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Bernard Manning - An Audience With Bernard And Friends [2003] [DVD]

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3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Quantum Leap
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AE7A7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,641 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Had enough of hearing how great Man U are? Then join foul-mouthed northern comic Bernard Manning as he takes the club's fans to task with this live performance at the Embassy Club, Manchester. Aided by Talk Radio's James H. Reeve, Bernard gives the club - and late-coming guests 'Posh' and 'Becks' - what for, in his own inimitable fashion.


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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bernard at his best 26 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is Bernard Manning at his best. I think because the guy is in his 80's we can let him off with a few jokes that we've heard before but the way he tells them makes up for it no end. Performing once again infront of a packed out Embassy Club ,accompanied by James H Reeves, Bernard delivers a vivid description of all things anti-Man Utd. I'm sure, like me, you'll find this as just an added bonus to what is a barrell of laughs front start to finish. If you buy it, make sure none of your mates have seen it, don't tell them you've got it and pretty soon you'll have them in tears down the pub. True genius from a man who will be sorely missed when he finally goes (by some). Well in Bernard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 4 Aug 2013
By Andyvon
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was quite disappointed with this DVD. It's poorly produced and not worth the money in my opinion.

The DVD was filmed in 1999 in Bernard Manning's Embassy Club. The first 20 minutes is taken up by a comic named James H. Reeves whom I've never heard of. I can only describe Mr. Reeves and his routine of anti-Man. Utd gags as 'mediocre'. Mr. Reeves was followed by a stripper whose five-minute routine shows her eventually taking off everything in front of the jeering and ogling crowd. Far be it for me to criticize, but the lady didn't do much for me while she stood stark naked on stage and it really wasn't the sort of thing I wanted to sit at home and watch!

Bernard Manning then came on stage for the last 30 minutes and was up to his usual standard. However, Bernard's routine involved a strange skit in which the show was stopped (by James H. Reeves) when a 'Posh and Becks' look-a-like couple arrived at the back of the hall. They were then ushered onto the stage, to the accompaniment of jeers and lewd comments, then Bernard 'chatted' or talked to them - without a single verbal response from either! Both just stood beside Bernard grinning inanely, the only exception being when 'David Beckham' quietly said to Bernard "I'm very shy"(!). Bernard then said how good they were and sat them down on the edge of the stage! What was all that about I wondered? I think they were professional look-a-likes hired as part of the act but they were as funny as a fire in an orphanage (to quote Bernard!)

Lastly, this DVD is very poorly produced - as if done in someone's garage! Indeed, the DVD came badly wrapped in what I can only describe as clingfilm! There are about six clips of Bernard telling a joke to the camera when he's obviously alone in the Embassy Club.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bernard Manning! 13 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
My husband said:- Very disappointing! The DVD didn't concentrate enough on Bernard Manning, as there were other people on the DVD as well! He wishes he hadn't bought it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT QUITE BERNARD'S FINEST HOUR 14 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Quite good. Bernard as always is hilarious, but the Posh and Becks lookalikes don't really work. A bit too much football orientated and not his best un-pc-self!
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A high cultural icon's bittersweet swansong 18 Jan 2008
Format:DVD
Where to start with an auteur like Manning? Uttering his name in the same breath as such legendary figures as Chaucer, Rabelais, Chaplin - or even the great Jim Davidson - is one way to begin. But it is not enough to simply display his name among those transcendental heroes of comedy: we must recognise specifically Manning's own unique contribution to Western culture.

This DVD captures Manning near the end of his career, a few years before his death, and one can see the strain that a life of selfless contribution to the arts has had upon him. At times, it's as if he struggles to summon the energy to utter forth a mother-in-law joke, and to me it felt as if he had to work very hard to complete more than one off-colour observation about immigration.

But these moments of lapse are not only forgiveable, they are essential to the bittersweet enjoyment of this piece. These harrowing glimpses of Manning's vulnerability only help to confirm the reality of an artistically battle-scarred man underneath the humour; a man facing the end of a career that has charmed the most cynical of intellectuals for decades, and wondering - was it enough?

Add this to your collection immediately. You will be all the more enriched for it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely hilarious 5 Jun 2012
By Wayne Redhart VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is an excellent entry in the "an audience with" series- featuring a hilarious performance by comedy legend Bernard Manning (filmed on location at Rotherham town hall). As usual, there's a glitzy star-studded audience: that includes the likes of Joan Collins, Edward Woodward, Sarah Ferguson, Linford Christie, Bob Hoskins, Esther Rantzen and Geoffrey off of Rainbow. Aside from laughing raucously at the comedian's jokes, however, as usual the celebrities are also on hand to ask a few questions of their host. Among others: "What are your views on the influx of immigrants who are coming in from abroad and taking away British people's jobs?", asks Cliff Richard (the Peter Piper of pop). "Do you know any good jokes about Pakistanis?", inquires Dame Vera Lynn. Also: "Has your mother-in-law ever behaved in a naive fashion that resulted in the onset of humorous consequences?", Germain Grier wishes to know. Showing a keen off-the-cuff improvisational wit, somehow Manning manages to segue effortlessly from such seemingly difficult cues into some of the most uproarious tirades of bigotry that you could ever hope to hear.

In today's day and age, it's not terribly fashionable to champion the older school of comedians. However, what people often forget is that, in the past, it simply wasn't considered to be in bad taste to apply derogatory generalisations to women, racial groups or disableds etc. You cannot apply brand new moral constructs (that only ever originated in the 21st century) to comedians who had their careers in earlier times. While modern standards ensure that such popular comedians as Frankie Boyle and Ricky Gervais are permanently kept on a tight leash of political correctness, hateful and abusive stereotypes just weren't seen as a bad thing in those days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Politically Incorrect, but who cares.
Plenty of choice, bought as xmas present for family member.

They never stopped laughing. What more can you ask for.
Published 8 months ago by J. Barrett
2.0 out of 5 stars Bernard Manning - An Audience with
I ordered this for my husband and a previous revue said it was no good but I gave it go ... Would not recommend this about 2 mins of laughter
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Linda Steube
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap
The production was poor could have been made by a school child, add it have not been for the content..
The print of the DVD and cover page looked home made. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Yardie
5.0 out of 5 stars bernard manning
it was what i expected the inuendoes,and p,taking where brilliant it reminds you of what one misses
these days whith politcal correctness,being pushed in your face. Read more
Published 17 months ago by elflacko
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny Bernard in top form
Some of Bernard Mannings better jokes were on the "The Comedians" tv series in the 1970s. Some good material here though very funny. Read more
Published 18 months ago by tzmoggie
5.0 out of 5 stars It just isnt funny.....ITS HILARIOUS!!!!
arguably one of the funniest men on the planet(depending on your taste in comedy)filmed at his spiritual home,THE WORLD FAMOUS EMBASSY CLUB. Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2008 by tommyd
1.0 out of 5 stars It just isnt funny.
I had this misfortune of watching this because my dad wanted to see it. I'm not exactly sure how this can be classed as comedy. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2006 by D. KNIGHT
1.0 out of 5 stars very dissapointing
I saw his videos 20 years ago and great stuff. This is very funny in parts and dribble in other parts. The production is amateurish. I regret purchasing it
Published on 5 Dec 2004
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