Saturday, September 09, 2006

Mini-DVD Review: Bob Newhart Button-Down Concert (Sept. 19)

Welcome to another edition of Saturday mini-DVD reviews! Today we take a look at 20th Century Fox's Bob Newhart: Button-Down Concert. Bob Newhart shines in this live, sold-out comedy special. In this, Bob Newhart returns to his roots as a stand-up comedian, showcasing his talent and his hysterical spin on everything from current affairs to crazy bus drivers and to cheap airlines. A must have for every fan of Bob Newhart, the Bob Newhart: Button-Down Concert features an exclusive interview with Newhart as well as never-before-seen photos, which are from his personal archives. This DVD is being released to coincide with the release of the icon's autobiography "I Shouldn't Even Be Doing This!: And Other Things That Strike Me as Funny." We will be reviewing this book in the near future, too! But for now, see Shawn Eaton's mini-DVD review of this set.

Bob Newhart: Button Down Concert (Fox, $19.98) brings the TV legend as a stand-up comedian. This is definitely a must have for any fan of Bob Newhart -- or even any fan of stand-up comedy! Bob Newhart truly does shine in this. His performance ranges from telephone comedy riffs, showcasing his wonderful dry humor. The cover art features pictures of Bob (most of him are holding a microphone) with different colored tints in boxes. The main menu is a nice drawing of Bob. The menu selection features a Play (All) option. Languages takes you to another screen that lets you choose between English and Spanish for subtitles. Scene Selection allows you to pick between 15 segments in the concert. Bob Newhart Unbuttoned is the selection for the interview and the last selection, Photo Gallery, is of course the photo gallery selection. The video and audio are fine; it's so recent that there shouldn't be any problems -- and there aren't! Believe it or not, there are actually two special fetures included! Aside from the main event, the concert, you can view a photo gallery, featuring photos from Bob Newhart's personal archives, as well as a featurette special, which is an interview with Newhart himself. That interview runs around 21 minutes and in it he discusses the concert. So on that note, September 19, I urge you all to go out, and buy this, along with The Bob Newhart Show Season 4 DVD release (full DVD review coming soon from me) as well as purchasing his autobiography (which I will have a mini-review hopefully by next Saturday). Mr. Newhart is a true classic and fans will cherish this as part of their collection.
-- Reviewed by Shawn Eaton
(5/5 stars)

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Sunday, October 20

The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror XXX" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Milhouse is trapped in another dimension; dead Homer's spirit tries some new bodies on for size; Selma finds love in an unlikely place.

Bless the Harts - "Cremains of the Day" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Violet, David and Leonard take Wayne on a ghost hunt to cure his fear of ghosts; Jenny and Betty honor Jenny's late father on his favorite holiday.

Bob's Burgers - "Big Trouble in Little Tina" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
Things get spooky when Tina dissects a pig in science class; Bob and Linda battle a giant ball of ear wax.

Family Guy - "Disney's The Reboot" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
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Friday, October 18

  • Chris O'Dowd (Family Tree/The IT Crowd) - Watch Chris on a repeat of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • America Ferrera (Superstore) - America is a guest on a repeat of A Little Late with Lilly Singh at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Regina King (227) - Regina visits The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Julie Andrews (Julie) - Julie speaks about her book Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Sean Hayes (Will & Grace/The Millers/Sean Saves the World) - Sean guest hosts The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Pam Grier (Bless This Mess) - Pam drops by The Real, so check your local listings.
  • Sara Gilbert (The Conners/Roseanne/Living Biblically/Bad Teacher) - Sara appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Angela Kinsey (The Office/Haters Back Off/Your Family or Mine) and Jenna Fischer (Splitting Up Together/The Office) - Angela and Jenna talk about the Office Ladies Podcast on ABC's GMA 3: Strahan, Sara & Keke at 1pm.
  • Kal Penn (Sunnyside/Deadbeat/We Are Men) - Kal visits Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Marcus Scribner (black-ish) - Marcus appears on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • William Jackson Harper (The Good Place) - William can be heard on The Morning Mashup on SiriusXM.
  • Billy Bob Thornton (Hearts Afire) - Billy Bob talks about Goliath on Couch Surfing at 8am.


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