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Dean Martin Christmas [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OOH444
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I'm a big Martin fan, but this Christmas show falls flat of the shows we remember. The best sketch is with Bob Newhart in (toupee). The rest of the show is drivel. To get in the Christmas spirit put an album on, you'll feel better in yourself then.
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A trip down memory lane of the greatest all round entertainer of his time, Not just for Christmas.
Fist class delivery and price.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 122 reviews
89 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly EXCELLENT Christmas special with Dean Martin . . . . . 8 Nov. 2012
By G Wilcox - Published on Amazon.com
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This DVD what just exactly what I was wanted and exactly what I was expecting. I truly couldn't be happier. You just can't go wrong with this DVD if you are a big fan of the Dean Martin Show and especially if you want to turn the clock back to December 1968, when every major star of the day had an annual Christmas Special on TV. The 50 minute DVD is basically a typical great episode of the Dean Martin show from NBC, with the main theme being Christmas. A few skits are just a tiny bit slow, however seeing Dean singing Christmas songs, especially the songs with the Gold Diggers and Dean sitting on the piano and singing with Ken Lane, truly brought back so many good old memories from that timeframe. Even Bob Hope drops by for a few good lines. And the quality is even really great for a TV show that was taped in 1968. I can't actually say much more than I loved it, and now that it's added to our collection of Christmas DVDs, it will surely become one of our true favorites to watch each year again at Christmastime.
64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dean's 1968 Christmas hour is a very pleasant surprise 13 Nov. 2012
By Scott MacGillivray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Other reviewers have noted that past "Dean Martin Show" releases have been plagued with music-clearance problems and edited segments, so this writer expected this Christmas show to be a paste-up of quick excerpts, as has been done with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby "Christmas TV" DVDs. To my great surprise this turns out to be one continuous episode, aired the Thursday before Christmas in 1968. There is at least one noticeable edit near the beginning but the balance of the show appears to be complete, and it's a treat for vintage-TV enthusiasts and Dean Martin fans.

Dean Martin's variety shows were carefully staged and rehearsed -- but without Dean, who showed up for the tapings. The viewer enjoys the jokes and surprises, and so does Dean! A highlight of this show is a department-store sketch, with Dean playing straight as a complaint-department clerk, and Bob Newhart as an embarrassed customer. Newhart sets the dialogue up according to plan, with Dean reading the straight lines from cue cards. But Newhart starts improvising inventively, causing Dean to break up openly and do some ad-libbing himself. Both performers are obviously enjoying themselves, and the casual atmosphere is engaging and festive. The show's other featured comedian is Dom DeLuise, who is equally adept at sneaking in funny lines and gestures. The "musical" guest, with the word advisedly in quotes, is Dennis Weaver demonstrating his uncertain singing voice.

The weekly series usually had Dean singing at least one song seriously. Not in this episode, though: Dean clowns his way through "It's a Marshmallow World" and offers a too-casual rendition of "Silent Night." There is also a lengthy segment with staff members and their children (one of them appears to be Melissa Gilbert!); this cutesy pageant is more worthy of Lawrence Welk than Dean Martin.

Some 40 guest stars are mentioned as participating in this 48-minute program, but their contribution is public service rather than entertainment. Apart from Bob Hope, who has a comedy cameo, the guest stars' appearances are limited to the end of the show, and confined to brief announcements of charitable toy donations across America. If you're expecting funny business from, say, Lucille Ball, you won't see it here.

Happily the spotlight is on Dean for most of the proceedings, and he's always fun to watch. Highly recommended.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't like Dean Martin 12 Nov. 2012
By Dawn M. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This dvd made me both laugh and cry at the same time! It brought back such wonderful memories of watching The Dean Martin variety hour with my parents when I was a little girl. I lost my wonderful father 2 years ago and I miss him so much. He had a beautiful voice and used to sing along with Dean and he always said Dean was so naturally funny.
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Jack Webb 9 Nov. 2012
By TheBigClock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I just watched this, and there's NO Jack Webb - Dom DeLuise sketch as indicated by another reviewer.
However, there's lots here to enjoy!
The short version of the NBC Peacock opens the show. A quick glimpse of a kooky "The Dean Martin Show" logo perched high on the wall above the stage. Dean being whisked offstage by the leggy Golddiggers on a giant round bed, similar to the bed seen in his Matt Helm movies! And those 39 movie and TV stars announcing which children's hospitals will be receiving their share of $10,000 worth of gifts! (There's at least one male star I don't recognize.)
The opening is edited strangely, with a freeze-frame of Dean-as-Santa segueing right into a peculiar adoption joke, then a very fleeting "The Dean Martin Christmas Show" graphic. This could've been done much more smoothly. The Station Identification break halfway through is much better.
Time-Life is to be applauded for putting this out on DVD at an excellent price. To see these faces and hear these voices of late 1960s television is a joy for $10.
- William Carroll
Denham Springs, Louisiana
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Dino info 20 Oct. 2012
By James V. Valenti - Published on Amazon.com
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The Dean Martin Show

Season 4 Episode 14/ 1968 Christmas Show

Aired date: Dec 19, 1968

Plot: 1968 Christmas Show --Dean Martin - ""I'll Be Home for Christmas"" and ""Marshmallow World"" --Dennis Weaver - ""The Marvelous Toy"" --Dean Martin with the Golddiggers - medley: ""Daddy,"" ""Trie Love"" and ""We Wish You the Merriest"" --Bob Newhart --Dom DeLuise Entire cast - ""Hey Li Ley, Li Ley Lo"" Entire cast - medley: ""Deck the Halls,"" ""O Little Town of Bethlehem,"" ""Joy to the World"" and ""Silent Night".

Not sure what will be included on this release. The Golddiggers.com says it will NOT have all the original music content.

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"We've been given to understand that the '68 Christmas episode will be minus some of its original musical content, but we don't yet know what's been left in or what's been cut."
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