Time Life Bows ‘Robin Williams: Comic Genius’ DVD Collection

Time Life, in conjunction with the Trustees of the Robin Williams Trust, is celebrating the career of the late Robin Williams with the DVD collection “Robin Williams: Comic Genius,” featuring 22 DVDs and 50-plus hours of content.

Available now at RobinWilliams.com, the collection of Williams’ comedy highlights arrives in the wake of HBO’s acclaimed documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind and Dave Itzkoff’s biography Robin, a New York Times best-seller.

Celebrating the actor’s memorable 40-year career, from his turn as loveable alien Mork and his HBO stand-up specials to his numerous appearances on late night, the 22-disc collection includes:

  • All five HBO stand-up specials together for the very first time, including 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);
  • Never-before-released concert specials, including Williams’ full MGM Grand Garden stand-up from 2007 and the Montreal stop on his last tour, as well as a conversation on stage between Williams and comedian David Steinberg;
  • 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 other shows;
  • Never-before-seen clips, including early stand-up, raw footage from HBO’s promo shoots and a toast to Richard Pryor by Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire;
  • New interviews with close friends and family including Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Jay Leno, Eric Idle, David Steinberg, Lewis Black and Zak Williams;
  • 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 Williams’ USO shows around the world;
  • Original and newly created bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage, local highlights from tour stops and promos as well as the featurettes The Early YearsSan Francisco: Where It All StartedComic Genius and TV’s Best Guest;
  • The 2018 HBO documentary, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind;
  • “Robin Williams: Uncensored,” a 24-page memory book featuring archival photos from award-winning photographer Arthur Grace, reminiscences from friends and colleagues, Williams’ personal tour notes and more.

‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Concert: Encore’ Due Sept. 21 From Time Life

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Concert: Encore, featuring live concert events from 2010-2013 induction ceremonies, will be released Sept. 21 in two-disc Blu-ray ($39.99) and four-disc DVD ($34.99) sets from Time Life.

The program includes on-stage reunions, induction speeches and iconic performances from such inductees as Genesis, The Stooges, The Hollies, Tom Waits, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Darlene Love, Freddie King, Donovan, Small Faces/Faces and Heart.

Among the highlights:

  • Canadian power trio Rush performing “Tom Sawyer”and “The Spirit of Radio”;
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers leading an all-star jam session of “Higher Ground”anchored by Slash and Ron Wood;
  • Heart performing “Crazy on You”before being joined onstage by Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains;
  • Alice Cooper performing “Eighteen”and “Under My Wheels”before closing the set with Rob Zombie on “School’s Out”;
  • Donovan joined onstage by John Mellencamp for a performance of “Season of the Witch”;
  • And complete induction speeches from Don Henley inducting Randy Newman, Neil Young inducting Tom Waits and others.


Time Life Readies New ‘Jackie Gleason Show’ Set

In time for Father’s Day, Time Life on May 15 will release a three-DVD set, The Jackie Gleason Show in Color: Deluxe Edition, featuring 12 never-before-released episodes from his hit 1960s variety show.

“The Jackie Gleason Show” ran from 1966 to 1970 and was highlighted by Gleason and sidekick Art Carney reviving their working-class “Honeymooners” characters, bus driver Ralph Kramden and sewer worker Ed Norton, from the short-lived but iconic 1950s sitcom of the same name.

The new “Honeymooners” segments presented the show in color, unlike the original “Classic 39,” which were all black-and-white.

Taped in Miami Beach, “The Jackie Gleason Show” also featured a bevy of guests, including Jack Benny, George Burns, Milton Berle, Tony Bennett, Red Buttons, Phil Silvers, Florence Henderson, Frankie Avalon, Nipsey Russell, Edie Adams, Sid Caesar, Alan King, Robert Goulet, Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra Jr., and Victor Borge.

The 12 shows included on the three-DVD set, which carries a suggested retail price of $29.95, have been remastered and include seven unreleased “Honeymooners” sketches that haven’t been seen since they first aired, including “Six Months To Live,” “Alice’s Birthday,” “Lawsuit,” “Hot Tip,” “The New Bowling Ball,” “Norton Moves In,” and “The New Manager.”


