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Eddie Izzard - Circle (2000)

Eddie Izzard , Anastasia Pappas  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Izzard
  • Directors: Anastasia Pappas
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WEA Corp.
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ALA3P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eddie Izzard - Circle" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Menus in English, Spanish, and French
  • Dress to Circle (Paris, raw cut) (in French)
  • Trivia track

Editorial Reviews

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No one but madcap stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard can spin comic gold out of papal history, monkeys with guns, Jesus preaching to the dinosaurs, and cafeteria food on the Death Star. Circle, taken from his stand-up tour in 2000, doesn't have the astonishingly seamless free-associative flow of Glorious or Dress to Kill, his previous specials--which is to say, he's only intermittently brilliant, instead of supernaturally nonstop brilliant. We'll take what we can get, because Izzard can slip in surprisingly stinging commentary about international politics and religion, yet his impish smile suggests that he's only pointing out the obvious. He tosses out an idea and then plays with it like a cat plays with a mouse, flipping it around, teasing it out, pouncing, and then letting it go, only to sneak back up on it just when you'd forgetten it was there. Cheeky, subversive, and very, very funny. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Live comedy with the master of sublime weirdness, Eddie Izzard, recorded in New York, 26 June 2000. Also includes a 30 minute behind the scenes documentary about Eddie's US tour. PROGRAM FEATURES * Circle feature commentary by Eddie Izzard. * Circle trivia track on feature. * Dress To Circle one-hour rough-cut of Eddie Izzard's Dress To Kill show in Paris (spoken in French). Previously released on the Dress To Kill DVD. * Dress To Circle commentary by Eddie Izzard. * 30 minute behind the scenes documentary about Eddie's US tour. * Subtitled in nine languages.

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 2 HOURS 20 MINUTES


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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the die hard fans. October 16, 2003
By Nick
Format:DVD
Ok, if you've seen Eddie Izzard onstage or in D2K and are addicted to his style of stand-up, you will definitely enjoy this. If you are looking that will make you fall on the floor laughing, go buy Dress to Kill or Glorious first. However Eddie Izzard's material is more than just for laughs; he's one of the few enterainers that offers more. This DVD offers just as many segments of him pointing out things that will make you double take your favorite movie, religion, history, etc.
True, it is not nearly as funny as his other material, at least not this performance. And the bonus documentary on the disc explains why. In addition to being shouted at mid-show, the previous evening had the production team sweating over the sound blowing out with Eddie having to shout "from ze diaphragm," trying a cord mic, and having to apologize and take an intermission to fix the tech, keeping his cool the whole time. This one is still a brilliant and triumphant performance with gold material.
The documentary itself is also well worth it, including a drunk interview and the like.
So in the end, if you know Eddie Izzards style, get this. If not, introduce yourself to it with another of his shows, and pick this one up later.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than reviews led me to believe!!! Classic Izzard! October 27, 2003
By LJ
Format:DVD
Having seen most of Izzard's more recent releases (eg. Glorious, Dress To Kill) I was a little hesitant to purchase this DVD after reading earlier reviews. However, quickly becoming a die-hard Eddie Izzard fan, I simply had to bite the bullet and go for it...
I AM SOOOOOOO GLAD I DID!!
True, there are parts that hint at material used in his later acts, HOWEVER - it is only that, a HINT. He explores these ideas in areas that are completely different from Glorious and Dressed to Kill. So fear not that you will receive nothing but repeat material.
That laid to rest, I must say that the audience Does get much of what he says, and in true Izzard fashion - he comments on what "they are not going for..." and where "he lost them" in a way that serves to capture the humor and continue the energy/momentum of the act.
Delighted by his wit and intellectual humor (where very low brow things are described in a highbrow way & highbrow things are done so in a lowbrow way) Circle is a precursor to his later shows yet a success in it's own right.
I highly recommend this DVD, even AFTER seeing and owning Glorious and Dressed to Kill. Izzard is original all the time (he never writes out his act, but rather improvises on a roughly outlined idea). Thus, while some themes may be continuous throughout his different acts, there is always something different, unique, and oh so Eddie.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as fresh as D2K, but still very funny September 29, 2003
By alshain
Format:DVD
In Circle, Eddie Izzard is still the madcap comedian we all know and love, but filming in front of a New York audience seems to have put a bit of a damper on his normally frenetic pace. Izzard always makes a point of assuming his audience's intelligence, but in this show it seems he is limited by his American audience - he takes the time to explain some Britsh phrases and expressions and a great bit about the Northern Ireland peace process ends with Izzard sighing, "Do you know there are other countries?" As a previous reviewer already noted, this DVD was pieced together from one show on one night recorded in one go and as a result feels a bit unpolished in its delievery. However, having seen his most recent show, Sexie, live in Minneapolis, I can say that Circle DVD seems to be a more realistic portrayal of his real live shows.
The Circle DVD is also much shorter than the marathon show we were blessed with on the Dress to Kill DVD. Circle, like most of his filmed shows prior to Dress to Kill, runs about 80 minutes (just enough time to fit onto the CD release) instead of the Dress to Kill DVD's 120 or thereabouts (Eddie mentions on his commentary track that much of the stuff that was cut from Circle was him playing with the audience). His liberal stance on politics is evident in bits about gun control and religious fanatics. Much of his material is also more structured - there is a definite sketch format to some of his routines, especially the Darth Vader bit at the end. Here, his delivery is slick and seems far more rehearsed than his normal scatterbrained approach. However, perhaps that is to expected since the show was filmed at the end of his four month world tour, after most of his material had been set and performed night after night with little room for improv.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C'mon c'mon c'mon! What is with some of you people? October 18, 2004
Format:DVD
I keep reading review after review going on and on about how Dress to Kill is so much better. Yeah. I loved it, too, but Circle is a whole different animal. Firstly, the DVD was shot WAY early in the tour, so the material is pretty fresh. Eddie is still in the process of rounding the edges and developing flow, which I feel he does quite well. Most comedians record at the end of the tour as Eddie had done with Definite Article. Circle is great because you get to see this early, raw comedic talent.

