The Movie Pool was recently given a sneak preview of the massive DVD set The Carol Burnett Show: The Ultimate Collection, now available for preorder from CarolOnDVD.com. We will have a full review of the 22 disc set soon, but for now, here’s a sneak peek at what the set will offer.
Our preview disc featured three episodes, including the 1976 episode with the classic Gone With the Wind spoof. It also included several bonus features from the set. I’ve been a fan of The Carol Burnett Show since I was a kid, and seeing the show get a decent DVD release is a welcome sight. Fans of the show will be happy to know that the set will provide the shows and extras they have been hoping for.
The audio and video on the preview disc we received is excellent. There are limitations to the quality of the video of the episodes we screened. Of course, these episodes are over 30 years old, so do not expect razor sharpness as you would see on standard DVDs. However, the video is clean and the colors are solid, and far better than anything I’ve seen on broadcast television. The extras we screened, which include interviews and discussions with the surviving cast, are fantastic, and were the highlight of the disc in my opinion. Fans of the show will eat up the behind-the-scenes stories offered up here.
While the set is billed as The Ultimate Collection, it is actually a set of the top 50 episodes as chosen by Carol herself. A number of extras, including many produced just for the set, will be included. Among the extras will be a 2004 interview of Harvey Korman and Tim Conway at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles. They talked for 90 minutes about their legendary antics on The Carol Burnett Show, but the interview has rarely been seen by the general public—until now. This emotional and revealing interview will now be included in its entirety. It makes up part of 20-plus hours of bonus features.
The set will come in a presentation box featuring a curtain, a trademark of the show. It also includes a memory book featuring photos from the show and contributions from cast members and other comedians, from Carl Reiner to Betty White.
The set includes episodes with classic guests like the Jackson 5, Shirley MacLaine, Carl Reiner, Roddy McDowell, George Carlin, Joan Rivers, and Vincent Price. The episodes feature the classic sketches and characters Mr. Tudball and Mrs Wiggins, Carol & Sis, The Oldest Man, The Hollow Hero and Kitchen Commercials. In total, The Ultimate Collection now boasts 12 featurettes; 20 interviews, in addition to the Harvey Korman treasure; the Season 10 Guest Book and the 20-page Memory Book.
THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION is now available to order at www.CarolOnDVD.com.