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Sam Kinison - Breaking the Rules (2001)

Sam Kinison , Hugh M. Hefner , Walter C. Miller  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Kinison, Hugh M. Hefner
  • Directors: Walter C. Miller
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • 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: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056KE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,491 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sam Kinison - Breaking the Rules" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Never Before Seen Footage
  • Photo Gallery
  • Excerpts From Show Performed at Bally's Hotel in Las Vegas

Editorial Reviews

This digitally re-mastered Sam Kinison collectable concert is as timeless, funny, fresh, loud and in-your-face as any comdeian...before, during, or after. You'll laugh harder, longer and louder at Sam's absolutely hysterical observations on life.

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Funny Man Who is Missed by Many July 28, 2002
Love him or hate him, Sam Kinison was a comic genius, and was extremley talented at what he did. Sure, he might've offended many and raised some eyebrows, but that's what he wanted to accomplish. Sam was one of a kind all right, and this DVD does him justice.
I have the tape, but I was glad that it came out on DVD. First off, the picture looks really good. It was a pretty old performance, too. And there's some cool extras. Like never before seen material, which is really hillarious. This is a must-have if you love Kinison.
This is a great performance. Through yelling and engergetic story-telling he talks about marriage, drugs, being arrested (thanks to his ex-wife), pleasing women (in a way I cannot describe on this site,) and much, much more. He's always able to make me laugh, even if I feel guity afterwards.
Sam was a true genius. It's too bad he's not around. So many talented people have died to quick and left us all too soon. Kinison was a one-of-a-kind, and no one will ever be able to duplicate him. That IS a fact.
We miss you, Sam! R.I.P.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!! May 12, 2001
By Tuco
Kinison in top form. DVD looks great with some bonus footage of a later show when he was obviously strung out on drugs big time. Sad to see him like that. The only thing that disappointed me was the fact this is written up on the back of the DVD as a 'Never before released concert' but is actually the same exact show as the HBO tape in the yellow cover that was released in the 80's. A must have in the collection to show your friends who have never heard of Kinison. R.I.P. Sammy!!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Both Funny and Sad July 12, 2004
No comedian ever made me laugh as much as Sam Kinison did the first time I saw him perform on a Rodney Dangerfield special. The infamous Ethiopian UHaul rant is probably the funniest bit I have ever seen. His appearances on Rodney's other shows were generally pretty terrific as well as well as his turn in "Back to School".
He was so successful with Rodney's shows that that HBO gave him his own night, which is the main feature of this DVD. It's classic Kinison and no topic is taboo. It's pretty crass and if you are easily offended, it's not for you. His highlights include a very funny rant about being dead (and I'll go no farther, but trust me, it's a blast).
The main program, which was filmed in 1987, runs about 50 minutes is fun. However, also included are bonus clips of Sam doing standup what appears to be several years later (I couldn't find anything that stated the year it was done). Here you can see what the life of excess drugs and booze had done to Sam. He looks worn out, strung out and burned out. He's not funny. In fact, his rants are more filled with hate than humor, in particular one related to Jerry Lewis and his "Kids" with muscular dystrophy. And there aren't a whole lot of laughs from the crowd. It's a sad commentary on the man's life that I question why it was put on the disc.
But, if you liked Sam, you'll enjoy reliving a few minutes of the glory days of his humor.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Comedian Ever!!! December 9, 2002
This is a MUST buy for all Sam Kinison fans. We miss you Sam, but thankfully your spirit will live on in the dvds provided for our entertainment. Every time I listen to Sam Kinison I can gurantee you I will be having respitory problems after the show is over, due to all the laughing you get out of this guy! This particular dvd is one of my favorites. So if you're a newbie to Sam's work or a fellow fan and you don't have this, BUY IT! IT'S 110% WORTH IT!GOD BLESS YOU SAM, WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Out Of Control - Classic Kinnison April 24, 2001
