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Dennis Miller: The HBO Comedy Specials (2009)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dennis Miller
  • Directors: Dennis Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Collector's Edition, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: STANDING ROOM ONLY
  • DVD Release Date: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 396 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PSVHN0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,600 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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Without fail, Dennis Miller is the defacto leader of the HBO comedy specials. Beginning with Robert Klein in the mid 1970s and as recently as Chris Rock with last year's Kill the Messenger, Dennis Miller sets the tone and format for everyone regarding these special programs. How can you not think of Dennis Miller? Most connoisseurs of comedy will! On March 31, Standing Room Only Entertainment will release all seven of Mr Miller's specials in one package with Dennis Miller: The HBO Specials. Over the span of those seven hours, you can track the king of the obscure reference as his politics changed, from a few early swipes at Ronald Reagan to his lean a bit more right after 9/11. All fans of Dennis Miller should own this set! --Nick Nicholson, Ft Bend Star

When he was on his game, he was the baddest and brightest stand-up comedian in the country. For those of us who have pined many moons, equal parts impatient and incredulous, for his inexplicably unreleased HBO comedy specials from the 90s; it's time to celebrate an overdue victory. Dennis Miller: The HBO Specials is exactly what the doctor ordered for fans who remember the days when a thesaurus was a requisite part of the experience. A comic who could make you laugh and think is never something to take for granted, as they are always in woefully short supply. Miller, from his snarky heyday as Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update anchor in the late 80s and early 90s, was arguably the most consistently entertaining, and intimidating, funnyman on the scene. Miller has made seven official specials for HBO, all of which are collected in this very reasonably priced and highly recommended set.

Black and White, for me, is on the short list of all-time post Lenny Bruce stand up concert recordings: it is an absolute tour de force and easily justifies the purchase of this entire set. A few highlights, taken at random: 'I view the reunification of Germany in much the same way I view a possible Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis reconciliation: I haven t really enjoyed any of their previous work and I m not sure I need to see the new sh*t right now' ;' (TV preachers) say they don t favor any particular denomination...but I think we've all seen their eyes light up at tens and twenties.'

Miller's HBO feature for the end of the century, 1999's The Millennium Special. is a terrific idea that is pulled off with aplomb. Miller focuses on the 1900s and breaks the century into 20-odd year chunks. He does the news (relaying the popular stories of the times with his trademark Weekend Update shtick): it is clever and funny.

Dennis Miller still looms large as one of the five best stand-up comedians of the past 20 years. This egregiously overdue purging of the HBO vaults should come as a welcome relief to fans who remember watching these specials in real time. --Sean Murphy, PopMatters

Dennis Miller: The HBO Specials may very well end up being the comedy DVD release of 2009. Known more for being politically outspoken since 9/11, Miller nonetheless remains one of the wryest talents in American comedy. His gift for turning a phrase and concocting the most mind-boggling pop culture references is unmatched -- it's a style of comedy that remains uniquely his own. This extraordinary three-disc compilation includes nearly twenty years of Miller, an unmatched look at the evolution of his comedy as superimposed on a full generation of current events. It's enthralling, enlightening, challenging... and best of all, funny. Forget about politics -- this guy is as great as virtual friends can be. HBO Comedy specials from 1988, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2006 are included, and there's not a bad note in any of them. That's how you define a legend. --IGN Digigods

Product Description

Now for the first time, all seven of Dennis Miller's critically acclaimed HBO Comedy Specials are available on DVD from Standing Room Only Entertainment, in this complete Collector's Edition 3-DVD Set.

Dennis Miller has been hailed as one of the premiere comedy talents in America today. The Hollywood Reporter called his most recent special 'an hour of topical, scathing brilliance that helps cement Miller's status as the Lenny Bruce of the new millennium...the most cerebral, astute and clever standup ever to put mouth to microphone.'

He is a five-time Emmy award winner for his critically acclaimed half-hour, live talk show Dennis Miller Live, which had a nine year run on HBO. He was also the host and executive producer of CNBC's Dennis Miller, a topical interview talk show.

For two seasons, Miller called the plays alongside Al Michaels and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts on ABC's Monday Night Football. He was also the Weekend Update correspondent on Saturday Night Live for six years, before exiting in 1991. He has also been cast in films, usually in dramatic roles, most notably in 1994's Disclosure, 1995's The Net, and 1996's Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

In October 2001, HarperCollins published the fourth edition of Miller's popular rants, The Rant Zone, now out in paperback. Miller's previous books, I Rant Therefore I Am; Ranting Again; and The Rants have all been New York Times best sellers.

Miller continues to appear regularly on many politically oriented television talk shows, as well as on his own current nationally syndicated daily radio talk show.

PROGRAMS IN THE SET INCLUDE:

Dennis Miller - Mr. Miller Goes to Washington (1988)
Dennis Miller - Black and White (1990)
Dennis Miller Live from Washington D.C. - They Shoot HBO Specials, Don t They? (1994)
Dennis Miller - Citizen Arcane (1996)
Dennis Miller - The Millennium Special: 1,000 Years, 100 Laughs, 10 Really Good Ones (1999)
Dennis Miller - Raw Feed (2003)
Dennis Miller - All In (2006)

Customer Reviews

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Chi-Chi - it's all the HBO Specials, babe..... April 27, 2009
This is a very good value for the money - Dennis Miller's seven (7) HBO Specials on three DVD's. Some of these have never been on DVD before, and it's pretty convenient to have them all in one package.

