Dean Comes Home For Christmas

For a complete review of both The Dean Martin Christmas Special and the new 17-DVD Dean’s Ultimate Collection, click HERE



A WINTER ROMANCE: For those looking to spread the kind of holiday cheer that made The Dean Martin Show a treat for all seasons, Time-Life is presenting the DVD debut of the series’ Christmas episode from December 1968, which can be purchased either on its own, or as part of a new giant boxed set, described below.

It may not even yet be fall, but for fans of The Dean Martin Show, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. That’s because we’ve just received word that on the eve of Halloween, and only days before Americans go to the polls to cast their ballots in the Presidential election, two new candidates selected from Dean’s weekly TV party will begin vying for our attention — and both will come bearing a shiny new yuletide present in an effort to snag our vote.

For starters, Time-Life has gathered together all three of the Dean Martin Show treasuries that the company has released to date, bundled them with a trio of appealing extras, and placed them all in a big 17-disc boxed set that they’re calling The Best Of The Dean Martin Variety Show: Dean’s Ultimate Collection, due out October 30.

Inside the package will be:

1) the six volumes of the first DMS anthology, issued in May of 2011;

2) the 6 DVDs of the second set, King Of Cool, which came out last November;

3) the 3 platters containing the Uncut episodes that went on sale this past May.

The three stocking stuffers that top off this Dino extravaganza are:

1) a bonus disc, comprising three additional Dean Martin Show episodes, that had been available ONLY as part of the special 7-DVD King of Cool editions that up until now have been sold exclusively through Costco stores (as with the other episodes in the King of Cool collection, those on the bonus disc are edited, but nonetheless entertaining);

2) a condensed softcover version of the photo book that had earlier been obtainable only in conjunction with the Dean Martin: Cool Then, Cool Now CD compilation, released in June 2011;

3) a brand new DVD featuring the never-before-reissued December 19, 1968 Christmas episode of The Dean Martin Show, with guest stars Dennis Weaver, Bob Newhart, Dom DeLuise, and The Golddiggers (this particular group of gals includes a number who had appeared in the very first Golddiggers series that premiered in the summer of ’68).

I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT DEAN: A bounty for the DM Show enthusiast who wants its all (or wants to share the experience with others), Dean’s Ultimate Collection combines all of the previous Time-Life releases of Dean Martin Show DVDs with a newly-restored Christmas episode and two more extras, all in a deluxe boxed set.

The 1968 Christmas special will also be marketed as a standalone item, providing a money-saving option for those who already own the first three Time-Life collections or those who simply want a single, Christmas-themed Dean Martin Show.

We’ve been given to understand that the ’68 Christmas episode will be minus some of its original musical content, but we don’t yet know what’s been left in or what’s been cut.

And while we’re aware that many were hoping to finally see the release of the cherished 1967 episode commonly known as “Christmas with The Martins and The Sinatras” — in fact, a couple of other websites had erroneously speculated that it would be the Christmas show featured on the new T-L DVD — we’ve been told by authoritative sources that the rights to the ’67 program remain out of reach at this juncture. So, in light of that, a vintage Christmastime show from the following year may well be the next best gift that Santa could put under a Dean Martin fan’s tree.

What’s more, Dinophiles should certainly take heart from this promising piece of news: The Golddiggers Super Site has learned that there will DEFINITELY be more Dean Martin Show DVDs to come. And as we’ve noted in the past, your support for the current and forthcoming titles will be vital in ensuring how much of that future product will come to market, as well as how complete it will be.

We’ll provide a thorough overview of the just-announced releases as soon as they’re made available to us. In the meantime, to be certain that you stay informed of the latest developments relating to the DVDs, Dean, The Golddiggers, and The Dingaling Sisters, we invite you to join the many Dean Martin Show alumnae and aficionados who already LIKE our Dean, Golds and Dings Facebook page:

Our thanks to regular Dean, Golds and Dings participant Richard Wierzbowski for his contribution to this report.

13 Responses to Dean Comes Home For Christmas

  1. Petey Kohut says:

    Thrilled about the Christmas DVD, but disappointed to find my Time-Life collection incomplete since I didn’t purchase King of Cool at Costco.

