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Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable [VHS]
Eddie Izzard: Unrepeatable [VHS]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: 2.18

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of his best, 16 Mar 2000
Eddie looks great in this, like the magic golden boy he is. Some of the material is a little weak, but his delivery is perfect, he's in perfect sync with his audience. Highly recommended. He's a blithering genius.


Eddie Izzard: Dress To Kill [VHS]
Eddie Izzard: Dress To Kill [VHS]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: 2.97

2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars badly mangled to cater to the yanks, 15 Mar 2000
After the amazing high point of "Glorious", Eddie has turned his sights on the big one: America. (This tape was filmed in San Francisco.) Unfortunately he badly underestimates his audience and dumbs down much of his material. He also makes the mistake of trying to lecture his audience about their attitudes towards life, claiming that yanks are ruthlessly ambitious and that Europeans are laid back and tolerant. This may be true, but I expect comedy from a comedy tape, not a self help lecture. Also, Eddie makes a number of pointless, flat footed references to Hitler, and they just come off as totally tasteless and misguided. Eddie has a problem with weak material even when he's playing to a home audience, but some of the material here is so bad it's insulting. One example of this is his totally pointless lampooning of the name "Englebert Humperdink". Anyway, there are some inspired bits on this tape, but the overall effect is that you get the feeling that Eddie has deep reservations about America and Americans. He should make an effort to find something positive about America other than it's humoungous entertainment market before making another video here. Eddie himself must be aware of this problem, since this video is not available in the states.


Eddie Izzard: Definite Article [VHS]
Eddie Izzard: Definite Article [VHS]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: 8.60

4 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars inspired delivery, very poor material, 15 Mar 2000
Eddie is very assured on this tape, he really comes into his own here. Unfortunately his observational humor style material is very weak. As we all know, the essence of humor is freshness and surprise. The jokes he makes about supermarket queuing strategies, for example, are very trite and predictable. And such material is the rule here. Also, Eddie makes a point of harking back, or linking, to material earlier in his set. The classic use of this technique is to go off on a long, seemingly unrelated tangent and then bring everything back, amazingly, suprisingly, to a previous, almost forgotten, high point. Instead, Eddie has choosen to sprinkle his act with lots of backwards links, which, instead of being surprising, merely seem self-congratulatory. But, to be fair, there are some inspired bits on this tape. And Eddie's preternaturally fluid delivery, his perfect miming, vocal sound effects, and attitudinizing are always a joy to watch. And he's very charasmatic, as well. But the overall effect is of a naughty, narcissistic school boy banging on endlessly with nothing to say. And at the end of the day, that's just tedious.


The Prodigy: Electronic Punks [VHS]
The Prodigy: Electronic Punks [VHS]
VHS

0 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars for completists only, 14 Mar 2000
No-budget tat. No budget and almost as little inspiration. Shot once with a shakey cam, and then it must have been: "Let's all go down the boozer, mates". Electronic punks? Disco with a nosebleed, more like. I love Prodigy's music, but they should never have released this poor quality tape to their fans. And calling it Electronic Punks is just wrong. Could never understand the point of Keith Flint, either. Never understand the appeal. I guess Liam must really like him or something. Flint would be better suited as a children's show presenter. Maybe it's because I'm a 46 year old yank who's never taken E, but the visual part of Prodigy doesn't come anywhere near measuring up to the musical content, in my opinion. I guess that means Liam is only a musical prodigy, and not a visual one as well. Oh well, I still have the CD's. And I also wonder why no videos are available to accompany the big selling "Fat Of The Land" CD. Mystery to me.
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Bandit Queen [VHS] [1995]
Bandit Queen [VHS] [1995]
VHS

0 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars interesting scenery, uninvolving story, 13 Mar 2000
The abuse that Phoolan Devi suffers is horrific. But the overall story is flat and an univolving. Most of it is told from a very narrow point of view, and it fails even at that. And it tries to tack on a greater significance of Phoolan becoming a heroine for the lower castes, but its a case to too little too late. Shows that even a true story can be told in an uncompelling way. Whoever wrote this movie didn't know what they were doing.


The Mrs Merton Show: The Best Of Series 1 [VHS]
The Mrs Merton Show: The Best Of Series 1 [VHS]
VHS
Offered by pkeylock
Price: 4.24

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't get it, 11 Mar 2000
I loved Caroline Aherne in the Fast Show, and she was nice in the Royle Family too. But I don't get the appeal of this faux chat show. Maybe it's because I'm a yank. Maybe the show is aimed more at pensioners, after all, most of the studio audience shown are at least middle aged. I'm middle aged myself, but the humor seemed too thin, too weak, too self concious. I watched it once, and will probably never watch it again.


Eddie Izzard: Collector's Box Set Limited Edition [VHS]
Eddie Izzard: Collector's Box Set Limited Edition [VHS]
VHS

0 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars there are no words for how sad I am, 10 Mar 2000
I bought this overpriced pile of tatty rubbish largely because I wanted to get the "Live at the Ambassadors" video which was otherwise unavailable. Having watched it, I now know why it is unavailable: it sucks. The special, 45 minute documentary "Je Suis A Stand-up" tacked on the end of "Definite Article" is not worth watching more than once, either. It was obviously produced under the assumption that you need only point a camera at Izzard and people will be fascinated, regardless of what he's doing or saying. The case the tapes come in is a childish faux 007 briefcase. The T-shirt that is included is a baby-T, which would be cool if I were a nymphet, or had a nymphet as a good friend that I could give it to. I don't, so I gave it to my son to polish his boots with. In my opinion, the whole overpriced package clearly shows the dark side of this star's overweening vanity.


Goodness Gracious Me: The Very Best Of Series 1 [VHS] [1998]
Goodness Gracious Me: The Very Best Of Series 1 [VHS] [1998]
VHS
Offered by Discountdiscs-UK : Dispatched daily from the UK.
Price: 14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, inspired!, 9 Mar 2000
Some of the humor here veers a little too closely to Amos and Andy style degrading self mockery. But much of it is simply done with an impish exuberance that is electrifying. Some of the skits are simple inversions of Indian/British encounters and seem a little predictable, but they are carried out with such style that they are still very entertaining. I look forward to more videos in this series.


Ali G, Innit [VHS] [1999]
Ali G, Innit [VHS] [1999]
VHS
Offered by dyerwilliams
Price: 4.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amos and Andy all over again, 9 Mar 2000
Sacha Baron Cohen's satirical thrust is blunted by trying to hit too many targets at once. He has a genius for playing dumb, and that makes the people he interviews look like idiots. Which is all well and good. But Baron Cohen is doing all this while doing an exaggerated Amos-and-Andy-cum-yardie impression. The faux yardie persona does not come across as a fool, which is supposedly one of the stated objectives of this Cambridge educated comedian. The exaggerated wigger/yardie mannerisms do come across as silly, just as Amos and Andy's did. A better way to show the grotesqueness of the wigger stance, would have been to place the character down in the middle of a community of honest, hard working Jamaican families, and then contrasted the wigger's hollow mockery with the real thing. Still, it's pretty funny if you don't think about it too much.


Spitting Image - The Best Of - Is Nothing Sacred? [VHS] [1984]
Spitting Image - The Best Of - Is Nothing Sacred? [VHS] [1984]
VHS

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent!, 9 Mar 2000
Being a yank I didn't recognize many of the characitures, but it was still very funny. There were a couple bits that dragged, one had Woody Allen as a whinging sperm, and another was a musical number comprised of pre-op organ transplants. Apart from that it was excellent!


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