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I’ll end up writing the same thing probably on my review for ‘It’s Bad For Ya’, but Carlin is still huge fun to watch, even if on at this stage he had less of a filter and really was as angry as he appeared, you can’t help but agree with about all he says
Loaded with ideas and insights into the human condition. But this time with a twist of darkness. During this his 13th HBO special George definately makes it known just what an angry person he is. Like Lenny Bruce, George hates the world and everyone in it. He pokes fun at everything from people who commit suicide to how much he enjoys watching natural disasters kill hundreds of thousands of people...and always wishes thing get even worse for them.I dearly loved George and wil definately miss him. He was getting old here and this may have been his last concert. He had gained weight in this performance and he slips up several times. I once heard him say he comes up with all this stuff while taking vicodine and drinking wine and that he was wired during almost every one of his performances. He had kicked the habit here and it shows. Forever a George Carlin Fan!
Let me start-off by saying, George Carlin is possibly the greatest American comedian of all-time! He's definitely my favorite among many great ones (Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, etc.). In "Life is Worth Losing" (from 2005), his facetious and hard-hitting wit is on full display for everyone to marvel at and laugh along uncontrollably. I'm not one to be shocked by Mr. Carlin's observations and routine, in this very harsh, but truly realistic examination of the American-cultural landscape (especially since I'm in total agreement with what he had to say, and I was left in profound admiration of his brutal honesty and brilliance that cuts right through all the BS). George Carlin was not one to back-away/be scared-off by controversy (the censors and "p.c. people"), to speak his mind as freely as he wished. And thank God for that. Because here, he gave us one of his most significant and unforgettable moments in his 50 year career, where he tells us exactly what "the owners" of this country really think of us! And believe me, I know most of you will still be in denial about this very sad fact (but, if you are old enough to remember/seen the transformation of the U.S. in the past 30 odd-years or so), I can tell you it's all so very true! George Carlin of course, was more than just a comedian: I prefer to think of him as the last breed of a no-holds-barred American essayist---par-excellence. His routine here is so funny and hysterical, that it will be remembered as a true classic in his entire repertoire. I've seen it so many times, and now I finally get to own it. I highly recommend it, and if you're a George Carlin fan, I'm sure you don't need much encouragement anyway. This is an excellent and once-in-a-lifetime performance, buying "Life is Worth Losing" is highly worth it!
The DVD picture and sound quality by MPI is excellent. NTSC, English (English subtitles), 2.0 stereo, NR 73 mins.
I saw this routine live in our home town here in central PA. I knew how dark it was then. I just got it today on DVD and watched it for the first time since I saw it live. With the exception of the vagina donor program and the bit on the national disaster, this is amazing. It is not overly funny at all. It is actually quite scary because most of what he says is so true. But most of it is stuff that most people don't want to talk about. It's basically a critique on modern America and how misguided we all are. Consumerism has taken over our lives. If you really listen to it, it is amazing how he puts it all together. I cannot imagine how long it took him to organize it all. It is brilliant. But this is not light-hearted comedy in the least. Be prepared. You will laugh, but at the same time you'll feel awkward at what you laugh at. Great stuff.