George Carlin Concerts and HBO Specials Coming to DVD

Legendary standup George Carlin said a few bad words, made a lot of good points and changed the face of comedy.

When you break a crumb in half, you get two crumbs. When you break a DVD in half, it doesn’t play. Bear that in mind when picking up the upcoming George Carlin Commemorative Collection, which are the former Hippy Dippy weather man’s classic TV concerts and rare and never-released material. Included in the package are all 14 HBO Specials Carlin performed. George Carlin Commemorative Collection comes to DVD on June 12, 2018.

Carlin, who was born May 12, 1937, would have been 81 this year. He passed away at the age of 71 in June of 2008. George Carlin Commemorative Collection is being released by MPI Home Video and The George Carlin Estate as a special gift to his fans. The 10-disc box set comes as DVD, CD and Blu-Ray. It features more than five hours of previously unreleased bonus material including rare performance footage from Carlin’s personal archive.

“While digging around in dad’s stuff, we found a few gems that we just couldn’t keep for ourselves,” George Carlin’s daughter, Kelly, who helped compile material for the Box Set, said in a statement. “It’s amazing to think that ten years after his death, we keep finding stuff I’d never seen before.”

One of the key bonus pieces of material is Carlin’s first stand-up special from 1973, The Real George Carlin which has not been seen since it first aired. This is the first time all 14 of Carlin’s Emmy nominated HBO specials will be available in one package. The set contains a previously unreleased HBO special entitled 40 Years of Comedy, which was hosted by Jon Stewart. The set will also contain Carlin’s posthumous audio release, I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die.

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There is also never-before-released material from the 1960s – when Carlin was a clean-cut, suit-wearing guest on the variety shows such as Talent Scouts, The Jackie Gleason Show and Hollywood Palace.  George Carlin was a “fearless commentator on society and a champion of free speech.” The Grammy-winning American stand-up comedian, actor and New York Times best-selling author literally changed the face of stand-up comedy. From clean shaven, suit or sweater-wearing, non-swearing jokesters to the the guy with the weird beard and the hair down to there which makes you go off on a tear who dared to speak the “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.” No fair? The airwave battle went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

George Carlin was not only one of America’s greatest comedians whose albums topped the charts, he was a pioneer of cable TV’s concert format that has become a benchmark of success for all humorists ever since. In 2008, Carlin was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, and in 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him the “Second Best Stand-up Comic of All Time.” To date, Carlin is also the only comedian to have a dedicated SiriusXM radio channel solely to his work.

Bonus material includes APT 2C, a never-aired HBO pilot from the ’80s, and two one-hour stand-up comedy club performances that features material performed by Carlin for the first time. The box set features also includes both DVD and Blu-ray discs of the HBO specials Life Is Worth Losing and It’s Bad for Ya plus liner notes written by comedian Patton Oswalt.

The Box set is coming from Dark Sky Films and MPI Media Group.

George Carlin Commemorative Collection comes to DVD on June 12, 2018.