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This holiday season, Time Life, one of the preeminent distributors of classic TV DVD, has an overflowing cornucopia of home entertainment collections, truly offering something for everyone! If landmark TV is your bag, look no further than THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES or THE WONDER YEARS THE COMPLETE SERIES (in a new slipcase, never before at retail).
Like to laugh at time-tested shenanigans? How about MR. WARMTH! DON RICKLES: THE ULTIMATE TV COLLECTION or THE HEE HAW COLLECTION featuring vintage episodes never- before-available at retail. Music lovers will rejoice in a new-to-retail packaging of THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL and THE BEGINNERS BIBLE COLLECTORS SET, which brings the timeless tales of the bible to rich animated life, is perfect for the whole family.
Every legend has a beginning. And this past September, Time Life released the very first steps of a TV icon with THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES. Featuring original broadcast episodes from Seasons 1-5 (1967-1972) not seen since their original airing more than forty years ago and hand-picked by Carol herself, Time Life has a configuration for every fan -- whether a die-hard, Tarzan-yelling, ear-tugger or a newbie, discovering the incredible talents of Burnett for the very first time.
"Like receiving an early Christmas present...The skits are funny and lively as ever - and a reminder of why Burnett remains an inspiration for new generations of female comedians"
-- The Los Angeles Times
Aside from the 6-disc retail set, which features 16 magical episodes and nearly 5 hours of bonus programming including a backstage tour of CBS Studio 33, 13 exclusive new interviews with Alan Alda, Julie Andrews, Bill Hader, Queen Latifah, Don Rickles and others, bonus sketches and never-before-seen bloopers & outtakes, Time Life has also released two exclusive configurations. THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION includes 22 DVDs, over 20 hours of specially-created bonus programming, a collectible guest book and more. And, THE VIP EDITION features all that, plus a hand-signed, personalized greeting on the cover of the guest book from Carol. Each VIP EDITION will be numbered and arrive with a Certificate of Authenticity.
TIME Magazine named THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW one of the "100 Best Television Shows of all Time". This holiday season, perhaps it's time to discover why.
THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES ($59.95srp, 6-Disc, Retail, Available Now at Costco, Target, Wal-mart, Best Buy and FYE)
THE LOST EPISODES ULTIMATE COLLECTION ($199.90, Time Life Direct, Available Now)
THE LOST EPISODES VIP EDITION ($399.95, Time Life Direct, Available Now)
THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, TAKE A TRIP TO THE MOST BELOVED SUBURB IN TV HISTORY, WITH A LANDMARK SITCOM NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE AT RETAILIN A COMPLETE SERIES SET
This set is an absolute must-have for anyone who loves television. Period."
For six seasons, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late '60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage). Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical awkward teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight. From his first kiss with Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to his friendship with Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and the ups and downs of the Arnold family, fans shared in laughter, love, and loss, but above all, wonder. Now, the complete landmark series is available for the first time at retail in two deluxe collector's editions that contain all 115 episodes across 26 DVDs, along with over 23 hours of bonus features, which includes exclusive new interviews with the entire cast, the first cast reunion in more than 16 years, 11 newly-produced featurettes and much more!
If you've not yet experienced the wonders of THE WONDER YEARS, this holiday season is as good a time as any to acquaint yourself with the groundbreaking family sitcom named by TV Guide as one of the "Top 20 Shows of the '80s".
THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES/SLIPCASE VERSION ($199.95srp, Retail, Available 10/6)
THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES/METAL LOCKER ($249.95srp, Available 10/6 at Costco)
CELEBRATE COMEDY LEGEND DON RICKLES AND HIS SIX UNFORGETTABLE DECADES IN SHOWBIZ WITH ONE INCOMPARABLE DVD SET
Whether you know him from his many appearances on "The Tonight Show", his uproarious stand-up, his decades on TV from "The Dick Van Dyke Show" to the '70s-era Navy sitcom CPO SHARKEY or his turn as Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story trilogy, Rickles is Hollywood royalty. And MR. WARMTH! DON RICKLES: THE ULTIMATE TV COLLECTION, captures the legend at the peak of his powers.
This 8-disc DVD set featuring nearly 20 hours of some of Rickles' finest on-screen moments, contains his four '70s comedy specials - "The Many Sides of Don Rickles", "Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking", "Mr. Warmth" and "Rickles" - which highlights his expansive talents, and showcase a who's who of 20th century Hollywood icons including Frank Sinatra John Wayne, Johnny Carson, Jack Klugman, Dean Martin, Bob Newhart, Carroll O'Connor and many, many more. Also included are both complete seasons (37 half-hour episodes) of CPO SHARKEY, previously unavailable on any format until their 2015 DVD release by Time Life. Exclusive bonus features on the set include newly-shot intros from Don himself, never-before-seen outtakes and unedited scenes and more!
Harkening back to a time, pre-Internet, when celebrities hit it big because of talent, not Twitter, the inimitable Rickles has enjoyed a legendary showbiz career that has touched seven decades and still continues today. This October, Time Life invites home audiences to front row seats for comedy greatness with MR. WARMTH! DON RICKLES: THE ULTIMATE TV COLLECTION.
