By Kirven Blount
Updated November 03, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

James Lipton may have a show-offy vocabulary, a Just For Men beard, and more pregnant pauses than William Shatner, but there’s no arguing with his effectiveness, as evidenced in the DVD release of Inside the Actors Studio: Icons. Who else could unearth tidbits like Quincy Jones complimenting Barbra’s backside, Eastwood’s aversion to the word Action! (it scared horse and orangutan costars), and Newman holing up in a hotel room with a 12-pack to prep for roles?

Cutting-room moments and Lipton’s oratorical intros are skippable.