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What genre is under-represented on DVD? Check out today's Ask the Critic question, then post your own

HEEERE'S... DVD! Two Johnny Carson compilations are worth a look
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HEEERE'S... DVD! Two Johnny Carson compilations are worth a look

What genre is under-represented on DVD?

Is there any genre or kind of entertainment you think is under-represented on DVD? —Tom D.

You bet, Tom: Talk shows on DVD. Think that sounds dull? I direct your attention to the new Ellen DeGeneres Show: DVD-licious, a terrifically edited compilation of the high points of Ellen's daytime talk show. The best parts of her monologues, interviews, out-of-studio stunts (her search for the smallest apartment in Manhattan is an instant-classic), and, yes, her dancing. Look also at two new Johnny Carson compilations, The Best of Carson, Vol. 1 and Carson Country (the latter contains interviews the late master conducted with country acts ranging from Johnny Cash to Dwight Yoakam, plus their musical performances). This stuff has aged very well. I would love to see a DVD of the best of David Letterman's 1980 morning show. Maybe DVD companies don't think this genre sells, but I'll bet there are a lot of people who'd like to see talk-show moments that seemed gone forever restored to DVD. Are there any that you'd like to see? Anyone for a Conan O'Brien collection?

Originally posted Nov 28, 2006