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The Jim Rose Circus Show

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At once dazzling and disgusting, riveting, revolting, and hilarious, THE JIM ROSE CIRCUS SHOW features the antics that have made JIM infamous. These are the originators of freak culture revival. See Jim Rose, Mr. Lifto, BeBe the Circus Queen, Matt "the Tube" Crowley, the Torture King, and the Enigma perform gut-wrenching, excruciatingly painful acts: Hundreds of needles throughout the body, stomach pumps and bile drinking, weight lifting from very private pierced body parts, are just a few reasons JIM ROSE's circus is the undisputed king of all freak shows.

Shot in Seattle, remastered, recut, and extended for DVD to give you the full JIM ROSE CIRCUS SHOW experience. With over an hour of bonus features, show rehearsals, and hilarious bloopers (including near suffocation). This is the ultimate Jim Rose collectible. Warning: The freaks depicted on this video have spent years perfecting their crafts. Do not try this at home!


Special Features

  • Rehearsals
  • Faces
  • TV commercials
  • Bloopers
  • The Original Version

Product Details

  • Actors: Bébé the Circus Queen, Tim Cridland, Matt 'The Tube' Crowley, Jim Rose, The Amazing Mr. Lifto
  • Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Producers: Jim Rose, Bart Lipton, Michael Chambers, Patrick Panzarella
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MOONSHINE MUSIC
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 35 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009V2KC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,913 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Jim Rose Circus Show" on IMDb

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By John Gallone on August 19, 2004
Format: DVD
It seems the bottom has fallen out of the freak market. If you discount Liza Menelli and Courtney Love, most human oddities are now hidden away in cozy asylums or at least given their own nationally sponsored telethons. In modern America when people want to explore some prurient desire to be scandalized, stunned, titillated or appalled, they turn to either talk radio or pornography. Porn is the new freak show...(and we thought it was shocking to see the geek put a snake in his mouth!?).

One guy who does attempt to hold his `Freak Flag High `is Jim Rose and the Jim Rose Circus. It's a modern day freak/burlesque show with Jim as the big mouth hawker. The Circus has a cast of characters ranging from the totally tattooed Puzzle Man to The Amazing Lift-O, a guy who manages to dead-lift incredible weights with an entirely different muscle system (!). They perform allot of the standard Mid-way gimmicks but with a new flare or twist. GrinderGirl is one of my favorite artisans... she appears in a steal corset and then attacks herself with an industrial grinder. Needless to say, sparks fly everywhere!!! Sophisticated adult fun! Not for anyone with low tolerence for the extreme.
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I guess I won't need to explain the title of my review to those of you familiar with Jim Rose and friends (or freaks would be more apt.)

I first heard about the Jim Rose Circus maybe seven years ago when they featured on a news item due to controversy over some of their content. I vividly remember Lifto doing his "swing" for Paul Holmes. And at that precise moment I though, wow, this is pretty cool.

Though I'm among those who have never witnessed The Jim Rose Circus live, this DVD is almost the next best thing. Taped in 1993 and running for barely 50 minutes (this is in Australia & NZ- it's safe to presume some of it was cut. Dab nab it!

Of course those of you who have read Rose's highly entertaining autobiography "Freak Like Me", or seen them live will know that Rose always opens each performance with the line. "You look like a jaded f***!"

It's odd to note that considering the circus's obviously anti-censorship bent that Lifto swings his tackle from behind a blanket. (Personally I'm thankful that by renting this was. I didn't pay four bucks to see some bloke's winkie. And no, the "fire" act isn't on here- unless the censors cut it out. Personally I reckon if impressionable people are dumb enough to maim themselves after watching this then its their own stupid fault, not Rose's. Though it's annoying having to listen to Rose's rambling ringmaster commentary during the performances. It made me wonder if he spends his leisure time huffing aerosol cans.

Things you can expect include the Torture King's "Meat skewer through the f***in' face!" which I found pretty boring; Matt The Tube brewing his own bile beer & members of the audience drinking it. Each to their own but there's no way in hell I'd do it.
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