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John Ritter - Being of Sound Mindy and Body


TITLE: JOHN RITTER: BEING OF SOUND MIND AND BODY (1980)


Info:

DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004 (Standing Room Only Entertainment/Kultur Video)
color, approx. 50 minutes
MSRP: $14.95
Number of discs: 1
Number of episodes: 6 skits
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned
Special features: None


Introduction:

The legendary John Ritter had a comedy-variety special for ABC in May 1980 and you can now own it on DVD! John was with ABC at the time doing the fourth season of Three’s Company. John brings his comedic timing and physical comedy, along with his likeability in this wonderful rare special that has not been seen in many years. John joins forces with Hollywood’s finest in an hour full of fun and laughs.

There are six wonderful skits that will make you laugh and even cry. The first skit is “Movement is the Message” in which John’s character is bumbling man looking for ladies, and goes by a book. The next skit is “Fear Itself” in which John plays a nerdy theater manager who tries to stop some bullies. The next skit is a compilation of John in different costumes portraying a man’s entire life on video in, “Walter Simmons.” The next skit brings John’s physical comedy in “The Over-Reactor;” it features a man who overreacts after not getting passed airport security and turns into a werewolf. The next skit has John as a rock star who has gone down hill in but is trying to be revived in “The Rock Doctor.” The final skit portrays what John really is - a loving man, father and human being as John’s character has trouble putting a baby to sleep in “Sleep.”

Among John’s guest stars are Vincent Price and Suzanne Somers (“Movement is the Message”), Joyce DeWitt (“Fear Itself”), David Doyle (“The Over-Reactor”) and Howard Hesseman (“The Rock Dcotor”).


Packaging:

The packaging on this set is very good for a one disc set. There is just a case and no box. The case has a photo of John in a blue coat and dark blue/yellow shirt. It looks like a photo from 1978. 5 smaller photos are on the left side which features some shots of the special. The back of the case has a nice synopsis of the special and it has detailed information on the set. The case comes with a page of “Chapter Selections” so you know what titles and chapters the skits are on. The disc I have is a sample disc, so I don’t know what photo will be used for the public. I’m guessing the same photo of John from the cover will be on the disc.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is neat. It has the same photos from the cover with the theme song from the special playing in the background. There are some clips from the special playing as well in the background. There are two options: “Play” & “Scene Selection.” Play of course plays the entire special without interruption. Scene selection goes by skits; it also has opening credits and closing credits.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio on this special is very good. This special has rarely been seen, so it is even more impressive. John’s production company Adam Productions was behind this special, along with many of John’s good friends like Robert M. Myman (who is John’s partner in Adam Productions), Joe Landon, Jack Bender and Three’s Company producers/directors/writers like Dave Powers, Gene Perret, and Bill Richmond. Comic Bruce Vilanch was also a writer for this special. The special is completely unedited from its original ABC airing at about 49-50 minutes in length. In the original airing, rehearsal footage was also included and is on this set as well. There is rehearsal footage before each skit. You can tell John is such a funny and wonderful person.


Special Features:

Unfortunately, there are no special features. I have this special on tape (thanks to Chris Mann!), and he sent me two bloopers from this special. One blooper is of John filming the opening credits. He comes on a bike at the studio lot with no shirt on and walks into the studio showing his butt. The other blooper is of John as Walter Simmons. He acts drunk and is killing himself. Again, these bloopers are NOT on this set. It would have been nice to have.


Final Comments:

Overall, this set is excellent. All fans of John Ritter or Three’s Company should DEFINTATELY buy this set. This is a gem of a special and it is very rare. John’s comic timing is extraordinary and will be missed dearly. We lost John way too soon, so buy this set and dedicate it to him.

For full information on this special visit my section on MovieTome:

http://www.movietome.com/movietome/servlet/MovieMain/movieid-114498
/John_Ritter_Being_of_Sound_Mind_and_Body


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video quality: 4.7/5
Audio quality: 4.7/5
Special Features: N/A
Menu Design/Navigation: 5.0/5
Overall: 4.8/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 11/21/04

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