  2. Richard Wierzbowski says:

    Not a problem at all and if I come across any more information pertaining to these wonderful sets or future releases, I will be sure to post them here and on Facebook. I had a feeling it was a combination of the first two multi-sets and the uncut shows being packaged as one whole ultimate set, but definitely getting the Xmas special too. Folks, let’s keep on buying these to allow for more releases to happen!

  3. As always; thanks for the invaluable info, now I know what to buy, and what to stay clear of!

    But to clarify; will the 68 Christmas Show be the only standalone item, and the Cool Then, Cool Now photo book only available with the previously released TL-set compilation?

    I was also never aware of a 7th disc on the King of Cool set, do you have a breakdown? Must say I feel more than just a little gypped if I missed out on it…



  4. Video Vision says:

    Finn and Petey, as of this writing, it’s our understanding that both the King of Cool bonus disc and the softcover edition of the Cool Then, Cool Now photo book will be packaged only with the Ultimate Collection boxed set and not sold individually, but we will double-check on that and post an update here next week.

  5. Kylie says:

    Great news about the Christmas dvd 🙂
    I have to admit I was disappointed to learn this won`t be the 1967 Show which I had jumped to the conclusion mistakenly, that it would be.
    Also a little disappointed there will only be one new show released this year, I was so full of hope another box set of uncut Dean Martin Shows would be released.
    I want to make a comment I know all Dean Martin fans would agree with, we have to keep encouraging Time Life to release more uncut Dean Martin Shows and one way to do that is if you don`t already have the previously released material by Time Life then please buy the complete compilation set.
    I noticed Amazon is offering a special price.
    I am critical of one thing, somebody has been uploading a lot of this footage to Youtube.
    If people start downloading these shows from Youtube then there`ll be less people buying the shows from Time Life and less incentive for Time Life to continue releasing more shows.
    Hugs and Kisses
    from Kylie xxxoooxxx

  6. Video Vision says:

    Don’t despair, Kylie. As we pointed out in the article above, we’ve been assured that there WILL be more Dean Martin Show DVDs to come. And we wholeheartedly agree with you about the damaging impact on sales of DMS DVDs caused by the unauthorized uploading of footage from Dean’s series onto YouTube. It would appear that much of it that’s out there is from the now-discontinued Guthy-Renker volumes, and clearly, that company was very lax in policing the web for pirated material from its collection. Conversely, Time-Life and NBCUniversal seem to be quite vigilant about protecting their own DMS footage and flagging any that’s unofficially uploaded, and we commend them for taking that stance.

  7. Richard Wierzbowski says:

    My question is this…will this Christmas episode be available not only as a separate entity but on the same date as the Ultimate Collection is supposedly being released on, which is 10/30/2012? Just making sure as I bought the Uncut episodes at Best Buy near me.

  8. Richard Wierzbowski says:

    UPDATE 2: UPDATE TWO: Just saw this individually priced at Best Buy’s website for ten bucks BUT it looks like it will be made available a week later than the Ultimate Set…To be released on 11/6/2012…

  9. nostalgic98204 says:

    Disappointed that the 1968 Christmas show will be minus some musical numbers 😦 I’ll probably purchase it regardless, but really I’m anxiously awaiting future release(s) of the weekly series. I’ve been holding off watching the last show in the 3 disc uncut release because I’ll be disappointed that there will not be another show to look forward to in the set. But I don’t think I’ll be able to hold off for too much longer!!!!

  10. Richard Wierzbowski says:

    At least we’re getting something but again, I believe this is coming out one week after the Ultimate Set will be making its DVD premiere, in this case, on Election Day 11/6/2012..i believe Best Buy will have them in stock, at limited stores or can be had online.

  11. Richard Wierzbowski says:

    Just confirmed this will be available as a separate DVD and will be out in three weeks time…Election day 11/6/12 to be precise…

  12. Jon Wagner says:

    Who wrote the music and lyrics for “Christmas is for Kids”? Dean sings it as the camera scans the donated toys. I can’t seem to find any recording of this lovely carol.

  13. Video Vision says:

    We searched and couldn’t find one either, Jon. We suspect it was a sui generis composition, penned specifically that episode.

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