Jack Benny TV show on DVD?

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  1. Scott Kriefall

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    Are there any episodes of the 1950s Jack Benny TV show available -- or soon to be available -- on DVD?

    Aside from a couple episodes on some multi-disc 1950s collections, I've been unable to locate any.
     
  2. Jefferson

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    Not that i know of.
    It is a shame, because he
    is superb.

    In the mid nineties they put out an authorized,
    NON public domain VHS set of his early sixties
    stuff, that i hoped would make it to dvd...
    that featured eps with Lucy, Carol Burnett,
    Smothers Bros.
     
  3. David Lambert

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    Delta put out a "Christmas TV Episodes" disc a long time ago that had a Jack Benny Christmas episode on it. That's the only one we know about at TVShowsOnDVD. No word of anything forthcoming either...at least nothing's reached our ears.
     
  4. David Von Pein

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    Scott .......

    Here's a place you might want to try.

    Keep in mind, the DVDs from Shokus.com are all in DVD-R format, which some players don't seem to like to play very well.

    I have a few of the above Benny DVDs. Great shows! I'd like a lot more. The quality, however, on those DVDs leaves a lot to be desired. Not any better than VHS. But, still, it's nice to have some of Jack's great comedy on DVD. [​IMG]

    Just FYI........

    If you're also a fan of Benny's fabulously-successful (and hilarious) radio show (1932-1955), you might want to take a long, hard gander at THIS SITE. Or THIS ONE. You can buy nearly every Jack Benny Radio Program on MP3. Dirt cheap too. Dozens of other shows as well.
     
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    THE best/funniest Jack Benny Program I've ever seen has Peter Lorre guest-starring as a murderer searching for a new face. He gets Jack's face via plastic surgery....and hijinks ensue. [​IMG]

    Unfortunately, I don't believe it's on DVD (yet).

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Jefferson

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    Yes! That is the vhs set i was talking about...
    that IS a fantastic episode.
     
  8. Scott Kriefall

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    Jack Benny was very funny, and one of the few radio stars to successfully make the transition to television.

    His radio shows are fantastic, and I recommend them heartily! Start with the ones during the Lucky Strike era (1944-1955), especially the ones with Phil Harris as the bandleader. This was the period of some great running gags, like The Vault, "Hey Bud", and Anaheim, Azusa and Cuc...
    amonga.

    It is sad that Jack Benny movies are not available on DVD. I would love to see the following:
    Charley's Aunt, Buck Benny Rides Again, The Horn Blows at Midnight, To Be or Not to Be, It's In the Bag...

    Wow, after writing them down, there are more and more I would love to have. Let's get them all out on DVD!
     
  11. Scott Kriefall

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    David,

    My "low quality" comment was directed more towards poorly compressed MP3s than towards low quality source material. Often, the bitrate is set much too low for the sampling rate, resulting in horrible artifacting and "gurglies". Many of them are probably compressed with sub-par encoders (Xing, anyone?) too.

    Here's an idea for someone... release a DVD-R or two filled to capacity with properly compressed Benny radio episodes at 64/44! I'd buy it. Unfortunately, legal issues would probably prevent this.

    Back to Benny on TV...

    I'm tempted to order at least one of those DVDs from Shokus.com. The cost does seem a tad high for public domain material, but I'm not aware of any other alternatives.
     
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    Diamond just released a 2 DVD set of THE JACK BENNY SHOW. There is also a BURNS AND ALLEN set. Tower had them for $6.99.
     
  14. Scott Kriefall

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    Thanks. I've been unable to locate the Diamond set anywhere online, but I'll watch for it at Best Buy.
     
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    Isn't this show owned by Universal? Or is that some other, later, Jack Benny Program?
     
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    I loved this show (which ran well into the 1960s). Another thing that I'd love to get on DVD are some of the episodes of The Tonight Show where Carson would schedule no guests other than Benny and they'd just flood the program with show business anecdotes. I remember several of these from the late 1960s, early 1970s, with one not too long before Benny died, but they're not among the many programs offered by Carson's website. I wonder if they survive?
     
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    Well, I'd like to resurrect this 4 month old thread with news of a new Jack Benny DVD.

    Deep Discount DVD has a new Critics Choice label with Jack Benny Show Vol. 1. It contains these 3 episodes:
    • "JACK BENNY PROGRAM"(1952) Featuring Bing Crosby, George Burns, & Bob Hope. (26 MIN-B&W)
    • "JACK BENNY PROGRAM"(1953) Featuring Julie London & All his special friends. (26 MIN-B&W)
    • "Jack Benny Hour" (11-3-65) Featuring Elke Summer, Walt Disney, & Beach Boys. (55 MIN-B&W)

    And it's only $5.99...I ordered it, I'll let you know how it is once I get it. The front says "Digitally Restored" which could mean anything.
     
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    Kurt:

    Definitely let us know how they are. I bet the only digitally restoring they did was put it on a DVD. Still, with the big name stars on that one, it might be worth purchasing.
     

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