The Carol Burnett Show – Let’s Bump Up the Lights! is the DVD re-issue of an original CBC broadcast. The content is in the form of one of Carol’s famous Q & A sessions that started every show. Carol answers questions, she does her Tarzan yell. Burnett does there here too. But she asks other cast regulars (Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner) to join in. Clips from the show are interspersed to back up the answers to the questions.
The 42 minute disc is too short to make a…y real impact. Perhaps this is just a teaser for putting out “The Carol Burnett Show on DVD. But, I must confess, I have a sentimental place in my heart for the show. I used to watch it as a kid. The sketches were funny, in a broad sort of way. The cast seemed like a perfect fit. “The Carol Burnett Show” is a landmark show for its “style”. The improvisational aspect kept as watching, and the characters became more endearing.
Heard in Dolby Digital 2.0, the mix is crisp and clear. Clapping and laughing are clearly separated. The clips from the original show sound great.
The video transfer also looks good. Seen in 1.33:1 full frame format, it would look better here than on TV. The colors are vibrant and strong. The blacks are deep as well. This is a very clean transfer with no sign of defects.
The Carol Burnett Show – Let’s Bump Up the Lights! runs for a good time, not a long time. Hopefully, we can see the full run of the show on DVD sometime soon. It really is a classic. Insert Tarzan yell here.