'Actor's Studio' Due on DVD25 Aug, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold
The long-running Bravo TV series “Inside the Actor's Studio” is coming to DVD. The first release will be Dave Chappelle's notorious appearance in which he explained why he ditched his popular Comedy Central show and fled to Africa.
Inside the Actor's Studio: Dave Chappelle ($14.98) will be released Nov. 7 by Shout Factory. Out the same day is Inside the Actor's Studio: Icons ($39.98), a three-DVD set with four episodes in which host James Lipton interviews Clint Eastwood, Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand.
The two titles are part of a deal to launch a video collection of the series between Shout Factory and partners NBC Universal Television Distribution and Actor's Studio Inc.
Shout Factory president Garson Foos said plans call for the company to release subsequent episodes over the coming years, both as single-disc editions with one interview each and in themed collections of four episodes.
In addition to the complete broadcast episodes, all DVDs in the series will include previously unseen segments, extended interviews and new introductions by Lipton.
The host said that spending up to five hours on stage with his guests leads to “invaluable revelations and emotional moments” often left on the cutting room floor.
“We're always promising ourselves that when the series is released on home video, these memorable happenings will be restored to the public record,” he said.