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George Carlin - Back in Town (1996)

George Carlin , Rocco Urbisci  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Carlin
  • Directors: Rocco Urbisci
  • Writers: George Carlin
  • Producers: George Carlin, Rocco Urbisci, Brenda Carlin, Cisco Henson, Jerry Hamza
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2003
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007G1WT
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "George Carlin - Back in Town" on IMDb

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Growing up in New York City, George Carlin was always the class clown. He went on to become one of the greatest comedians of all time, with appeal that spans generations. His brand of provocative sociopolitical commentary and scathing comic style has brought him four Grammy awards, most recently in 2002. Carlin holds the distinct honor of being the first-ever host of NBC's Saturday Night Live, and has starred in 12 HBO specials and many blockbuster films. He continues to perform to sold-out audiences at venues across the country.

"Back in Town" aired as a live broadcast from New York City's Beacon Theater and features Carlin's trademark acerbic observations on topics such as abortion, capital punishment, familiar expressions and bodily functions. Classic routines "Sanctity of Life," "State Prison Farms," "Free-Floating Hostility" and more are included in this hysterical stand-up comedy performance

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's No Stopping Carlin April 5, 2003
George Carlin is one of my favorite comedians, being that he has never found a way to not make me laugh. While I enjoy his older stuff the best, his new bitter and angry stuff is funny too. "George Carlin: Back in Town" represents Carlin as he is today; angry, sarcastic, and over-the-top. And it is all executed so perfectly.
He talks about everything, and does not hold back for one second. Just when you think he can't say anymore to shock you, he does. In this HBO special he talks about abortion, how capital punishment should be televised, the sanctity of life, state prison farms, familiar expressions, and more. Plus, it includes one of my all time favorites: "Free Floating Hostility;" a very long rant about MANY things that tick him off. The title is more than appropriate for it, believe me.
I wouldn't recommend him to people who get offended easily or don't like controversial topics being jokes like abortion or religion. And he does have quite a mouth on him, so if you do not like profanity you better skip it right now. However, if you ARE a fan of the man, then I recommend getting this as soon as possible! I've had the CD for quite some time, but it's nothing like seeing him in action.
The DVD doesn't really have any special features or anything extra to offer (or at least nothing I am aware of). The picture looks great and the sound is really good. It would've been cool if there was an interview or two, perhaps a documentary would be nice. Still, it is a worthy purchase.
"George Carlin: Back in Town" is a hilarious DVD and an outrageous HBO special. As soon as you pop this baby into your DVD player, you know you're in for one hell of a ride. So strap in, get that crash helmet on, and make sure you're not drinking too many liquids while watching this... chances are they won't be staying in your mouth long since you will be laughing non-stop!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Carlin Special Period January 15, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Simply put, this was the special that hooked me on George Carlin...and I only saw it by complete accident. Or should I say heard it. The first contact I had with a Carlin special came on a winter night when the power went out. When it finally came back on the TV came back automatically but, before I could fire up the VCR, I began hearnig some stand-up. HBO, which we didn't get at the time, turned out to be on the same channel that my TV's default channel was and HBO was somehow coming in strong on audio that night. Too lazy to get up I began listening and never turned it off. Only at the end when I could squint and see some credits did I realize that this was George Carlin. Eventually I'd end up getting most of his performances on DVD or tape, but this is still hands-down the best. My favorite skit is the classic "Prison Farms/Balance the ****in Budget" which I've done many the paper on.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sick and funny May 14, 2000
By Anthony
Format:VHS Tape
This show it not only funny but very insightful. It combines comedy with brutal truth. It is a little slow to start off but after that he gets in to his violent humor which is what makes the show. His bit about Mickey mouse is great and very, very filthy. This tape is perfect for a long time Carlin fan but if you don't know his work to well it is best to go with Best Stuff which is a bunch of short clips from most all of his acts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlin at his peak! June 20, 2010
I'm not going to go over what chapters are on here, or what each one is about. Most of you probably already know. So let's get right to it.

Like the title of my review says, in my opinion, this is George Carlin at his peak. Not every GC fan will agree with me, I'm aware of that. Although I've enjoyed every special he's ever done, I believe Back In Town is the most cohesive (and other "big" words I haven't thought of yet!). Every joke, every chapter just seems to flow together so easily. Most comedians, of course, already have in mind what they're going to say, before the show. George Carlin is no exception. But the things he comments on, and his often rapid-fire delivery of the jokes, make it seem like he just thought of it that very second. And I mean that in a 100% positive way! And I think Back In Town is a prime example of what I just said....which is why I think he's at his peak, here.

Here's a couple of reasons why I think George Carlin is one of the top comedians of all time. He comments on the topics of the day, things alot of us wish we had the guts to talk about, in a negative or positive way. As we all know, he'll say exactly what's on his mind - whether any of us like it, or not. And while he certainly uses his fair share of profanity, the difference between George and other comedians who curse,is that George's profanities are born out of genuine frustration - when he's trying to emphasize a point. He doesn't curse, just to get peoples' attention. And finally, he's not afraid to poke fun at himself, every so often. All of these things are clearly evident, when viewing Back In Town.

Some people overlook the fact, that GC was a very articulate, and intelligent comedian. His wit was razor-sharp. And that has never been more apparent, as it is in one of my favorite chapters on Back In Town - "Free Floating Hostility". It's the last chapter on BIT, a Carlin classic!

R.I.P George
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very straightforward and FUN, FUN, FUN!!! May 4, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Hi, I'm from the netherlands, and I nearly laughed my head off watching this video!! This is really fun to watch!!! again, he scrutinizes everything in a very, very straightforward and skeptical way!! Here he handles capital punishment, expressions, abortion, bodily functions etc...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars best !
he's the best
Published 2 months ago by JM
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlin at his best
If you like George Carlin, this is one of his very best. He is right on the money regarding abortion, religion & politics.
Published on July 5, 2012 by KD
4.0 out of 5 stars More George Carlin Nostalgia
[Written 1/12/11] I love George, I really do. But this was not the right day to watch his long and rather gory bit about violence. Read more
Published on May 11, 2012 by Barbara Frederick
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the old Carlin
I love anything by Carlin, books and all. But when he grew his hair long and let it all out, he became the one of a kind genius comic. Don't miss this one. Read more
Published on August 17, 2010 by CXC
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlin At His Very Best!!!
I love this guy, my favorite comedian of all-time, and in this one he is at his very best and really takes it to the world! Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by James Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Comic
I really like Carlin as you can see from my reviews - always a pleasure to watch him work making me laugh - he does hot have to work too hard at it either
Published on August 16, 2008 by Jim
Watching these shows now after his untimely death, I appreciate them even more. Not only are they funny, they are completely engrossing as you watch a master at work! Read more
Published on July 1, 2008 by ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
5.0 out of 5 stars Back In Town - George Carlin
This man is hilarious! I love this DVD. It got here really fast and was in good condition. Thank you!
Published on January 13, 2008 by Jacqueline R. Dutton
4.0 out of 5 stars The best George Carlin performance!
George Carlin is a bit overrated.I do not feel that he is the greatest comedian ever,like a lot of people do.This is definitely his best performance. Read more
Published on October 1, 2003 by M. Puziss
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