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Death of Andy Kaufman [DVD] [2011] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Wild Eye Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2011
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004XZ99H8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,121 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars makse you think 19 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
After watching this Doc,which is a great companion piece to Man In The Moon it does make you wonder if Kaufman would have done an Elvis and faked his own death.It is the sort of Mad thing he would have done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Death of Andy Kaufman 13 Oct 2011
By Carlos E. Velasquez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The late comedian Andy Kaufman (1949-1984) is one of these legendary figures that certainly left a strong footprint in entertainment, not precisely because of his talents, but rather because of his premature death at 35. So, it can be said, that in that sense he belongs to the same privileged group of early celebrity departures, which includes Jim Morrison, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, John Belushi etc., etc.--- and maybe the recently deceased Amy Winehouse. These artists will haunt us for eternity and have created a cult following. "The Death of Andy Kaufman" takes a comprehensive and intriguing look at the myth created by his mysterious demise.

Directed by Christopher Maloney, who is fascinated by Kaufman, the documentary opens at Beth David cemetery, where the star is buried, and we get to see his grave. From there, we watch some of his early stand-up routines, and we are told that Kaufman was an early admirer of transcendental meditation. We are also told that once the comedian was informed that he had only about three months to live due to a lung cancer, nobody wanted to believe him. They thought it was a hoax, because he apparently told many people that he was going to fake his own death. Well, the man died, and, indeed, rumors began spreading that Kaufman faked his own dead. Some people were pushing the thesis that he was replaced by a Nathan McCoy, who died in the same hospital in which Andy was interned. Director Maloney interviews some people close to Kaufman, in order that he could find the truth. Perhaps the most credible interviewee was Andy's brother, who gave a candid testimony. In the end, you'll be the judge.

"The Death of Andy Kaufman" also features some of the actor's most memorable gigs, including the famous Latka Gravas, from the TV series "Taxi," and his recurrent roles on Saturday Night Live, such as the annoying Tony Clifton. Of course, his wrestling women phase is also mentioned. This documentary, plus the film "Man on the Moon," in which Jim Carrey portrays the late comic, may go hand in hand to understand the mind of Andy Kaufman. The DVD also includes an extended interview with the director, and a trailer. (USA, 2011, color, 120 min plus additional materials). Exclusively reviewed on August 23, 2011 by Eric Gonzalez. MVD Visual / Wild Eye
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I expected it to be 7 Feb 2014
By Jenny Meyers - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very happy & it was everything I expected this movie to be so I'm happy.
Very very happy indeed.
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting documentary about a comedian we do not have enough material on. 24 Jun 2013
By William D Wolford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Andy Kaufman was many things. A comedian, actor, son, brother and friend. Andy could also drive you to insane anger or laughter... sometimes in the same moment. He was a strange, intensely private person. No one knew the real Andy. Maybe not even his family. So when he died in 1984 at the age of 35 from lung cancer, people thought he would be back. Not from the dead, but from hiding. Many people thought (and still think) that Andy Kaufman faked his own death, and that's what this documentary focuses on.

There are many reasons made known in this film about why Andy Kaufman would fake his own death. Some of them given are the fact that he had just gone through a lot of professional hardships. Losing his Saturday Night Live gig, having his show Taxi cancelled, and being thrown out of his spiritual meditation group. He told several people that he would fake his death to help cope with these losses. That he would hide away until the time was right to make his reappearance, thus staging the biggest hoax in the entertainment industry. He even created an alter ego (Tony Clifton) that he, or someone else (it was hard to tell who) would perform under the guise of.

This documentary delves quite deep into different theories of how Andy might have successfully pulled off this stunt of faking his own death. We get to go to a town where he has supposedly been seen over the years. We see letters from people having seen him in places all over the world. We are told about how Andy could have switched identities with someone in the hospital where he died, thus being free to do as he pleased while someone else was buried in his place. There are numerous websites that have members who either believe Andy is alive, or try to pass themselves off as Andy Kaufman himself.

In the latter part of the documentary, we spend time with Andy's brother, who brings a wealth of knowledge to the proceedings, and who also played the part of Tony Clifton on stage at least once. He admits to helping keep the image of Andy's death hoax alive, but doesn't go into detail how he does so. He also talks about Andy's last days alive, and his funeral.

This documentary sums up at its conclusion that Andy is in fact dead, (Which I believe as well) and that the hoax, even though it might have been in the planning stages, never came to fruition. Andy was a strange man and performer, so nothing he may have tried to do would seem shocking, as he did so many things outside the box to begin with.

Personally, while I found the subject of this documentary interesting, it was the great amount of Andy Kaufman footage that I had never seen before that grabbed my interest the most. I always felt that Andy died in 1984, and this did nothing to change my mind, or even consider any alternative. It is though, a well made and very interesting documentary about a comedian we do not have enough material on. This should be a welcome addition to the collection of someone who is curious about Andy's death, and people who find an interest in his comedy career. 7/10.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's alright 28 Jun 2012
By Lee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I was expecting more interviews with his family but it doesn't really tell you anything that you don't already know. I really liked man on the moon Kaufman is played by Jim Carey couldn't have done any better with that one in my opion.
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