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Rodney Dangerfield - The Ultimate No Respect Collection

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The Rodney Dangerfield "Ultimate No Respect Collection" features many of the beloved comedian's TV specials and performances. This 3-DVD set includes over 8 hours of laughs. Fans will be reminded that nobody did stand-up comedy better than Rodney...he was the master! Being released for the first time ever, these shows are the only non-movie Dangerfield material available. In development for quite some time, the content was selected and approved by Rodney himself.

So let's begin with the end - as the producers of this DVD definitely saved the BEST for last! Included at the end of Disc 3 is Rodney's Act - NEVER BEFORE SEEN or available. The Act is classic, uncensored, irreverent Rodney - just the way everyone loved him! Coming straight from Dangerfield's personal collection, Rodney wanted people to see this show. Now, thanks to Rodney's wife Joan - viewers can share in something that is truly extra-special and ultra rare! Now preserved on DVD, Rodney's Act will live on forever!

- It’s Not Easy Bein' Me (1981)
- I Can’t Take It No More (1983)
- Exposed! (1984)

Disc 2: HBO CABLE SPECIALS (contains some strong language and adult humor)
- It’s Not Easy Bein' Me (1986)
- Nothin' Goes Right (1987)
- The Really Big Show (1991)

Disc 3: RARE RODNEY (contains some strong language and adult humor)
- Opening Night at Rodney's Place (1989)
- This Is Your Life honoring Rodney (1981)
- A long-lost segment of Rodney on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson!
- Rodney’s Act – Very rare and never before seen, this classic 1995 stand-up routine was taped at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Rodney Dangerfield, Jeff Altman, Roseanne Barr, Sam Kinison, Bob Nelson
  • Directors: Debbie Palacio, Gregory Sills, Walter C. Miller
  • Writers: Bob Zmuda, Brian Doyle-Murray, Brian McCormick, Dennis Blair, Elayne Boosler
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: R2 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006A9IU2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Rodney Dangerfield - The Ultimate No Respect Collection" on IMDb

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Rodney Dangerfield was the King of Comedy. When he was on, there wasn't anybody funnier on the planet. So I was looking forward to the release of this 3 DVD set that would chronicle Rodney through the years.

The discs contain 3 shows that ran on network TV in the early 1980s along with 4 HBO specials where Rodney was the host, but the main focus was on the young comedians of the day (you see Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Townshend all before they hit the big time along with others who you never saw again). Also included was Rodney's appearance on ONE Tonight Show episode (Rodney appeared on the show over 70 times according to the disc). In addition, a 45 minute standup routine taped in 1995 is included as well as a segment of "This is Your Life".

The network TV shows are disappointing because they primarily contain fairly lame skits and lame musical numbers (although I did get a kick out of "Rappin' Rodney") and because they were network shows, they were not very risque. The HBO shows also disappoint because the focus is not on Rodney, but the other comedians. He does do an opening monologue in each along with skits in between performers, but these also don't generate a lot of laughs (except for the skits Rodney did with Roseanne, she actually was pretty funny). Sam Kinison also does a funny bit at a piano in a skit with Rodney.

The "This Is Your Life" segment was interesting as they trotted out people from Rodney's life, but having read his recent autobiography, I knew most of the information anyway.

The 1995 standup routine was disappointing because most of the jokes were the same ones he told 15 to 20 years earlier on the "No Respect" album. It doesn't appear like he added much new material.
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I'd wished for years that someone would release a compilation of Rodney's best standup work, and when he died I assumed that we'd finally get the goods. When I heard that there was an "Ultimate" collection I couldn't wait to bring it home. Sadly, this is a very disappointing effort that is more quick-buck "product" than true collection.

Dooming this release from the start is the predominance of Rodney's aggressively unfunny variety-show crud (e.g. "It's Not Easy Being Me"). Once you get a masterful standup like Dangerfield into a situation where people (even talented people like Harold Ramis) are writing him into lame sketches, the thrill is gone in a hurry. If I'd wanted to see an older man mugging in a wig and tights as he pretends to be one of Aretha Franklin's backup singers, I would've looked for an old Bob Hope special, and if I'd wanted to see dated routines by a number of (mostly) talented young comics I'd buy THEIR CDs. I wanted 3 CDs of the sweaty, I'll-tell-ya-last-week-was-rough Rodney with the dark suit and red necktie, at the peak of his powers.

After watching more than my fill of the variety-show stuff---fast-forwarding through hopelessly unfunny people like Robert Urich (when you think "comedy", you think Bob Urich!) and Valerie Perrine (???)---I switched to the 3rd DVD, which has this box set's only Rodney spot on Carson (out of 69 or so appearances), and a late-period Vegas show in which Rodney looks bloated and dyspeptic.

The Carson bit is good in that it captures the special zing that Rodney had on his TV guest spots, but it's probably not among even the 10 best spots he did on that show.
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It's great to finally have so many TV specials and rare concert footage of Rodney Dangerfield available on DVD, but it's a shame that it wasn't released until after he died. Disc 1 contains three ABC TV specials: "It's Not Easy Bein' Me (1981), "I Can't Take It No More" (1983), and "Exposed" (1984). Rodney's skits are very funny, although some of the musical numbers have not aged well. The 1983 special is outstanding, especially the skits "Flashpants" (a spoof of the movie Flashdance), where Rodney plays a male stripper who dreams of being a welder, and "The Party Saver," where Rodney changes from a mild-mannered party pooper to the hilarious life of the party.

Disc 2 contains three HBO specials: "It's Not Easy Bein' Me" (1986), "Nothin' Goes Right" (1987), and "The Really Big Show" (1991). Basically, Rodney acts as host and does some skits in-between standup routines of other comedians. Since the specials aired on cable TV, the language and subject matter are more adult than on the first disc. In the 1986 special, Roseanne plays Rodney's blushing bride and later pregnant wife with hilarious results. Sam Kinison and Jerry Seinfeld turn in outstanding performances. The 1987 special features great sets by Lenny Clarke, Dom Irrera and Andrew Dice Clay. The first two specials were filmed at Dangerfield's nightclub in New York City. The 1991 special was filmed at various comedy clubs and concert halls in California, such as the Improv. None of the featured comedians are famous, and the way Rodney is treated by everyone is not just disrespectful but downright mean. "The Really Big Show" is the weakest special in the boxed set.

Disc 3 could be subtitled the Vegas disc.
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