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The Carol Burnett Show - Update About 'Prime Time Specials'; New Package Pics for 'The Ultimate Collection'

The 'Ultimate' set is still on track for early-to-mid August, but the late-August 'Specials' release may have become derailed for now

Posted by David Lambert
Back in June we gave you details and early art (albeit a thumbnail-sized shot) for Legendary Entertainment Alliance's planned DVD release of Carol Burnett - The Prime Time Specials Collection (a collection of several one-off productions produced by Bob Banner, which led to the green-lighting of the regular Carol Burnett Show program). This had been planned for August 28th, and was one of two "Carol" releases Legendary was bringing to market with eOne Entertainment as their distributors, the other being a November 6th release of A Carol Burnett Christmas: Special Collectors Edition.

Now one of our readers noticed that Amazon's pre-purchase listing for The Prime Time Specials Collection is no longer accepting advance orders, and the "details" section of the entry has been changed to show a placeholder date 25 years in the future: "January 1, 2037"...longtime customers of know that this sort of thing usually means a title has been indefinitely postponed, with no new release date provided by the studio or distributor. Our friends in the retail industry confirm that this item is not currently on eOne's August schedule, so it's apparently been delayed. We've requested information from eOne about this, and what it means for the Christmas DVD's plans in November. Stay tuned and we'll let you know what we find out! Our thanks to reader Ken Smith for the heads-up.

In the meantime, the big 22-DVD release from Time Life of The Carol Burnett Show - the Ultimate Collection is still on track to begin shipping in less than two weeks, and as a follow-up to our recent report with a in-depth disc-by-disc contents listing of that item, we now have several new images from the studio of the packaging. First up is a "moving product shot" of the outer packaging, showing the "curtain rising" on the front of the box and a flip-through of the packed-in 20-page memory book, "This Time Together." We really haven't given enough attention to this extraordinary item, and Time Life has kindly sent me a copy of this bonus insert, which is a wonderful collection of photos, classic moments, and stories by guest stars, and by modern-day stars who Carol has inspired. We've got 5 scanned pages from this book, exclusively shown in a preview picture below. Check it out:

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