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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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Wednesday, December 7

The Conners - "The Dog Days of Christmas" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
The holidays are approaching and Dan meets his mother-in-law for the first time. Elsewhere, Darlene helps Becky with a parenting problem.

The Golbergs - "Worst Grinch Ever" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Sleigh bells are ringing! When Erica buys a festive baby toy, Beverly goes full on Grinch in an attempt to steal Christmas. Meanwhile, Adam discovers some surprising information about Brea, and the JTP host their first holiday party.

Abbott Elementary - "Holiday Hookah" (ABC, 9:00PM ET/PT)
On the last day of school before winter break, Janine is convinced by her friend to go to a popular Hookah Club where she runs into unexpected colleagues. Elsewhere, Jacob crashes Barbara and Melissa’s traditional holiday dinner and in the process begins to learn the true meaning of Christmas.

Home Economics - "Santa Suit Rental, $25 Per Day" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
The most wonderful time of the year brings some unforeseen financial troubles for one member of the Hayworth family. With the help of the entire brood and some holiday magic, the Hayworths are reminded that there’s nothing better than being home for the holidays.

Tyler Perry's House of Payne - "Mr. Bills" (BET, 8:00PM ET/PT)
When Curtis throws a fit about all the money he and Ella are spending, he implements drastic cost-cutting measures; things backfire when Ella follows his direction and begins cutting back on the things he enjoys.

Tyler Perry's Assisted Living - "Fight the Power" (BET, 8:30PM ET/PT)
Phillip has been very responsible and begs to drive Jeremy's new car; Jeremy gives him the opportunity to drive, Philip wrecks Jeremy's new car after a night out with his friends.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 5)

Wednesday, December 7

  • Will Ferrell (The Office/The Oblongs) - Watch Will on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Lil Rel Howery (Rel/The Carmichael Show) - Lil Rel appears on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35pm on NBC.
  • Kumail Nanjiani (Bless the Harts/Silicon Valley) - Kumail is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS.
  • Lisa Ann Walter (Abbott Elementary/Emeril/Life's Work/My Wildest Dreams) - Lisa will be on The Talk on CBS at 2pm ET/1pm CT-PT.
  • Zoey Deutch (The Suite Life on Deck) - Zoey gives details on the new movie Something from Tiffany's on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings.
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project/The Office) - Mindy dishes on how she's gearing up for the holidays with her two young children, her new book studio and more on The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Don Cheadle (The Wonder Years/Black Monday/House of Lies/The Golden Palace) - Don will be on The Jennifer Hudson Show, so check your local listings.
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Whoopi/Bagdad Cafe) - Whoopi sits down with Sherri to discuss her new holiday movie, A New Orleans Noel, book, Two Old Broads and her LEGENDARY Christmas sweater line on Sherri, so check your local listings.
  • Judy Greer (Reboot/Kidding/Married/Mad Love/Miss Guided) - Judy talks about Reboot on E! News on E! at 11:30pm.
  • Liza Lapira (9JKL/Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life/Super Fun Night/Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23/Traffic Light) - Liza is a guest on PIX11 Morning News on WPIX in New York at 9:40am.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (September-December)

Abbott Elementary - The Complete First Season Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) Ghosts - Season One The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Christmas Collection Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

09/06 - Young Sheldon - The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray) (DVD)
09/20 - Kim's Convenience - The Complete Series
09/27 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Five / The Complete Season Six
10/04 - Mr. Mayor - The Complete Series (Blu-ray) (DVD)
10/04 - The Munsters - Marineland Carnival with The Munsters TV Cast
10/18 - Abbott Elementary - The Complete First Season
11/08 - Frasier - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
11/08 - Young Rock - Season Two (Blu-ray) (DVD)
11/15 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - The Complete Season Seven / The Complete Season Eight
11/22 - That '70s Show - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
11/29 - Ghosts - Season One (Blu-ray) (DVD)
12/06 - The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet - 70th Anniversary Ultimate Christmas Collection
12/13 - And Just Like That... - The Complete First Season
12/13 - Hogan's Heroes - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
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