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Rodney Dangerfield - The Ultimate No Respect Collection
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So let's begin with the end - as the producers of this DVD definitely saved the BEST for last! Included at the end of Disc 3 is Rodney's Act - NEVER BEFORE SEEN or available. The Act is classic, uncensored, irreverent Rodney - just the way everyone loved him! Coming straight from Dangerfield's personal collection, Rodney wanted people to see this show. Now, thanks to Rodney's wife Joan - viewers can share in something that is truly extra-special and ultra rare! Now preserved on DVD, Rodney's Act will live on forever!
Content included: Disc 1: ORIGINAL ABC NETWORK SPECIALS
- Its Not Easy Bein' Me (1981)
- I Cant Take It No More (1983)
- Exposed! (1984)
Disc 2: HBO CABLE SPECIALS (contains some strong language and adult humor)
- Its Not Easy Bein' Me (1986)
- Nothin' Goes Right (1987)
- The Really Big Show (1991)
Disc 3: RARE RODNEY (contains some strong language and adult humor)
- Opening Night at Rodney's Place (1989)
- This Is Your Life honoring Rodney (1981)
- A long-lost segment of Rodney on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson!
- Rodneys Act Very rare and never before seen, this classic 1995 stand-up routine was taped at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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The discs contain 3 shows that ran on network TV in the early 1980s along with 4 HBO specials where Rodney was the host, but the main focus was on the young comedians of the day (you see Tim Allen, Roseanne Barr, Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Townshend all before they hit the big time along with others who you never saw again). Also included was Rodney's appearance on ONE Tonight Show episode (Rodney appeared on the show over 70 times according to the disc). In addition, a 45 minute standup routine taped in 1995 is included as well as a segment of "This is Your Life".
The network TV shows are disappointing because they primarily contain fairly lame skits and lame musical numbers (although I did get a kick out of "Rappin' Rodney") and because they were network shows, they were not very risque. The HBO shows also disappoint because the focus is not on Rodney, but the other comedians. He does do an opening monologue in each along with skits in between performers, but these also don't generate a lot of laughs (except for the skits Rodney did with Roseanne, she actually was pretty funny). Sam Kinison also does a funny bit at a piano in a skit with Rodney.
The "This Is Your Life" segment was interesting as they trotted out people from Rodney's life, but having read his recent autobiography, I knew most of the information anyway.
The 1995 standup routine was disappointing because most of the jokes were the same ones he told 15 to 20 years earlier on the "No Respect" album. It doesn't appear like he added much new material.Read more ›
Dooming this release from the start is the predominance of Rodney's aggressively unfunny variety-show crud (e.g. "It's Not Easy Being Me"). Once you get a masterful standup like Dangerfield into a situation where people (even talented people like Harold Ramis) are writing him into lame sketches, the thrill is gone in a hurry. If I'd wanted to see an older man mugging in a wig and tights as he pretends to be one of Aretha Franklin's backup singers, I would've looked for an old Bob Hope special, and if I'd wanted to see dated routines by a number of (mostly) talented young comics I'd buy THEIR CDs. I wanted 3 CDs of the sweaty, I'll-tell-ya-last-week-was-rough Rodney with the dark suit and red necktie, at the peak of his powers.
After watching more than my fill of the variety-show stuff---fast-forwarding through hopelessly unfunny people like Robert Urich (when you think "comedy", you think Bob Urich!) and Valerie Perrine (???)---I switched to the 3rd DVD, which has this box set's only Rodney spot on Carson (out of 69 or so appearances), and a late-period Vegas show in which Rodney looks bloated and dyspeptic.
The Carson bit is good in that it captures the special zing that Rodney had on his TV guest spots, but it's probably not among even the 10 best spots he did on that show.Read more ›
Disc 2 contains three HBO specials: "It's Not Easy Bein' Me" (1986), "Nothin' Goes Right" (1987), and "The Really Big Show" (1991). Basically, Rodney acts as host and does some skits in-between standup routines of other comedians. Since the specials aired on cable TV, the language and subject matter are more adult than on the first disc. In the 1986 special, Roseanne plays Rodney's blushing bride and later pregnant wife with hilarious results. Sam Kinison and Jerry Seinfeld turn in outstanding performances. The 1987 special features great sets by Lenny Clarke, Dom Irrera and Andrew Dice Clay. The first two specials were filmed at Dangerfield's nightclub in New York City. The 1991 special was filmed at various comedy clubs and concert halls in California, such as the Improv. None of the featured comedians are famous, and the way Rodney is treated by everyone is not just disrespectful but downright mean. "The Really Big Show" is the weakest special in the boxed set.
Disc 3 could be subtitled the Vegas disc.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am giving it one star. Not because it wasn't good but because it was not what I was looking for. I thought it contained the The 6th annual Young comedians special but it does... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dwight Rodriguez
Fast shipping - Good item - fun to see what comedy was decades ago! Glad we purchased it. Good seller - recommend,Published 7 months ago by Kathie
Great for a few laughs. Sort of cheesy but that's ok. If you love Rodney then you should be happy with this.
Bought for my husbands birthday. He loves it.
What a rip off its good I paid 35 bucks dont buy from these crooksPublished 19 months ago by COREY BILSTAD