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Richard Pryor - Live in Concert (2006)

Richard Pryor  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Richard Pryor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FL7CBE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,895 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Richard Pryor - Live in Concert" on IMDb

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  • Remastered for 2006

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Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (DVD)

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing stand-up comdey performance! April 9, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is quite possibly the finest piece of stand-up comdey ever captured on film. Richard Pryor is at his absolute best, and the material is identifiable, thought provoking, and most of all, uproariously funny. The first fifteen or twenty minutes is an incredible outburst of energy, and will have the viewer laughing out loud almost non-stop. Pryor is great at turning everyday occurances into something everybody can laugh at, and even painful moments can transform into material. There are not enough words in the english language to adequately describe how funny this performance is, and I have personally seen it nearly 10 times. The language is strong, but this really does not diminish or distract from the material itself.
My only observation may be that the negative reviews have all been for the DVD copy, which evidently is not up to quality standards. This is certainly not the case with the video cassette version, and I can only recommend that this edition be purchased. All other reviews have been 5/5 stars, and the poor quality DVD edition should be taken off the market until it can be remastered.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There has never been a better performance! July 11, 2004
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
It's safe to say that NO other live stand-up comedy show can equal to "Richard Pryor Live in Concert", not even his others. This was a rare magical night when everything went right. Amazingly, he put more than 100% into this comedy act and it shows! Richard Pryor commands the entire stage for his outstanding physical performance.

Known for his observational humor, he shares insight into his family and with his grandmother. In his act, he seems to show just a little more respect for women than some comedians brash do. Pryor pokes a lot of fun at himself, his troubles with his wife and the law. His humor works for a variety of people regardless of ethnicity!

He brilliantly takes on the voices of many characters and furthermore, he interjects the voice and thoughts of his dogs, and monkeys and he even takes on the voice that attacks the heart (experiencing a heart attack). He translates to us the voice of body parts. Pryor is hilarious at imitating the white man, vocally and physically.

Yes, there is profanity, but he is NOT as disgusting or crude as so many others. Like most comedians of his type, there are always the sex routines and his are acceptable without being harsh or crude.

To say this is funny is an understatement. It is hysterical with nonstop laughter throughout. Some routines are his fear of swimming, running to be in shape, the Chinese stutterer, in the woods, boxing, grandmother and cocaine, and his role as a parent - that classic bit when he finds his kid in a lie.

This 1979 90-minute performance is a classic! It's easy to see why Pryor is a major influence on the best comedians around....(Rizzo)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Stop Laughing! December 22, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is by far Richard Pryor's best taped concert. I saw it with my college roommate for the first time. He had already seen it, and he was laughing at me because I was laughing so hard that it literally brought tears to my eyes!
Then I bought the tape a few years later and watched it with my wife. She was laughing so hard that she missed most of the dialogue the first time around. She had to watch it again to catch what she had missed.
It's Richard Pryor at his rudest, crudest best-talking about his squirrel monkeys, run-ins with the police, heart attacks, drug use, sex, hunting and being an amateur boxer.
If you want to laugh your ... off, get this tape! It's hilarious!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pryor at His Absolute Best October 20, 2006
Released in 1979, Richard Pryor's first concert film is a landmark of comic brilliance that he never could surpass - though "Live on the Sunset Strip" certainly has its moments. Pryor sets the Long Beach theater ablaze with a rapid-fire array of personal and social observations that made him one of America's most incisive humorists. "Live in Concert" remains the ideal showcase for his unique talents and the best way to remember him.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest single stand-up performance EVER filmed March 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
With all due respect to the person who said that the CD version was better than the original. Let it be kniown that the CD was a recording of a different concert on the same "Wanted" tour.
In any event, I feel the video is much funnier than the CD, because we can see those classic expressions. A lot of Richard's comedy is visual. This is without a doubt, his finest work.
This is Jimi at Woodstock. This is Reggie Jackon in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.
The best ever at HIS BEST EVER.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knock dead hysterical! November 29, 1998
Format:VHS Tape
Pryor's brillance as a story teller, urban humorist, and master of colloquial speech was never more obvious than in this, the first, and by far the best of his three "live" concert films. Pryor's observations on death, sex, marriage, and racial difference is presented as rthymically as a Albert Ailey ballet, punctuated with obscentity laced speech that seems as natural to the performance as a pair of toe slippers on a ballerina. Filmgoers can watch Pryor mesermize his live concert audience as he slips nimbly between multiple characterizations like a quick change artist, playing everything from a heart attack victim negotiating with God to a Great Dane contemplating a sexual encounter with a Shetland Pony. Camera close-ups capture Pryor's ability to transform his face and body from cheetah chasing a gazelle to a child asked to go outside and bring in a switch; from white woman weeping at a white funeral to a black woman wailing at a black funeral - all the contortions, dialects, and expressions without benefit or need of special effects. Pryor's raw, natural humor is captured to perfection, live and spontaneous as it happened - but preseved, thankfully, in this film. In a day when cable was in its infancy, not fully testing it's wide-open, uncensored content of today, most audiences had no opportunity to see Pryor on stage, unbridled and unrestrained. At the time of the filming, theater owners had no experience with comedy-concert films, yet alone one starring an unpredictable maverick who had been compared to a black Lenny Bruce with an attitude. Read more ›
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