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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DG5MU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,041 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Billy Bites Yer Bum Live
From the days when he still had red hair and was rising to the peak of his career, this is one of Billy’s legendary early performances. The culmination of a marathon British tour that started in 1980, Billy Bites Yer Bum Live was filmed at London’s Apollo Victoria over two nights in February 1981.

Hand Picked By Billy
Recorded the following year in 1982, Hand Picked By Billy was recorded at the Cambridge Theatre in London. This show includes the infamous story of the Glasgow sewage worker.

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tristan Dunn on 18 Nov. 2010
Format: DVD
Been a fan of Billy for a good 25 years now. Having heard material from the mid 70s through 'til now, I feel that this was the end of him at his absolute best. In those early days he seems plugged into the mains compared to the mid 80s onwards. You can hear him starting to relax his language a little here, something I have absolutely no problem with, but I can't help but feel that it was brought in as a crutch, as the material was getting thinner. I appreciate that comedians have a rough time in that everything on a tour must be completely fresh, whereas when you go and see a band, you expect classics to be played. Given Connolly's longevity, you can sympathise with him. Someone here mentioned that they've heard some of this before. Well, yes you may have. The Organic Redistribution routine is the only thing I can recall (see "The Jobbie Weecha" on his early "Solo Concert" album). There's so much good stuff on here: the Country and Western song, American television commercials, the Cardinal visiting the Scottish primary school, ship-yard toilets, the school trip to the countryside, and as for the finale? Simply brilliant. I do agree that the second "Hand Picked by Billy" performance is the weaker of the two. That's not to say that it's bad. The Glasgow Sewage Worker routine is great, and his irate customer walk, going back to the sex shop with the duff inflatable woman still makes me cry with laughter. There's the previously mentioned Organic Redistribution routine which is still really funny.
On the subject of his 70s performances, try and get hold of his early albums: "Cop Yer Whack For This", "Get Right Intae Him", "Raw Meat for the Balcony", "Riotous Assembly" and "Atlantic Bridge". They've all been deleted for years so will be v hard to get hold of.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "canon_eos_seller" on 12 Dec. 2003
Format: DVD
If you've never seen Billy before then this is a great introduction for you.
However, if you have seen the big yin before.....don't bother as you won't miss a thing. When it said on the cover 'hand picked by billy' I thought that some new material may have been added but NO. Don't get me wrong....Billy Connolly is very, very funny but I still felt let down. I honestly can say that I've seen better material of Billy on DVD/Video in the past.
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Dvd didnt work. Tried on 3 different players and did not respond. So not happy. Thanks. Would like replacement dvd please.
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By fay fitzpatrick on 17 Sept. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Side spit tingly funny! If you need a pick me up put this on....AMAZING never laughed so much x
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C Schalck on 15 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
I have to disagree with some of the other reviewers I'm afraid.

This is vintage Connolly. It's always interesting to watch performers at different stages in their career and observe exactly how they have matured and developed...OK, maybe this isn't quite Billy as we know him today, but bear in mind that these shows are over twenty years old, and yet I still roared.

Some of the material may not seem that original, but you have to ask the question "Who did it first?".

The only gripe I have is the ending to the first show...I'm not going to spoil it for those who haven't seen it, but prepare yourself for something Billy has since dropped (possibly with good reason?) - but again, that adds to the importance of these early recordings.
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By alice smith on 15 Nov. 2014
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thank you for a speedy delivery.looking forward to viewing it
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