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  • Actors: George Carlin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CM6VDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,213 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It s Bad For Ya, Carlins Emmy-nominated 14th and final HBO special of March 2008 features Carlin s noted irreverent and unapologetic observations on topics ranging from death, religion, bureaucracy, patriotism, overprotected children and big business to the pungent examinations of modern language and the decrepit state of the American culture . Carlin once again comes up with an hour of brand new material that not only makes you laugh, but makes you think. George Carlin will always remain part of the popular lexicon for his Seven Dirty Words routine, and as a comedian who was never afraid to challenge his audience.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ravenheart VINE VOICE on 5 Nov. 2009
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A year behind the US with this release, this is George Carlin's final HBO comedy special before his death at the age of 71 in 2008; his 14th HBO special in total, which is currently the record for a comedian. And, remarkably, it's only the second of his stand-up DVDs to get a commercial release in the UK, the other one being 'Complaints And Grievances' from 2001 (not released until 2003). 2005's 'Life Is Worth Losing' will finally be released in February 2010.

On his final tour Carlin delivered a typically vitriolic tirade tackling topics like death, children, old age and parents, and the original show was nominated for an Emmy. After release the CD equivalent won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. How much his death contributed to this would probably be a valid question, but compared to most comedians' output, this is amongst the best. Against the formidable measuring stick of Carlin's own output however, it isn't his best.

Easily the funniest section is his closing rant about rights, where every one of his observations is on the nail when some of his previous ones in this show, like some of the ones about children, aren't. In some instances he is intentionally making silly arguments (like saying babies are ugly because their heads are too big), but some are just a little off the mark.

Other particularly funny segments are his observations on boring conversations, professional parents, swearing on the bible, and "the self-esteem movement", mostly concluded by the phrase which gave the show its name "It's all bulls**t folks and it's bad for ya."

If you're a Carlin fan, get this. We have precious little of his material available in this country and this is a good example of his work.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Nov. 2009
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`It's Bad For Ya' is George Carlin's last recorded comedy concert before his death and from the word go you get his usual uncompromising, irreverent brand of humour. Walking around his living room set he shares with us his thoughts on a variety of topics and although he comes across as angry and cynical, he was also very intelligent and pertinent. Carlin's style is very reminiscent of Bill Hicks, and he even uses some of the same phrases at times, and if you like one it is a good bet you will enjoy the other. This concert covers topics like old age, death, religion, child worship/Overprotected children, stupid boring people, docile public, patriotism, civic customs and rights. Pretty much what we have come to expect from Carlin over the years. There is strong language throughout and you need to not be easily offended to enjoy his style of comedy, but to be honest most comedians are more offensive and abusive these days than Carlin ever was; it's just the more conservative elements in society don't like him opening peoples eyes to the hypocrisy and lies of those in authority. That is the message this DVD leaves you with, to always question everything, and that is a great bit of advice whatever your thoughts on life. A funny show and well worth watching.

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By Wayne Redhart TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2010
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This is a fine performance by Carlin, a comedian who is largely unknown in this country. He may not have the cult status of Bill Hicks, although there are many similarities in the style. He certainly doesn't worry about holding back his scorn for the general public and their average intelligence. In addition to being amusing, he succeeds in raising a number of interesting points about our brainwashed, unthinking society. For our everyday British citizens, it probably won't erase memories of such legendary DVD performances as Jim Bowen at Rotherham working men's club, Ken Dodd at Bridlington Pier, or Les Dennis live at Barry Island- but, still, why not give it a try?
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By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2009
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I'd heard a bit about this guy, but having watched this DVD I wonder what the fuss is all about. The comedy is not exactly new, and though the "grumpy old man" routine is funny to start with, it did get a bit samey and predictable after about 20 minutes in. It is funny in places, but for me it wasn't good enough to keep the interest going all the way through.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stucumber VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2011
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George Carlin isn't widely known across the UK (he's probably more famous for playing Rufus in the Bill and Ted films) and had more of a cult following in the US. This is a shame as he deserved wider recognition for his work, as he was a first-rate comic.

It might be easy to dismiss any George Carlin gig out of hand, as the angry polemic of an angry man but you'd be missing out on something on a deeper level. The anger that he presented wasn't a simple misanthropy, rather it was a justified anger at what he perceived was stupidity, greed and corruption throughout society in his country (there you go: complex misanthropy). Carlin revelled in laying bare the uncomfortable truths of religion, government, culture and the mindset of 'right-thinking' people. Some may find offence, that's their problem; if your beliefs are intellectually defendable, then you'll be able to shrug the jokes off; if not, well, then he may have got to you there. Perhaps one reason for Carlin's lesser profile over here is that some of the beliefs that he sought to expose as ridiculous, are indigenous to the US and are, perhaps, more obviously so from a distance.

There is a slight lean towards to the generalising of some in power but I struggle to mount a suitable defence of these targets. These are much the same as the late, more conspiratorially minded, Bill Hicks focused on, someone who had a similar style as Carlin.

He was a comic who, while making people laugh, challenged complacent thinking and made us reconsider old fixed notions.
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