September 9, 2019
Time Life Oct. 1 celebrates Robin Williams’ 40-year career with Robin Williams: Comic Genius on DVD.
The collection includes stand-up and television performances across three collections: a five-disc collector’s set (available exclusively at Walmart), a 22-disc set featuring 50-plus hours, and a single disc featuring Williams’ first HBO stand-up special. All DVD releases also feature newly produced featurettes and exclusive interviews.
The five-disc collection features all five lHBO specials: Off The Wall (1978), An Evening with Robin Williams (1983), An Evening at the Met (1986), Live on Broadway (2002) and Weapons of Self Destruction (2009). Also included is rare archival footage of his early stand-up, raw footage from HBO’s promo shoots and press interviews, the People’s Choice Awards honoring Williams and E! press room footage, featurettes and exclusive new interviews with Lewis Black and Williams’ manager David Steinberg.
The 22-disc set features the HBO specials, as well as more than 50 hours of entertainment, including never-before-released shows, Williams’ full MGM Grand Garden Arena stand-up from 2007 and the Montreal stop on his last tour in 2012; his best talk show and late-night TV appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Graham Norton Show,” “Saturday Night Live” and more; 11 episodes of “Mork & Mindy,” including the two-part pilot; James Lipton’s Emmy Award-nominated 90-minute interview with Williams on “Inside the Actors Studio”; plus deleted scenes, a comprehensive collection of his USO shows around the world and the critically acclaimed 2018 HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. The set also features hours of bonus features including newly produced featurettes The Early Years, San Francisco: Where It All Began, Comic Genius, and TV’s Best Guest; rare archival footage of his early stand-up; raw footage from HBO’s promo shoots and press interviews; brand new interviews and intros with Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Pam Dawber, Martin Short, and David Steinberg; as well as Robin Williams: Uncensored, a collectible 24-page, full-color memory book featuring rare archival photos, reminiscences from friends and colleagues, Robin’s personal tour notes and more.
The DVD single features 1978’s Off the Wall. Also included in the release are The Second Annual HBO Young Comedians Show, Robin’s appearance on “The Dick Cavett Show” and “The Great American Laugh-Off,” an exclusive interview with David Steinberg, and the featurette Robin Williams: The Early Years.