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Windy City Heat
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- Audio/video commentary by Perry Karavello
- The Reveal: footage of Perry watching the film for the first time
- Classic Big Three Moments: footage from 1992-present
- Deleted and extended scenes
Top Customer Reviews
The real movie does not exist, yet in his commentary (done two years later), Perry talks about 'getting the role' genuinely as if it was all for real. Though he does also make reference to it being like a reality show, he still thinks most of the situations were for real (BTW, you have to check out Burt Ward's appearance in the commentary).
At least I don't have to feel bad for Perry about what they did to him. Hell, they gave him a wonderful ride. In an extra, we see him watch the film with Mole and Barris (this film, not the 'real' one), and he has a glimmer in his eye every time he his honored (i.e. 'getting the role' and being given an award by the 'President of Show Business'--in fact, he gets choked up seeing the 'President's' award in the commentary).
Knowing him so well for so long, I believe Don and 'Mole' knew what they could get away with without Perry either catching on or being crushed in the end. Which is apparantly ANYTHING.
He does seem to get a few things ('Roman Polanski,' Charlton Heston being fake, some of the pranks they played on him), but his thought to this day is that it was overall mostly genuine.
I am just glad to see that at the end of the commentary he feels his dreams were fulfilled. And Perry, if you are reading this: they were, my friend, they were...
For those who think the movie was staged, I have first hand proof of the star's gullibility. I e-mailed him through Myspace and offered him $5000 to host the opening of my new night club (I don't own a night club). He called me about 10 minutes later and left me a lengthy voicemail explaining how happy he would be to do it because he "needs a good gig."
I won't bother rehashing the plot, as several other reviews likely have. (check out Amazon's Product Description for a concise, spoiler-free explanation) What I will do is promise you this movie is INCREDIBLY FUNNY and the less you know about it before seeing it, the better.
It's a shame Comedy Central basically disowned the project, as it belongs in their Hall of Fame, alongside other legendary network originals like South Park and Chappelle's Show.
There's a wealth of hilarious mythology related to the "Perry Project" (as it was originally known) out there, but this is where you should start. Because believe me, once you do, you won't want to stop.
PS - My review title, about laughing so hard I worried I'd die, is absolutely true. In fact, it's happened twice..
Now the question of whether this is 'real' or a [...] has come up, and frankly here's my thoughts on it: it's real, or at least, most of it is. If anyone is doubtful of this, they need but to watch the extra features on the DVD. Perry Caravello, the real-life 'actor' and the film's focal point for mockery, is indeed a real person. In 'Windy City Heat', he plays the role of himself, to us, the audience; to his deluded mind, he plays the role of 'Stone Fury', the star of a Hollywood action film in the making. Questions inevitably arise because, naturally, anyone with half a brain watches with utmost skepticism. Surely nobody in Caravello's position could be so ignorant of the events that take place? But, yes, somebody could -- Caravello himself. The story, as one becomes familiar with through the extra features, goes a bit like this:
The two guys who play Caravello's sidekicks in 'Windy City Heat' (the absurd, fake film) -- Tony Barbieri as "Mole" and Don Barris as "Big Lou" -- have actually been screwing around with him for like, a decade. This becomes apparent as one views the extra footage on the dvd, which demonstrates short clips of Barbieri and Barris harassing Caravello, all the way back to 1996. And it's not staged... completely real. Barbieri and Barris -- who I might add are ...awesome...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this movie. It is criminally underrated as it is a masterpiece of observing the human condition. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sandy Gallagher
Awesome and amazing movie. You've GOT to watch the extra features as well. My sister was feeling sorry for Perry until she saw what a tool he is in the extra features.Published 9 months ago by Grendl X.
A movie that has no real script because the lead character has no idea he is in the movie is amazingly well done. Funny and yet tells a story is brilliant!Published 10 months ago by Raymond Beltran Sr.