The eagerly-awaited follow-up to the first collection of material from The Dean Martin Show mined from the vaults of its originating network, NBC, and released by Time-Life last spring, this brand new 6-disc set contains 18 episodes culled from the 8 years that the program delighted audiences in the final hour of prime-time on Thursday nights (the series' final season, retitled The Dean Martin Comedy Hour, was moved to Fridays, with a modified format largely remembered for its introduction of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts).
But it's the episodes comprising this new "King of Cool" collection that offer a representative sampling of the series' heyday, spanning the last show of its fledgling season (1965-66) to the final episode of its 8th season, telecast in the spring of 1973.
What's not known as of this writing (10/24/11) is how much of the programs' original musical content has been able to be retained in the transfer to DVD. Last spring's first outing reminded us of some of the harsh cuts that can result from the high costs and myriad complications of licensing copyrighted musical works, and we may need to brace ourselves for some similar edits in this second edition. Even so, the promised inclusion of 128 musical performances, as well as the rarity and diversity of many of the episodes chosen, make "King of Cool" a hands-down must for true fans of both Dean and his series.
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