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Chris Rock - Bring The Pain

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Rock's award-winning HBO Special, now available on DVD. Filmed at the Takoma Theatre in Washington, D.C., "Bring the Pain" garnered 2 Emmy Awards. Rock does what he does best, delivering razor-sharp insight and brutal honesty on everything from Politics

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  • Actors: Chris Rock, Nelson George, Monteria Ivey, Tony Rock
  • Directors: Keith Truesdell
  • Writers: Chris Rock
  • Producers: Chris Rock, Michael Rotenberg, Sandy Chanley, Tom Bull
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Dreamworks
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006HAVX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,367 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I've been hoping to get my hands on a copy of "Bring The Pain" ever since college, when my friends and I would occasionally sit around getting drunk and listening to this performance on CD. Well, I finally have it, and even as a married man watching it sober in my apartment this DVD still cracks me up. Since this performance was recorded in the mid-'90's and it's now 2004 I was worried the material might seem dated, but Rock's insightful and colorful discussions of human failings are not only universal, but timeless. Much of what he discusses here may not be in the news anymore, but you could substitute any number of current happenings and his remarks would fit just as well. The man's animated style and frequent use of profanity are certanly entertaining, but beneath the shouted profanities is a razor-sharp wit backed by a lot of common sense and deep feel for irony. With his knack for cutting through rhetoric and hyprocrisy to get at the underlying truth, Rock could even be called one of America's leading black conservatives.
Rock bursts out of the gate with a bitingly hilarious bit on Marion Barry, musing that Barry managed to get reelected as mayor of Washington after being convicted of behavior that would get you fired from McDonald's. Discussing a slightly more respectable figure in the form of Colin Powell, Rock highlights the low expectations whites hold for blacks by pointing out that an educated black general can be praised merely for speaking well. This being the mid-90's, there was the obligatory bit on O.J., but Rock manages to go deeper than most comics in analyzing what the case said about the nature of fame and America's racial divide.
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WOW!!! I'd first seen this in 1996. I believe it to be the best work Rock has done in stand-up. It was innovative and extremely funny. It dealt with social/political issues of that time on a true, but intelligently approached level. I haven't seen anything funnier since. If you are a Chris Rock fan... then you will love this..
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There was a time when it was considered too dangerous to teach a black man how to read. Fortunately, we've moved on somewhat since then but even now, a black man who is intelligent, well read and articulate can often be considered a challenging prospect even from within his own community and not just outside of it. Add humour to the mix though and that man is immediately seen as less of a threat. If he's wise he can use being seen as a funny man to have even more influence than a man who goes around straightfaced. A man with great comic timing and incisive wit can thus go on and spread his message with genius. That genius is the man known as Chris Rock.

I love black stand up as a whole but this dude is in a class of his own. By the time this 1996 performance was taped as an HBO special, he had honed his skill to perfection and ensured he would be known as more than the guy who got to play the butt of all the jokes in movies like "Boomerang", "CB4" and "New Jack City". No subject is sacred and no one is safe. Rock lays into Marion Barry (the former Mayor of Washington DC who was involved in a drug scandal and still managed to get re-elected. The show was taped at the Takoma Theatre in D.C. so the response of the audience was particularly interesting), O.J. Simpson, Colin Powell, and also talks about race relations, education, the crack epidemic, family values, sex & relationships and what he sees as the (still controversial) difference between `ni**as' and black people. Rock is totally irreverent, unrelenting and foul mouthed, while at the same time managing to remain intelligent, practical and sensitive with a central underlying moral core to his message. He may offend you but he'll make you laugh yourself silly while he's doing it AND make you think after he's done.
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This is one of top five funniest comedy works I've seen in my life. Chris Rock is smart, bold and honest. His comedy is as sharp as a blade, it cuts you deep and you keep coming back for more. That's the magic of Rock.
By the way: This is better than "Bigger and Blacker".
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In the HBO Special that finally made Chris Rock a bonafide star, despite his brief run on Saturday Night Live, BRING THE PAIN, is definitely one of the funniest DVDs I have ever watched, but still comedy is hardly the subject of this DVD. Instead, this is a social commentary from the mind of a man who looks at American culture with a fresh perspective: total honesty.

In some ways Rock in this DVD is less like a comedian and more like a lion tamer, as he struts across the stage, nervously taking jabs at his mostly African American live audience, who react with boos and horror as he airs their dirty laundry in the front yard of white America.

For example, he questions how DC mayor Marion Barry was reelected after he smoked crack on camera while in office and appeared at the famed Million Man March. "Even in our finest hour, we got a crack head on the stage," Rock taunts.

Yes, the audience laughs, but as you watch this DVD you can feel the tension between Rock and the audience that is further enraged when Rock starts talking about how he hates the black criminals (Rock uses the n word) who ruin everything half way decent about life in black neighborhoods.

These people (again he uses the n word) want credit for something a normal man just does. "Hey I take care of my kids," Rock claims these people boast. "You're supposed to take care of your kids. Whaddya want a cookie?" Rock asks as he repeatedly explains that he's tired tired tired of these black criminals.

What's interesting about BRING THE PAIN, is that Rock is masterful at controlling the audience. Just when you think everyone will leave DC's Tacoma theater in disgust over his taunting, Rock changes gear and begins to seduce them with other realities of life in America.
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