The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Indecision 2004
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The 2004 race for the White House was one of the most memorable presidential elections of the last five years. Now relive it again - and again - and, that's enough - with this exquisitely packaged heirloom collection. This 3-DVD set brings together some of the most repackageable moments from "Indecision 2004."
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart is so laugh-out-loud funny that Indecision 2004--which could have been a dated recap of a time many would rather forget--is instead a hilarious time capsule of the follies and foibles of the 2004 presidential election. What also helps is that many of the issues being lampooned, such as the Iraq war, are still in the news in 2005. The 10 episodes included in the three-disc set are the four reporting on the Democratic National Convention, the four from the Republican National Convention, the episode following the first Bush-Kerry debate, and the hourlong election-night episode, subtitled "Prelude to a Recount." The Daily Show mimics the format of a news program, with Stewart as the anchor and his troupe of "senior correspondents/analysts"--Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Samantha Bee, and Ed Helms--filing their "reports" from the field. Stewart is always quick to dismiss his show as "fake news," but an increasing number of people have taken to the Comedy Central staple as the way to get their news. Political news is mostly sound bites anyway, so Stewart piles the video clips together at their most incongruous or contradictory, then follows up with a wisecrack or a marvelously deadpan look of disbelief. As further proof of its impact, The Daily Show won a 2005 Peabody Award for electronic media excellence for its "satire that deflates pomposity on an equal opportunity basis." (Stewart admitted during the campaign that he himself was voting for Kerry, and his audience is very anti-Bush, but he takes the opportunity to skewer anyone who deserves it.) He also attracts a number of "legitimate" guests. Appearing on these episodes are Ted Koppell, Joe Biden, Chris Matthews (shortly after he'd been challenged to a duel by Zell Miller), Al Sharpton on election night, and a wry John McCain not looking like the combative party zealot that had appeared at the convention podium the night before.
In addition to the 10 episodes, the three-DVD set has more reports by Colbert (whose survey of Democratic minority groups has something to offend anyone), Corddry, Bee, and Helms. There's also John Edwards's 2003 announcement of his presidential candidacy on The Daily Show, the Schoolhouse Rock! spoof about midterm elections, a surprisingly musical four-correspondent rendition of the national anthem, and other lunacy. --David Horiuchi
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 9.6 Ounces
- Item model number : MFR097368865549#VG
- Director : Christian Santiago, Scott Preston, Andy Barsh
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Box set
- Run time : 4 hours and 59 minutes
- Release date : June 28, 2005
- Actors : Jon Stewart, Dave Attell, Michael Blieden, John Bloom, A. Whitney Brown
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Studio : Comedy Central
- ASIN : B0009CTV5E
- Number of discs : 3
- Best Sellers Rank: #49,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The best thing about "The Daily Show" is its ability to poke fun at blowhards on the left and right of the spectrum. Watching Jon Stewart's spectacular takedown of the people who marginalized Al Sharpton after his electrifying convention speech is truly a thing of beauty. Not even frequent "Daily Show" guest Brian Williams was safe. However, Stewart's liberal leanings are not easy to hide, especially when you compare his treatment of the Sharpton speech to his treatment of Zell Miller's similarly electrifying oration at the RNC. Both men have been guests of his on the show. (Well, Sharpton was actually Colbert's guest, and that hilarious interview is included in the extas.)
Also among the extras are the broadcasts of the election night coverage and the show they did after the first debate, an animated "School House Rock"-style demo of mid-term elections, John Edwards' announcement of his presidential candidacy, and commentary on select features. The set is well worth the money because it's chock-full of funny tidbits. And just like "America: The Book", every single part of it is funny, including the blurbs on the packaging.
My favorite extra by far is the rendition of the National Anthem that Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry and Ed Helms do in harmony. It's funny, because everything they do seems to be funny, but it actually is an honest-to-goodness performance not meant to be humorous per se. Who knew they could sing? Maybe the next "Daily Show" project will be a CD!
I hope that the powers that be at Comedy Central give us "Indecision 2008" on dvd at the end of this year (we all know they have plenty of material already, and we all know this Presidential election is going to give us a lot more comedy between now and November 2008).
A Former Non-Fan
PS - THIS is what the Colbert Report dvd SHOULD have been like!
1. For the price on Amazon, this set is definitely worth the money. The special features alone are very desirable from a fan's point of view on top of the stellar episodes from the convention weeks. No one that likes the daily show will have buyer's remorse here.
2. (Perhaps the most important point) Think about this...the daily show has gotten liberals to buy a dvd boxset that covered their worst nightmare! I can't think of anything that would be a clearer indication of how good this actually is.
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It ftures ALL the best sketches from the 2004 Presidentual run and reminds you just how boring John Kerry was (IF you had forgotten that is).