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George Carlin - Life Is Worth Losing (2005)

George Carlin , Rocco Urbisci  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Carlin
  • Directors: Rocco Urbisci
  • Writers: George Carlin
  • Producers: George Carlin, Rocco Urbisci, Jerry Hamza, Kimber Rickabaugh, R.J. Mangone
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Mpi Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7VL4C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "George Carlin - Life Is Worth Losing" on IMDb

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  • Includes: A Modern Man, Three Little Words, The Suicide Guy, Extreme Human Behavior, The All-Suicide Channel, Dumb Americans, Pyramid of the Hopeless, Autoerotic Asphyxia, Posthumous Female Transplants, Yeast Infection, Excess: Fires and Floods, Coast-to-Coast Emergency

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George Carlin returns to the stage in Life is Worth Losing, his 13th live comedy stand-up special, performed at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for HBO®.

Carlin’s spot-on observations on the deterioration of human behavior include Americans’ obsession with their two favorite addictions - shopping and eating; his creative idea for The All-Suicide Channel, a new reality TV network; and the glorious rebirth of the planet to its original pristine condition - once the fires and floods destroy life as we know it.

Life is Worth Losing includes:

A Modern Man, Three Little Words, The Suicide Guy, Extreme Human Behavior, The All-Suicide Channel, Dumb Americans, Pyramid of the, Hopeless, Autoerotic Asphyxia, Posthumous Female Transplants, Yeast Infection, Excess: Fires and Floods, Coast-to-Coast Emergency.


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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far too honest for today's USA September 14, 2007
Format:DVD
This is the logical progression of Carlin's humor as the hippy dippy weatherman ages: he's gittin' cranky as he sees things becoming worse instead of better. We ain't evolving, we're becoming desensitized to all manner of atrocitae, and George is here to stick our noses in it.

Dark yes, funny yes, not perfect yes. But give the man props for having the balls to call it as he sees it, decade after decade.

{Edit-7/12/08: And now that he's gone, my guess is this show will be seen in the light it deserves: a truly intelligent and trenchant social commentator telling the truth about modern America...whether we like it or not.

Looking at some of the negative reviews here, I have to laugh at their complaints about how dark this is and proclaiming that GC's lighter side is where it's at. So an artist can't ever stray from what works for him and move into new avenues of perception? He can't simply tell the truth as he sees it, even if it's not always funny?

I think George more than earned the right to give us a dead-on rant like this. He made us laugh for over forty years. So at the end of his life he ain't allowed to call it precisely as he sees it...and as it truly is? Damn right he's got the right. He earned it. Plus, there is endless truth here. Too bad for those who can only handle jokey jokes. And hell, there are plenty of laughs, but they're aimed at those who dig Monty Python or Bill Hicks more than Andrew Dice Clay or Joan Rivers.

For those who appreciate a rare shaft of truthlight cutting through the cloud cover of 21st century bs, it doesn't get much more direct and correct than this.

Rest in peace, George. You did your job as well as any comedian who ever lived. Maybe better.}
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reality bites May 6, 2007
By B. Lane
Format:DVD
Carlin has lost it. That's right; he's lost all inhibition and is willing to give his always topical subject manner both barrels. Is it funny, yes, but darkly so.

