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Richard Pryor - Live in Concert (1979)

Richard Pryor , Patti LaBelle , Jeff Margolis  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Richard Pryor, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Lee
  • Directors: Jeff Margolis
  • Writers: Richard Pryor, Paul Mooney
  • Producers: David Permut, Del Jack, Hillard Elkins, J. Mark Travis, Jeffrey Chernov
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • 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: September 16, 1998
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305111677
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,843 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Richard Pryor - Live in Concert" on IMDb

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Richard Pryor - Live in Concert

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master at the height of his powers June 25, 2005
Format:DVD
While the past few decades have seen the emergence of tons of comedians who spit out swears and graphic subject matter with reckless abandon, precious few have taken offensive subject matter and turned it into something intelligent and entertaining at the same time. Denis Leary, Bill Hicks, and Dave Chappelle come to mind when I think of such a select group, but Richard Pryor may well have towered over them all. And 1979's Richard Pryor: Live in Concert may have been his definitive document. This 90-minute standup DVD sees Pryor giving a manic, imaginative, deliriously profane performance that had the audience in the palm of his hand from beginning to end. A master impersonator with a vast pantheon of characters and voices, Pryor didn't just talk about his subjects, he *became* them; he acted out every person, every story, and every idea to the fullest extent possible, constantly blurring the line between real and make-believe. Jokes about animals quickly gave way to spot-on imitations, whether of the inner thoughts of Dobermans or of his pet monkey's illicit sexual activities. Pryor's musings about racial differences in expressing grief were funny and insightful, but they were merely a setup for an outrageous recounting of his grandmother's reaction to his cocaine habit. There are also plenty of brutally honest stories about Pryor's life with his father, ranging from his father's death in mid-coitus ("he came and went at the same time"), to the one time Pryor stood up to his old man ("It wasn't really a fight, but I did the best I could"), and their time hunting together ("I hated being the dog"). Pryor's honesty and insightfulness come out in plenty of other places too, from his troubles with the law to his heart attack to his less-than-stellar boxing career. Read more ›
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Material 5 stars; Mastering no stars November 13, 2001
Format:DVD
One can't say enough about how really funny this concert is. This concert shows Richard Pryor at his very best. There are so many bits, including "The Heart Attack," "Shooting the car," "The Pet Monkey," that it's unfair to begin to list the laugh-so-hard-that-you're-crying material. Now, to the bad news. The mastering of this tape is the worst I've ever seen. Period, bar none. While the picture is acceptable (obviously no time or expense to improve on the VHS product), it is the sound that is really disconcerting. A good half of the DVD, the sound is out of sync with the picture (I know this because I returned my first copy as being defective and got a new one that was exactly the same). It is unforgivable to see the lack of care that was put into this product. No extra features of notable mention. It is trully a shockingly poor representation of one of the all-time great comedians at his comic best.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY!!!!! January 2, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is the funniest 90 minutes of my life!
However, the audio syncing on the DVD is SO BAD that it is extremely distracting. Buy the VHS version.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Pryor at his funniest best! July 27, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Live in Concert is Richard Pryor's best stand up comedy routine by a comedian ever! Finally, this concert has been given the respect it deserved and has been REMASTERED! HBO Home Video has done a fine job of REMASTERING this concert. There is no more ghosting of the images like the horrendous MPI version (which by the way, I own and can now turn into a coaster or frizbee!) GET THE HBO HOME VIDEO 2006 REMASTERED version!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pryor is great, DVD sucks January 13, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD is a travesty. This is one of the great stand up comic shows of the last 50 years and yet the DVD sound track is off by so much that it is distracting. Stay away. Perhaps the VHS tape is better.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Richard Pryor: Live in Concert September 4, 2005
By LLB
Format:DVD
The film itself is one of the funniest movies ever made - definitely five stars. However, the transfer to DVD is abysmal in that the soundtrack rarely coincides with the video so one of Mr. Pryor's greatest assets, his facial expressions, are annoying out of sync. Too bad - wait for a remastered version!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Richard Pryor Live in Concert January 16, 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Don't get me wrong. To me this is the best Richard Pryor performance around. I'd give it a 5 out of 5 if I could. The reason I'm only giving it 1 star is because the DVD that I recived had serious tracking problems! The voice was out of sync with the picture wich totally ruined the timing of the performance. I don't know if all the DVD copies are the same but I was very disappointed!...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the ever-living men December 12, 2005
Format:DVD
The writer Stanley Crouch chose a fine time to write his article in the New York Daily News about Richard's "flawed legacy", how he perpetuated the stereotypes and attitudes that are at least in part responsible for the current state of our culture. We knew Crouch to be a mediocre writer but now we have enough evidence to understand that he is intellectually retarded as well (in addition to having an absurdly volatile temper). In his attempt to set up Pryor and Cosby as binary opposites, he reveals nothing about either performer and everything about his colossal misunderstanding and if he ever sobers up into reality he will be ashamed of himself. At its highest point, art is not here to enshrine anyone's values, it is here to expand consciousness. "Pryor reached for anything that would make white America uncomfortable." These can only be the musings of a man who has not done his homework on his subject or who has only processed the information necessary for him to push his feeble viewpoint.
This DVD is the best video document we have of Pryor in concert, taped in Long Beach, featuring his timeless impressions of women, children, animals, winos, his musings on Ali, Leon Spinks, rednecks-- his tremendous physical and emotional expression, his frailty and his humanity. "Here and Now" and "Live on the Sunset Strip" are also astonishing, but here Rich is at his most unleashed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best video by Richard Pryor.
Published 1 month ago by Raymond Brokenbrough
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Received item as promised.
Published 1 month ago by Laura Tully
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy King
Richard Pryor, is one of the greatest comedians of all time & this stand up performance was funny as hell!
Published 2 months ago by Stacy3424
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest!
Classic Richard Pryor! His by far best stand up. Non stop laughter from start to finish! I felt this was Richard in his prime, and he didn't fail to come through! Read more
Published 12 months ago by AMCollins89
5.0 out of 5 stars ordered for my husband
Ordered and received earlier than should have!! Love that!! my husband was so happy we found and got this for him! was in perfect condition!!
Published 13 months ago by OurAndress
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible audio
Richard Pryor is an all time great comic and the audio recording on this dvd is completely terrible. There are pauses and stutters throughout the dvd. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert Nakamura
3.0 out of 5 stars Is that Denzel?
At the beginning when the house lights are still up and a man is in front taking pictures of Richard, is that Denzel Washington in the front row? Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by BRS
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Pryor Live
This is Richard's greatest concert. Filmed in Long Beach, California with Patti LaBelle opening, this maybe the greatest stand up performance ever.
Published on August 10, 2011 by 84VanNess
5.0 out of 5 stars Huh-larious
Richard Pryor is a foul mouthed drug user. Highly inappropriate; I am deeply offended! Seriously though; I first heard a cassette recording 16 years ago of the same material found... Read more
Published on May 1, 2011 by chelleedub
4.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, DVD quality not so great..
This is hands down, Richard Pryor at his best, however this review is not about the quantity of the DVD, it is about the QUALITY. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by tkay
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