Top critical review
Quality of material is superb, the quality of production is another story.
on September 28, 2016
Let's be clear from the start about the 3 star rating. It is rated in the middle for the quality of production on this DVD from Comedy Central, and in no way a reflection on Patrice's performance.
I LOVE Patrice O'Neal. A talent gone waaaay too soon, and this special is a shining example of his talent. The talent being a natural gift to make people laugh by telling stories. I am extremely bummed in myself for discovering him after he had passed, but with items like these, his talent and legacy will live on forever. I have his three albums, and wanted this DVD as well because it was a great performance and I wanted to see it as it should have been in the first place, uncensored.
My disappointment started from the second the DVD started to play. Comedy Central did NOTHING to match the actual video quality with the format they were converting it to for consumption. This entire DVD looks like a rip from a youtube video. No crisp clear lines on Patrice, the crowd, or the stage. It is very distracting, but thankfully, this is a mostly aural experience, so looking away, or at something else while still listening to the performance is easy to do. It is just a damn shame that his one and only televised special is poorly produced for consumption.
Get this DVD if you are a fan, but please be aware of what you are about to see.