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Talking From the Box/Henry Rollins Goes to London

4.8 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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This 2 disc DVD box set includes "Talking From the Box", previously released on VHS in 1994, and the exclusive, never-before-available "Henry Rollins Goes to London." Talking from the box is taped at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood in May 1992 and sh

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He's been called "the angriest man in Los Angeles," but Henry Rollins is a good deal more than that. Although best known as a singer-songwriter with seminal punk rockers Black Flag and later his own Rollins Band, he is actually something of a Renaissance man, with experience as a film actor (The Chase, Heat, and others), published author and poet, and, as this two-disc set evidences, spoken-word artist. Each disc contains a single performance, both of them essentially unscripted monologues; the hourlong Talking from the Box comes from a 1992 gig at the Henry Fonda Theater in L.A., while the nearly two-hour Goes to London was filmed in that city the following year.

There's no music here, and precious little in the way of artifice--no special effects (notwithstanding some subtle editing and the use of both color and black and white), no production numbers, no props--just Rollins and his audience, which listens raptly as he rants, reads a little verse, tells some stories, and reminisces about his childhood, his life on the road, and so on. Sure, the anger is there, and the profanity flows freely. But Rollins also reveals himself to be surprisingly smart and literate, amusingly self-deprecating, generous, even vulnerable--especially during the "Two Boys" portion of Talking from the Box, when he recounts the horrific but riveting tale of the death of his best friend. Powerful stuff. --Sam Graham


Special Features

  • Two spoken-word theater performances on two DVD discs
  • Pictures from Henry's personal photo archive
  • A complete discography
  • Biography
  • Henry's notes about each show

Product Details

  • Actors: Henry Rollins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: IMAGO
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ABVV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Talking From the Box/Henry Rollins Goes to London" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
To my knowledge, this video is the only piece of audio or video media that contains Rollins talking about his best friend Joe Cole and what it was like to have him murdered in front of him. Rollins has kept this subject pretty closely guarded, and if you know his history, you understand why.
"Talking.." contains some funny stuff (Tales of his pet store days about "Bun-Bun the Rabbit", Henry's observations on and experiences in the LA Riots in 1992), as well as some more intense stuff; descriptions of his father's abuse, and the story about himself and Joe Cole.
It's an intense tape, and a good one. I highly recommend it for all fans, and even some of the non-fans may find it compelling and excellent, as I do.
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Contrary to a certain previous review, Henry Rollins' spoken word is not about Henry whining about his past....his point isn't to prove his punk cred at all. Instead, Henry's stories are often filled with empathy towards those with a kind of strength not recognized by an anti-intellectual society that is raised on beer and football, and sees life on a one-dimensional level. His more personal moments occasionally bear the purpose of poking fun at himself, something that gives him more credibility as a thinking and searching human being than as a punk icon. As a musician, he can move a handfull of us, and exorcise his rawest angst. As a person, as a human, he can move mountains.
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This two-fer for Rollins fans is an easter egg. Half the stories he tells on both discs are tales told already on his spoken albums, but now have a nice visual touch added in for an even more intense view of Rollins' wonderfully twisted psyche. From travel stories, to personal enlightenment, to the death of friends..., Rollins has a superb gift for making the most mundane experiences we all share, to tight and personal stories you were miles away from, into events the audience can take away as a present, feel they were walking with him, laugh and hate, and feel good overall. Very good, very funny, very touching. A must for anyone who likes to hear a good story.
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This two-fer for Rollins fans is an easter egg. Half the stories he tells on both discs are tales told already on his spoken albums, but now have a nice visual touch added in for an even more intense view of Rollins' wonderfully twisted psyche. From travel stories, to personal enlightenment, to the death of friends to masturbation technique, Rollins has a superb gift for making the most mundane experiences we all share, to tight and personal stories you were miles away from, into events the audience can take away as a present, feel they were walking with him, laugh and hate, and feel good overall. Very good, very funny, very touching. A must for anyone who likes to hear a good story.
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If you are even remotely a fan of Mr. Rollins or his work this is a mandatory addition to your library. This is two discs and both are great , gold standard, recordings of his spoken word live and now the price is great. Even if you have viewed his later spoken word releases , especially if you viewed later releases and found them a bit short than this two disc set is what you should have watched first. Mr. Rollins has a gift for spoken word and really understands how and what to say to invoke various emotions from the audience most importantly he understands his unique experiences humor.

The manner in which he presents his sets can be confusing . Without me spoiling it you have to watch to understand what I am referring to. Even if you do not find it funny it certainly is not boring and an interesting sociology view into a subset of American experience.
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For any Rollins fan out there Talking From The Box is up there amongst his best spoken word shows recorded.
You can tell straight up this guys been there and done that. The man speaks, you listen. You hang on his every word right to the end.
I remember knowing this recording word for word in the early ninety's on VHS. Finding out that it existed on DVD was awesome as I could re-live the experience all over again like it was just yesterday.
I strongly recommend this DVD to anyone and everyone. It's a must have.
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I bought this because I don't have a VHS player anymore and felt the need to watch it again. Funnier this time around!
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