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King of Cool: The Best Of The Dean Martin Variety Show [Collector's Edition 6 DVDs]

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5.0 out of 5 stars Anticipation Heating Up for The King of Cool Oct. 24 2011
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.

For an exclusive rundown of the original air dates and guest stars of all 18 episodes featured in this new 6-DVD set, simply copy and paste (or type) into any search engine the words: Updates/The Golddiggers Super Site.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! July 16 2013
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Hardly any footage of Dean singing. I read other reviews and thought it couldn't be that bad, but it is! Some sketches rescue the DVD a bit, but Dino was first and foremost a singer, far too little song content from Dean, the editing was poor, too. Minor stars get far too much airtime, Dean was used here
Mainly as an MC.
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Was there ever a show that provided so much fun..and spontaneity and laughs and brought in so many viewers..and we need to look at one thing it was a venue for stand up comics and other entertainers who were fortunate to be asked on and it was probably a boon to their careers even firmly established stars...but for those not so established it certainly increased your bookings and your value across north america and the world which takes so much of its entertainment here..and in california which has become and new york ina sense an entertainment mecca for the world..movie stars are not always popular on tv. At times its as if the public likes them in movies and accepts that role..but tv is a different medium..and the variety show like a talk show is like afriend. AS dean sais thank you for inviting me into your living rooms..then bedrooms. He was popular with males and females, and kids, young and old, and their were cue cards..and often spontaneous utterings and fun! Fun galore! It worked..Jerry lewis(who was never invited on) failed..and Frank sinatra wasnt a success either he lacked humour..bud Dean and the reputation he had with the public and the stars seemed to succeed and it was a big success and here we see only a sampling..and the bawdiness of the acts is apparent and its fun but for some reason after 8 years the show and it started from some flagship stations..when the news of his impending divorce was in the news..and his fling with a young girl and eventual marriage..despite the risqu humour..rumors about him especially during the divorce was at odds with those christmas shows and family image..and during the last year his ratings plummeted some say for this reason..whether it was someone in his wife's entourage or wherever we dont know.. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars King of cool Oct. 28 2012
By Ann
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The Dvd's got here very fast must faster then expected, the content was ok, not as funny as I thought it would be but we enjoyed them I don't think I would watch them again or order again what I really wanted was Foster Brooks with Dean Martin and it's not on this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars dean martin king of cool Jan. 1 2012
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pour les amateurs de crooners et de show de varietes.ce dvd nous rapelle les bons moments passe a regarde nos idoles de l`epoques. a tous ceux qui veulle se souvenir du bons passe.
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