Bill Hicks: Totally Bill Hicks - It's Just A Ride/Revelations [DVD]
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Double bill dedicated to the late American stand-up comedian Bill Hicks. 'It's Just a Ride' features numerous clips of the man in action, along with tributes from Sean Hughes, Eric Bogosian, David Letterman and Eddie Izzard. 'Revelations' is a recording of Hicks' sell-out performance at the London Dominion Theatre in 1993.
The Bill Hicks - Totally DVD release consists of "Revelations", the outrageous comedian's last live performance, and "It's Just A Ride", a tribute to Hicks that features interviews with comic personalities such as Eddie Izzard, Sean Hughes, Jay Leno and David Letterman.
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Revelations is seriously let down because the first 10 minutes or so of this issue have been badly edited, so rather than Bill coming on stage and the comedy keeps rolling, instead what we get is Bill on stage - cut to 30 secs later - cut to 30 secs later, etc. We never get to see Bill's feelings on leaving LA "Bye, Bill, we'll be good!" and the choppy editing is annoying.
But worst is that for some unfathomable reason, whoever edited Revelations on this DVD release also decided to fade in images from the background during Bill's performance. So we get to see a burning US flag suddenly fill the picture, and at another point, the head of a baby with accompanying child noises. It's distracting, annoying, and entirely pointless.
If you really want a recording of Revelations to view, don't buy this release - instead get a standalone which hasn't been butchered the way this one has.
Bill Hicks was a genius... the funniest man ever to step up on the stage, and a ferociously caring individual who struck out at the hypocrisy and mediocrity that threatens to consume us all. This performance is one of his finest... the documentary is somewhat dull... it's just not possible to capture the essence of Bill any better than he did himself on stage. The show that follows it however is dazzling and hilarious and thought-provoking and moving, all at once. The material is delivered with a confidence and assurance that speak to a man who learned his craft with the other greats of his day, and surpassed them all.
Although the references to current political events are somewhat dated, there is a truth and relevance in the central tenats that remains valid even today, almost ten years after his death. His fight was never at people or events, but at trends and philosophies.
Bill Hicks is the comedian's comedian... someone who surpassed the laughter and took his audience with him to visit a place where the complacent media have refused to do... the truth.
He will be missed.
It's criminal that there are so few 'real' Bill Hicks performances available, but Totally Bill Hicks is the best of the bunch. The DVD contains a featurette about Hicks' life, and a live show recorded in London just a few months before his untimely (understatement) death.
The featurette 'It's Just a Ride' is brilliant. It plays before the live show on the DVD, and strangely enough, I find myself watching it the whole way through every single time. Aswell as showing us some brilliant bits from other shows (I absolutely love his explosive rant at commercial pop music) we get to hear from the people who knew him best, including his close friends, colleagues and even his family.
Revelations, the show itself, is pure Bill Hicks at his best. As Jay Leno also mentions in the featurette, it's noticeable that Bill was in a slower but more productive phase. That's not to say he puts on a dull performance here; he is angry, loud, pissed off, and not afraid to say or do what he wants.
What's sad is that while Bill does joke about things like the Persian gulf war, you can tell it was a subject that genuinely saddened him. He dreamed of a peaceful, explorational world (where we all make money doing nothing) yet was stuck in one of utter banality that was killing itself.
Bill Hicks was and still is an utter inspiration, in terms of being who you really are, in terms of taking what you can from the world, and in understanding everything you want to understand. The world is a colder place without Bill Hicks. But then again, it's just a ride.
Bill Hick's idea was to spread his Liberal philosophy to the masses and still make you laugh at the same time, in a similar way to Michael Moore. As a result you get a defiant and uncompromising comic genius rarely seen in this day and age. As a performer he was in the habit of thinking on his feet and his body language showed his passion for his beliefs, - which he wasn't afraid to share. He openly admits his appetite for pornography and his taste for drugs ("not all drugs are good, some are great."). He was also a good physical comedian displaying some hilarious facial expressions and going more and more OTT as the show progresses.
Clearly the DVD should have been better prepared. There is no proper menu and no scene index. The DVD consists of 2 Featurettes; a documentary and a live stand up show called revelations, but these are not under separate options.Read more ›
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Bill is excellent and he covers his usual topics, and I am buying it.
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A great entertainer I laughed at his humour sad he is no longer herePublished 14 months ago by Jayjay
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Ordered this DVD, and when I received it realised I already had it ! The supplier allowed me to return it to them , and refunded my initial cost
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