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The Dean Martin Show - Press Release and Packaging for 'The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete Collection'

StarVista/Time-Life is now accepting pre-orders for this item expected to ship the week of September 23

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The Dean Martin Show - The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete Collection

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This Ultimate Roasters DVD Set Features All 54 Roasts Hailing
from "The Dean Martin Show" and "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts,"
and Includes Roastees Such as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson,
Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason,
George Burns, Don Rickles, Hank Aaron, Wilt Chamberlin, Joe Namath,
Muhammad Ali, Ronald Reagan, Dean Martin Himself and Many, Many More!

The 25-Disc Set Includes Over 40 Hours of Incomparable Comedy,
Along with Over 15 Hours of Bonus Features Highlighted by
Comedy Sketches from "The Dean Martin Show," Exclusive Interviews,
Rare Home Movies, Eleven Featurettes and a Collector's Book
with Archival Production Materials, and More


FAIRFAX, VA – Long before Comedy Central began generating ratings and headlines with their over-the-top roasts, one entertainment icon was pioneering the format with "The Dean Martin Show." In 1973, the 10-year-old NBC variety show retooled in its final season and introduced a new feature: the "Man of the Week Celebrity Roast." Patterned after the roasts held at the New York City's famous Friars Club, Dean Martin's Roasts quickly became a favorite with television audiences and eventually evolved to become a network series, "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts." And beginning with a skewering of comedy legend Bob Hope on October 31, 1974, the program would go on to become a fixture on NBC for the next 11 years.

THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS: COMPLETE COLLECTION follows StarVista Entertainment/Time Life's best-selling releases of "The Dean Martin Variety Show," and marks the first time that most of these classics from the Golden Age of TV will be released on DVD in a single collection. Featuring all 54 roasts from both "The Dean Martin Show" and "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," the program's notable roastees included many of the 20th century's most accomplished performers and athletes, politicians and personalities (complete list below), including: Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis Jr., Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, George Burns, Don Rickles, Kirk Douglas, Danny Thomas, Gabe Kaplan, Hank Aaron, Wilt Chamberlin, Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali, Ronald Reagan and Dean Martin himself. Among the hilarious highlights you'll see is Rich Little recounting how he "taught" Jimmy Stewart how to do an imitation of Jimmy Stewart, Ruth Buzzi telling the story of her great battle with Muhammad Ali, and Tim Conway on whether or not Don Rickles was ever hit or jailed due to his material.

Featuring over 40 hours of top-shelf comedy from hundreds of celebrities including Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Dick Martin, Joey Bishop, Henry Fonda, Gene Kelly, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Redd Foxx, Ruth Buzzi, Flip Wilson, John Wayne, Angie Dickinson, Billy Crystal and many more, the collectible set also contains over fifteen hours of bonus programming including comedy sketches from "The Dean Martin Show," rare Dean Martin TV specials that have not been seen since the original broadcast: "Dean's Place" (1975 & 1976), featuring Angie Dickinson, Peter Graves, and Gov. Ronald Reagan; and "Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals of 1926" (1976 & 1977) featuring Dom DeLuise, Abe Vigoda, and Winters, exclusive interviews with roasters and roastees including Betty White and Jackie Mason, as well as Winters and Diller in heartfelt interviews taped before their recent passings. The set also contains specially-produced featurettes, rare home movies with Dean, family and friends and a 44-page collector's book loaded with behind-the-scenes photos, classic quotes and production materials. Adding hours of classic comedy to this superlative collection, also included are two bonus DVDs featuring seven episodes from "The Dean Martin Variety Show" featuring guests such as Bob Hope, John Wayne, Peggy Lee, Jimmy Stewart, Orson Welles, Michael Landon, Don Rickles, Don Adams, Dom DeLuise, Jack Benny, Rodney Dangerfield, Nipsey Russell, George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Griffith and Paul Lynde.

In producing THE DEAN MARTIN CELEBRITY ROASTS: COMPLETE COLLECTION, StarVista/Time Life taped interviews with 34 former Roast participants, production personnel, critics and fans including: Don Rickles, Carol Burnett, Ruth Buzzi, Tony Danza, Abe Vigoda, Angie Dickinson, Dan Haggerty, Ed Asner, Fred Willard, Jimmie Walker, Rich Little, Rip Taylor, Shirley Jones, Tim Conway, Florence Henderson and many more. The 25-disc DVD set also contains 11 newly-produced featurettes:
  • Legends of the Roasts
  • The Art of the Roast
  • Ladies of the Dais
  • Roast in Hell: Politicians Under Fire
  • Sports Stars: Hit 'Em Where It Hurts
  • The History of the Roast
  • The King of Cool: Always in Fashion
  • Politically Incorrect
  • Behind-the-Scenes
  • Primetime Ribbing: Roasting Small-Screen Stars
  • Beauty & The Beast: Ruth Buzzi vs. Muhammad Ali

Offered by StarVista Entertainment/Time Life exclusively online this summer, the set will be available for pre-order beginning August 7th at, rolling out nationally to retail in the fall.

