"Cheech & Chong Perform" is show 1 from a two show night at Spanky's club. 'Cheech & Chong Perform Again' from show 2 is the other VHS or Beta tape you can get and combine with "Perform" to have all the skits they performed in an entire show back then.
Historically it's great showcasing Cheech & Chong's raw talent on stage live where anything can happen. Their cheap props are some funny stuff all by themselves! They mention their new movie coming out (Up In Smoke) and that they won't have to be doing their live act much longer.
What can you say about Cheech & Chong if you we're into their albums from the 70's this live performance is some of that material but in a live club setting. You either 'got them' or you didn't, that simple!
Visually it's just an older type video camera but they do zoom in and aim the camera at assorted people in attendance. It's amateur style and not a big budget production.
The color is washed out but it's a by product of the low end camera and not from age or tape damage. There's an occasional dropout here and there with lines running across the screen but not enough to get one up in arms over it all. It's over in seconds. I suppose bad tracking or connection via the camera/video tape machine's fault.
If you ever wanted to see the duo live back then and missed out this and 'Cheech & Chong Perform Again' are the only legitimate exsisting media I know of available from their live act days.
The real down side to going after one of these is 1) The crazy prices these are fetching these days and, 2) You really need the 'Cheech & Chong Perform Again' tape also as a companion to this one to get all the skits from an entire performance. It's not cheap either if you can find one!
It's very possible to spend upwards to $400+ at the current prices for these two tapes if you just have to have them both. I managed to get both VHS tapes for less than $100 here on Amazon so if you're patient it could pay off. Not sure how rare these are getting these days though?
So with that in mind beware that you are going to get less than standard VHS quality because this was not filmed with high end type movie cameras just older video cameras of the day.
If you can't find or afford these expensive tapes I also suggest watching the skits on YouTube that's a great alternative if you don't want to put out that much money for these things. It will also give you a chance to see first hand the quality that I refer to in this review. Could be a deciding factor for you?
My 3 star rating has more to do with visual quality and not so much content. Had this been filmed properly with multiple high end cameras and more professional direction it would easily be 5 stars.
They do some of their early live set on the ending of 'Still Smokin' movie but the Perform tapes are the only real way to see a raw, complete, early and rare Cheech & Chong performance.