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Margaret Cho - Assassin [DVD]

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  • Actors: Margaret Cho
  • Directors: Kerry Asmussen
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Matchbox Films
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,894 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Margaret Cho returns to the concert stage with a "killer" one-woman show that has taken audiences by storm. Filmed live at the Warner Theatre in Washington D.C., Asassin features a fresh dose of Margaret's ground-breaking and controversial brand of humour. Taking aim at the Bush administration and the religious right, she pulls no punches in her assault on the "ever devolving" state of the union. The result is an unforgettable performance featruing Margaret at her raw, irreverent and hilarious best.

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Margaret Cho is a an amazing comedian. The Korean-American has hit several topics in this aggressive take on Politics, Homosexuality, Bush, Women, Her Mommy (Hilarious), North Korea, and the Pope. Her educated responses are twinned wonderfully with suitable insults considering what the people she talks about have done or are doing.

The only thing is that despite her aggressive take on the topics mentioned she stays in one spot. She doesn't move about the stage and a microphone covers her face half the time. Don't expect all singing all dancing jumping about the stage kinda comedy expect her to just stand there attack succeed and then leave.

this won't play in UK DVD players though you need a multi region or region 1 DVD player.

But I would highly recommend it!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94d3a594) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9553d72c) out of 5 stars Hilarious as usual 10 Sept. 2005
By Barbara J. Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A lot of people are being critical about Margaret "turning" political nowadays, which is ridiculous because all she does is speak about her life and her experience, and everyone is more political these days. If she has anything interesting to say about politics, than by all means she should include it in her act. That said, here's my review-

She is much more connected with the audience here than with Revolution, which I'm sure a lot of people will be happy with, even though I thought she was great before. Most of her new writing is 100% political in nature here, and scathingly funny. Gay marriage, the moron in the oval office, the flavor of Laura Bushes' coochie, the pope's decidedly homosexual lifestyle- are just a fraction of the perceptive and hilarious material seen in this film. You pretty much know what to expect, which is something creative and original.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94915f48) out of 5 stars The Work of Margaret Cho 2 Nov. 2005
By Michael Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have been a solid, die hard fan of Margaet Cho since I first saw a stand up routine of her on Comedy Central several years back. Since then, I have listened to every major release she has produced and have not been disappointed with any of them. I have read many reviews of unsatisfied customers and most of them are similar in their roots. They believe that she's too over the top. I guess they have forgotten that in history; some of the most powerful female voices have been women whose work is loud, controversial, and looks taboo subjects right in the face. Margaret's work is very confessional in every aspect much like the work of the poet Anne Sexton whose work spanned subjects such as incest, masturbation, sexuality, and sexism. How about Sylvia Plath; whose work dealt with suicide, sexism, infedility, and depression. It is my opinion that people of this generation have forgotten that there is in fact a point behind pushing boundaries; something that Cho does endlessly in her work. Like she stated in Revolution, a previous routine, "The function of art is to comment on culture". Perhaps those who claim her as being too over the top are those who simply don't appreciate art and its function in society, and moreover, don't respect successful women who are not nice about it, something she says verbatim in The Assasin.

In the Assasin, Cho packs a hard punch aimed at the right wing. When the unemployment rate is rising to unprescedented levels, the deficit has done way more than skyrocket, and we are fighting a war which is beginning to resemble Vietnam; how can somebody not be pissed off at the President and the Republican Party who is chiefly in charge of this country for the time being? Margaret addresses the flaws in government and society ferociously in Assasin and, as she always does, works to empower the underdogs (minorities); women, gays and lesbians in particular. How can somnebody not like a comedian who says "You know Laura Bush's p**** tastes like Lysol". Maybe that's just me.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94a068ac) out of 5 stars The taking of the torch... 14 Nov. 2005
By Compusurge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have watched and listened to Margaret Cho over the years and found her brand of humor funny throughout. This time around, however, I find she has successfully migrated herself into that elite group of social humorists who are able to comment on our social status as a country and our politics, and do so with blazing strikes that are poignant, on-the-mark AND funny. Margaret has changed, and with this change comes a broadening of her boldness. She has taken the torch from the likes of Lenny Bruce, and she holds no punches back when she speaks her mind, be it about the rights of individuals or the brazen BS of our some of our right-wing politicians. Ms. Cho may be the one that she wants, she might be notorious, she could lead a revolution, but frankly, she IS one politically savvy comic assassin and this show is her best yet.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94b5bb70) out of 5 stars scathing and valid....love her 20 Nov. 2005
By Dustin Merton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
i love the fact that margaret cho loves to fight. she fights for what she believes in and she is not afraid to back down from the majority. i think that is her greatest accomplishment, her ability to vocalize for those who are oppressed and speaking out against those that do the oppressing. all of her dvds tackle similar rants but each one still delivers on the laughs. she has great imagination and charisma. i love that she has the audacity and the courage to speak out against the president and all of the awful right wing people. i really got a kick when she said that on the night of the presidential election, she pointed out that as the states became colored that there was a color coded map to where all the stupid people are. another great snippet came when she performed for all the republican hotel owners and she would not get off the stage. she is an inspiration to me and so many others, i wish that everyone she represents could be like her and really make a change, then everything would be great. the bruce daniels intro is worth watching as well. the real gem in the extras is the short documentary invisible son. i almost started crying. the dvd is great and on par with all the other cho videoes. i wish i could see her live again it would be awesome. but for right now i will settle for knock out dvds. thanks margaret
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94d32684) out of 5 stars Disappointing, to say the least...and i'll tell ya why! 5 May 2006
By Nicolas D. Medina - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Why this show was so disappointing in comparison to her earlier work.

1. Her excruciating comic timing. Margaret makes bad jokes and not-so-funny faces, and when the audience doesn't go for it, she continues, hoping for the eventual applause. She gets it, all right--but it's more of a get-on-with-it clapping.

2. The Preaching to the Choir factor. I'll admit it: I hate George W. Bush. I hate the war in Iraq. I hate the assault on women's rights that's happening in our country. But to base your ENTIRE "comic" routine on it is stretching it a bit. And let's face it--most people in audiences are already going to agree with her, so it's not exactly like she's "getting the word out there" or anything. This level of political material made sense for her shorter "State of Emergency" Tour, which went around the country to various swing states (and kicked off at Harlem's Appollo Theater, which I saw--and which was far better than this DVD and should've been released in its place), but c'mon. Make us laugh, Margaret! WE KNOW BUSH SUCKS!!!!

3. All the little voices. I'm so tired of Margaret Cho's queeny-drag-queen-esque gay-male impersonations. They're not funny, they're not getting any reaction from the audience, and they should be phased out. And as a gay twentysomething male who does NOT talk like an aging, sassy queen, I can't help but feel a little alienated. It's all getting very tired.

I miss her INTELLIGENT humor. I miss the self-deprecation. I miss the humbleness, where she didn't have to precede her comedy specials with 10-minute-long "I love Margaret Cho"-fests from fans who do HOOOORIBLE impersonations of her earlier, funnier days' routines.

Basically, there were a few laughs in this DVD, but not nearly enough to justify buying it. This is the definition of a rental.
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