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Lewis Black: Stark Raving Black (2010)

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4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003BJO8I2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,985 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Extended version of the special - 35 more minutes than broadcast on Comedy Central.
"Basic Black" - 70 minute documentary

Editorial Reviews

Stark Raving Black Productions proudly presents the comedy of Lewis Black in 80 minutes of outrageous stand-up humor. Shot at the historic Fillmore Theatre in Detroit, Stark Raving Black features Lewis Black serving up his blistering social and political commentary on current events. The movie is a culmination of his very best material from his sold out shots throughout North America and Europe in 2009. Also included is a 70-minute documentary on Lewis Black's life and career titled Basic Black. The documentary gives an intimate portrait of what it's like to "lick every inch of the ladder" on the way to becoming one of the most successful comedians in America.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1 Disc Widescreen, being released June 15, 2010.

"Stark Raving Black" was directed by Adam Dublin and is Lewis Black's stand-up comedy concert at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit where he goes off on social issues and political commentary on current events. Black chose Detroit under the assumption that if anyone had a reason to be mad, it would be Detroit so they would like his angry humor.

Black vents on a series of topics from the perspective of a grumpy 60 year old man who is fed up with the system. At one point, he points out that anyone who declares themselves a Republican or Democrat these days with the minor differentiations in the parties and mistakes made on both sides is basically an idiot.

He goes into a very entertaining story about discovering that he had become a mainstream comedian by having to follow up country legend, Vince Gill and his wife, Amy Grant at an event and being unable to compete with their pure goodness and talent.

He talks about everyday issues like aging, parents, birth and death. He talks about political and social issues of greed, how everyone knew the country was going downhill, the economy, the issues with alternative energy, and the message of hope.

He has some great stories and presents them in a very funny perspective and even more impressively manages very smooth transitions from one topic to another very naturally. Black is a very angry person who manages to rant in an entertainingly funny way and is a great release to watch!

Bonus Features:

The Lewis Black Story is a documentary feature that runs a little over an hour and begins with a gag reel of him attempting to do his radio spot for the show in Detroit and transitions into the story of his tour and the people behind it.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LB has gone crazy! June 9, 2010
Lewis Black is dealing with the fact he's sixty, and in this special reminiscing to childhood about how sixty year olds looked to him is hilarious, and very true. His brilliance and smart-ass like performances and reactions don't disappear despite his age, they only get funnier and more addicting. This special is around 80 min. long but I'm still craving for Lewis Black when it's over.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Lewis Black, the popular American stand-up comedian known for his angry rants, taking on politics and and religion and seen on Comedy Central's "The Root of All Evil" and on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" for his "Back in Black" commentary segment.

Earning his Masters in Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama, Lewis Black is well-known for his intelligent take on politics and the absurdities of life, compared to comedic greats such as George Carlin and Lenny Bruce, Lewis Black is well-respected in the industry and having had his fair share of Comedy Central specials, Black returns with "Stark Raving Black", a comedy film shot at the Fillmore Detroit in Detroit, Michigan on August 2009. The DVD also features a 70-minute documentary titled "BASIC BLACK: The Lewis Black Story" on his life and career and most importantly how he became one of the most successful comedians in America.

Here is a chapter listing of what is included in "Stark Raving Black":

1. Expectations
2. Democrats & Republicans
3. Mainstream Comedian
4. Vince Gill, Amy Grant & Me
5. Hitting 60
6. Birth & Death
7. Parents
8. The Economy
9. Greed
10. Alternative Energy
11. hope


Lewis Black's "Stark Raving Black" was shot in HD and is presented on DVD via Widescreen Format enhanced for 16:9 TV's. This film features a camera focused directly on Lewis Black, a camera behind him, one near the audience and we get closeups of the audience reaction to his jokes. No dizzying cuts, editing was well done as well as lighting.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KristyPChicago June 10, 2010
Lewis Black is insanely funny in this new DVD!! This is worth the pre-order or immediate buy when it comes out. You have got to pick this up! If you don't you'll be missing out on some life changing comedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars reality December 27, 2011
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One of the funniest things was Lewis holding up his phone and talking about all it;s features.....Outrageously funny because since then I have heard that Walmart can count every toothbrush that gets sold in any Walmart in the world, but MF Global 'lost' 1.2 BILLION and Corzine and JP Morgan have no clue where it went.....

I think we need to put Lewis with his bi partisan bite in Washington somehow....These clowns that we have keep screwing it up ROYALLY,,,notice I said ROYALLY because they do not loose one penny, they expect the GRUNTS to bail them out after they have mugged, raped, and screwed them......Lewis is Mark Twain Reincarnated....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mainstream August 16, 2010
I must confess I found the new LB DVD a little bit harmless compared to his prevous publications.
Specially the Vince Gill part was a little too long in my opinion.
But nevertheless Lewis Black for me is the greates living stand up and I hope he will release lots
of DVDs in the future. I'm sure I'll buy all of them
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rave review!
Black is crazy and zany. Love him.
Published 4 days ago by bisou
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We need to be able to laugh in today's world !!! Thank goodness for Lewis Black
Published 14 days ago by Lois A. Moser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
never go wrong with Black
Published 19 days ago by Pete H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not his best, but entertaining.
Published 21 days ago by Janet A.
2.0 out of 5 stars Me. Black seems to get more and more crude ...
Me. Black seems to get more and more crude as he gets older. I was a big fan. But, I don't consider it clever or amusing to just string together one f!*# after another.
Published 1 month ago by SAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you love Lewis Black - you'll enjoy this . . .
Published 2 months ago by Roger Fredrickson, Retired Teacher and Coach
3.0 out of 5 stars So, so...
Old Yeller was much funnier, but I still love Louis Black! Too bad we had to pay for this one, and Old Yeller was free!
Published 3 months ago by Jabber01
4.0 out of 5 stars Lewis Black - enough said
If you are a fan of Lewis Black's style of angry, "I told you so" brand of humor this is a good place to start. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Pepoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
A Lewis Black classic, one of his best and well worth owning, a good laugh ever time you watch it
Published 6 months ago by roberta lange
4.0 out of 5 stars good comic
He is a great comic. Need more of his stuff. Gave this to my boyfriend for Christmas and he enjoyed it.
Published 8 months ago by michele jeffo
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