Henry Rollins: Up For It
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Rollins, a true renaissance man, started his career as the lead singer with the seminal LA punk band Black Flag. Now touring in a musical capacity with his own "Rollins Band", Grammy award winner Rollins is known for his books, comedy records, movie appearances, and is now the host of Fox's weekly primetime series, "Night Visions".
DVD Extras: Interview with Henry Rollins Music Video Featurette
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No, Rollins doesn't walk on stage and simply make up the show from scratch every night. Importantly though, nor are his shows scripted performances that are the same every night of the week. I think this distinction needs to me made, as the reviews so far seem to say that this DVD falls short when (depending what you're after) it certainly does not.
This is a comedic performance. The fact that Henry has proven himself capable of offering deeper, more poignant food-for-thought-type material and elected not to include it here should not count against it. Almost all of the material in this show is of a high standard, with only a few exceptions that tend to drag on a little bit (See: "Klan Chaos Distruption Team). The pace is moderate - more short, funny stories than long tales such as The Kiss Army (on Talk Is Cheap) rather than long tales with humour throughout. The direction isnt as bad as some have said, but it could have been better; crowd shots generally contribute nothing to stage show DVDs. This disc also features an interview with Henry that fans will enjoy as some of the questions/subjects are rather good and provoke some interesting answers.
Prospective purchasers beware: the people who attend (and review..) Rollins shows generally comprise two types of people. The Not-As-Good-As-He-Used-To-Be brigade, who appear to miss the more serious side of Rollins earlier shows and consequently mark down anything he releases that doesnt have talk of depression-inducing (if thoughtful and insightful) observations, and the rest of us who simply enjoy the man's sense of humour, storytelling skills and all-round take on life.
Don't be put off by the naysayers, this is a good DVD whether you're a fan of Rollins or not.
At the end of the performance is Henry sitting down and just honestly talking about what he does, why he does it, and who he is.
Henry is always poignent and honest and thought provoking. This is a cool item for anyone who likes to think.
I've probably watched this dvd several times since I bought it and without fail, each time, it makes me laugh. Rollins is very good with the physical: using his hands and body to act out what he's saying like a sketch routine. He's also good at immitating the demeanors and voices of others in his stories. If you have any funny bone at all, this is sure to make you laugh.
To me he's like a mix of Dennis Leary and a little bit Bill Hicks. Though he can never be as truly good as either of those comedians, he still comfortably occupies a class all by himself.
Is he a poet or a stand up comic... or both... or neither? There's a lot of observational stuff that comics like Richard Pryor or Lenny Bruce, maybe even Bill Cosby's old material, that could make you laugh at yourself because he can relate the situation to the crazy, merry-go-round-broken-down stuff we all see in our own every day lives.
As many of these talking shows that Henry can pitch to the general public, I'm happy to field. Check out a copy to see one at least once and share it with a like minded friend. Hey, talk may be cheap but look who's buying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Henry Rollins, known for his work in the band Black Flag and the Henry Rollins Band, has a fantastic work of spoken word. He's insightful, well traveled, and fun. Read morePublished on May 15, 2008 by Semele Pojo
Okay, I am in the camp of the people who thinks Rollins has had it. His best years, before, and right after 1992, they're gone, they're done. Read morePublished on October 21, 2003
I was very nervous, when i wrapped out the dvd, and i was very happy to see the master in an absolut perfect sound & vision, but after a few minutes, something pisses me of. ... Read morePublished on May 31, 2002 by Dieter Berthold Kottnik
For those looking for more of the wit and straight lines of Rollins's previous spoken word work, this presentation might make you cringe a little around the edges. Read morePublished on March 19, 2002 by Scott Woods
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