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Ellen DeGeneres - The Beginning (2000)

Ellen DeGeneres , Joel Gallen  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Directors: Joel Gallen
  • Writers: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Producers: Ellen DeGeneres, Joel Gallen, Frank Garritano, Kathy Blake
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • 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 Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053VAP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,525 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ellen DeGeneres - The Beginning" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Ellen shares her humorous observations on daily life, including remembering names, clothing, the need for approval, and making personal videos.
Genre: Television
Rating: NR
Release Date: 7-AUG-2001
Media Type: DVD

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like riding a bike... May 9, 2001
After 7 years of not doing any stand-up comedy, Ellen shows absolutely no signs of being rusty in her triumphant return to the stage. I loved this video and I loved the new material that Ellen has written for her Americana Tour. I was fortunate enough to be in the audience at Ellen's very first performance at the State Theater in Easton, PA after her 7-year hiatus from doing live stand-up, and the only difference between the performance I saw and the DVD is that Ellen no longer needed to use her notes for the DVD performance. (And after 7 years off, who wouldn't need notes?)
I have always been a huge fan of Ellen's, and her new material is just as funny and fresh as ever. Of course, everyone expects her to address the issue of her national coming out, and she does, first thing, with, what else but...humor. She begins her act with an "interpretive dance" that could easily be one of the funniest things I have ever seen. And from that moment on, things only get better. The material here rivals the old Ellen and the "Phone Call to God," and "Taste This" routines. She certainly hasn't lost her touch, and it is so great to see her, FINALLY back on the stage where she belongs doing stand-up comedy.
Being in the audience for her return to the stage is a memory that I will always treasure, and now, I am able to watch her perform the material from that tour over and over again. To the casual viewer, this is an entertaining and funny video that you could watch with your kids. Ellen prides herself on remaining a clean and non-malicious comic. To the die-hard Ellen fan, well..fantastic. A must-own item. So, do I like this video? In a sentence...
Yep, it's great.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I laughed until my side hurt... January 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When this special was being advertised in HBO, I thought, okay, I will watch it. She is funny enough and there is nothing else on tv. I watched it and seriously laughed so hard that my side hurt the next morning. It was Ellen at her absolute funniest (and she is a pretty funny person). She tells a story in a totally casual way and, unlike most comedians, she realizes that the key to being funny is not to laugh at your own jokes, but to keep going like you have no idea that you just said something funny. She is a true artist. Foolishly, I didn't tape it and since then I have been scanning the tv guide for the next time that it would be on. Let me put it this way, I wouldn't be buying this on-line if it was not the funniest thing that I have ever seen and didn't want to watch it over and over again.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back To Form December 31, 2001
DeGeneres' first stand up comedy routine since 'coming out' in 1997 is an event in itself. Even moreso is that she was kind enough to have it taped for mere fans who could not see such an event in the flesh. DeGeneres' whirlwind tour reminded Americans that she is more than a typecast lesbian, but a comedienne. What she made herself known for before any tags were attached. The title The Beginning reminds just that. She is a comedienne before anything else. Since I'm not a lesbian I can say I am a fan for Ellen's comedy & mothing more. Yet I appreciate the humour she injects into being gay - see her interpretative dance relaying her coming out. Very original & painfully true. The audience laps up her incisive wit & DeGeneres enjoys herself, although at times appears to feel quite awkward. If you have not discovered the brilliance of Ellen DeGeneres beyond Ellen (the TV Show) or the media frenzy behind her coming out, this DVD is a worthy acquisition. Makes for a great night in. A true comic genius in every sense of the word.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny! October 20, 2003
By Patrick
... Ellen is hilarious! She has this unique style. Her facial expressions are half of the joke. She looks like she's uncomfortable on stage but that's all an act. When she's on stage she owns it. The part at the end when she mistakes a woman for a man is the funniest part! ... When the audience got to ask her questions that's all they wanted to talk about. Get over it already! Other gay celebrities aren't treated that way. Just let the woman be funny. She's excellent at it!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Newly Out Lesbian Talks...About Shampoo (et al.) March 28, 2005
One of the first times I ever saw Ellen DeGeneres on TV, she was doing a routine about how ridiculous it was that people write "(over)" at the bottom of the first page of a letter--as if otherwise, the dumbfounded reader would say, "Isn't that the darndest thing? She got to the bottom of the page and just stopped..." I've loved her take on the absurdity of everyday life ever since.

This 2000 tape has moments like that--the shampoo bit is priceless. But she was moving beyond the everyday and into the socio-political. That's only to be expected, I guess, after coming out on network TV a few years before--and creating a media firestorm. (I've never actually been sure how significant it was for most people on an individual level, but the media certainly made hay of it.) Inevitably, her return to stand-up would have to address her sexuality and the (real or manufacturerd?) frenzy surrounding it.

And address it she does. The blow-up doll and the harness bit was a stitch. Of course, I had to ask myself what it said about ME that for a moment, I thought, "But wait, wasn't that her mom in the audience?" Well, hey, if mom's OK with it, I guess I am too.

The only question I do have is one that I see at least one other reviewer posted and subsequently receive "0 helpful votes" for--but it still bears posing (though Goddess knows how many unhelpfuls it'll garner me), namely: is this something you want to rent (or, like me, maybe borrow from the libary)? or is it a virtual MUST for every collection.

Well, the answer is simple enough. If like me, you like Ellen a whole lot, but don't see yourself watching it on a near daily basis for the next six months, you may want to just rent or borrow it. Neither the punch lines nor the delivery is going to change from viewing to viewing. But certainly if you're a fan, this is a "must have." Maybe you could rerun it for me should I drop over...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Ellen
Interesting work from Ellen - lots of laughs
Published 2 months ago by Marilyn Hyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Hil lar eee us
Funny lady Ellen at her best. Great stand up show that made me laugh even though I knew the punch lines were coming. Smart and witty comedy !!
Published 8 months ago by Robert Nevitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop laughing
Hilarious! One of her best, and my favorite of her stand up shows, can watch it month after month and I'm still laughing!
Published 11 months ago by L. Loeb
5.0 out of 5 stars ELLEN CAN DO NO WRONG!
I saw this when it first aired on HBO and loved it and am so excited I own the dvd now! I've been a very longtime fan of Ellen, way back in the early days of her stand-up career. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Angela Franklin
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This DVD is the funniest comedy specials I've ever seen. I bought it for my friend and watched it with her and laughed the entire time. Read more
Published on January 7, 2008 by K. Kalaska
5.0 out of 5 stars SOOOO TRUE!!!!
I LOVE THIS DVD. I saw it a few years ago and then again yesterday. It is still as great as it was when it came out. I laughed so hard my stomach hurt!!!
Published on July 15, 2006 by tsc
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedic Genius
Ellen Degeneres has her comedic, "rambling" approach down to an art form. Well, maybe I am over-shooting a bit... Read more
Published on April 13, 2006 by A. Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE This DVD!!
Ellen Degeneres comes back to what she is BEST at!! This Stand-up DVD, is HIlrious!! Degeneres talks about why they still put 1-800 numbers on the back of shampoo bottles, and many... Read more
Published on December 30, 2005 by William
4.0 out of 5 stars Back at it......
Funny and engaging... ellen back on stage doing what she does best and doing it well!! Join her as she touches on issues like society's need for silence, her coming out and the joy... Read more
Published on October 26, 2005 by V. Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars "Lesbian Demands Cheese, Causes Riot"
Although "The Beginning" may not be the most "kid friendly" comedy routine, it is still a hilarious and entertaining extravaganza. Read more
Published on August 7, 2005 by R. Rhodes
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