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Crumb (Special Edition) (1995)

Robert Crumb , Aline Kominsky , Terry Zwigoff  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb, Robert Hughes
  • Directors: Terry Zwigoff
  • Producers: Terry Zwigoff, Albert Berger, Lawrence Wilkinson, Lianne Halfon, Lynn O'Donnell
  • Format: Full Screen, Special Edition, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ELL1RG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crumb (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by film critic Roger Ebert and director Terry Zwigoff
  • Sneak Peek at the new feature film: Art School Confidential

Editorial Reviews

David Lynch (Blue Velvet) presents one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made. A hilarious and mysterious journey through artistic genius and sexual obsession, CRUMB is a wild ride through the mind of Robert Crumb; creator of Zap Comix, Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat. CRUMB enters a territory as spooky as it is fascinating... a portrait of the artist as misanthrope, as bad-boy visionary,as a joker and sex maniac and, finally, as hero. One of those rare film experiences that has the giddy effect of being a nightmare and a party at the same time.

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143 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Goddamn Delightful August 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I have to believe that if you are off-put by Crumb's art (the headless women with monstrous thighs; the caricatures of blacks as wild jungle-dwellers), or find his frank admissions of "perverse" sexual attractions uncomfortable, or find yourself with a wardrobe full of San Francisco 49er memorabilia, then you will be put off by Crumb's character as well.
I'm not. He's fascinating.
Director Terry Zwigoff gets a lot of mileage out of Crumb's reactions to situations. Whether it's the confused and perplexed look he gets from watching the parade of shallow consumers he sees on the streets, or his half-sincere/half-uncomfortable bursts of laughter following bizarre tales from his youth, Crumb's expressive face says more than his mouth ever could. This, combined with his wonderfully laid-back voice (at once sarcastic and self-deprecating and tinged with regret) makes me wonder why it's taken so long for this man to get some camera time. Self-imposed exile, I suppose. He's definitely a star.
The opening sequence over the credits is the lone contrived moment in an otherwise truthful film. It begins by showing a series of porcelain sculptures modeled on Crumb's most recognizable characters, followed by a shadowy shot of Robert, sitting in a near-fetal position, listening to one of his many old time blues records. It is the only moment in the film that feels fake, and threatens to ruin the film's credibility right from the starting gate. Thankfully, director Zwigoff has a perfect game the rest of the way.
And there is only one moment that puts objectivity aside and allows for a bit of commentary on the part of the filmmakers. It concerns an interview with Deirdre English, a former editor of the magazine 'Mother Jones'.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We'll Take The Crumbs. May 30, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Robert Crumb is SO anti-social, that you almost want not to praise him or the film, as it would most likely elicit only contempt and disgust from him at your pathetic interests. But he's such a talented, not to mention twisted (I mean that as a compliment) artist, that you have to admire him. While his style, and his hysterical, irreverent characters, are not for everyone, his honesty pervades all his work. He's famous, but deplores the celebrity, phoniness, and notoriety that fame brings. While not exactly surly, he begrudgingly acknowledges that some people like his work, the work being created for basically his own amusement. That the work pays for his treasured relative anonymity and elusive privacy is a bitter irony. I love good documentaries, though there's not that many, and this is one of my favorites. It's just a very intrusive but irresistable visit into Crumbs little world, where his art and beloved records of the 1920's and 30's are his obsessions (along with sex), the materialistic, vulgar society that he's forced to co-exist with of little interest to him. You also get to meet his bizarre family who probably isn't really any more bizarre than many others. I especially get a kick out of his refusing to sign autographs in the movie, as I have a treasured copy of his "Zap" comix, which he inscribed to me. This is a must see film for anyone who's a fan of the creator of "Fritz The Cat", "Zap Comix", Janis Joplins "Cheap Thrills" famous album cover, etc... His "R. Crumbs Coffee Table Art Book " is a great accompaniment to this movie, his dialogue that accompanies his comics hysterical and sometimes too familiar. A great glimpse into a very interesting, unique talent. Some people work hard to appear "eccentric", but he's the real thing, though he still gives off a gentleness and likability. Admire the man, just leave him alone.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars . June 17, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
Crumb is an awe-inspiring film when weighed against some of the more acclaimed "thought-provoking" films I've seen recently: it probes into SO much that is significant (the nature of art, the nature of madness, the nature of sexuality and sexual perversion, the nature of American society, the implications of American history of the last 50 years or so -- the list goes on); but, in part because it's a documentary, all of this rich material is just *there*--it isn't being shoved in your face and manipulated for effect in the fashion of more popular "thought-provoking" films. The film is honest and unflinching; it doesn't glorify Crumb, nor does it denigrate him--(we hear from great appreciators of his work as well as severe critics, and neither side is emphasized or made to seem more valid than the other)--it simply explores him, and his very bizarre family, for what he/they are, while subtley setting everything that we learn against the backdrop of American society as a whole during the last century.
In terms of being a documentary for those curious about Crumb and his work, it doesn't shortchange you in any way that I can see. We get to spend plenty of time with Crumb himself, of course; we also get to spend a good amount of time hearing from his wife, and ex-wife, his mother and two brothers, his friends and an associate or two, and, as I mentioned, several critics, each with their own take on Crumb's work. We also get to *see* a lot of Crumb's work by way of numerous well-edited, well-placed montages, as well as artwork by his brothers, who are themselves exceptionally talented. We learn a great deal about Crumb's youth, attitude, hang-ups, perversions, artistic status, and anxieties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crumb the Motivator
This is a motivating work about drawing. I watch it whenever I feel a need for motivation with my drawing. So much of drawing is practicing every day. everyday. Everyday.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crumb is one of a kind
Very well done, intimate look into a fascinating icon of the 60's.
Published 20 days ago by John F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude is weird
This is adult only stuff. Love his work, but the dude is weird. The whole family is screwed up, no wonder the art is so off beat.
Published 1 month ago by Sally A. Wise
4.0 out of 5 stars A time-tested classic of character-driven (subject-driven)...
R. Crumb is an iconic artist, largely faded from popular view but still alive and working hard. His recent works are even better than his 1960s-1970s stuff. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wayne Keyser
1.0 out of 5 stars How much is too much?
What I will review is the new charge for amazon prime. A $20 rise in the fee for amazon prime is too much. How much do the executives need to make. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Margaret M. Brennan
2.0 out of 5 stars Missed the mark
Crumb is an interesting character and an amazing artist, but the movie is something of a drag. Too much time is spent talking with the rest of his dysfunctional family. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dogbreath
5.0 out of 5 stars Crumb
This is a great documentary of a great cartoonist.
If you are unfamiliar with Crumb's work this is not the
way to get to know him. Better in Blu Ray. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Asa Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars great for crumb fans
This is a great documentary for those looking for back story into crumbs life. I know it goes without saying but there is some adult content and subjects. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep on Truckin'
R. Crumb is a genius and this movie takes peek into his world. You'll be captivated by the characters that he creates as well as the characters in his life. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Claude Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Documentary of a very sad group of people
I come out of this movie feeling like I really know Crumb and his family.
...this may not be a good thing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BK
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