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Richard Pryor Here and Now / Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip - Set (1983)

Richard Pryor , Gene Cross , Richard Pryor , Joe Layton  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Pryor, Gene Cross, Julie Hampton, Jesse Jackson, Paul Mooney
  • Directors: Richard Pryor, Joe Layton
  • Writers: Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney
  • Producers: Richard Pryor, Andy Friendly, Bob Parkinson, Jeff Scheftel, Jim Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000803BPS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,817 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This high-voltage concert film shot in New Orleans, features the sensational Richard Pryor in his prime. Doing some of his most innovative material, Pryor takes charge on stage with an electrifying style and an unequaled comedic genius, in an incredibly funny performance guaranteed to rock you withside-splitting laughter! If Richard Pryor were accused of being the funniest man in America, this film of his incredible stage act would be Exhibit A. It is proof beyond the shadow of a doubt! Shot live at the Hollywood Palladium, the film captures all the excitement, lunacy and electric force of a Pryor performance. And though he's the only star of this hilarious show, he's never alone on stage. With him is his amazing array of characterizations as he talks about his trip to Africa in search of his roots, his early days playing one-night gigs in Mafia-owned clubs and strip joints, and numerous other outrageous topics. Finally, he talks about Pryor on Fire - a recounting of the accident which nearly took his life -an episode he relates with wit and a touch of poignancy. You'll laugh like you've never laughed before!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pryor in his prime. June 1, 2005
By Cubist
It's safe to say that without Richard Pryor there would be no Chris Rock or Dave Chappelle-comedians who mine a lot of the same territory that Pryor had already covered in the 1970s. I was never a big fan of his feature films. They always seemed to keep Pryor's brand of comedy reigned in. His stand-up comedy was where it was at: pure, undiluted Pryor. This new DVD set captures two of his live concert films, Live on the Sunset Strip and Here and Now and present two fascinating snapshots of the man at different points in his career and life.

His material carries on in the proud, taboo-smashing tradition of Lenny Bruce. Pryor talks about things that aren't supposed to be discussed in public: masturbating, religion, and politics in a frank and very funny way. He also employs the same kind of hipster-speak shtick as Bruce but updated for the late `70s and early `80s. Pryor also has the same improvisational quality, able to react to a spontaneous comment from the audience without losing his cool.

With a biopic in the works (it should be interesting to see how it compares to his semi-autobiographical movie, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Calling) there will no doubt be renewed interest in Pryor and his work. These two films document two specific points in his life and show the man in his prime. They also reinforce how influential he was on the contemporary comedians who idolize him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The godfather of comedy May 8, 2007
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This DVD contains two shows. The first show (first cd, 3 stars) shows a less energetic and funny Pryor. Although funny, it lacks far behind the spectacular show of the second show (second CD,5 stars). In the second show you get to see Pryor at his best. Back to business after some years, it shows the true spirit of Pryor and shows why he is the godfather of comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pryor shows his true genius onstage January 14, 2008
The Toy. Superman III. Critical Condition. Forget Richard Pryor's occasionally shaky film work; stand-up comedy is where he truly belongs. Filmed two years in a row, "Live on the Sunset Strip" and "Here and Now" remind us why Pryor was so good at comedy.
Armed with only a microphone and his signature mustache, Pryor fires scatter-shot at everything, but mostly himself. From his dangerous dances with drugs, sex, prison, white people & rednecks, drinking & vomiting to visiting the African bush, Pryor can find humor in any precarious situation.
LOTSS is probably the stronger of the two, a fast-paced concert that of course, touches on his then-recent controversy of accidentally setting himself on fire ("The Real Story? I was having some milk & cookies...").
HAN is razor-sharp as well. Pryor even does a routine with a live hermit crab an audience member brings to him--no kidding! The material sags a bit near the end, but it's pure brilliance all the way through.
As Pryor himself has mentioned when complaints about his profanity arised: "I've never said dirty words just for shock value. Every bad word has a story or meaning behind it. In other words, there's always substance."
And what better way to celebrate his comic legacy than with this DVD concert double feature. Long live Pryor!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Pryor: Stand-Up Comedy Double Feature May 25, 2007
Two of the greatest of Richard Pryor's stand-up routines. I have had this on vhs for several years now and just had to have it on dvd. To my delight the video resolution was far clearer on dvd!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy Genius May 6, 2007
Richard Pryor was without a doubt a genius in the world of comics. He set the standard for standup comedy very high. There have been no others, with the possible exception of Redd Foxx that could even stand in the same building as Richard. It was amazing the way that he was able to integrate his personal trials and tribulations into his comedy routines and to be able to make the horrible tragedies so funny. The world was dealt a terrible loss on the day that Richard died, and I think that the government should make some sort recognition of this great man.

You can't go wrong with your purchase of this two concert package deal, it is a deal of a lifetime as far as I am concerned.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Richard Pryor - OUTSTANDING November 28, 2007
By Glorym
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These dvds show why Ricard Pryor was the Best Ever. A must see for anyone who loves real comedy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars classic and 'rich' April 12, 2012
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what con one say about the funniest comic ever that has not already been said? I will just say that behind the best ever comic flim, 'Live in Concert', also by Pryor, these two concert films are his best. they are not as rich in material and social commentary as the aformentioned classic but great still.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars August 17, 2014
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Pure Genius. Who can ever forget his riffing on Africa
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The album was Pryor's first, simply titled RICHARD PRYOR, released in 1968. As far as I know, there isn't any concert-length filmed record from this time in Pryor's career. He was still doing guest spots on TV variety and talk shows. Currently, RICHARD PRYOR is only available as part of the... Read More
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