‘Carol Burnett Show’ Lost Episodes to Be Released Digitally for the First Time

Time Life will release The Carol Burnett Show: The Lost Episodes, Volumes 1-3 on both iTunes and Amazon March 9.

The three “Best of” compilations have never before available on any digital platform and feature rarely-seen episodes from the first five years of the series.

The compilations will be specially priced the first week of release at $9.99, with individual episodes available at $1.99 each. Following that, the compilations will be available at $14.99.

From 1967 to 1978, “The Carol Burnett Show” aired on CBS with a blend of comedy, song and dance. Burnett and her cast of comic actors — Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and later Tim Conway and Dick Van Dyke — entertained millions each week, joined by some of the biggest stars in the business. Ad-libs and the occasional flubbed line brought a spontaneity to the screen that was absent from most other variety shows. The Emmy Award-winning show survived the changing tastes of TV audiences to run 11 seasons and become one of the most iconic TV variety shows in history.

Volume 1 includes such classic sketches as “Carol and Sis,” “The Charwoman,” and “As the Stomach Turns”; among the guest stars featured are Lucille Ball, Eddie Albert, Chita Rivera, Bob Newhart, Jim Nabors, Paul Lynde, Bing Crosby, Don Adams, Phyllis Diller, Andy Griffith, Bernadette Peters and Cass Elliot.

Volume 2 features a “Salute to Warner Brothers” with Mel Tormé and Soupy Sales, Carol’s impersonation of Joan Crawford and the classic sketch, “The Ham Actors.” Showbiz icons and performers appearing include Jonathan Winters, Dionne Warwick, Joan Rivers, Sonny & Cher, Nanette Fabray, Shirley Jones, Ken Berry and a special cameo by Ronald Reagan.

Volume 3 includes more “Charwoman”; Harvey, Carol, Lyle and Lucille Ball lampooning modern morality in their version of the hit movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice; and Tim Conway’s “Oldest Man” masterminding a jewelry heist. Guest stars featured in this volume include Ray Charles, George Carlin, Mike Douglas, Martha Raye, Lana Turner and Ricardo Montalban.

Time Life has also released The Best of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Volumes 1-3 on iTunes, and plans more digital releases for 2018.

Time Life Re-Releasing ‘Wonder Years’ DVDs for 30th Anniversary

Time Life March 13 is re-releasing its DVD boxed sets of “The Wonder Years” for the show’s 30th anniversary.

The Wonder Years: The Complete Series Deluxe Edition, originally released in 2014, is a 26-disc deluxe edition featuring all 115 episodes and nearly 23 hours of extras housed in a mini school locker and includes magnets to custom-design each locker; two “notebooks,” each featuring detailed episode information and production photos, as well as a replica yearbook embellished with signatures from cast members; behind-the-scenes photos and show memorabilia; and liner notes penned by Fred Savage, series creators Neal Marlens and Carol Black, and executive producer Bob Brush.

All 115 episodes are also available in the slimmed down 22-DVD The Wonder Years: The Complete Series Slipcase Edition, originally released in 2016.

The Wonder Years debuted in 1988 for six seasons captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late 1960s, as seen through eyes of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), 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. The series would also go on to win 24 awards (and be nominated for 70 more), including multiple Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and, in 1989, a Peabody Award for pushing the boundaries of the sitcom format and using new modes of storytelling.

Both sets include complete show notes with episode synopses, cast member reflections, “Current Events,” and the soundtrack of more than 300 classic period songs as they were featured in the original broadcasts, including tracks from such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, The Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, and Joe Cocker’s unforgettable theme.

Bonus features include highlights from the cast reunion; roundtable discussions with Danica McKellar, Fred Savage and Josh Saviano; the farewell set tour; the one-hour ABC broadcast of the series finale; and exclusive interviews with the show’s creators and cast including Fred Savage, Danica McKellar, Josh Saviano, Alley Mills, Dan Lauria, Olivia d’Abo and Jason Hervey.

A spokesperson for Time Life said the sets will not include any additional content than what was released before, but that they should be discounted more than 25% at retail compared with the earlier releases.