What grand news to learn of this collection! I came to Ernie by watching the PBS half-hour series originally broadcast in the mid-1970s, and the years have only added to my appreciation for this ground-breaking comedian whose own life was touched by uncertainty and loss while he was making audiences laugh. Ernie pioneered the music video (admittedly, he did it with classical music), his blackout sketches were often tremendous, and his cast of characters — Wolfgang von Saurbraten, Auntie Grusome, Uncle Buddy, Miklos Molnar, and of course Percy Dovetonsils — are good enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the creations of comedians such as Red Skelton and Jackie Gleason. The budgets and the technologies of the ’50s could not always match Ernie’s restless imagination, but even when the effects look dated to modern eyes, the _ideas_ at play are always first-rate. Ready for a good laugh? You’ll get it with The Ernie Kovacs Collection!
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Judge Chris Claro, DVD Verdict — “Half a century after his death, Ernie Kovacs, with his antic eyebrows and head-honcho cigar, still stands as a comic genius. Thanks to this treasure trove from Shout! Factory,Kovacs’ innovative techniques and singular comedy are available to a new generation through an exhaustive six-disc box that chronicles his criminally short career. As with many of its collections, Shout! Factory outdoes itself with extras. Among the other gems that Shout! Factory has unearthed for this cornucopia of Kovacs is the comic’s silent half-hour, Eugene. While it certainly appears dated fifty years on, the invention behind the special, in which a mild-mannered guy goes about his day, is still dazzling.”
If you google the name of the collection and the words pre-order bonus you’ll quickly find the site where, it says, you must order from to get the bonus. And you’re going to pay a few bucks more than on this site.