Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Fans Can Now Get Front Row Seats to This Comedy Genius with a Trio of New-to-Retail DVD Collections Celebrating an Inimitable Icon with ROBIN WILLIAMS: COMIC GENIUS -- Makes a Great Holiday Gift Idea! (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Comedy Fans Will Thrill to One-of-a-Kind Compendiums
Spanning the Electrifying Comic's 40-Year Career, Including a 5-Disc
Collector's Set (Available Exclusively at Walmart), a Completist's 22-Disc Set Featuring 50+ Hours of Improvisational Brilliance, and a Single Disc Release

The world has not been the same after losing comedic legend Robin Williams back in August 2014.  It was like a little twinkle of light went out, when we all learned of his passing. And, we will never get to laugh so hard and so joyfully like we did when we watched a Robin Williams stand up act, an effortless comedic performance in a movie like Mrs. Doubtfire, or when watching him appear on a late night television show.  Robin Williams was in a league of his own, and he really stood out amongst all the other comedians of his time.  It is just so unfortunate that his light dimmed too soon.  Now, we are just left with all of his wonderful movies, television series, clips, etc. to be reminded of this comedic genius.  And, now thanks to Time Life, we can now celebrate the life of Robin Williams and his 40-year career with the new "ROBIIN WILLIAMS: COMIC GENIUS" release.  This new Time Life release is available as a 5-Disc Collector's Set (Exclusively at Walmart), a Completist's 22-Disc Set featuring 50+ hours of improvisational brilliance, and a single disc release.

I was recently sent the 5-DVD set, which includes all 5 of Robin's legendary HBO specials (together for the first time), as well as exclusive bonus material including raw archival footage of Robin's early stand up days, promo shoot and press interviews and even new interviews with Lewis Black and Robin's manager David Steinberg.  This is definitely a must-own DVD for fans of Robin Williams, and would also make for a great holiday gift idea to pick up now and gift this holiday season.  

To say that I am a huge Robin Williams fan is an understatement.  Not only do we share the same name :-), but I grew up watching this brilliant comedian on television, as my whole family loved him.  I remember setting the VCR to record his specials on television, and would find VHS tapes to put tape over so that I could record all the movies that he was in, so that I could watch them time and again.  I loved him in Mrs. Doubtfire and Good Will Hunting, but I have to say the real brilliance and artistic genius came through with his stand up performances and HBO specials, as well as when we was playing Mork in the famous Mork & Mindy television series.  This is where I first saw Robin, and became a instant fan.  And, from then on, I had to see everything that he was in, and all his specials. And, now that Robin is now longer with us, all we are left with are DVD collections like this one to relive some of our favorite comedic moments from this one of a kind comedic genius.  There will never be another comedian like Robin, and his life and work will live on with all the specials, movies, television shows, etc. he left behind.  I have since introduced my two girls to Robin Williams, and from the moment they saw him play Mrs. Doubtfire and started laughing, I knew they fell in love with him, just like I did, and that they would be life-long fans.  Now, together as a family, we can enjoy all things Robin Williams with the new Time Life ROBIN WILLIAMS COMIC GENIUS available now on DVD.  

Like I said, the holidays are fast approaching and this new DVD release (single, 5-DVD and 22-Disc Set) would make for a great gift idea for that special Robin Williams fan in your life. Or, if you love Robin like I do, then you will want to ask Santa for this new release, so that you can relive some our your favorite memories of this comic genius, and maybe even stumble on unseen footage or HBO specials that you may have missed, and be wowed all over again, by just how amazing a comic and genuine fun-loving guy, Robin Williams was.

To learn more about this new Time Life DVD release, head on over to  TimeLife.com.

