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Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999)

Eddie Izzard , Lawrence Jordan  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eddie Izzard
  • Directors: Lawrence Jordan
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, 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: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WEA Corp.
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2002
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (500 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CWOU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,658 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Dress to Circle (Paris, raw cut)
  • America 1998 (homage to Ken Burns)

Editorial Reviews

In Dress to Kill, Eddie Izzard spins free-flowing jokes about San Francisco (where the comedy concert was filmed), transvestitism, squirrels, American optimism, Hitler, the British royal family, mass murder, and Stonehenge--and that's only the first 30 minutes. It's as if this ingenious comedian says whatever comes off the top of his head, but giving that impression demands cunning and skill; Izzard romps through human history and transforms surprisingly complex ideas into biting satire--as well as knockout bits of sublime frivolity, like describing the movie Speed entirely in French. His mercurial patter is sprinkled with four-letter words, but his twinkling glances make this more mischievous than crude. Izzard has delivered some excellent performances in movies (like Velvet Goldmine and The Cat's Meow), but it's on stage that he really explodes with daffy wit and charisma. Simply brilliant and completely addictive; you will want to watch this over and over. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

The one-of-a-kind transvestite comedian rails on paganism vs. Christianity, the Heimlich maneuver, Engelbert Humperdinck, mass murderers, JFK in Berlin, Scooby and Shaggy and much more. 1998/color/80 min/NR/fullscreen.

