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  • Actors: Bill Maher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VT6ZWM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • Bonus: Bill Maher finds a purpose in life

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Bill Maher: The Decider (DVD)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John F. Rooney VINE VOICE on March 10, 2009
In "The Decider" Bill Maher is very funny and biting in this stand-up assault and skewering of then-President Bush. He knows his facts and marshals them against Republicans, organized religions, drug companies, and Bush 43. (It anticipates his recent movie release "Religulous.") It's a series of hard-hitting, obscene, and rapid fire jokes.
President Clinton comes off fairly well, although I've always thought he would make a perfect target for an all-out assault. If you're a right wing zealot, you'd better avoid this full frontal attack. Maher extols the virtues of condoms. If you're going to attack the right wingers, you might as well hit all the bases.
Surprisingly there is not too much about Vice-president Cheney except his poor aim when hunting. If you're a Bush-basher, a true Democrat, a libertarian, or an agnostic, you'll probably love this. I found it profanely and profoundly hilarious. Political satire has been a rare breed in recent years, and we need more of it to keep us honest and alert.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Stillinger on November 1, 2007
...then give we the people Bill Maher..! I've been a casual fan of Maher for years. Don't always agree with him, but I always laugh with him.

Well, this show is simply a cut above. He's magnificent. This is more proof that he's still at (or coming up on) his peak both as a comedian and bull**** inspector.

I'm not sure that anybody is slinging more insightful, eviscerating, and dead-eye accurate slugs of truth than this man, here.

Do the facts a favor: see The Decider. And I don't mean the Commander Guy.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Christine on April 28, 2008
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I like Bill Maher but never take the time to search his shows out. After stumbling across this one on TV and spending 60 minutes laughing and wondering how I can translate all of his right on observations to my friends. I came on line to purchase it. I've never seen Bill do true stand up and this was highly entertaining. After just enough conservative observations (and when I say observations I mean side splitting humor) he moves on to general life observations that let you know how "In touch with the american people" he really is.

Enjoy
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A consumer on July 24, 2008
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I've heard of Bill Maher, never seen his show, but have been curious about him. When I saw The Decider on HBO, I was amazed at how good his stand up comedy is. His timing is dead on. He's a very sharp guy who doesn't just make you laugh, but also gets you thinking. His refreshing wit can sting (die-hard Bush followers will probably react predictably to it) but it's smart, funny, and, to the chagrin of genuine patriots, carries quite a bit of truth -- how we wish it weren't so.

Some of my favorite lines: (----- minor spoiler -----)

"The comedic gods are smiling on me tonight, because I have been saying for the longest time that George W. Bush ... must set a timetable ... for pulling his head out of his [you know what]. And today they actually went in and looked for it! [Colorectal exam.] And they didn't find it, so now we don't know WHERE it is. But we should feel thankful: it's the first time we've heard the words 'Bush', 'Operation', and 'Success' in the same sentence."

"Bush says future history will be kind to him. Yeah, it's JUST US HERE IN THE PRESENT who don't get it! What is he, the Van Gogh of presidents?"

"He says 'They're still debatin' our FIRST president.' No we aren't! The nation's capital is named after him. He's on the One! He's on Mount Rushmore. His nickname is 'FATHER OF THE COUNTRY'. I think the jury's in on George Washington."

"When you pull his string, one of the 5 things that Bush says is, 'We used to think oceans would protect us.' No we didn't! YOU did! YOU thought that. We've known that our enemies discovered boats and flying machines a long time ago."

The timing and inflection are lost in the above, of course, so it doesn't really do justice to his act.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Debra A. Kelly on December 20, 2007
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Not Bills Best but still hilarious and so on target about Bush! I would agree...he is brutally honest and politically up front! Worth owning! You won't be sorry and you'll get your money's worth in laughter.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Girl on February 16, 2008
you'll love it, you'll laugh. His takes on Bush are side splitting. EXCELLENT!
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By DarknessNoon on December 27, 2013
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Now this guy Bill Maher is completely out of my universe, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching this show. You'll laugh your ass off!
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This is an hour-long stand-up routine done in Boston in 2007. As a bonus, his encore on the show is included, where he reads from "The Purpose Driven Life" which was written by Rick Warren, conservative preacher. Of course Maher manages to make what is an incredibly insipid book into a hilarious experience.

The main part, the part named "The Decider," is not only about George Bush, of course. He also talks about the Abstinence Only campaign and its "success." He serves up some delicious irony concerning the war on drugs and wars in the middle east. But his best jokes are definitely about politicians. One thing only seems funny in hindsight that is quite different from the way it way funny at the time. He mentions why it would be impossible for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to run on the same ticket. He was right, of course, but not for the reasons he seemed to think.

One problem with topical humor is that it gets dated so quickly, but this one stands up well. OK, it's only been two years, but that's a long time for someone who takes his topics right from the headlines. Of his three DVDs I've recently reviewed, I have to say this is the best. Religulous is even better, but that's not the same sort of show at all. This and "Be More Cynical" were both stand-up monologues before a large live audience. "New Rules" was cut from his HBO show's regular segment by the same name. Of these three, this one is the best, although frankly, I loved them all.
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