Secondly, the ad lib. There are tons and tons of asides during this show. From organ music at baseball games to guns in Ireland to a TV program featuring a not so friendly shark, Circle is rich with poignant, awesome (like a hot dog?) or rather awe-inspiring flits of quick witted fancy. Eddie's years of improv experience keeps him on his comedic toes. His brilliant if sudden lapses into the bizzare confirms this. These asides, I think, add to the wandering, rambling structure to this show. But, those who are not into conversational comics probably wouldn't like Eddie anyway and should stick to comics who write their shows and repeat verbatum.

Thirdly, the complaint that Eddie appears tired. Perhaps its all the purple. A great deal of this show, as in other Izzard shows, is performance comedy or pantomime. Eddie goes through the motions of a monkey communicating by signing. He pantomimes conversations between God and Jesus. He pursues happiness with a gun. Yeah, a lot of time he just stands there as he talks...he is a Stand Up Comedian!

Lastly, the transvestite thing. In circle, he doesn't cover his transvestism that much...probably because he's famous enough now he doesn't feel he needs to.
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It's the best history lesson I have ever had! Add 'Dress to Kill' and you are in for a great time!
Published 21 days ago by Allison Burr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
My favorite stand up I can watch him over and over! I love everything he has ever done! Can't get enough
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In the past, I had to record his specials on video, which didn't always turn out very well. So I was really happy when Amazon had his performance. Read more
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Published 15 months ago by Karen Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent
Eddie Izzard kills me and I wanted to see all of his work...
I would consider this an ancillary item if you are trying to build a complete library, doesn't keep me going back... Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by Thomas Dadourian
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie Izzare - Circle
I bought this item for a present for my daughter who is a fan of Eddie Izzard. She loved it! I wasn't a fan of his before I watched him but I am now. Read more
Published on November 3, 2011 by ruthptb
5.0 out of 5 stars Not directed at American audiences.
This is Eddie Izzard in great form, but not directed at American audiences so for Americans there will be some obscure references and humor.
Published on December 30, 2010 by kvincent23
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
A definite must for any fan of Eddie's, it's full of laughs and makes you think. One of his best performances. I've been a fan for years and I adore Circle.
Published on November 18, 2010 by LacyAnne1981
5.0 out of 5 stars Spit-Take Funny
Literally, I spit out my coffee all over myself watching this. Eddie Izzard only gets better and funnier with time, and this show was 10 years ago. Read more
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