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George Carlin - It's Bad For Ya [DVD] [2008]

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  • Actors: George Carlin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Platform Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct. 2009
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CM6VDO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,809 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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George Carlin was one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time. He appeared on The Tonight Show more than 130 times, starred in an unprecedented 14 HBO Specials, hosted the first Saturday Night Live and penned three New York Times bestselling books.

It s Bad For Ya, Carlin s Emmy-nominated 14th and final HBO special from March of 2008 features Carlin s noted irreverent and unapologetic observations on topics ranging from death, religion, bureaucracy, patriotism, over-protected children and big business to the pungent examinations of modern language and the decrepit state of the American culture.

Carlin once again comes up with an hour of brand new materials that not only makes you laugh, but makes you think.

George Carlin will always remain part of the popular lexicons for his Seven Dirty Worlds routine, and as a comedian who was never afraid to challenge his audience.

It s Bad For Ya is Carlin s final performance.

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A year behind the US with this release, this is George Carlin's final HBO comedy special before his death at the age of 71 in 2008; his 14th HBO special in total, which is currently the record for a comedian. And, remarkably, it's only the second of his stand-up DVDs to get a commercial release in the UK, the other one being 'Complaints And Grievances' from 2001 (not released until 2003). 2005's 'Life Is Worth Losing' will finally be released in February 2010.

On his final tour Carlin delivered a typically vitriolic tirade tackling topics like death, children, old age and parents, and the original show was nominated for an Emmy. After release the CD equivalent won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. How much his death contributed to this would probably be a valid question, but compared to most comedians' output, this is amongst the best. Against the formidable measuring stick of Carlin's own output however, it isn't his best.

Easily the funniest section is his closing rant about rights, where every one of his observations is on the nail when some of his previous ones in this show, like some of the ones about children, aren't. In some instances he is intentionally making silly arguments (like saying babies are ugly because their heads are too big), but some are just a little off the mark.

Other particularly funny segments are his observations on boring conversations, professional parents, swearing on the bible, and "the self-esteem movement", mostly concluded by the phrase which gave the show its name "It's all bulls**t folks and it's bad for ya."

If you're a Carlin fan, get this. We have precious little of his material available in this country and this is a good example of his work.
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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Nov. 2009
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`It's Bad For Ya' is George Carlin's last recorded comedy concert before his death and from the word go you get his usual uncompromising, irreverent brand of humour. Walking around his living room set he shares with us his thoughts on a variety of topics and although he comes across as angry and cynical, he was also very intelligent and pertinent. Carlin's style is very reminiscent of Bill Hicks, and he even uses some of the same phrases at times, and if you like one it is a good bet you will enjoy the other. This concert covers topics like old age, death, religion, child worship/Overprotected children, stupid boring people, docile public, patriotism, civic customs and rights. Pretty much what we have come to expect from Carlin over the years. There is strong language throughout and you need to not be easily offended to enjoy his style of comedy, but to be honest most comedians are more offensive and abusive these days than Carlin ever was; it's just the more conservative elements in society don't like him opening peoples eyes to the hypocrisy and lies of those in authority. That is the message this DVD leaves you with, to always question everything, and that is a great bit of advice whatever your thoughts on life. A funny show and well worth watching.

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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2009
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Ah, the perils of being a once trailblazing standup comedian in your 70s... Where once George Carlin was a refreshingly bitter and anarchic comedian, in this his last HBO special before his death, he comes across as a mildly grumpy old man trying far too hard to be shocking to really hit the mark. Unfortunately, with so few comedy taboos left (if any), this tends to come down to little more than saying the same four-letter word as often as possible in the belief that it makes his material more edgy and instantly funny. Unfortunately, much of his material is pretty old-school showbiz shtick - take away the obscenities and you could be listening to a more talkative George Burns on the joys of growing old (taking advantage of others, leaving social events early, faking Alzheimer's to confuse your family and outliving your friends), the absurdities of political correctness and even the illogical practicalities of Heaven and Hell.

Some of it is mildly amusing, but mild is the operative word - for all the empty professionalism of his delivery, it's only in the last couple of minutes that he works up any real passion only to... stop. He only really hits the target head-on once with his demolition of the self-esteem movement ("Imagine that, sociopaths have high self-esteem!"), and that's more accurate than funny, while potentially amusing ideas like trying to coax a telephone bore to end a call like a traffic controller talking down an airplane never fulfil their initial promise. Laughs are few and far between, with Carlin sounding increasingly like the trivial, boring people who run off at the mouth about things of no interest to anyone but themselves that he rails against, but is unaware of the irony.
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George Carlin isn't widely known across the UK (he's probably more famous for playing Rufus in the Bill and Ted films) and had more of a cult following in the US. This is a shame as he deserved wider recognition for his work, as he was a first-rate comic.

It might be easy to dismiss any George Carlin gig out of hand, as the angry polemic of an angry man but you'd be missing out on something on a deeper level. The anger that he presented wasn't a simple misanthropy, rather it was a justified anger at what he perceived was stupidity, greed and corruption throughout society in his country (there you go: complex misanthropy). Carlin revelled in laying bare the uncomfortable truths of religion, government, culture and the mindset of 'right-thinking' people. Some may find offence, that's their problem; if your beliefs are intellectually defendable, then you'll be able to shrug the jokes off; if not, well, then he may have got to you there. Perhaps one reason for Carlin's lesser profile over here is that some of the beliefs that he sought to expose as ridiculous, are indigenous to the US and are, perhaps, more obviously so from a distance.

There is a slight lean towards to the generalising of some in power but I struggle to mount a suitable defence of these targets. These are much the same as the late, more conspiratorially minded, Bill Hicks focused on, someone who had a similar style as Carlin.

He was a comic who, while making people laugh, challenged complacent thinking and made us reconsider old fixed notions.
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