More information:

"Robin Williams started performing stand-up comedy in the mid-'70s, amazing audiences with his frenetic energy and razor-sharp wit. Graced with comedic brilliance, rapid-fire improvisation, and a deep well of warmth and compassion that translated to everything he did, America quickly fell for him in his first role as the na├»ve and hilarious alien from the planet Ork in ABC-TV's Mork & Mindy. Rocketing to stardom, the generational talent would go on to do five HBO stand-up specials and dozens of feature films, performing steadily for nearly four decades and entertaining audiences across the globe.
On October 1, Time Life celebrated Williams' memorable, inimitable 40-year career with ROBIN WILLIAMSCOMIC GENIUS. Decades in the making, the TV DVD archivisists at Time Life have collected all his most memorable stand-up and television performances across three singular collections: a 5-Disc Collector's Set (Available exclusively at Walmart), a handsomely-packaged 22-Disc set featuring 50+ hours of comedic genius, and a single disc featuring Robin's first HBO stand-up special. All DVD releases also feature newly produced featurettes and exclusive interviews.

Williams' longtime friend Billy Crystal said "You know that cartoon, that Tasmanian devil that comes out and just spins - he was that, but eloquent and hilarious." That's on full display in the 5-disc COMIC GENIUS collection ($54.98srp) featuring the crown jewels of Robin's iconic career: all five legendary HBO specials together in their full glory - Off The Wall (1978), An
Evening with Robin Williams (1983), An Evening at the Met (1986), Live on Broadway (2002), and Weapons of Self Destruction (2009). Whether riffing on  platypuses, presidents, golf, gorillas, or human anatomy, Williams always left his audiences in stiches, and this set, featuring more than 13 hours of hilarity does just that! Also included is rare archival footage of Robin's early stand-up, raw footage from HBO's promo shoots and press interviews, the People's Choice Awards honoring Robin and E! Press Room footage, featurettes and exclusive new interviews with Lewis Black and Robin's manager, David Steinberg.
Uncensored, electric, intense and unfailingly hilarious, Williams made it his life's work to make people laugh and nowhere is that on greater display than in the mammoth 22-disc COMIC GENIUS set ($279.98 srp). On top of Robin's unforgettable HBO Stand-up Specials, the set also includes more than 50 hours of uproarious entertainment featuring never-before-released shows, including Robin's full MGM Grand Garden Arena stand-up from 2007 and the Montreal stop on his last tour in 2012, his best talk show and late-night TV appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonThe Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Oprah Winfrey ShowThe Graham Norton ShowSaturday Night Live and more,11 hilarious episodes of Mork & Mindy, including the two-part pilot, James Lipton's Emmy Award®-nominated 90-minute interview with Robin on Inside the Actors Studio, plus deleted scenes, a comprehensive collection of Robin's USO shows around the world and the critically acclaimed 2018 HBO documentary Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind.
The acclaimed set, originally available only through TimeLife.com, also features hours of bonus features including newly-produced featurettes The Early YearsSan Francisco: Where It All BeganComic Genius, and TV's Best Guest, rare archival footage of Robin's early stand-up, raw footage from HBO's promo shoots and press interviews, brand new interviews and intros with Jay Leno, Lewis Black, Pam Dawber, Martin Short, and Robin's manager, David Steinberg, as well as Robin Williams: Uncensoreda collectible 24-page, full-color memory book featuring rare archival photos, reminiscences from friends and colleagues, Robin's personal tour notes and more. Of the 22-disc collection, David Fear of Rolling Stone said "For fans, of course, the ability to collect so much Williams visual ephemera in one package is a gift from the gods. But for comedy-nerd completists, the sort of people who study the form and argue over the peaks of its practitioners, this intimidating set is close to a dream."
From comedy clubs to stadiums, from talk shows to USO tours, Williams continually amazed audiences with his frenetic energy and unbelievably quick wit. Home audiences looking to bear witness to the comic's first HBO special need not look any further: the DVD single ($14.95srp) features 1978's legendary Off the Wall. Also included in the release are The Second Annual HBO Young Comedians ShowRobin's appearance on The Dick Cavett Show and The Great American Laugh-Off,an exclusive interview with David Steinberg and the featurette, Robin Williams: The Early Years.
The world of comedy will never see another unique talent like Robin
 Williams. Jay Leno said, "Everybody else prepared, Robin was just a natural...and he worked on every level." Steve Martin stated his friend was like "something waiting to happen...a very powerful anomaly." In unforgettable ways, ROBIN WILLIAMSCOMIC GENIUS reveals and celebrates the wide range of his incredible talents like never before."

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Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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