Disc News: Complete Dean Martin Roasts Collection In Sept.

This holiday season keep grandma out of the kitchen. Let Dean Martin do the roasting instead! People make a big deal about the Comedy Central’s yearly roasts, but Dean was cranking out dozens of them each year during the ’70s. And he had bigger stars to roast than James Franco. Now all 54 episodes are coming out in The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: The Complete Collection. The Time-Life release is taking preorders now and is scheduled to ship on September 21. Here’s the press release on how you can enjoy Dean Martin, Foster Brooks, Nipsey Russell and all the other classic icons of the ’70s in on giant boxset.




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
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 DeanRoasts.com, 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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