I'm giving it five stars, mainly for value and for the inclusion of the two key specials: Mr. Miller Goes to Washington (1988), which is the very same show that (more or less, with a couple of edits) was released as the classic "Off-White Album" on Warner Bros. Records - this LP was a staple of my college years. The other absolute gem here is "The Millennium Special", which I think was up for an Emmy or two. It's one of the greatest comedy specials you'll ever see - consistently firing on all cylinders, hitting both highbrow historical references and some pretty lowbrow laughs (with Norm McDonald, who is a riot with his `guest' appearances throughout). I taped this off HBO and must've watched it around 12 or 15 times over the years, and always wondered why it wasn't out on DVD. The other specials included are "Black and White" (1990), "Live From Washington DC" (1994), "Citizen Arcane" (1996), "The Raw Feed" (2003) and "All In" (2006). All specials are basically 45 min-to-one-hour in running length, ranging from very good to just ok - the two recent ones are just ok; some good gags but I'm of the opinion that Miller was a lot funnier before he decided he was a Republican, post-9/11. He used to be a pretty acerbic equal-opportunity offender, leaning somewhat left, but in "Raw Feed" and "All In" he pretty much comes off as a hard-core Bush Republican: for better or worse, depending on your political leanings, it's preserved here for posterity.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GUS Thought He Saw A WoodChuck ! ! ! ! ! February 28, 2009
It is about time!!! My VHS copies of these specials are about to wear out. Every single one is smart, funny, and full of the most obscure references you will ever find. With DVDs of most of all the SNL Alum being released all the time, it was about time we Dennis Miller fans get some love too. Can a Special Edition Director's Cut of BORDELLO OF BLOOD be too far behind???
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy for thinkers September 13, 2009
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This is a good comedy...it is great to see Dennis Miller's progression from the beginning to now. Be warned though, sometimes Dennis makes a series of intellectual connects that only the most mentally adept can follow...he is one of the few comedians who does not depend exclusively on bathroom humor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's Miller Time July 1, 2009
Dennis Miller is an entirely different comedian from what I was used to when I began watching his HBO series on a regular basis. I loved his intelligent rants. I absolutely loved his material and his series.

Having the series and the specials on home video was always a goal of mine. I never recorded any of it on VHS, so thankfully someone at HBO used his head and released these on DVD. They did a good job with it.

Now, if only they could bring the series to DVD. ;) I know his topical humor doesn't resonate quite so much today, but things haven't changed THAT much in the world since Miller went off air.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dennis is a genius and a brave genius May 13, 2009
Dennis Miller: The HBO Comedy Specials if u cannot get enough of him on fox news ,like me, get this dvd for entire retropective.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One The Only Dennis Miller August 31, 2009
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Dennis Miller The Complete HBO Specials

Finally in one place,you now can enjoy the one and only Dennis Miller.I enjoyed watching all the dvds included in this set most of them I had never seen before

I have watched this dvd set multiple number of times and you will too. A must have for your collection.

Worth every penny I payed for the set,If just for the 1st Dennis Miller special which is included in this set.

All seven specials are a must have for your dvd collection......................Enjoy !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it... January 16, 2014
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After having seen most of these at various times over the years, I thought that I would enjoy having them on DVD. Nice decision on my part! I thoroughly enjoy Dennis' humor. Being a relatively "old guy", most of Dennis' cultural references are not lost on me, even in the earliest recordings. If you find Dennis Miller remotely entertaining, this is a good set and a real bargain. Hihgly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! December 3, 2013
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Dennis Miller is brilliant and so funny! He targets the issues and tells it like it is! I love this guy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Guy
I've always enjoyed Dennis Miller. Been laughing at his stuff for decades now ...... and decades to come.
Published 2 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Miller HBO Comedy Specials.
Dennis Miller is an old favorite and it's been interesting to watch his transitio from liberal to conservative. These old specials will be fun to watch!
Published 14 months ago by Marilyn Baldwin
4.0 out of 5 stars review
I do like Dennis Miller. He does have a sharp wit. Most of the material was great, some not as good, but overall, it was good. As always I get the best service through Amazon.
Published 16 months ago by blondie
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Miller at his best
This is what i expected from the most intelligent stand-up out there, ever. Dennis Miller ranges from the absurd to the insane as far as references go and although sometimes his... Read more
Published 17 months ago by jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! Love us some Dennis Miller
This was a gift for my husband. We both love watching & listening to Dennis Miller. We were very happy with our purchase.
Published 20 months ago by Anna Byars
5.0 out of 5 stars What makes Dennis Miller tick?
All of his quality work in one place. I thought some of the early footage was a bit "grainy" of course I'm compairing it to the new clear HD. Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by Travis L. Mccaughey
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Comedian for Intelligent People
Like other topical humorists, some of the jokes need to be remembered in the context of the time. But being less generic makes the humor proportionally funnier. Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by P. Gustitus
5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Miller HBO Comedy Specials
Great set of Dennis Miller DVD's. A great value for your money. Highly recommend to Dennis Miller fans. A welcome distraction from the cares of the day.
Published on February 22, 2012 by B. Masters
5.0 out of 5 stars The closest he'll ever get to Jonestown
This is the good stuff. Back when those who are now conveniently gushing over him were actually bashing him. Oh well. Read more
Published on January 16, 2012 by J. Johnson
1.0 out of 5 stars snoddrop
Dennis MIller is a cop out. I use to listen to him in the late 90's and enjoyed his rants. Now he has succumbed to the ignorant right and his dialogues are the same stuff you... Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by William R. Hill
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