In the second half of 2008, Time-Life released The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour - The Best of Season 3
on DVD, with a direct-sale only version available from Time Life with an extra bonus disc, and a general retail version that was found in local stores or through other online retailers such as Amazon. This was the first DVD release of the show, made in co-operation with the Smothers Brothers themselves, and with the idea in mind that they would begin with the 3rd and final season as the first release, then go backward to season two, then season one.
While we haven't received any official word from Time-Life so far, a new listing at Amazon shows that The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour - The Best of Season 2
is now available for pre-order
. No details or cover art are available at the listing, other than a cost of $39.98 SRP (but you can lock it in with a nice discount using the provided link), and a release date of October 20th
. There's no information at TimeLife.com about this release yet, and so we're not certain thus far if - like the season three release - there will be additional material available if purchased direct from them.
Tom and Dick Smothers star, and regulars include Pat Paulsen (who's getting his own TV-DVD release in October; see our separate story
about that), announcer Peter Cullen (the voice of "Optimus Prime" in the original Transformers
cartoons, and all the films so far), and writing and semi-regular on-screen work by Bob Einstein (best known these days as "Super Dave Osborne"). Another regular performer was Jennifer Warnes, whose singing has graced films like Dirty Dancing
and An Officer and a Gentleman
Appearances (in various methods) during the second season broadcasts - who may or may not appear on this release! - included the likes of Janet Leigh, The Who (Roger Daltry, Pete Townshend, Keith Moon, John Entwistle), Bette Davis, Mickey Rooney, George Burns, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Kate Smith, Eddie Albert, The Byrds, Shirley Jones, Harry Blackstone Jr., The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Diahann Carroll, Ricardo Montalban, James Mason, Barbara Feldon, George Segal, Carol Burnett, Jimmy Durante, Agnes Moorehead, "Mama" Cass Elliot, Jack Benny, Kenny Rogers, Don Rickles, Patty Duke, The Association, Sid Caesar, Glen Campbell, The Bee Gees, Don Knotts, Mel Tormé, Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr., Woody Allen, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Carol Channing, Andy Williams and Robert F. Kennedy.
It's obviously quite early in terms of available information, but stay tuned and we'll update you with more details just as soon as we can!