Dick van Dyke: In Rare Form
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Before he became a star from his performances in BYE-BYE BIRDIE, MARY POPPINS and CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, as well as on his own popular sitcom, Dick Van Dyke honed his comedy chops on television panel and variety shows.
This revelatory and highly entertaining collection of vintage performances -- many not seen since the 1950s -- showcase a comic legend in the making.
"In Rare Form" features classic monologue, pantomime and song & dance routines from the 1958-59 season of THE PAT BOONE CHEVY SHOWROOM. In those days, singer-actor Pat Boone would present fresh new talent to the nation's TV viewers... and he returns to repeat the feat in brand-new introductions made exclusively for this collection.
Highlights include some of Dick's most hilarious and beloved routines: "Babysitting Father", "Mailing A Letter On A Windy Corner", "Daddy's Little Girls", "The Pet Cat", "Sneaking In" and "The Tennis Champ" as well as song performances with Pat Boone and Shirley Jones.
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If you love the comic antics of the Dick Van Dyke Show, then you'll love his earlier material that got him to stardom. Well selected acts that show the true talent of this man. 'Pet Cat' is my favorite where he acts like an old ladys cat. The old time commercials are hilarious and shamelessly plugged into his 1959 panel show 'Laugh Line'. A very unique look into that era.
Two Thumbs UP!
This DVD shows the origional broadcast versions of Dick's song and Dance (With Pat and Shirly Jones), skit Comedey (Laurel and Hardy) and the vinettes of story telling with only the imense limberness of Mr. Van Dyke and sound effects.
I can't believe his amazing talents. The sound and video are of the original quality of the original broadcast - but it was preserved well.
Thanks to Pat Boone who obviously released the rights and saved and organized the footage with even intros to explain what and when you are watching.
There are even bonus sketches that show rare sides of how Dick Van Dyke can alter his own comedy and make it even more funnier!
If you like Variety Shows (I.E. Carol Burnett) and watching a great performer doing what he does best - this is your DVD. For the price -it is well worth it!
I am amazed at what this Comedy Genius can do! 4-21-09
I heard about this DVD (Dick Van Dyke In Rare Form) and was intrigued. I knew Dick was brilliant with sitcom humor, but could he do slapstick, stand-up, and mime? The answer was a resounding, hilarious YES! I was shocked by the vast amount of material he was capable of--such versatility! His mime work was spot-on, the stand-up comedy was brilliant, and he can even sing, too! I literally watched the DVD three times in a row in one sitting, and was actually rolling on the floor(really!) gasping for breath! Dick Van Dyke is the only comic who can put me in stitches. His clean, innocent style and extreme physical abilities make for a family-friendly laugh fest.
I was impressed by how great this DVD is for such a low price. I honestly wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by the quality, as well as quantity, of the material it contained. It even has special features, including a "Laugh-In" segment with Dick Van Dyke as host.
This is DEFINITELY worth your time and money. Highly recommended!
I am a big fan of Dick Van Dyke, the Dick Van Dyke Show, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Mary Poppins. Mr. Van Dyke has a talent for pantomime and physical comedy among many talents. The most interesting number for me was Dick Van Dyke and the lovely Shirley Jones singing a duet. There wasn't anything on this that wowed me. I have limited funds and would rather have spent my money on something else. If money is no object; then there is some nostalgia here.