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George Carlin - It's Bad For Ya [DVD] [2008]


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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: 28,506 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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3.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Nov 2009
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Ah, the perils of being a once trailblazing standup comedian in your 70s... Where once George Carlin was a refreshingly bitter and anarchic comedian, in this his last HBO special before his death, he comes across as a mildly grumpy old man trying far too hard to be shocking to really hit the mark. Unfortunately, with so few comedy taboos left (if any), this tends to come down to little more than saying the same four-letter word as often as possible in the belief that it makes his material more edgy and instantly funny. Unfortunately, much of his material is pretty old-school showbiz shtick - take away the obscenities and you could be listening to a more talkative George Burns on the joys of growing old (taking advantage of others, leaving social events early, faking Alzheimer's to confuse your family and outliving your friends), the absurdities of political correctness and even the illogical practicalities of Heaven and Hell.

Some of it is mildly amusing, but mild is the operative word - for all the empty professionalism of his delivery, it's only in the last couple of minutes that he works up any real passion only to... stop. He only really hits the target head-on once with his demolition of the self-esteem movement ("Imagine that, sociopaths have high self-esteem!"), and that's more accurate than funny, while potentially amusing ideas like trying to coax a telephone bore to end a call like a traffic controller talking down an airplane never fulfil their initial promise. Laughs are few and far between, with Carlin sounding increasingly like the trivial, boring people who run off at the mouth about things of no interest to anyone but themselves that he rails against, but is unaware of the irony.
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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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I'm not a fan of the in-your-face, angry-shouty stand-up style which Billy Connoly et al use.

This George bloke isn't THAT shouty but he tries to shock with effing and blinding right from the off. That may have pricked up some ears when Richard Pryor did it in the 70s but that was forty frikkin years ago, George! He rambles on in a kind of x-rated angry old man type way. Like a foul-mouthed Victor Meldrew.

Swearing is no substitute for subtlety and good timing. I'm not against obscene MATERIAL -yeah, incest and boogery -I'm all for it. But I found that the crude language when used unnecessarily doesn't add to my enjoyment at all.

I won't give any jokes away but subjects covered are: (Catholic) Religion, Death, Children and American National Pride. I was very surprised at his cynical views and more surprised that the audience seemed to be with him (restoring my faith in American people). This cynicism seemed partly explained when he admitted that he was originally Irish and not American -I thought I sensed a bit of UK humour there.

The set is about an hour long. At the start I didn't think he'd get a chuckle out of me but I did have about 3 lol moments during the observations which were clever enough not to require any mofo-ing to dress them up. His delivery style isn't really consistent as he flits in and out of the angry tirade routine.

OK for the few proper laughs, but I'm glad it wasn't any longer.

Now F-Off!

[My Ref: Stand-up DVD Fail:20.10.09 Retry:20.03.10]'
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