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Spark of Insanity [Blu-ray] (2007)

Jeff Dunham , Michael Simon  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,190 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Dunham
  • Directors: Michael Simon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,190 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DWNUE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,472 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jeff Dunham welcomes "Achmed the Dead Terrorist," "Melvin the Superhero," and long-time favorites "Peanut," "Walter" and Jose Jalapeno...on a STEEK! in an entirely original show for everyone!

Taped at the historic Warner Theater in Washington D.C., this sold out concert is twice the length of the Comedy Central broadcast, with exclusive extras, featuring "The Making of Melvin," "What Would You Put on a Stick?" and a surprise political announcement from Walter!

Spark of Insanity (Blu-ray) is the ultimate event special from one of comedy's most inventive minds.

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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier Than Previous Dunham Material September 27, 2007
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Spark of Insanity was far funnier than any previous shows in Which I have seen Jeff Dunham and his puppets. Contrary to the one negative opinion I have read about the performance, I didn't have to gauge the reactions of audience members to know when it was time to laugh. It was very funny, and I must say that his tackling an issue, such as terrorism, with comedy, was funnier than I would have even thought it would be. Dunham is a very talented ventriloquist, with a fine sense of comedic timing. I feel sorry for anyone who can't get a laugh out Spark of Insanity, their sense of humor is irreparably broken. Buy it, see it, enjoy it!
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is this guy? January 2, 2008
Okay, so I don't get around much; I don't watch Comedy Central; and I had never heard of Jeff Dunham. And up until a few days ago I thought of ventriloquism as about as hokey as middle school hootenanny; but then I was given Dunham's SPARK OF INSANITY as a Yuletide present (by my highly signficant other). . .

I am a changed curmudgeon.

Ladies and gents, this is funny, funny stuff, and I'm not talking about chuckling funny--I'm talking about rolling on the floor funny. Dunham and his "suitcase posse" of colorful characters (and an old curmudgeon like me sure appreciates Walter) tackle a plethora of topics--many of them devoutly controversial. But Dunham (and friends) gets away with controversy, because everything is fair game and no one is spared. Heck, forget the puppets; Dunham's opening monologue is hysterical.

When a comedian can make his audience forget their troubles and just enjoy the entertainment for its own sake, said comedian has achieved pure comedic bliss. And Jeff Dunham does just that; SPARK OF INSANITY is well worth the viewing, time and time again.
--D. Mikels, Author The Reckoning
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funnier than the first DVD! September 26, 2007
I've been a fan of Jeff and company since high school. I remember seeing him on "An Evening at the Improv" which aired on A&E and on another comedy program that aired on VH1; I would tape these segments then make my friends watch them. They became fans of Jeff and Peanut, too.

I thought this DVD was funnier than the "Arguing with Myself" one. I loved the Dead Terrorist. This program aired on Comedy Central and the DVD features some additional footage that didn't appear on Comedy Central. The bonus features on the DVD are great. It was interesting to see the development of Melvin, and Walter's "announcement" was fabulous. This DVD is a must have for any fan of Jeff and gang.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Achmed the Dead Terrorist August 22, 2007
By Roxy
My husband and I just saw Jeff's show this past Saturday in Mass. It was fantastic! Achmed the Dead Terrorist is hysterical! He goes right to the edge with a politically sensitive subject. And, of course, Walter, Peanut, and Jose are just as great as ever. We have his first DVD and are always showing it to people who haven't been indoctrinated. No matter how many times we see it, we laugh just as hard as the first time. We are looking forward to this new DVD to have in our house when we need a Jeff 'fix'.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully funny September 12, 2007
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I was fortunate to see this show live in Newport Kentucky back in July and have been anxiously awaiting the release of the DVD. Jeff and company are totally hilarious and I did not stop laughing the entire show. I love a comedian that can bring on laughing tears. Of course Walter is my favorite, but his new additions bring a new spark to the show.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sticks and Jalapenos October 10, 2007
Its really hard to review a standup comedy routine "critiquingly". If it's GREAT, like this one is, I would have to resort to the overwhelming non-lack of cliches plastered on the covers of movie boxes and posters across the Land.

What it boils down to, is this (and its very simple): This is one of the funniest and most tallented stand-up acts I have ever seen. You have your all-time greats like Pryor and (fill in your fav here) but did they hold three-way conversations at lightning speed and legibly conveying three unique voices with three different personalities? Either he has incredible tallent or he's related to Emily Rose.

In short, its fantastic - Excellent - pullamuscle funny - and man does it deliver. I saw him LIVE in May at the comedy club Stardome in Alabama, and this dvd is just as good. Highly recommended for you adults who need a change in pace. ~saos~
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silence!!! October 1, 2007
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I must admit this one was very funny. I had seen him before and found him funny, but here he stepped it up a notch. That was especially the case when he brought out a dead terrorist!

I gotta be honest and admit to cringing a little - I had NO idea where that was going to go. But darn if he didn't pull it off. Very very funny... his catch-phrase in particular was hysterical... then those piercing eyes and over-the-top attitude which you couldn't possibly take seriously... amazingly creative (and bold).

So I hadn't seen this new character before. Another thing new (to me anyway) was the way Jeff Dunham did a bit of standup beforehand, just standing there talking to the audience long before he pulled out the fellas.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as "Arguing with Myself" October 23, 2007
If I had never seen "Arguing with Myself" or had not been a fan of Jeff since his initial appearance on Carson, I'd probably give this 4 or 5 stars because it is quite good and is not dissapointing taken as a stand alone act--but compared with Jeff's other works, I found this routine to be a bit sub-par.

Overall, I'd have to agree with another reviewers comment about how the tone of the show seemed a bit toned-down. Not nearly as 'racey' or 'foul-mouthed' as the original. With the new advertised new character "Achmed the Dead Terrorist" (discussed latter) I really wondered where the heck this was going to go...

Jeff's introductory stand-up routine was quite funny...the jokes about the Toyota Prius were used the same way "Lotion" was in Arguing with Myself throughout the routine.

Walter, as always, ends up being the highlight of the show--his take on suicide bombers had me in stiches laughing. Jeff with Walter is reason enough to buy the DVD.

The next puppet is "Achmed the Dead Terrorist" who replaces "Sweet Daddy Dee". I enjoyed Sweet Daddy Dee, my wife didn't care for that routine. As for "Achmed", I really had to wonder where he was going to go with this... Turns out it was just a bit silly with no real 'racey' (for lack of a better term). The new tag line "I KILL YOU!" is humorous, but doesn't come close to replacing "on a stick" in the Jeff Dunham lexicon. This routine was slower and duller than Walter, but then again, I don't think Jeff has a puppet in his repertoire that wouldn't be a bit of a let down after Walter (the exception being Peanut of course).

Third is Melvin, the superhero without superpowers (except for a phallic looking long nose) who replaces "Bubba J". The part of the routine was the dull point for me.
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Closed Caption? English Subtitles?
No, it is unfortunately not captioned or subtitled. I tried it on my DVD and on my computer with different players but where it should list the options for captions or subtitled there are none.
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