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Comic Legends (Tim Conway/Phyllis Diller/Dick Van Dyke/Redd Foxx/Groucho Marx/MPI DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Shows: B



MPI has taken some of their best DVDs with star comedians and bunched them together in a new DVD box set simply called Comic Legends, which is the name of the series these previous releases were issued under.  We have already covered the releases featuring Dick Van Dyke and a pairing of Groucho Marx and Redd Foxx, so you can read more about them at this link:





The two volumes we have not covered before are Phyllis Diller – Not Just Another Pretty Face and Tim Conway – Timeless Comedy.  Diller is another one of those great performers that unless you catch her on a game show rerun, you are likely to miss out on her work, while Conway is still active (like his infomercials for Dorff and the reissue of The Carol Burnett Show on DVD) as well as some feature film appearances and of course, McHale’s Navy.


The Diller disc offers an hour of her usually doing stand-up comedy, but there are a few musical numbers to give you an idea of what made her so in-demand at the time.  Dean Martin, Terry-Thomas, Don Rickles, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are among her guests and those wild outfits she wore are all here.  Extras include a long soap commercial she did and her appearance on the great game show What’s My Line?, both in black and white.  The show is in color.


The Conway DVD is a mix of shows he did in black & white and color, including skits in his McHale’s Navy clothes and guests including Gene Barry, Bing Crosby, Steve Lawrence and a skit with David Janssen called The Warden, which is remade in color with Joan Crawford, included here as the disc’s sole supplement.  It is funny both ways and the highlight of a good disc.


The 1.33 X 1 image (color or monochrome) can be soft and/or have aliasing errors at times, but color footage tends to look better.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono throughout all the discs are better, yet also show the age of the sources used and programs overall.  All taken together, this is a really good set and the slender cases each is included in makes the box version a plus over the single releases.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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