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Eddie Izzard: The Ultimate Eddie Izzard Collection [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Nov. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002R2FDZ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,547 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A seven-volume set of performances by renowned stand-up comic Eddie Izzard. Hairnets, dog food, Einstein, Pavlov, Mother Nature, dextrous cats, jam, squirrel, supermarket queues and people called Jeff - nothing is safe from Izzard's surreal outlook and sharp-tongued wit. The set comprises: 'Unrepeatable' (1994), 'Definite Article' (1996), 'Glorious' (1997), 'Dressed To Kill' (1998), 'Circle' (2000), 'Sexie' (2003) and 'Stripped' (2009).

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Eddie Izzard is without doubt one of the finest and most original comedians in history. Collected here are seven of his stand up shows. Unfortunately, his first and breakthrough show Live At The Ambassadors is not on here and is currently still unavailable on DVD. Whether there is a copyright issue or Mr Izzard doesn't want it to see the light of day for his own reasons, perhaps someone can enlighten me? It is a pity, as it was a defining moment.

The first time I encountered Eddie Izzard was whilst watching an edited version of his second show, Unrepeatable, one night on Channel 4 in the mid 90's. I had prior to this had a conception that his transvestism was a gimmick and his act would be poor, so I had narrow mindedly taken a dislike to him. I think I tuned into the show to prove myself correct. An hour and several dollops of humble pie later, I searched out his other material.

At about the same time Unrepeatable was being shown, Definite Article became available on video. By this time, Izzard (whether self deliberate or just through the quality if his material) was reaching a wider audience. I remember laughing hard at the bird in plane sequence on a TV chat show when he was plugging this release. Definite Arcticle sits nicely alongside Unrepeatable as the finest work in Izzard's ouevre.

Now firmly emplaced as my favourite comedian, I was first in the que to see his next show Glorious in the flesh. I remember being a bit disgruntled at the time that the Video was released before the tour was finished. However, both myself and then girlfriend loved the show itself. Watching it back on DVD, there really was sufficiently different material to evidence the fact his shows evolve as the tour progresses and he does genuinally improvise.
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People often tell me that Eddie Izzard should pay me for all the free publicity I do for him. This is because since discovering him in 1999 I've been wholeheartedly telling everyone that he is an amazing genius and everyone should watch his work.

For me it's such a wonderful treat to see such an amazing mind at work... his comedy is utterly original and tremendously funny and has honestly helped me along the way to brighten up the darkest moments, as he has a very light touch to both mundane and deeper aspects of life... lastly he is just a joy to watch... and he sure knows how to wear a miniskirt! :-)

Two of my favourite things about him are his ability to make his shows look totally effortless, the same way that a ballet dancer makes it look so easy to fly around the stage, whilst in reality they've trained very hard and it's quite hard work all the way through.

Also, I marvel at his ability to be very edgy and political and just plain cool without ever coming across as bitter, aggressive or crass. I've not seen anyone pull it off the way he does... for instance I know Bill Hicks is one of his major influences and I can see why, but Hicks comes across as definitely angry, and vitrolic... I don't know how, but Eddie swears like a truck driver but it's never too much!

I agree with what most people say re: his shows - his first 4 are golden treasures of endless delight, Circle is alright, Sexie is really bad and Stripped... I've only seen it once and it's a "sort of return to form". Ie... it's nowhere near as tight material as his glory days but it's fresher and definitely enjoyable (for some reason though I found it funnier live...)

What is amazing is that you can now get everything in one go for a terribly decent price... so 5 stars it is...
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His best live performances in a boxed set, especiaaly 'Dress to Kill' and 'Glorious.' If you are a fan of Eddie you must have this set. The thing is that if you are a fan,you've probably got most of these already. This slim boxed set doesn't take up much storage space though and it does include his latest live performance 'Stripped'. Attractive box too!
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I come very late to Eddie's game: only last year (2009) I heard of him, through a YouTube lego animation of his Death Star Canteen sketch. It had me in stitches. I laughed so hard it hurt. So I went on to find other stuff and boy, there was a lot to find. However the low resolution and poor sound quality that YouTube provides made me long for crisp image and audibility. This box gives it in spades, and then some.

Unrepeatable is a very funny show, but what comes next just blows you away. Definite Article, Glorious and Dress to Kill are just hilarious roller coasters that absolutely flash by. You have to rewatch them a couple of times because you miss a lot of jokes the first time around. And the second.

Circle of course contains the Death Star Canteen sketch, but overall feels slightly less focused.

Sexie... I don't know what went wrong there, but one factor is the audience. Are these people drugged or something? No comedian would get this crowd going, no matter how hard they tried, and Eddie seems to feel this himself. "Should be funnier" he writes in his hand more than one time, and at some point, when he gets a big laugh out of a lame joke, he asks his audience "So this is what you want, Eastbourne?" Anyway, it hinders his delivery and makes Sexie the least show in this box (although there are a lot of laughs to be had still).

Stripped is a return to form, but not to the dizzying heights of Definite Article, Glorious and Dress to Kill. Let us hope the next one will be up there once more.

All in all a very nice box, lots of extras and many, many hours of belly-ache because of excessive laughter. Highly recommended!
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