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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Castilian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWXQCK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,976 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Richard Pryor's stand up act recorded live in New Orleans in 1983.

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By S Bailey on 6 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD
David and Joe Henry's highly-acclaimed, if sometimes hifaultin', biography Furious Cool, portrays the late African-American entertainer as a deeply troubled, but hugely talented, individual. In it they offer some praise for Here and Now's lucrative predecessor Live on the Sunset Strip [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (1982) saying that it "delivered twenty riveting minutes of pure devastation". However, the two brothers clearly don't like this 1983 concert film. They say that it, "finds him off his stride and out of his depth, low on energy and retreating at times to old material. He never really takes off or gives the impression that he could". That is definitely a bit strong - there are some great lines and an unsettling, but powerful junkie routine - but at nearly an hour-and-half it is too long, and it features a whole heck of a lot of uninspired heckling from the New Orleans audience that clearly disrupts the somewhat uneasy-looking stand-up's flow.
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By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
richard pryors here and now is not a classic but still a good look from a man who was off the drink and drugs at this time and maybe a little more nervous for it at times but still pulls off a good show.
The crowd have been criticised for their heckling in this show and they are annoying, ranting and raving as if they are released straight from the funny farm with a bottle of whiskey in their hands .
There are moments of brilliance from pryor here but it would be folly to blame the weaker moments on anyone but pryor who misfires from time to time, granted i dont know all the names he mentions as i wasnt born then or just havent heard of the, but there is enough here to keep you going.
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By Mr. L. Cleavely on 18 Oct. 2012
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I watch this dvd before and found it very entertaining, i'll be recommending it to friends and family, and i'll be entertaining others with this dvd.
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By Lovelyconfused on 1 Sept. 2014
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Love Richard Pryor. Never fails to cheer me up on a rainy day
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
THIS FILM IS UNDERAPRRECIATED! THIS SHOW IS GREAT!! 2 Feb. 2002
By Mo Lindsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
People say that HERE & NOW didn't make as big an impact as his other concert films , particularly LIVE ON SUNSET STRIP , but I found the film very enjoyable. The excited (maybe drunken) hecklers would sometimes interrupt Pryor's routine early in the film but he rolls with the hecklers garnering applause at times.
The beauty of Pryor's stand-up is that he seems to share seriously revealing aspects of his personal life for the sake of comedy and entertainment. The moment when he is talking about the junkies are an example of that. The routine changes from stand-up to captivating theatre when he talks about the junkie "Motif". Pryor gets into character and when he begins to roll his sleeve up indicating he is about to 'shoot up' it goes from comedy to commentary. You clearly see the sad reality painted by him yet he doesn't go too far out of the comedic light to still make you laugh. He walks that fine line between funny and seriousness. That is part of the reason why Pryor is considered a comedy genius and I haven't seen another comedian do that better.
The DVD is a two-sided disc with widescreen on one side and full screen on the other. The audio is digital mono with english and french subtitles (at least on the disc I own).
People say that this isn't his best stand up routine but that doesn't mean it is bad stand up. Pryor has stand up routines that are tough to measure up to so it really isn't fair to belittle this film by comparing it to his other shows even though in HERE & NOW he is very much open , spontaneous , and connected with the audience. To me HERE & NOW is very funny enlightening , and revealing.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Pearls Before Swine 2 Oct. 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Pryor was brilliant in this set. However, as other reviewers have pointed out, his audience seemed to be composed of the inhabitants of every podunk village in Louisiana, who saw attendance at his show as the crowning moment of their lives, and wanted to make sure Pryor and the rest of the world knew just how momentous it was by announcing it at the top of their lungs, never stopping their celebration long enough to actually listen to Pryor's routine. He had to contend with a constant barrage of drunken heckling but he still managed to weave spellbinding stories and make brilliant impromptu observations about everyday life. In fact, he frequently turned the boorish behavior of the audience to his advantage, and constructed several brilliant bits of business from their sometimes bizarre antics. Still, it was particularly sad to watch the contrast between the profundity of Pryor's depiction of a broken down junkie and the audience's complete incomprehension of what Pryor was revealing. All the same, Pryor manages to transcend his audience's limitations and create a world of characters and experiences that was fascinating, touching and hilarious. If you can manage to do the same, and overlook the audience and immerse yourself in Pryor's world, it will be well worth the effort. Don't sleep on this one.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
PART OF THE BIG 3 2 Oct. 2004
By Michael A. Cignetti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Not funny? Huh?!?! How can anyone who enjoys Pryor's humor not consider this funny? Granted, RICHARD PRYOR LIVE and LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP our the two better installments of this succession of three great shows (RICHARD PRYOR LIVE is an absolute classic) but this is nonetheless still great comedy. The only downer of this whole set is the often annoying audience. Pryor answers back to the hecklers with sharp humor but the interuptions are certainly annoying.

Still, this is yet another great example of the most honest funnyman of our time.

If, however, you have not seen any of his stand-up, by all means, look to RICHARD PRYOR LIVE first, then get ON THE SUNSET STRIP. But if those two classics tickle your funnybone, I can't imagine why you wouldn't find much to enjoy here.

Not as good as the others, but 1 star? Please!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! Misunderstood! Bring your brain *and* your gut. This is the most socially conscious of Pryor's stand-up movies. 12 Feb. 2006
By A.B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Don't believe the negative reviews. I repeat: don't buy the lukewarm responses.

If you are looking for uninterrupted gut-busting laughter, and an audience laugh-track to cajole you on, you might be better served by Pryor's other movies or the works of artists like Sinbad, Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle, Bernie Mac, George Carlin and others who followed in his footsteps.

In "Here and Now," which Roger Ebert called a "90-minute documentary of one man talking," Richard Pryor evokes a cadence and relevance that none of the above could reinvent. He rises from gift to genius and from talent to savant. Make no mistake, this film contains some of Pryor's best moments.

Yet these moments are not done justice by the superficial label of "comedy." When Pryor ties his arm off and shoots up heroin, wincing with intensity as he stiffly pauses waiting for the hit to materialize, and then transitions into a liquid shiver of euphoria before his entire body falls limp-- it might disappoint those reviewers who were expecting to see Moe, Curly, and Larry.

The rest of us can be spellbound by the power and poetry of the man who is to comedy what Jack Kennedy is to politics; a rare achiever stifled too young and not paralleled since. Pryor is masterful, ad-libbing and sketching us on a roller coaster of laughter, tears, and pure marvel at the human condition.

To those who buy this to appreciate cheap thrills rather than being intellectually and politically prepared to be moved, I say this: "You're no Richard Pryor."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not his best, but has its moments 12 Dec. 2005
By Andre M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I saw this at the old Jefferson Square Theater in Columbia, SC when I was in college in 1983. Pryor's last concert film, and not one of his better ones. Some interesting moments though. Mudbone appears in one of his rare filmed skits (compare this with the "Richard Pryor Show" DVD which repeats the classic Mudbone performance from "Is It Something I Said"). There is a really interesting moment when Pryor talks to a fiddler crab that crawls on his stool that is the kind of one-man theater that distiguished Pryor from his cursing copycats who had all of the profanity but none of the profundity of the master. He also does a frightfully accurate rendition of a junkie going on a nod. You can tell that he knows what he's talking about. In either case, this is for fans only. Rest in Peace brother Pryor.
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