If you didn't think this show was funny it's probably because Carlin was talking about you.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This was one of George's last great wake up calls to a lazy and stupid American public that allows the crooked , powerful and few to loot our national treasure, abuse the poor, and kill our children. This isnt the hippy dippy weatherman of his earlier days nor is it the very funny things we all have in common of Brian Regan or Jerry Seinfeld...this is a LION IN WINTER!!! George loves this country and says so..he loves the freedoms we USED to have as well. George points out how this beautiful land has been turned into a coast to coast shopping mall and he hits couch potatoes hard (hence some of the negative reviews)...
If you want Goofy George..look elsewhere...if you want to be challenged to get off your butt...enjoy!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SERIOUSLY ,HIS FINEST HOUR ! March 29, 2007
Format:DVD
MAYBE BECAUSE SOME THINGS ARE NOT LAUGHING MATTERS ,ANYMORE,SOME PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE THIS SHOW.HE TENDS NOT TO BE AS GOOFY AS USUAL BUT A MORE SERIOUS COMEDIAN. A MUCH MORE PERCEPTIVE COMICAL PERFORMANCE HAS HE GIVEN US.TO ME HIS BEST EVER . DON'T GET ME WRONG , HE'S STILL FUNNY ,VERY FUNNY, BUT WITH A MUCH SHARPER BITE . HE'S PISSED OFF AND LET'S US KNOW ABOUT IT . HE SEEMS TO BE 'THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE';OF PEOPLE THAT UNDERSTAND WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY & ARE JUST AS P/Off AS HE IS!IF THEY EVER CENSURE SUCH SHOWS ,OUR CIVIL LIBERTIES WOULD DROP TO THAT OF A FACIST STATE. I THANK GOD FOR GEORGE CARLIN , MAY HE LIVE FOREVER .A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By John. N
Format:DVD
Out of all the Carlin specials I've recently seen with the "All My Stuff" boxset, I can safely say "Life is Worth Losing" is a centerpiece of George Carlin's catalog despite not being at the forefront of his performances. Prior to purchasing "All My Stuff," I had previously purchased the mp3 album of this show, and really, despite knowing/hearing all the material beforehand and considering it was pretty far from being my favorite outing by the comedian, the video recording of this show really caught me off guard in an unexpected way.

At the beginning of the show, Carlin announces his 341 days of sobriety, and that fact that 2006 will be his 50th year in show business. This shows in his appearance (his face is much, much fuller) and he doesn't really bounce around the stage as much as before. The man looks tired, and the four years between this show and 2001's Complaints and Grievances where obviously not kind to him. You just can't decipher this kind of stuff (as much) in the audio recording, and it adds to the darker nature of this material. Again, George has always been dark, but this is really dark, and as such isn't the Carlin album I listen to for a good, solid Chuckle. This is the Carlin album I listen to when I want to read between the lines and sense the pain that is present within the artist. In the end, this is a show that he had to do, to recuperate and move forward with his normal brand of comedy, which he did with 2008's "It's Bad For You."

Appropriately titled, "Life is Worth Losing" is an undeniably poignant performance of Carlin's, it's just far from being the most accessible. It's the last show I'd recommend to fans to watch, it won't become a staple for the right reasons but it should be seen regardless. It is kind of a downer that "All My stuff" concludes with such a somber performance, but it really is an important piece in the puzzle of a man we all knew, but probably never really knew.
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If you love a witty almost painful look at the world around you and the stories we tell... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jett
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite, but
There's still a lot of good stuff, here. I still think GC as a senior, was way better than as a young comic.
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Let me start-off by saying, George Carlin is possibly the greatest American comedian of all-time! He's definitely my favorite among many notable ones (Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson,... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats!
If you have to read reviews about Mr Carlin, then there is a very good chance much of what he says will go over your head at maybe of minimum of 25,000 ft. Maybe......
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say ?
George Carlin IS the best at putting words together to make us laugh !
Robin Williams comes in a very close second.
Published 5 months ago by Mollimizz
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If you are not aware of who George Carlin was (he's passed on) you're in for a great experience, Buy it, listen and hang on for some very unusual outlooks on everyday things. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lord Rhys
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
A great comic who's comedy transcends the years. bought it for my mother for christmas and spent the evening laughing our buts .off
Published 7 months ago by dwszoo
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not his best
Very informative and George knows his stuff but it can leave you a little depressed if you take it to seriously.
Published 7 months ago by Cooper
2.0 out of 5 stars By far, the least funny George Carlin special
George Carlin's later comedic style most represents a very humorous tirade. He rants on and on about how terrible things are in the world, and he somehow manages to squeeze a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. Boulter
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE GENIUS R. I. P.
HE WILL BE MISSED. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST COMEDIANS EVER. WHY COULDNT THERE BE MORE PEOPLE LIKE HIM? R.I.P.
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