I remember the first time I saw Sam, it was during his HBO special the same special that this DVD is taken from. I was at first shocked because of his straight ahead in your face relentless rambling. But I never stopped laughing, I was rolling on the floor during the enitre show. This is the first time I have seen that HBO show since it first aired back in the early 80's. It is just as funny today as it was then. The DVD has extra footage of a Las Vegas show Sam did several years later. The later show was not as crisp as his HBO apperance, but classic Sam non the less. He never really cared what other people or the establishment thought of him, he joked about everything nothing was off limits. For this I commend him, he had a gift and he used it. I was said when I heard of his death. There has not been another Sam and there never will be. RIP Sam....
If you are a Sam Kinnison fan you need to get this DVD. If you like in your face unbridled humor you have to get this DVD.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking The Rules - Sam Kinison 1987 February 12, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This was my first ever video experience of Sam Kinison way back in 1987. Four friends and I were marking off the days looking forward to it's original airing on HBO.
We were not disappointed, nor was I disappointed upon just receiving a copy of the video today.
This was early in his popularity, just after "Back To School" and he is particularly raucous and loud in this video. He was still at his peak as a "Wild Man",
still doing drugs (oh...THEY SEE THROUGH ME! OH! OH! OH!)and obviously pretty fresh from his breakup (I WAS MARRIED FOR 2 YEARS! HELL WOULD BE LIKE CLUB MED! OH! OH!)
But there is utter brilliance behind the screaming. His treatment of religion is one("Think Jesus is coming back?" Jesus - "Yeah I'm coming back. As soon as I CAN PLAY THE PIANO AGAIN I'LL BE RIGHT BACK!").
Another is his skit about sending food to the homeless in the African Sahara ("Stop sending these people food. Send them U-Hauls! Nah! Send me. Everybody on board! We'll make one trip. See this stuff! (he is scooping up imaginary SAND) "Nothing grows in this S---! Nothing's gonna grow in this S---! Get your kids, get everyone aboard! I'll take you where the FOOD IS!!!! You live in a F------ Desert!")
This video could not possibly disappoint a Sam fan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of a kind comedy
Kinison at his peak. Insightful and to the edge. You'll question the fate of your soul as you laugh. Be careful if it's a date night.
Published 1 month ago by J. A. Neff
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I have seen this numerous times but my 19 year old son just discovered Sam so we watched it together. Still made me laugh!
Published 1 month ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving life and laughter
Watching this routine is as a barrage of bullets. A non-stop barrage of impactful hilarity. An excursion into the mind, judgments, and insights of this comedic talent. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matthew J. Archuleta
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
Wanted to get a DVD version as my VHS recorded from HBO over 20 years ago is barely watchable. It comes with some bonus footage at the end of other shows Sam did when he was at his... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Fred M.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Sam Kinison
What can I say -- it's Sam Kinison. Yes he was a potty mouth. Yes, he screamed a lot. But that was the charm that was Sam Kinison. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Glenda
4.0 out of 5 stars I just wished I spent the extra $ for the DVD.
The shipment of the product was amaziningly quick.
For those of you that remember VHS just isn't the same quality as DVD. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Beast
5.0 out of 5 stars Kinison at the top of his game....
Sam Kinison was a comedic powerhouse. This HBO special shows him in top form. Sam was unique and can't be compared to any other comedian. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sebring
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Comedy's Wild Thing' in his classic 1987 TV special
SAM KINISON: BREAKING THE RULES openswith an intro from Sam's mom; there's also a 1975 film clip of the former Pentecostal preacher in full swing. Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Annie Van Auken
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST
This is a must have if you remotely like Kinison. Had to pick myself up off the ground on numerous occasions. VERY FUNNY
Published on March 23, 2011 by James T. Hepner
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Kinison fans must own this disc.
IF you are a Sam Kinison fan, and you are sick and tired of political correctness, you will love him in this disc. Read more
Published on December 28, 2010 by White Wolf
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