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TV on DVD, sort of: Don Knotts the standup

In blu-ray, dvd on 04/26/2011 at 10:23 pm

Don Knotts: Tied Up with Laughter is not TV on DVD, strictly speaking, so not really part of what I usually do with this regular Tuesday listing of new DVD releases of TV shows, specials and re-releases.

But those of us who recall Don Knotts know him from TV, either from Three’s Company (1976-84) or reruns of The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68) or reruns on second-tier movie channels of his The Love God? (1969), The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968), The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) or The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964).

The new release Tied Up with Laughter promises to reveal the other Don Knotts, shown in clips of his standup and comedy routines. I’m sold. But then again, I’m a sucker for anything Don Knotts.

MPI, which has released the DVD this week, describes Knotts at work with a smorgasbord of classic personalities from the variety-show heyday of 1960s and 1970s TV. I’m getting all nostalgic.

“The beloved, Emmy-winning comic actor Don Knotts, best known for his roles as the bumbling deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show and the lecherous landlord Mr. Furley on Three‘s Company, presents a series of side-splitting stand-up routines and skits in rare performances from the 1960s-1970s.
A master at playing nervous and neurotic characters, Knotts is also able to milk major laughs with his portrayals of romantically-challenged underdogs possessing oversized egos.
In this special comedy collection, he is joined by singer-actress Joey Heatherton, actress Jane Powell, former Dallas Cowboys player Lance Rentzel, comic Jack Burns, Knott‘s Love God movie co-star Maureen Arthur and the legendary Jimmy Durante.”

It further lists bonus features with Lucille Ball and a look at Knotts’ early work.

Also, here are some much more conventionally TV-ish DVD releases, new on shelves and online this week:

The Human Planet: The Complete Series (DVD and Blu-ray)

Upstairs Downstairs (2010)

Southpark: The Complete 14th Season

The Lucy Show: The Official Fourth Season

Growing Pains: Season 2

Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Complete Season 5 and 6

The Universe: Complete Series Megaset

The Larry Sanders Show: Season 3

Denise Duguay

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