Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Arts & Exhibits

Dean Martin and Edie Adams shows on DVD, Cinerama films restored

See also

TV variety shows were a whole ‘nuther thing—as was the medium of television itself—in the ‘60s and ‘70s, as two new DVD box sets make clear. “Here’s Edie: The Edie Adams TV Collection” gives us the songstress better known as Mrs. Ernie Kovacs in her prime. Not only are her 1962-64 shows—guest-starring the likes of Duke Ellington, Spike Jones, Allan Sherman and Sammy Davis Jr.—delightful in and of themselves, they remind us Ms. Adams was not only a famous comedian’s missus but a great entertainer herself.

Several of Adams’ co-stars from “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World” are among her guests; Dick Shawn has a hilarious spot where he demos a new dance, "The Cockamamie." This 4-DVD box set (available from MVD Visual) also includes Adams’ classic Muriel cigar commercials, musical sketches from the Kovacs shows, and a lavish booklet.

“The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts” is a wildly entertaining a 6-DVD set (available from StarVista Entertainment) casting the debonair actor-singer in the role of Roastmaster General. Honorees on these ‘70s TV specials include Jack Benny, Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason and Martin himself; John Wayne, George Burns, Bette Davis and Don Rickles are among the roasters. Three hours of bonus features include Dino’s home movie.
** ** ** ** **
Related posts:

More Ernie Kovacs video rarities, Edie Adams’ found Xmas album

Cinerama & Cinemiracle revived on Blu-ray, convos with cameramen

** ** ** ** **
“Cinerama Holiday,” a delightful 1955 travelogue I chanced to see at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, makes its home video debut in deluxe Blu-ray/DVD combo edition (available from Flicker Alley). The premise is as simple as the film is innovative: a Swiss couple vacations in the U.S., while a pair from Kansas City travel through Europe. This Smilebox Curved Screen Simulation includes breakdowns, deleted scenes and many other bonus features.

“South Sea Adventure,” the last of the original 3-panel Cinerama travelogues from 1958, is also out in a Blu-ray/DVD combo (Flicker Alley). Orson Welles narrates this island- hopping jaunt that takes us from Hawaii to Tahiti to Fiji to Australia. Even Robert Louis Stevenson would find this enchanting if he were here to see it.

Hot tip: My new ebook, “Writing for Al Jolson and Fanny Brice: Interviews with Comedy Writers,” is now available:

More from Jordan:

Vintage TV recall: Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Gale Storm, June Foray

The ultimate Carol Burnett DVD set, overdue bio of comedian Ed Wynn

Jerry Lewis, Mel Brooks, classic TV sitcoms, Joe McDoakes on DVD

Visit my Amazon Author Page:
Like a heads up when I post a new article? Just click where it says "Subscribe to get instant updates" at the top. (Not getting the emails? Keep in mind I post about 2-3 times a week). You can also share this article with your facebook/twitter friends by clicking the appropriate buttons above.


Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Sports Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!