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Carol + 2: The Original Queens Of Comedy DVD Review

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Carol + 2: The Original Queens of Comedy DVD

TimeLife continues their Carol Burnett releases with a brand new DVD titled “Carol + 2: The Original Queens of Comedy.” The single disc release contains the hour long “Carol + 2” TV special (in color!) featuring Carol Burnett, Lucile Ball and Zero Mostel and the comedic musical fairy tale TV movie “Once Upon A Mattress” which features Carol Burnett as the lead.

As the title suggests “Carol + 2” is the centerpiece of this disc as it is a special that contains arguably the 2 most influential female comedians in history. Over the course of the special, Burnett and Ball (and Mostel) perform music numbers (including Mostel singing “If I Were A Rich Man” from “Fiddler on the Roof”) as well as comedy sketches about a married couple, a baby, a psychiatrist, and cleaning ladies. Truth be told, the special is nothing to ride home about in this day and age as it is clearly a product of its time. It feels like a cash grab “Sweeps Week” type of deal. Plus, all of the sketches run too long. With that said, there is something special about seeing Burnett and Ball together especially in the amusing climactic sketch involving the cleaning ladies at the talent agency (the best sketch by far).

As for 1972’s “Once Upon A Mattress,” it’s a strange comedy-musical-fairy tale about a Princess, a Prince seeking a bride, a bed, and a pea. It’s a very stagey production with an out of place laugh track that sometimes takes you out of it. However, the show does have its charms and the ensemble cast is strong (especially Carol Burnett, Ken Berry and Bernadette Peters). It’s worth a gander for old school musical lovers and Burnett fans to be sure, but don’t expect a high quality production here.


Presentation: Fullscreen. How does it look? The specials likely look as they did in 1966 and 1972 as they have not been restored.

Audio Track: Unspecified. How does it sound? The track is flat, but it does the job. No more, no less.

The lone extra is a bonus sketch from “Carol and Company” called “Charwoman.”


June 1, 2016 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , ,

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