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Jonathan Winters – Rare & Riotous


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Main Programs: B-



One of the comedians of the past who never saw a peak, yet lasted for decades, is Jonathan Winters.  Instead of being a straight out voice mimic like Rich Little (who could to uncanny things with his appearance sometimes) or exaggerated impersonator like Jim Carrey, Winters’ characters were played straight.  Then, the humor would be based in reality and laughs come from that.  Of course, some characters were intended to be funnier than others, and you can find many of them in the new compilation Rare & Riotous.


The show consists of his own A Wild Winters Night TV special with guest star Art Carney, a Chevy-sponsored Andy Williams Show from 1964 and a “Pitch In” Public Service Announcement (PSA) against litter where he uses his talents as several characters to make the point of laziness that causes trash to begin with.  The amazing thing about Winters is the concentration in which he does his characters.  He becomes the characters and distracting him is something you can forget about.  The three programs run over an hour and are a pretty good combination.


The 1.33 X 1 frame is on all three parts, all made for TV.  The first two are in black and white and a bit on the muddy side.  The PSA is in color that is like EastmanColor starting to go, but is very well done.  The color footage is the best by default.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono on all three programs is problematic, with the older two showing their age, while the optical track on the PSA has its own limits.  It is a little cleaner and clearer, but the volume is slightly lower.  It is interesting and worth a look.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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