DVD Tuesday: The Dean Martin Variety Show; Route 66; S.W.A.T.

Every Tuesday I take a look at obscure and/or classic television programs, specials, miniseries or made-for-TV movies being released on DVD. For the record I consider anything broadcast prior to 1980 to be classic or else there wouldn’t be much to discuss. The releases referred to in these posts are encoded for Region 1 use in the United States and Canada.

Out today from Time Life is The Dean Martin Variety Show Uncut, a 3-disc set featuring six complete episodes of The Dean Martin Show. This is the first set to feature actual episodes rather than just clips. The Golddiggers Super Site has a list of the episodes included, which were originally broadcast between 1967 and 1971. Guests include Sid Caeser, Jackie Mason, Buddy Ebsen, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Uggams, Bob Newhart, Orson Welles, Joey Heatherton, Zero Mostel and more.

Also out today from Shout! Factory is S.W.A.T. – The Final Season, collecting all 24 episodes from 1975-1976 season, the show’s second and, as the set’s title indicates, its last. The first season was releasted way back in June of 2003, so this set has been a long time coming. Finally, as of today Route 66 – The Complete Series is no longer a Shout! Store exclusive, meaning it should be available for purchase in brick and mortar stores and online.

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