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George Carlin: It's Bad For Ya (2008)

George Carlin , George Carlin  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: George Carlin
  • Directors: George Carlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D5C1FI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "George Carlin: It's Bad For Ya" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Tip Hip for the Room - An Archive of American Television Interview with George Carlin Taped on December 7, 2007
  • George Carlin appearance on "The Jackie Gleason Show" from January 25th, 1969

Editorial Reviews

It s Bad For Ya, Carlin s Emmy nominated 14th and final HBO special from March of 2008 features Carlin s noted irreverent and unapologetic observations on topics ranging from death, religion, bureaucracy, patriotism, overprotected children and big business to the pungent examinations of modern language and the decrepit state of the American culture.

For this unprecedented 14th HBO special, Carlin once again comes up with an hour of brand new material that not only makes you laugh, but makes you think.

George Carlin will always remain part of the popular lexicon for his "Seven Dirty Words" routine, and as a comedian who was never afraid to challenge his audience.

Special Features:
Too Hip for the Room* Carlin on December 17, 2007
Carlin on The Jackie Gleason Show - January 25, 1969
*Selections from the Archive of American Television s 3-hour interview with George Carlin

Emmy Award Nominee for Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Special
Winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
14th special from legendary stand-up comedian George Carlin!
Available for the first time on DVD uncut, uncensored, and unforgettable.

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George's swan let up in sight! July 29, 2008
don't ask how an item not for sale can be reviewed...this aired on HBO and I've watched it a half dozen times.
Like George's last DVD (HBO Special) Life is Worth Losing, It's Bad For Ya will scare and offend many. For those wanting the hippy dippy weatherman or A Place for my Stuff or Baseball/football type of humour light, this will feel like a sledgehammer. For those of us who have grown over the years with George and appreciated his loud wake up calls ...from his dissing George Bush 1 and the gulf war on....this is more vintage Lion in Winter George. Lambasting the child worship culture,the fraudulant SELF ESTEEM movement, pointing out that unlike his father , Governor bush, hasn't truly been elected president in the traditional way, and our dead relatives aren't hoovering above us guiding us through our daily duties. There is much more to the set..and while I slightly prefer the previous Life is Worth Losing due to its in your face wake up approach..there is much to enjoy here and take note of ....George claims that we are soft and easily placated with cellphones that make us pancake and rub our balls! ...and he's right. Oh...and he suggestes if you really believe you have RIGHTS? Google Japanese Americans 1942 and find out about your precious RIGHTS!

RIP George Carlin...he never took the easy way...he never flinched from the truth and he always kept growing...14 of these specials over the years ....what a treasure!!!

UPDATE: I just got an early copy of the DVD...the bonus 7 minute performance (in color) from the Jackie Gleason show in 1969 is a riot!!! very cool to see George in a suit/tie short hair...doing a normal non-confrontational stand up...

and..the 32 minute bonus "Too Hip For The Room"...
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlin - It's Bad for Ya' July 31, 2008
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I was fortunate enough to be in the audience the night this last HBO Special was taped at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, CA. The DVD taping was done the night before the live show on HBO, but George was in fine form, even though it was becoming more apparent that he was not well. I am so anxious for the release of this DVD so I can see it again - but we all loved the show the night he performed it. A true comic genius has left us and will be missed. I am just glad I got to see him one more time in person before his sad death.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My thoughts exactly. July 29, 2008
By Mike Z.
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Being a lifelong fan of Georgie boy (50 years),and already possessing all the other HBO specials ( All My Stuff ),and enjoying this last one before we even knew it'd be the last...sigh...and checking daily for a pre-order page...well, I understand " reviewing before releasing."
We'll never see the likes of Georgie boy again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest final performance ever..... November 14, 2008
I've been a fan of Carlin for a long time, and like others, I not only got to see this performance on HBO, but I had the honor of attending one of his last live shows in Orlando shortly before "It's Bad for ya" aired on HBO.

I have say I thought Carlin was kinda losing it with his last couple of HBO specials, I didn't find "You are all Diseased" or "Life is worth losing" quite as good as previous specials, but with this latest HBO special, Carlin showed he's still master of his game. Carlin will be missed and I'm grateful for one last masterful performance that we've been left with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best for Last June 15, 2009
I believe George Carlin did 28 HBO stand Up specials of original material during his career. Although his last, "It's Bad For Ya" is one of his best efforts. Recorded while 72 years old, George proves why he was the best in his field. Sharp as a tack, George pokes fun and exposes every hypocrisy from religion, politics and bad parenting. I defy anyone to watch this and not cry from laughing so hard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars George Carlin Interview September 8, 2008
An amazing bonus feature on this dvd contains selections from a full-length interview with George, completed just months before his final HBO performance by the Archive of American Television. It's a riveting interview, and some of the best moments were selected for this special DVD.
More information about the full (3+ hour) interview can be found at
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Been an enormous fan of George Carlin since boyhood . Had his LPs when i was a child . Learned a lot more listening to Mr. Carlin , Monty Python and the like , than i ever did being spoon fed by many of the institutions i came to revere simply by having had the good fortune of being born in the United States . Something i regard as a great stroke of luck .
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5.0 out of 5 stars vulgar but hilarious. April 19, 2011
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George Carlin is my personal favorite comedian ever!! He may be blunt and honest and extremely vulgar....but his comedy is just of epic proportions. He is one guy who can take sensitive subjects (death, religion, etc.), and make great humor out of it even if he does make fun of them (which i don't mind at all considering my personal feelings towards religion and death), and I just can't stop laughing the whole way through. He also is very original by thinking of things people never do, such as the cliche topics and conversation and phrases at funerals and weddings. He also makes you think with the analogies. It's incredible what this genius George Carlin comes up with. I also agree with almost everything he talks about and says. I recommend this DVD to anyone who is NOT easily offended by anything, and who takes everything pretty lightly and is wiling to hear a lot of off color jokes. It is by far my favorite comedy DVD I have EVER seen!!
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