics back in early 2000-2001. They aired the entire run, commercial free and un-cut.

Such a great show! I love, love, love Barbara Parkins as Betty Anderson Harrington Cord Harrington! She was THE BEST and Ryan O'Neal was friggin' HOT back then!

Ooops! Did we just threadjack?
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I remember a skit where Tim Conway was a bumbling soldier - Harvey Korman told him to load a cannon and would go off to fight. Conway agreed and struggled with the weight of the ball. Somehow the ball ended up in Conways pants -- I remember laughing hysterically at this as a kid but haven't been able to find the skit since. I HOPE it's in one of these sets!

jasonf, found that skit on youtube. Hilarious!

As a kid I loved watching The Carol Burnett Show and The Dean Martin Show. Would love to see either of those again the same way, or as close to as possible, as I did way back then. had an update on the Carol Burnett DVD news.
For one thing, this is answered:
A number of people asked us if this would possibly include episodes from the 1967-1972 era of the show, when it was produced under the "Burngood, Inc." shingle. We thought at first that the answer could be a "yes," but Time Life cleared this up with us and explained that their first releases will NOT include episodes from those early seasons, after all. There will indeed be new-to-DVD episodes on these releases (combined with previously-on-DVD episodes) just won't be from any of those first four seasons.

However, the answer to the question "will there be other releases later, beyond these four titles?" is that YES, there are indeed plans to release additional episodes. Season sets are NOT part of the plan, but you could indeed see additional rounds of hand-picked releases on DVD, similar to the ones on this first round that Time Life is putting out.

(more at the link)
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Official press release



50-Episode Collection-With Each
Episode Hand-Picked By Carol Burnett
Now Available For Pre-Order

Deluxe Collector's Set Features A Replica Curtain From The
Show Opening, And Includes An Exclusive 24-Page Memory Book

FAIRFAX, VA.; JUNE 1, 2012 - The DVD collectors set that fans of classic TV have been waiting for is finally coming out as Time Life will now start taking pre-orders for THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. The 22-DVD set contains 50 episodes from the award-winning and influential TV series, featuring the funniest and most beloved characters and sketches, including:

Went with the Wind
Mr. Tudball and Mrs. Wiggins
As the Stomach Turns
Carol & Sis
The Family
Nora Desmond
The Oldest Man
The Hollow Hero
Kitchen Commercials

Everybody wanted to be a guest on The Carol Burnett Show, and featured on the Ultimate Collection DVD set are the funniest and most talented people in the business, including: Betty White, Carl Reiner, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Joan Rivers, Bernadette Peters, Sammy Davis Jr., Alan Alda, Dick Van Dyke, Shirley MacLaine, Rock Hudson, Vincent Price, Phil Silvers, Joel Grey, The Smothers Brothers, Stiller & Meara, Tony Randall and many others.

In addition to the classic sketches the Ultimate Collection also boasts over 400 musical performances, including many tributes to the musical theatre and movies Carol grew up with.

The Carol Burnett Show: The Ultimate Collection is host to over twelve robust hours of exclusive bonus features, including:

Three episodes from The Garry Moore Show where Carol got her start, including the "Supergirl" episode, where Carol did her Tarzan yell, for the first time on television.
Rare sketches from the first five seasons of The Carol Burnett Show, not seen anywhere in over 40 years. Included are guest appearances by Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, plus one of the most beloved sketches in the history of the show: "The Dentist," with Harvey Korman and Tim Conway.
A raucous 100-minute Cast Reunion with Carol, Vicki Lawrence, Tim Conway and Lyle Waggoner.

Exclusive featurettes on The Ultimate Collection include:

"I Want to Push That Button..." - The History of The Carol Burnett Show
Leading Lady - Carol as a Television Pioneer
"Bring Up the Lights" - Carol's Q&As
Focus on "The Family"
"Ahhhh, Mrs. Ha-Wiggins?" - As in "Tudball and Wiggins"
Starlet, Mildred, and More - A Celebration of the Movie Parodies
Next Stop, Broadway - About the "Mini-musicals"
Breaking Up Is Hard...Not to Do - The Ensemble Chemistry and Famous "break-ups" on The Carol Burnett Show
"Where Do You Get Your Ideas?" - A Tribute to the Writers on The Carol Burnett Show
Gags and Gowns - A Tribute to Designer Bob Mackie

All together, Time Life interviewed over twenty people as part of the Bonus Feature production...including guests from the show (Betty White, Carl Reiner, Jerry Lewis, Ken Berry, Rita Moreno, Steve Lawrence, Lainie Kazan and Joel Grey); writers (Kenny Solms, Gail Parent, Ken and Mitzi Welch); designer Bob Mackie; and current performers influenced by Carol (Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler). Complete interviews of all cast-members, crew, guests and fans will be included in the bonus features of The Ultimate Collection.

THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW debuted on CBS in 1967 and ran for 11 years, receiving 25 Emmy Awards five Golden Globes, and 12 People's Choice Awards, making it one of the most honored shows in television history. TIME Magazine named THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW one of the "100 Best Television Shows of all Time," and Carol Burnett has been honored with more People's Choice Awards than any other actress.


....but the world goes 'round
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Jordan Catalano
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Ugh, $200. But I like that you can do 5 payments of 39.99. I think I'm actually gonna do this!
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Great...I'll buy the bootlegs from you!

Actually, for what you seem to get, it seems a fair price. Why do I feel taken advantage of, though?
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This PBS American Masters ep on Burnett is pretty fab.
Carol Burnett: A Woman of Character
"The gods who nurse this universe think little of mortals' cares. They sit in crowds on exclusive clouds and laugh at our love affairs. I might have had a real romance if they'd given me a chance. I loved him, but he didn't love me. I wanted him, but he didn't want me. Then the gods had a spree and indulged in another whim. Now he loves me, but I don't love him." - Cole Porter
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Jbarafan - thanks so much! (Sorry this is late - didn't see it before!) Awesome!
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