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George Carlin: The Very Best of- 1977-1984 [DVD]

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  • Actors: George Carlin
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Platform Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2010
  • Run Time: 284 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0037B2WL4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,481 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.

This boxset collects together four of Carlin s legendary live stand up HBO specials - available in the UK for the first time. Spanning the years 1977-1984, we find a younger Carlin at his most caustic and incendiary best. Taking no prisoners in front of sell out crowds America s first counter-culture comedian holds society s hypocrisies and idiocies up to the light.

George Carlin: On Location
March 5, 1977, at the University of Southern California

George Carlin: Again
Celebrity Star Theater in Phoenix on July 23, 1978

George Carlin: At Carnegie
Taped before a sold-out house at New York City´s Carnegie Hall

George Carlin: On Campus
Taped at UCLA on April 19, 1984

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George Carlin was undoubtedly a comedy genius, and I say that not in a "they're now dead, thus they're a genius", but in a genuine way.

This is a brilliant collection of some of his best shows, I've bought all three collections currently available and I can honestly say they are the jewel in my dvd collection.

His observations were always spot-on, and often thought-provoking, he mentioned things that no-one else had ever mentioned before, he questioned life in a way that made you start questioning it, but above all else, he was so, so, so, so funny!

Over here in the UK, I always felt George Carlin never really got the credit he so richly deserved, definitely one of the best ever stand-up comedians.

If you don't believe me, buy the three box-sets on here, they are truly worth whatever you pay for them, trust me!
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I really like George Carlin's comedy, but I find it patchy.

There are moments and brilliant sequences of political and social insight that eclipsed his contemporaries, but could suddenly lapse into the disappointingly puerile, even in his advancing years. I have all three of these boxed HBO Specials spanning 1977-2001 and concur with other reviewers that as a comedian he improved with age.

He was clearly ground breaking in his day, and a big influence on my favourite comedian Bill Hicks (and possibly vice-versa??). Ironically he outlasted Bill who died of pancreatic cancer far too early.

Recommended to anyone who likes Hicks or Lenny Bruce,
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I've watched the first two DVDs - that's three hours, so it's not like I haven't give this a shot. This is AWFUL. I bought this because I'd seen some of his much later work, found it quite humorous, so assumed his earlier stuff would be in the same vein and of the same quality. No, it is dreadful. It's like tired old comedy that would have been all the rage in the 60s and 70s - nothing cutting edge or groundbreaking at all. As for satire and political wit? There's about as much as there is in the tired old sitcoms from that era - zero! It is diabolical.

The worst part is, even for what it is, it simply isn't that good. It's hardly surprising that someone so mediocre was on mainstream TV so often when Bill Hicks was denied it. Comparing this guy to Hicks is a downright insult. Hicks was a genius; Carlin was merely passable.

A complete waste of my time and money. I cringe at the thought of suffering the remaining two DVDs.
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This is such a good price. I payed a lot more but it was worth every last penny. George is simply one of the greatest and smartest stand ups ever. I strongly recommend you get all of his HBO specials and check out his audio books.
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Bought this as a present for my boyfriend who really appreciates the humour of George Carlin. Great DVD to own!
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George carlin was a genius....he saw the world for what it really is and wasn't afraid to pick holes in it. An outrageously funny grumpy old man...even when he was young!
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