John Leguizamo's Freak
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Hilarious and high energy, Freak is Leguizamo's Emmy winning semi-falsified, one-man stand-up performance. Alternately funny, raunchy and poignant, FREAK spotlights Leguizamo's gift for storytelling as he effortlessly slips in and out of a wide range of characters from his dysfunctional childhood in Queens, New York.
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However, I hate, hate, HATE this DVD version of Freak. First off, the video quality of this DVD is terrible. It is not clear or sharp, and when there is even the slightest bit of motion on the screen, everything looks blurry and has scan-lines running through it. If you've seen Freak, you know that John's performance is pretty animated, to say the least. He moves very quickly, break-dances at times, and in general is like a fireball of energy as he moves about the stage--which means the DVD looks like CRAP about 70% of the time.
But by far and away my #1 complaint about this DVD is that it does NOT contain all of the original audio from John's performance. Some of John's speaking parts have been completely over-dubbed with re-recorded audio. It is particularly noticeable during his impressions. I can't be sure if they patched the audio with OTHER performances of Freak and it actually is John's own voice, or if they used a sound-alike voice actor. But either way, it totally sucks.
Also, all of the music that made his original performance so memorable (songs like Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust", Freestyle's "Don't Stop the Rock," and Al Green's "So In Love," among others) has all been replaced by generic-sounding stock music that resembles nothing of the original songs.
Freak came out in 1998, and this DVD was not released until 2011. That is a LONG time to wait for something on DVD, which I did, for years and years. Before I purchased this DVD, my only copy was the one I had recorded on VHS off HBO back when I was in high school. I have watched my VHS tape of Freak dozens of times, so obviously I'm very familiar with what it SHOULD sound like. But when I eventually treated myself to this DVD copy, I was filled with nothing but disappointment.
I absolutely LOVE John Leguizamo's one-man play "Freak"! I practically know every line by heart.
Buyer beware... the one being sold on Amazon is NOT the original version. Needless to say, I was very disappointed.
***** ALL the music (...which is quite a bit) has been overdubbed with 'sound-a-like' generic karaoke versions. Say goodbye to his "My Dance to Friendship" scene (FreeStyle "Don't Stop the Rock"), the "Black Venus" sing-along with Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together", and the epic Roberta Flack "I Will Survive" tirade... gone!
***** Speaking of the music, all original scenes where John Leguizamo spoke over music... have been voice-dubbed. None of the speaking parts are from original. To give credit, you can tell that a lot of effort went into making it sound seamless. People who haven't seen the original will not be able to tell the difference... but those of us who are hardcore fans? We noticed!
***** Edited Scene - The TV antenna scene has been edited. This version eliminates the part where Poochie blocks his ears and sings "mama-say mama-sa mama ma-ko-sa". Also, this version features a shortened version of the scene where John is rocking the TV antenna back-and-forth, singing out loud, cartoon classic theme songs (Underdog, Gigantor)