While I don't always agree with Larry King on film, there's no denying that the famed interviewer certainly has a long history interviewing some of the most famous icons of our time. King currently is seen on CNN as the host of "Larry King Live", which is one of the longest running talk shows on-air. He is also in the Radio Hall of Fame, having started his career on the radio in the '60's.
This DVD set is a compilation of King's greatest interviews, as apparently picked by King himself, who comes on at the beginning of the program (and infrequently throughout) on each DVD to provide a general introduction to what will be seen on that disc. The set is split into three sections: Hollywood, Icons and Politics. Each of the discs present a set of about 180 minutes worth of clips. The clips are bunched into sections (for example, early on in the "Hollywood" section, many of the interviews are regarding relationships), but not precisely organized.
There are some great interviews here, and while this format does work better to try and get as many "greatest hits" in as possible, potential viewers should know that full interviews are not offered here, just clips.
Disc 1: Hollywood Film Stars & Legends
Guests include: George Clooney, Marlon Brando, Angelina Jolie, Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy Jr., Al Pacino, Audrey Hepburn, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Paul McCartney, Bette Davis, Ray Charles, Celine Dion, Johnny Cash, Christopher Reeve, Bette Midler, Walter Matthau & Jack Lemmon, Robert Redford and more
Disc 2: Presidents & First Ladies; News Events & Scandals
Guests include: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton
Plus, coverage of 9/11, Iraq War, Death of Princess Diana, OJ Simpson Trial, Martha Stewart Trial and more
Disc 3: TV Stars & Broadcast News Icons; Comedians; Unforgettable Moments Guests include: Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Katie Couric, Jerry Seinfeld, George Burns, Jim Carrey, Bill Maher, Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres, Bill Cosby and more
VIDEO: The interviews here are presented in their original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio by Warner Brothers. The presentation offered broadcast-level image quality, with varying sharpness and detail depending on the age of the interview (while newer interviews looked crisp and clear, older interviews could look soft and fuzzy.) Otherwise, only a few flaws (some slight shimmer, a little bit of artifacting on occasion) were spotted. Colors looked bright and vivid, with no smearing or other issues.
SOUND: The stereo soundtrack presents clear, undistorted dialogue during the interviews.
EXTRAS: Bonus interviews (including more Brando) include lengthy introductions by King.
Final Thoughts: "Larry King Live: The Greatest Interviews" includes 550 minutes worth of interviews sure to please fans of King's show. However, while there's plenty of footage, the lack any sort of scene selection on the DVDs (each of which plays as one long chunk) is dismaying. Still, fans who can find this title on sale should consider picking it up.