MR. WARMTH! DON RICKLES: THE ULTIMATE TV COLLECTION ($59.95srp, 8-Disc, Retail, Available on 10/20)
"Time Life brings beloved stories of faith in a way that is relatable,
very sweet and entertaining"
THE GREATEST STORIES EVER TOLD COME TO
RICH, ANIMATED LIFE IN A 4-DISC COLLECTOR'S SET FEATURING TIMELESS STORIES OF FAITH, FORGIVENESS, COURAGE AND COMPASSION
Created for families to help share the most important lessons from the greatest stories ever told, THE BEGINNERS BIBLE COLLECTOR'S SET is a delightful and acclaimed way to introduce young children to the Bible's timeless stories of inspiration, courage and faith. Featuring an original theme song from Kathie Lee Gifford, memorable songs, vivid animation and heartwarming characters, this 4-disc collector's edition brings the true wonder and joy of the Bible to life. And told in a non-denominational way that has been accepted by all major denominations and ministries because of its simplicity and warmth, the set features 13 age-old classics, in both English and Spanish, including "The Story of Easter", "The Story of Moses", "The Story of the Nativity", "The Story of Noah's Ark", "The Story of Creation", "The Story of David and Goliath", "The Story of Jesus and His Miracles", "The Story of the Good Samaritan", "The Story of the Prodigal Son", "The Story of Joseph & His Brothers", "The Story of Daniel & the Lion's Den", "The Story of the Battle of Jericho", "The Story of Jonah & The Whale"
THE BEGINNERS BIBLE COLLECTOR'S SET ($39.95srp, 4-Disc, Retail, Available Now)
"One of the coolest music-related releases in quite some time"
GET FRONT ROW SEATS FOR INCREDIBLE, MUSICAL BLAST FROM THE PAST WITH LATE NIGHT'S ORIGINAL ROCK N' ROLL SHOW IN AN 11-DISC SET NEVER-BEFORE-AVAILABLE AT RETAIL!
THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL was the first of its kind. The most popular artists of the day, from rock, pop and soul, shared the stage performing their hits LIVE on late-night television - and right in your living room. This 11-DVD collection, never before available at retail, contains almost ten hours of incredible performances, 130 songs, PLUS almost five hours of bonus features including brand new interviews and exclusive featurettes highlighting the history and the legacy of this pioneering TV show. Performances include AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Steely Dan, ELO, Heart, The Hollies, The Kinks & Van Morrison; stand up comedy from George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and many more.
THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL ($99.95srp, 11-Disc, Retail)
SETTLE BACK FOR PICKIN' AND GRINNIN', TALL TALES AND A STAR-SPANGLED LINE-UP FROM THE ORIGINAL DOWN-HOME COUNTRY VARIETY SHOW
"It has an undeniable sense of "just kidding" joy to it, which remains infectious...and country-western fans will love seeing vintage performances by Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Donna Fargo, Charlie Rich, Dottie West and Hank Williams Jr."
-- Deseret News
Time Life invites home audiences back to rural Kornfield Kounty for some timeless, down-home entertainment with THE HEE HAW COLLECTION. The 3-disc collection features 5 episodes never-before-available at retail from the longest-running weekly syndicated series in television history.
These vintage episodes from the late 60s and early 70s, rarely seen since their original broadcasts and feature all the Kornfield Kounty regulars (including co-hosts Roy Clark and Buck Owens) and their hilarious comedy plus country legends like Conway Twitty performing "Hello Darlin'," Merle Haggard singing his classic "Okie from Muskogie," Tammy Wynette performing her #1 hit "Ways to Love a Man," an unforgettable duet with Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn performing "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries," plus other country legends like Charlie Rich, Hank Williams Jr. and many other chart-toppers. Rife with pickin' and grinnin', singin' and spinnin' tall tales and corny jokes, the set also includes bonus interviews with show regulars including Roy Clark, Lulu Roman, George Lindsey, Charlie McCoy and Jim and John Hager,a s well as bonuses including all-time favorite comedy from the early years in "Hee Haw Laffs," featuring "Board Fence," "Cornfield," "Moonshiners," "Doctor Spot," "Old Philosopher," "General Store," "Haystack," "Schoolhouse" and other knee-slappers.
For true Kornfield Kounty fans, Time Life has also released several exclusive sets, only available online. These exclusive sets offer either 11 episodes across 8 DVDs or 23 episodes across 14 DVDs, for $99.95 or $189.900, respectively. Both sets arrive with hours of bonus programming including in-depth interviews and Hee Haw comedy classics.
THE HEE HAW COLLECTION ($39.95srp, 3-Disc, Retail, Available now at Wal-mart, Cracker Barrel)
In an era when digital leads the home entertainment charge, Time Life still offers a bit of acclaimed nostalgia you can proudly display on a shelf. Ever tried to unwrap a download code? We thought so. These attractive DVD collections make the perfect gift for any and everyone on your list this holiday season!
Enter to win! One winner will receive their choice of one of the following Time Life DVD gift sets: THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW: THE LOST EPISODES 6-disc set, The BEGINNERS BIBLE COLLECTORS SET, or the HEE HAW Collection.
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Disclaimer: I received copies of some of the DVD collections mentioned above. Any opinions are my own.