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Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger (2008) (2009)

Chris Rock , Marty Callner  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Rock
  • Directors: Marty Callner
  • Writers: Chris Rock
  • Producers: Chris Rock, Marty Callner, Andy Derbyshire, Carol Axler Turner, Doug Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • 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: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HB1JY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger (2008)" on IMDb

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Chris Rock: Kill The Messenger

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Chris Rock in 3-D? That’s more or less what you get with Kill the Messenger. Recorded in 2008, the 79-minute show is actually a compilation of three different gigs (in London, New York, and Johannesburg, South Africa) deftly edited into a single performance, presumably drawing on the best takes from each. It’s an effective technique, as it sustains visual interest (i.e., Rock’s wardrobe changes) and reveals the comedian’s gift for making his act seem spontaneous when in fact it’s basically the same every night during a given tour. As for the content, it’s what you’d expect from Rock: rude (f-bombs fall like acid rain, the "n word" flows freely, and the sexual references are extremely graphic), incisive, and hilarious. Some of the material has already passed its sell-by date; jokes about the ’08 presidential election, while funny (John McCain is "so old, he used to own Sidney Poitier"), are obviously no longer current. Elsewhere, Rock riffs on the difference between "career" and "job," gay fans, ringtones, and even Gwen Stefani, but it’s his observations about race that are central to the performance--and they never lose their bite, especially when it comes to black-white relations (on black men’s predilection for, uh, larger women: "A black man’ll drop-kick Keira Knightley to get to Rosie O’Donnell"). On the whole, he seems optimistic, if somewhat bemused ("All my black friends have a bunch of white friends. All my white friends have one black friend"), even as he remains acutely aware of the persistence of racism and inequality. If you’re easily offended, steer clear of Kill the Messenger. Otherwise, get ready to laugh. --Sam Graham

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Tellin' It Like It IS October 8, 2008
Format:DVD
Chris Rock is not just a comedian. He doesn't just tell jokes (anymore). He's a truly smart guy that sees the world for what it is...and then shares his view of it with you. And the world is clearly a very very funny place.

Political views. Racial views. Religious views. Social views. His views on plain old common sense....Whether you agree with his views or not, he'll make you laugh. He might even make you mad with some of his views...but that's the point. Oh, you mean the stuff you agree with is funny, but the stuff that you don't agree with isn't??? C'mon!

Rock's 2008 HBO special Kill the Messenger is Chris Rock at his best. Some of the act does seem familiar just because (most of us?) now know his routine so well after so many fine years. You have his previous HBO specials: from "Big *** Jokes" 14 years ago when he used to simply "tell jokes", to his breakthrough specials starting in 1996 that established Rock for the unique style and delivery that he is now famous for {Bring The Pain (1996), Bigger and Blacker (1999), and Never Scared (2004)}. And of course you also have years and years of TV and movies to go with his signature HBO persona.

So, while some of the act may seem a bit familiar, rest assured that the subject matter is fresh. The only annoyance (albeit a slight annoyance) with the Kill the Messenger performance is the 3-venue video splicing presentation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars His third best dvd November 28, 2009
Format:DVD
It takes this show a while to get moving, but it does pick up nicely about 15 minutes in. The use of three different shows is interesting, but the rapid cuts get old fast and lead to unnecessary confusion.

The best performance is clearly at the Apollo, the site of Rock's greatest success, Bigger And Blacker. So why include the Jo'berg and London shows? Just to show he's an international star now? Too bad, because you can hear from his voice that Rock is most comfortable and free--and funny!--at home in NYC. His outfit in each town says it all.

When it does pick up, you can see Rock relax and start to really deliver the goods. As usual his best material is related to race and personal politics, and there are some classic bits here. The "crease" line is pretty special, among many.

So, while not close to the perfection and edge of B&B, and not quite as solid as Bring The Pain, this is better than Never Scared. But Chris---one show every five years? We need more of your comedy, and especially your gift for telling the truth about society, particularly America's blind greed and narcissism. You've got all the cash you need now; stretch out and really let us have it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for collectors May 13, 2013
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If you're a collector of comedy like me, this is a must-have item. Chris Rock is one of the best so having his catalogue is essential. Additionally, I think this is his second best (after Bigger and Blacker, of course). The additional discs contain the independent performances from each location, which I enjoyed because there were a few jokes that were cut out due to the nature of the final product.

Bottom line: if you're a Chris Rock fan, get this. If you're a stand-up comedy collector, get this. If you're just a casual consumer of stand-up and just want something to entertain you for a nice night in, get the regular version, it's cheaper and still hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Amazing Chris Rock Is Still So Funny!! May 20, 2013
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How many other comics from the early 1990s have stand up specials in the late 2000s and are still hilarious? Basically none! Chris Rock is the absolute king of stand up comedy, this stand up special is as funny as any of his others, which are all awesome, I own them all and would recommend all of them, this is a great set, get it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Tellin' It Like It IS October 8, 2008
Format:DVD
Chris Rock is not just a comedian. He doesn't just tell jokes (anymore). He's a truly smart guy that sees the world for what it is...and then shares his view of it with you. And the world is clearly a very very funny place.

Political views. Racial views. Religious views. Social views. His views on plain old common sense....Whether you agree with his views or not, he'll make you laugh. He might even make you mad with some of his views...but that's the point. Oh, you mean the stuff you agree with is funny, but the stuff that you don't agree with isn't??? C'mon!

Rock's 2008 HBO special Kill the Messenger is Chris Rock at his best. Some of the act does seem familiar just because (most of us?) now know his routine so well after so many fine years. You have his previous HBO specials: from "Big *** Jokes" 14 years ago when he used to simply "tell jokes", to his breakthrough specials starting in 1996 that established Rock for the unique style and delivery that he is now famous for {Bring The Pain (1996), Bigger and Blacker (1999), and Never Scared (2004)}. And of course you also have years and years of TV and movies to go with his signature HBO persona.

So, while some of the act may seem a bit familiar, rest assured that the subject matter is fresh. The only annoyance (albeit a slight annoyance) with the Kill the Messenger performance is the 3-venue video splicing presentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great quality
Published 2 months ago by brenda simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
I personally think this is Chris Rock's BEST YET! His previous stand up is also 5 stars, and I love Chris Rock comedy! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Grant Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Kill The Messenger - Mr. Rock
Do not kill the messenger - Chris Rock is still in top form with his specials and his story telling. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sister Avalon
1.0 out of 5 stars for real?
used to think he was funny but like most people who make it big they start drinking the liberal kool aid. another reviewer said t best: one big hussein obama commercial. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It
Hilarious!!! Chris Rock iz the bomb!!
So funny almost threw up from laughing so hard. So far the funniest one.
Published 12 months ago by DJ44
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Chris Rock Hit.
Whenever I get the opportunity to see Chris Rock I take it. Was so happy that Amazon offered this DVD at a discounted price. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars chris rock is a legend
so funny. rock keeps you laughing throughout the whole standup. what makes it so funny is that he is speaking the truth
Published 14 months ago by EddyMacinCheese
1.0 out of 5 stars One Long Very Partisan Obama Commercial
I love Chris Rock and own all his other specials on DVD and the Chris Rock Show, but when it comes to Obama he lost his impartiality and his credibility. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Know-It-All
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised my husband
My husband is a huge Chris Rock fan and this was a big hit for Christmas. That's really all I wanted.
Published 19 months ago by NikkiSilver
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Rock
In my opinion the most hilarius guy in the world! This show is so great! I laugh from the beginning to the end!!!
Published 19 months ago by Paulo A. M. Markowski
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