From The President of the Dean Martin Fan Center
Neil T. Daniels | Arcadia, California USA | 06/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't want my review to sound prejudice... but this Video and DVD release is one that is close to my heart. Having actually been there during those years at NBC where Dean taped his weekly TV series, I have my own fond memories that may differ from the public's view... but this is where the essence of Dean's charisma and aura captured the nation. I was proud to have been there from the start and equally proud to have had a small part in presenting this special collection of songs. Basically culled from the first three years of his nine year variety run, these full length, uninterrupted songs were painstakingly transferred from the original two-inch master tapes, many of which have not been played since they first aired many years ago. It was even a treat for me to see these shows again, and it confirms the fact that Dean could make you smile in just two minutes.Lee Hale, the show's original Musical Director and later producer, was instrumental in bringing this material to light again, choosing the material needed for the new producers, David Leaf (who produced the previous Martin & Lewis series, "Birth of a Team" and "Kings of Comedy") and John Scheinfield assembling a show that also shows their own passion for Dean.The VHS is about one hour long, with three more added songs to the DVD version (not seen during it's PBS debut)... "Carolina On My Mind", "Pretty Baby" and "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" make the DVD about 10 minutes longer. It's music, music, music with two duets nested in between the pop solos and ballads, including Peggy Lee and Petula Clark. We received thousands and thousands of e-mails,letters and calls from fans all over after this briefly aired on PBS. Everyone went crazy with excitement. The only complaints that we read were people's list of favorites which were not included in the hour... but with the titles we saw, it would take a 200 hour-long show to squeeze it all in. Maybe the success of this one will trigger a reaction for more of the same.I have witnessed many bad projects and disappointing specials, but I have to give this one five stars plus for being the very best for any and all Dean Martin fans and those that are curious. Give it a try and let me know what you think!- Neil Daniels firstname.lastname@example.org"
The Best Video/DVD Available of Dean Martin Singing
Mack_T_Knife | USA | 08/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a string of mostly color clips of Dean Martin's singing segments from his popular Dean Martin Show. (The clip of Dean singing the title song "That's Amore" is in black and white.)
Typically, each song begins with Dean bounding down the staircase and walking over to the TV studio set of his "bachelor pad" apartment.
In between the clips of Dean singing, Greg Garrison, the producer/director of the Dean Martin Show gushes about Dean's talent--but doesn't give much real insight into the man or provide many anecdotes.
Personally, I would have preferred to have the option to just watch the string of clips of Dean singing songs without Garrison's commentary in between. Also, it would have been nice to see Dean do more duets-- as the video/dvd is almost exclusively all Dean. A longer DVD would have been nice as well.
There are 3 songs filmed in black and white that are deemed extras on the DVD.
In all, this is by far the best video recording of Dean Martin just straight-on singing that is available to date. It is similar, but superior to the DVD "Memories Are Made of This" which is entirely in black and white and with a narrator that has no personal connection to Dean.
That' Amore = Absolute Dean!,
Mack_T_Knife | 05/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Thank God for well preserved color video tape because: This is it! This is (no pun intended) 100% proof distilled Dean Martin at his very best! No unnecessary comments or re-hashing of all too familiar bio information, just Dean, and some really interesting and insightful comments from his longtime director Greg Garrison. I may be biased, but I fail to see how anyone can NOT like Dean Martin after watching this tape. The man was a true original, and yes: a genius. Qualities rarely seen in this day and age of Show business. Anyone who thinks Dean "didn't care" should listen to his beautiful rendition of "I'm In The Mood For Love" or the honest "Pennies From Heaven", I love Sinatra too, but he could not have done these any better. It is a delight to watch how effortlessly he breezes through songs like "Somewhere There's a Someone" and "Houston" playing off of the energy generated by the audience and crew offstage, and to hear they way he blends his voice with Peggy Lee and Petula Clark; you'd think that they had been working together for years and years, and not just practiced for one afternoon!! The tape also contains a few clips of Dean appearing on the Colgate Comedy Hour, singing some of his greatest earlier hits.So run, don't walk, to your computers and buy this one! And don't buy just one, buy two or three copies; let's get those sales waaay up there, and maybe we'll see more of these fantastic performances (taken mostly from "The Dean Martin show") in the near future.And if this tape/DVD only wets your appetite, you should check out Lee Hale's great book "Backstage at the Dean Martin Show". Loaded with pictures (color and b/w) and year-by-year anecdotes, it's the perfect companion to this brilliant tape."
Keep It Coming
Brad Hoffman | 04/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc is fabulous. It's more than just a collection of performances.. but also includes reflections of Dean Martin by his friend and TV producer.. the late Greg Garrison.
Unfortunately it seems the only way we'll see any more performances from Dean's NBC television show.. is to purchase the Dean Martin Variety DVD's which we see advertised on TV. Both Garrison and Martin's estate own rights to the series.. and have insisted on butchering the shows in 20+ volumes of greatest hits packages.
My plea to them.. PLEASE, release all nine seasons of the DMS in season by season box sets, instead of chopping them up. True, many of the skits acts and performances on the show look dated and hokey by today's standards.. but I, and I'm sure many of Dean's fans would like to see the show, uncut and exactly how it aired on Thursday nights back in the 60's and 70's.. especially since the show has never run in syndication.. in the 30 years I've been around. Maybe include network promos and interviews as extras. I think it would be a fitting tribute to one of the most successful shows in NBC history!, especially considering the 40th anniversary of the series is coming up this September!"