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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 7 August 2012
I can totally accept that this DVD is very much an aquired taste!

On one level it depends on how you feel about William Shatner; I personally love the man. I have been a huge fan of Star Trek since childhood, and as I have gotten older this has led to me exploring other work by him. I have enjoyed his books, other televison appearances, and even his music (well some of it!); I genuinely feel that William Shatner is an immensely talented man, he has a razor sharp wit and is far more intelligent and talented than I feel many people appreciate. I know he can sometimes be a tad 'corny', his acting has been decribed as a bit 'wooden' (on ocassion rightly so, but clearly these critics haven't seen his work in Boston Legal) and yes, the aforementioned 'music' career has at times been just so bad it was actually embarassing!

On another level it depends on how you feel about crass, rude and even vulgar humour; for do not be mistaken, this DVD most certainly offers all of this to quite an extreme level, the 18 rating being very much justified!

I personally have no problem with any of the above, so the combination of William Shatner and vulgar humour fills me with joy!

The show itself, and I am offering this description for those unfamiliar with the concept of 'Roasts', consists of William Shatner sitting on a stage in front of a large live audience partially made up of other celebrities , a succession of friends, colleagues and comedians then proceed to provide increasingly insulting personal and rude comments, all the while the 'Guest of Honour' (on this ocassion William Shatner) has to sit there and shut up! On this particular Roast no subject is sacred, even the subject that has fascinated people for decades, the wig/hairpiece/toupee, is discussed and ridiculed at length! At the end of the torment the 'victim' aka Guest of Honour (GOH) is given the chance to take centre stage and have some sort of revenge.

I have seen several of these Roasts now, and must admit that not all of the GOH's have been capable of offering a satisfying reposte, but fear not, on this occassion William Shatner does not disappoint and more than holds his own.

So to summarise, you don't have to necessarily be a fan of William Shatner to enjoy this DVD (although it is a bonus), you do however need a pretty strong tolerance of very vulgar and rude language; if this sounds like you then this DVD may be just for you!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2010
I saw the unedited, uncut version of this some time ago as it was released first in the US. It actually made me cry with laughter. Poor old William Shatner gets a verbal seeing too by all and sundry.

As a self confessed Trekkie I had to get this, as lots of the jokes revolve around his time as the legendary Captain Kirk. George Takaei is especially cruel but Bill takes it in good humour.

Its nice to see that pure unadulterated humour is still alive and kicking. If you are easily offended though and dont like swearing in the extreme and vulgarity at its best dont watch it, buy it or go near it, its not for the faint hearted. It makes Bernard Manning look like a quoir boy!

Excellent!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2015
not that funny endless reference to homosexuals within the group which was more boring than funny and swearing just for the sake of it, nothing compared to the dean martin roasts ect
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2013
The most elegant of roasts with a cozy atmosphere. With upmarket guests:

Jason Alexander
Greg Giraldo
Betty White
Jeff Ross
Kevin Pollak
Patton Oswald
Nichelle Nichols
Fred Willard
George Takei
Lisa Lampanelli
Farrah Fawcett
Sandra Bullock
Ben Stiller
Jimmy Kimmell
Sarah Silverman
Clint Howard

Plus the id-driven Artie Lange and Andy Dick to add a roughhewn edge. Let's face it: You need these guys -- it's not a party until something gets broken.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2015
Disgustingly Brilliant. They normally have a problem with toilet humour on the other side of the pond, but this is an in your face riot of vulgarity and laughter. I've never heard of some of the American comedians taking part, but does not matter. The best part is when George (Mr Sulu) Takei rips into Shatner. If you are easily offended, avoid this, but if you have a broad mind watch this and enjoy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I watched this when it first aired on tv in Canada, laughed hysterically , pokes fun at his acting career, yes there is bad language in it, but so what. You go anywhere now you will hear bad language .
For people who dont know William was born in Montreal, Canada not in the USA.
The only roast I have seen that's better than this is the Pamela Anderson one.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2014
People who know Shatner come together and each one takes to the podium to throw weak insults about race, height, weight, looks age or sexuality at everyone, get cheered, and generally come across as crass and witless. Wash, rinse, repeat.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2011
Watch this with a friend. You will cringe and laugh together. Hilarious. Sick. Fun.
Bill fans- you won't be disappointed.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2015
ten out ten love it.
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2011
I bought this to give to a huge William Shatner fan, but was hugely disappointed with it.

I have never watched a roast before so I did not know what to expect but if you are looking for witty intelligent jokes then do not buy this.

If you are looking for sexist, homophobic, racist jokes then this is definitely for you. Enjoy.
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