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Very interesting dvd for fans, Revolver UK review issue with extras
on 30 October 2014
I did like this dvd, it's very interesting.
I have the Revolver UK edition which I presume is R2 and has a cheapo documentary called Pryor Knowledge.
The first part of Pryor's set is good. For 1971 he is doing material which may have shocked many then. It's stuff that Andrew Dice Clay was doing 20 years later. It's crude, rude, profane and sometimes surrealist. That part I liked.
The second half is poor when he immitates the hobo and the junkie. The audience don't laugh but in a crazy way it's a kind of interesting routine. Somebody in the documentary says that Pryor was out of it at this gig - probably so and there is another comment that he was very nervous because he was being filmed.
But you can see here the seeds of his later work.
The extras are a little insert that has a small bit from his autobiography Pryor Convictions that has him writing about being diagnosed with MS. It's not a must have.
The documentary has comedians and talking heads telling us about their love of the great man. It's ok, most interesting is a dude who wrote a book about black comedy in America.
At least it doesn't have constant background music, the camera zooming in and out and reinactments of Pryor's life (current tv take note).
Richard Blackwood is in it....whatever happened to him?
Overall I thought this dvd wasn't bad, certainly one for the fans.
Richard Pryor was such a loveable rogue!