Bianculli: 6 DVD Sets Worth Wrapping Up Right Now Fresh Air's resident TV critic selects his favorite DVDs of the year, from the complete Larry Sanders Show, with lots of bonus material, to Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol -- a vintage musical treat for the very young on your holiday list.
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Bianculli: 6 DVD Sets Worth Wrapping Up Right Now

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Bianculli: 6 DVD Sets Worth Wrapping Up Right Now

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DAVID BIANCULLI, Host:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm TV critic David Bianculli starting the second half of the show with what I hope is a helpful guide for your holiday shopping plans. I have a short list of recent DVD releases of TV shows that you might want to give or drop hints to get this year.

BIANCULLI: Unidentified Man: Miscellaneous wild line library take one.

(SOUNDBITE OF "THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW")

(SOUNDBITE OF BEEPING)

RIP TORN: (as Artie) Crap. Crap. Friggin. Friggin. Friggin. Ass. Ass. Ass. Bull crap. Bull crap. Horse hockey. Horse hockey. Hell. Hell. Oh, hell.

OK: OK. That's enough. Thank you.

TORN: (as Artie) What about this...

BIANCULLI: Also in the bonus material are lots of deleted scenes - most of them richer, longer and more entertaining than most material stuffed onto DVD sets as extras. In the show's brilliant finale, for example, Jim Carrey stops the show as a celebrity who serenades Larry the way Bette Midler sang to Johnny Carson on his penultimate show. But the DVD extras continue that scene through the pretend commercial break, as Carrey drops his show-biz act and talks frankly to Shandling's Larry and his sidekick, Hank, played brilliantly by Jeffrey Tambor.

(SOUNDBITE OF "THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW")

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

JIM CARREY: Can I be honest with you?

GARRY SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) Yeah.

CARREY: I'm here for three good reasons: last show, big ratings, movie coming out. Bim. Bam. Boom. Whew. Otherwise I'd be sitting home watching "Nightline."

JEFFREY TAMBOR: (as Hank) As usual.

SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) It's too - you, you don't mention anything about the movie.

CARREY: What?

SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) You didn't say anything about the movie. You didn't, you didn't say any...

CARREY: I didn't mention "The Truman Show?"

SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) No.

CARREY: Oh, my God. Oh, no. oh, my, God.

SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) He didn't say anything, did he, about "The Truman Show?"

TAMBOR: (as Hank) I didn't hear it.

SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) I don't think so.

CARREY: Oh, I don't believe this.

SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) I don't think you did.

CARREY: Do I have a clip too?

SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) Huh? There was a clip, yeah, but you didn't bring it out.

CARREY: See that's your fault as a host.

SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) You know...

CARREY: You should've led me in that direction. Even Jon Stewart can set up a frigging clip.

SHANDLING: (as Larry Sanders) Oh, that is not necessary. You know what? Why don't you stay and do another segment and then I'll bring - and I'll show the clip?

CARREY: Nah. Shot my wad.

TAMBOR: (as Hank) Can I say something? Can I say something? "Cable Guy," underrated.

CARREY: Well, thank you very much, Henry. You ever get tired of kissing ass? You know, you're the most talented person on this show. I've always believed that, you have something very special and yet you squander it here. You know, this show going off the air could be a blessing in disguise for you.

TAMBOR: (as Hank) You think so?

CARREY: Nope.

TAMBOR: (as Hank) No?

CARREY: Good luck.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

BIANCULLI: (Soundbite of music from "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol")

JOAN GARDNER: We haven't had a hen since I can't tell you when. We love our hen again, with a razzleberry dressing. We've been so awful good for me down to the baby and we're not made of wood or razzleberry gravy.

BIANCULLI: Coming up, new developments regarding an old controversy. This is FRESH AIR.

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