  • Zsa Zsa tried to keep all the dresses she wore on the roasts, but wardrobe wouldn't let her.
  • Martin roasted two sets of celebrities together, Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, and Dan Rowan and Dick Martin
  • Ronald Reagan tried out impressions on Rich Little.
  • Michael Landon, Redd Foxx, Joe Namath, and Jack Klugman were the only celebrities roasted twice; Landon's second time in 1984, being the final roast
  • For Dean Martin's roast, Don Rickles was host, and assumed the role of Roastmaster
  • Comedian Nipsey Russell, impressionist Rich Little and talented character actor and comedian Ruth Buzzi appeared the most often on the Celebrity Roasts; Russell appeared 26 times, Little 24 times, and Buzzi 20 times

Online pre-order begins: August 7, 2013
Price: $249.95

Online Exclusive Collection includes:
  • 54 Celebrity Roasts on 23 DVDs
  • Seven Bonus Episodes of "The Dean Martin Variety Show" on 2 DVDs
  • More than fifteen hours of bonus programming, including:
    • Eleven specially-produced featurettes
    • Exclusive interviews with roasters and roastees
    • Rare home movies featuring Dean and friends
    • Rare Dean Martin TV specials not seen since original broadcast: Dean's Place (1975 & 1976) and Dean Martin's Red Hot Scandals of 1926 (1976 & 1977)
  • 44-page collector's book loaded with behind-the-scenes photos, production materials and more

Roastees & Air Dates
  • Ronald Reagan, 9/14/1973
  • Hugh Hefner, 9/21/1973
  • Ed McMahon, 9/28/1973
  • William Conrad, 10/5/1973
  • Kirk Douglas, 10/12/1973
  • Bette Davis, 10/19/1973
  • Barry Goldwater, 10/26/1973
  • Johnny Carson, 11/2/1973
  • Wilt Chamberlain, 11/9/1973
  • Hubert Humphrey, 11/23/1973
  • Carroll O'Connor, 12/7/1973
  • Monty Hall, 12/14/1973
  • Jack Klugman & Tony Randall, 12/21/1973
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1/11/1974
  • Leo Durocher, 1/18/1974
  • Truman Capote, 1/25/1974
  • Don Rickles, 2/8/1974
  • Ralph Nader, 2/15/1974
  • Jack Benny, 2/22/1974
  • Redd Foxx, 3/1/1974
  • Bobby Riggs, 3/6/1974
  • George Washington (portrayed by Jan Leighton), 3/15/1974
  • Dan Rowan & Dick Martin, 3/22/1974
  • Hank Aaron, 3/29/1974
  • Joe Namath, 4/5/1974
  • Bob Hope, 10/31/1974
  • Telly Savalas, 11/15/1974
  • Lucille Ball, 2/8/1975
  • Jackie Gleason, 2/27/1975
  • Sammy Davis, Jr., 4/25/1975
  • Michael Landon, 5/16/1975
  • Evel Knievel, 11/10/1975
  • Valerie Harper, 11/20/1975
  • Muhammad Ali, 2/19/1976
  • Dean Martin, 2/27/1976
  • Dennis Weaver, 4/27/1976
  • Joe Garagiola, 5/25/1976
  • Redd Foxx, 11/26/1976
  • Danny Thomas, 12/15/1976
  • Angie Dickinson, 2/8/1977
  • Gabe Kaplan, 2/21/1977
  • Ted Knight, 3/2/1977
  • Peter Marshall, 5/2/1977
  • Dan Haggerty, 11/2/1977
  • Frank Sinatra, 2/7/1978
  • Jack Klugman, 3/17/1978
  • Jimmy Stewart, 5/10/1978
  • George Burns, 5/17/1978
  • Betty White, 5/6/1978
  • Suzanne Somers, 11/21/1978
  • Joe Namath, 1/19/1979
  • Joan Collins, 2/23/1984
  • Mr. T, 3/14/1984
  • Michael Landon, 12/7/1984
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