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  • Actors: Andy Kaufman, Slim Whitman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2000
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0738921351
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The big mystery about Andy Kaufman's work is in trying to figure out what's serious, what's an act, why he is doing what he's doing, and whether he even knows the differences himself. His performances are among those rare examples where you feel extremely

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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Brown on November 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
A must-have for Andy fans (and sure to freak-out anyone who's not familiar w/ him...) His Elvis impression is still awesome...if you've ever seen "This is Elvis" or any Elvis concert footage, you'll see how uncanny Andy's version is, with the stage banter and the karate moves...See Andy wrestle two hooker-ish women (very daring for network TV!) They should have made Andy permanent host after this episode.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
If you've seen Man on the Moon and want to see some real Andy Kaufman, this is the video. It's Andy guest hosting a variety type show. Most of his comic performances are covered. Foreign man, Elvis, Tony Clifton, Latka on Taxi, Andy playing Bongo drums, Andy busing tables, and an hilarious ventriliquist act with Howdy Doody and Little Red Riding Hood. There are interview segments intertwined with the skits and two musical guests Freddy Cannon and Slim Whitman (watch Andy as Slim sings, er lip syncs his song). It's well worth the price for a peek into the highly crazy and complicated world of Andy Kaufman.
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45 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
I became a fan of Andy Kaufman when I saw Man on the Moon. I had seen him only on Taxi, and I really didn't know much about him at all. I saw MOTM the first day it came out, having heard about Andy. I'm only 15 years old, you can't blame me for not knowing much about him. In any case, it was a great show! I really was surprised that Carrey seemed somehow rougher and stranger in ways than Kaufman himself. To me, Kaufman was a genious, but at the same time was still the little boy who played his shows to the wall. The video was a nice display of his talents, it had Latka(or the foreign man), Elvis, Howdy Doody, and plenty of bongos. The only complaint I could possibly make was that there was more of Slim and that other guy than there was Andy. Oh, almost forgot that I loved Tony Clifton! He is so funny! Sorry if I didn't help.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Manson on April 17, 2000
Format: DVD
This sensational DVD, culled from a TV show I have cloudy memories of from my youth, presents Andy Kaufman in a way that surpasses the Milos Forman biopic (not to denigrate Jim Carrey's outstanding performance) and the A&E Biography. You get it all here, and it's mostly hilarious. Best of all is Mr. Kaufman's dead-on Elvis impersonation...his choice of songs is impeccable--"Too Much" is an Elvis hit that Mr. Presley seldom performed live. Great introduction (or reintroduction?) to this fascinating character.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AnnieM on January 14, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Nice to see this out on video, I'd forgotten that he'd done this! Good quality, and a nice introduction for anyone curious about his work but sadly are too young to have been around to see the real Andy perform back in the day. It was also quite eerie as well, hearing him cough a number of times in the interview segment. Personally, I hope for a compilation of his Letterman appearances, but until then, this tape will make you smile, and maybe like me, remember just how much we lost when Andy left us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Schmidt on January 18, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
After seeing the movie "Man on the Moon", I was dying to view some actual Kaufman material. This video definitely satisfied my craving for some good Kaufman material. The special showcases his talents at playing the drums, singing and generally, just being Andy. Highly recommended!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Schneider on August 8, 2000
Format: DVD
It's a shame that Andy left us so soon, yet one rarely falls into the category of "legend" with out succumbing to mortality. Anybody interested enough in Andy to be reading this review probably recognizes at least a hint of his comic genius, therefore I will not expound on this subject.
This DVD is, beyond a doubt, the most comprehensive compendium of Andy Kaufman's acts yet availablke on this format, and it is all in one show. You get everything, as mentioned in the description up top and many other reviews. As a primer to Andy, this disc is well worth buying. As an adition to the collection of a long-time Kaufman plan, this DVD fits in perfectly with your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mel Zorro on April 30, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is definitely the most entertaining Andy Kaufman DVD available, it contains all of his best routines performed to perfection.

The Midnight Special definitely captured Andy in his prime and it's amazing that he was able to cram so much into one show.

Here's what you get:

-Foreign Man
-Elvis
-Tony Clifton(His finest hour!)
-Andy working at Jerry's Deli
-Andy wrestling "the ladies"
-Weird gibberish puppet routine
-Interviewing Slim Whitman and Freddy Cannon
-Andy with his entourage (Bob Zmuda, Bob Shapiro, etc.)

Basically, if you loved "Man on the Moon", you'll get to see some of the same material performed by Andy himself.

Buy and enjoy!
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