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194 of 198 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comic genius June 3, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I stumbled over this strange transvestite comedian several years ago, I believe during a Comic Relief program. I didn't really remember him, but slowly he started popping up everywhere on cable, including a (staged) crashing of Monty Python's induction at the Apsen Comdey Festival.
Then one night, I caught his HBO special, "Dressed to Kill," and laughed so hard it hurt. Eddie has an amazing skill of blending history, religion and his own personal experiences into a hillarious two-hour stream-of-consciousness. I have watched the special several times (I got smart enough to tape it) and each time I catch a new joke or bit that I missed last time. He is one of the funniest stand up comics I've ever seen and his observations are always dead on. I especially liked his observations on Hitler, and how we'll tolerate dictators who kill their own people; it's only after they start killing people in other countries that we object.
If you haven't seen the phenomenon that is Eddie Izzard, then get either a copy of this special or "Glorious," the only other Eddie Izzard special on video. And be prepared to laugh. A lot.
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134 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Do you have a flag? August 15, 2000
By A Customer
Jeezee Chreezee...I initially passed on the HBO special, as the thought of a "Transvestite Comedian" didn't interest me. However, now that I know he's an "Executive Transvestite" who fancies girls, everything is better.
Eddie's humor is NOT for the hard of thinking, nor for those who flunked world history..."Hitler wound up in a ditch, covered in petrol, on fire...and it was his wedding night as well! Double trouble!" His brilliant style of mixing humor with incredible body language makes him a treat to watch. His manipulation of the audience is brilliant, and the fact that he even laughs at the crowds reactions to things makes him even funnier!
I have loaned my copy of DTK out to so many people, that the tape is almost worn out. However, I have converted everyone who's seen it into immediate fans. We as a group went to the "Circle" show in Seattle, and were incredibly entertained by his blend of history and humor.
Dress to Kill is a must, and will certainly convert even the most apprehensive viewer. He sets up the last 20 minutes of his show, which is performed mostly in French, so you have to pay attention...and make sure you have something to wipe your eyes with, because it's hysterical! "Le Sange et sur la branche"
Please make sure you let Amazon know you'd like this available in the States. I want all his work available on DVD sometime this millenium!
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126 of 131 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best March 10, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It's hard to describe Eddie Izzard to people who've never seen him before. I was flipping channels once and came across an English transvestite (excuse me, "executive transvestite") doing a comedy routine in Alcatraz prison. I stopped flipping channels, and, for the next two hours, almost died laughing. Izzard's humor is unique and it works on many levels. A lot of comedians target a particular demographic. Their humor can be too trite or too low-brow or too high-brow for some. Not Eddie. On the one hand, he's clearly intelligent and educated and his comedy contains much that will tickle even the most intellectual of viewers. But he combines this with good old-fashioned silliness and dead-on impressions that he will have the most slack-jawed luddite in stitches.
Even as I type this, I'm laughing to myself thinking about several of his routines ("Cake or death?") and will probably go home and watch it again. And that's the reason why I recommend the DVD. A lot of standup humor is funny the first time, but loses its edge. Eddie's improves. I laughed *more* the second time I saw it.
Buy it. You'll love it. I can't wait until his next performance.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to see him live! August 1, 2000
By A Customer
Eddie Izzard's comedy is refreshingly original, fast-paced, intelligent, thought provoking and hysterically funny. After taping "Dress to Kill" on HBO, we thought we were going to wear out the tape (we're waiting for the DVD). Frequently when we watch it, one of us will discover something we had missed - sometimes because we were laughing or simply didn't get it at the time. Once you get on his wavelength, watch out - you too will be impatiently watching for new releases. This past June, unknown to me, Eddie was in Seattle and my husband surprised me with tickets to see his new show, "Circle". We laughed ourselves sick during the entire two-hour show and left the theatre physically exhausted, unable to recall very few specifics of the performance because of the jam-packed fast-paced material that was delivered in his true Executive style. "Circle" was even funnier than DTK (if that's possible) and we are anxiously waiting it's release on DVD. Cake please.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "What is it Sebastian? I'm arranging matches" October 23, 2002
Watch Dress to Kill and you'll know what the title for my review means
There are actually 5 Eddie Izzard stand up concerts out on the old video cassettes (in UK). Dress To Kill, his San Francisco gig, is the only one available on DVD so far. This openly transvestite man is arguably the best British stand up comic today. His material is very Monty Python-ish. If you like the Pythons, you'll like Eddie. If you don't like the Pythons, try Eddie anyway. You'll end up with stomach cramps from all the laughing. I did.
By the way, the 5 videos of his concerts are: Live at the Ambassador's, Unrepeatable, Definite Article, Glorious and Dress to Kill. They're all great. I hope they all come out in DVD soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars gift was a hit
This was a gift for an Eddie fan. She loved adding it to her collection. Eddie never fails to make us laugh so loud we have to back it up to hear the joke we missed while laughing... Read more
Published 3 days ago by On-line shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart comedy, some of his best work!
Of all of his concerts, this is my favorite. Non- stop laughs... high note after high note. The "San Francisco" intro might be a bit long and harder for someone to... Read more
Published 5 days ago by J. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely clever!
and witty. Many laugh out loud moments. funny funny man/transvestite! he can take an ordinary every day occurence and turn it into an event.
Published 25 days ago by Lynne Rizzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Made My Cheeks Hurt
This is one of the funniest and most erudite comedy routines ever. Sly, ridiculous, smart. This man is always up to something either by the way he dresses, moves, or in what he has... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ERman
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST
Can't go wrong with this if you're an Eddie Izzard fan. Possibly his best show. Ten years on and my husband and I still quote him and make references to his hilarious comments!
Published 1 month ago by Zeina H Sahyoun
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious - you'll love Eddie's comedy!
We happened upon Eddie Izzard doing an HBO special one new years eve and immediately fell in love with his humor - you will too!
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne OKelly
5.0 out of 5 stars My whole family Loves it!
This man is a comic genious, well educated and uses satire of history, gov'ts, and religion to create what seems like stream of consciousness monologues. Incredibly hilarious. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mary Ellen Britt
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Funny funny funny! What else can you say Eddie Izzard is hilarious and everyone who does not mind bad language should own this!
Published 2 months ago by k8984
5.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Cats!
This was my introduction to Eddie Izzard ten years ago. Loved it then. Love it now. It is iconic Eddie. Showed it to a friend who had never heard of M. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Izzard
Have seen this dozens of times and laugh more every time. he is by far the BEST comedian of our time.
Published 2 months ago by Debra F. Radke
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