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THE COMIC (1969)

Dick Van Dyke , Carl Reiner  |  PG |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dick Van Dyke
  • Directors: Carl Reiner
  • Producers: Carl Reiner
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: SPE
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nina Wayne; Michele Lee; Pert Kelton; Cornel Wilde; Dick Van Dyke; Mickey Rooney

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scenes that will stay with you forever July 15, 2001
By "lebep"
Format:VHS Tape
I have read reviews of this film both here and on other movies sites and have never come across such a mixed bag of opinons! Everything from a misguided interpetation that it's based on the life of Buster Keaton (which it is not!) to a review here of scenes that will haunt you (which they will). I also saw this film in the 70's and have been lucky enough to catch it again 15 years ago.
Van Dyke and Rooney do it and do it well. Some of the best scenes are the Comics' later years. The closing scene you will never forget, it has haunted me since the first time I saw this movie.
For those of you who can buy it over there, get it, you won't regret it. Unfortunately it just isn't available down here. Believe me I have searched high and low for years.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Audio killed the silent screen star July 16, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
A memorable composite biopic about a silent film comedy star who has trouble handling success, and then falls afoul of the advent of sound. The film quotes scenes from other famous movies. For example, the main character voices-over his own funeral, a la _Sunset Boulevard_. But it is a memorable production for its own sake. We follow the comic from success straining his marriage, to his star on the wane, to attempts at a comeback, until we leave him as a pathetic wreck, old and full of regrets, watching one of his old films on late night TV. Affecting stuff...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Huantingly Memorable" February 18, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this film back in the 70's and i could not get it out of my mind. Without a doubt the best work Van Dyke has done. He and Reiner sculpt a film of unforgettable honesty & humor. This is a soft spoken study of humanity. I'd compare "The Comic" to "Chaplin" but for me more memorable in it's simplicity. About a silent film star forgotten with the years "The Comic" also creeps into film history "silently" as a Classic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy classic January 10, 2014
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Loved this movie ever since I first saw it 40 years ago. It's both funny and sad . A brilliant comic who lets selfishness and alcohol destroy his marriage and career . The story was based on a number of silent film comedians. I think it's the best thing Dick van Dyke ever did . Mickey Rooney is perfect as his fellow actor and only friend. This film has the most poignant final scene of any comedy ever made.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIRST MOVIE TO MAKE ME CRY February 19, 2010
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We want the DVD! May 12, 2010
Format:VHS Tape
Like many reviewers, I saw this back around 1980 when I was 15 on television and never forgot it. This is a deep more-truth-than fiction tale about the life and times of Billy Bright. Dick Van Dyke (in what is undoubtedly his best performance) gives us a look at Bright (a semi-fictional silent screen comedian) whose life is loosely based on a composite of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel (Van Dyke's mentor), et. al. Van Dyke was greatly influenced by this genre of comedy and this film (written by Carl Reiner) is his tribute to them. We see the tragic fate of such comedians when silent comedy dies and sound films took over. Two scenes in particular stand out to me that I still remember after all these years: Van Dyke as the comic in a faux silent film playing a prisoner released from jail is as touching as anything Chaplin did at the time and where as an old man, the comedian sees a tv listing and eagerly waits until late night to catch one of his old films on television (a common practive in the pre VCR-DVD days).

AND SPEAKING OF DVD's, the number of people who were touched by this underground classic is considerable, based on the reviews here. So either Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, or anyone alive today connected with this film should BRING IT OUT ON DVD!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There IS A DVD Available September 12, 2010
By Mark L.
Format:VHS Tape
For years I made do with an old VHS copy of "The Comic," while I looked for a DVD version. Then I finally found it...but not here. Do a search in the DVD section of eBay. It's a no-region edition that they obviously get from foreign sources. I don't believe it's ever been out on DVD in the U.S. This DVD is not remastered, and is not quite as bright as the tape, but it's DVD-sharp and it plays just fine. "The Comic" is an underrated, neglected minor masterpiece. It is without a doubt the best acting Dick Van Dyke has ever done. If the ending doesn't bring a tear to your eye, you have no heart. This movie deserves a top-quality domestic DVD release. Until then, be aware that a DVD version does exist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dick Van Dyke Brilliant in Mixed-Bag Movie June 21, 2009
Format:VHS Tape
What makes this 1969 funny/sad movie difficult for a lot of people is that writer-director Carl Reiner can't seem to make up his mind whether the audience should like Billy Bright (a fictitious silent screen clown brought to life unmatchably by the great Dick Van Dyke), dislike him, laugh at him, or feel sorry for him. Owing to Van Dyke's own comic genius (clearly channeling his idol and mentor Stan Laurel), we see why Billy Bright, a silent screen clown, is so successful at the beginning; it's similarly a tribute to Van Dyke's own appeal that Billy--an egocentric, womanizing creep, who provides rather bitter voice-over narration from his coffin--isn't a complete turn-off. Excellent support from Michelle Lee as Billy's long-suffering wife (Van Dyke and Lee can be proud that 40 years later they look much better than the old-age make-up predicted them to look) and wonderful Mickey Rooney as his sidekick Cock-eye. I defy Jim Carrey or Will Farrell to attempt a remake and be even a quarter as good as Dick Van Dyke is in this confusing but undervalued film. In the meantime, get this one on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars THE COMIC belongs to the late Mickey Rooney
I was very disappointed in the film THE COMIC. It displayed a one-note performance by Dick Van Dyke in what should have been a tour de force. Read more
Published 20 days ago by D. A. Nicastro
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated little Dick Van Dyke gem
As a longtime fan of classic comedians, I've always had a soft spot for this funny-tragic film about a fictional funnyman from the silent movie era. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Randy E. Halford
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and engaging
i love it and its one of my favorite dick van dyke films always has been well worth buying.
its truly one of van dykes best ones
Published 4 months ago by Leonardhughes
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY on DVD!
For decades "The Comic" was something of a lost film, unavailable in home format, and only seen when it happened to show up on television. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M2
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I honestly can't believe I hadn't seen this movie until 2013! It is an amazing movie that sincerely holds up over time. it's funny, smart, touching and Dick Van Dyke is amazing.
Published 6 months ago by Mia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Comic
I was 20 when I saw this awesome movie on late night television in 1980. The ending and the song playing on the background brought me to tears! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alejandro Del Rio
5.0 out of 5 stars Buried Treasure
Laughing on the outside, crying on the inside, a man whose flaws are magnified by stardom, Dick Van Dyke has never been funnier or more manipulative as a dramatic actor. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lynn Foxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Release it on DVD already
What the hold up is? I've been waiting for years to get this on DVD. Get with it producers!!! This is a very good movie.
Published 24 months ago by Michael S. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars When are they going to release this film on DVD?
Recently I met Dick Van Dyke and asked him when they were going to release this film on dvd. He said he didn't know. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Max Espinoza
5.0 out of 5 stars A bio of a sad comic
I saw this on TV along time ago and wanted to get a copy. The videotape had a high pitch noise throughout but I still was able to watch it. Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by The great Glenn
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