Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Complete Denis Leary No Cure for Cancer Lock n' Load and More|
Genres: Comedy, Television, Musicals & Performing Arts
Denis Leary is one of the world's most recognizeable comedians and has appeared in over 25 motion pictures including The Ref, Wag The Dog, A Bug's Life and the Oscar nominated Ice Age. DVD contains most complete collectio... more »
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Put this in your library, Leary fans
Kyle Woodside | Portland, OR | 11/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Denis Leary is angry. It's what he's best at. Being a cynical smart-ass with anger problems is his trademark. But it's funny as hell, to say the least. Along with Robin Williams, he maybe one of the most talented comedic actors currently working. Check out his emotional turn on the TV series on FX called "Rescue Me," a dramedy about post-9/11 New York firefighters, which is easily one of the best shows on cable.
"The Complete Denis Leary" is the first time ever his comic shows have ever been released on DVD (finally!). It includes his two shows; "No Cure for Cancer" and "Lock N Load." "No Cure for Cancer" premiered on Showtime in 1991 where Leary rants on profanely and bitterly about musicians (ones he praised and despised), meat, cigarettes, drugs, hypocritical animal rights activists, life etc. It's hard to choose on what's the funniest bit since they're all hilarious and oh-so-true. "Lock N Load" is also enjoyable. It was an HBO special during 1997 where he has an obvious good time wickedly poking fun at Michael Flatley, Marv Albert, fat people, the Irish etc. While not quite as amusing as "Cancer" but it's still a good laugh. The long stretch where he goes on about how much his kids drive him nuts was probably the funniest bit.
I really don't want to include any explicit desciptions on what he speaks of since it would really ruin your enjoyment on watching these. Just laugh and have a good time. But steer clear of Denis Leary if you're one of those uptight types who can't handle the truth and profanity because his humor is quite mean-spirited alot of the times. But if you're the total opposite of an uptight person, enjoy!"
Locked, loaded, and finally on DVD
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 08/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Compiling Denis Leary's classic 1991 "No Cure For Cancer" stand up special and his 1997 HBO "Lock 'N Load" special, the Complete Denis Leary is an absolute must own for fans of the hard edged comic. "No Cure For Cancer" is undoubtadly the better of the two; featuring Leary ranting about non-smokers, meat, and drugs. Originally aired on Showtime, long time Leary fans know that this alone is worth the price of admission. "Lock 'N Load" features Leary ranting about his kids driving him nuts, coffee, piercings, and poking fun at Marv Albert. The extras included here are minimal: music videos for "A**hole" and "Love Barge", and "The Making of No Cure For Cancer". Though a few other features would have been more than welcome, the fact that Leary's stand up specials are finally on DVD is reason enough to celebrate. All in all, the Complete Denis Leary is an absolute must own for Leary fans."
Not a perfect disc, but Leary fans will still be pleased.
Sailor Beavis | Southeast USA | 11/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Denis Leary - the inherently controversial, chain-smoking, ultra-angry comedian turned actor - brings back two of his greatest shows / comedy albums to DVD. This single-disc "Limited Collector's Edition" contains full-length versions of Leary's Showtime and HBO pay-per-view classics, "No Cure for Cancer" and "Lock 'n Load." Sparing no one save his beloved wife, Leary skewers the American psyche and psychoses in these two performances. The video quality is not perfect, and the extras aren't plentiful, but it's a good comedy CD for the price.
I have never been impressed with Denis Leary as a visual performer. His acting skills have improved over the years, but the act of jumping around the stage wildly reminds me, of, well... Denis might call it the "monkey on acid" routine. Of course, this may be a personal bias - I heard "No Cure for Cancer" as a CD album long before I ever saw the Showtime presentation. The album proves itself to be much more sharply edited and concise. Likewise, if you've heard "Lock 'n Load" before watching the HBO special, you might be surprised at how different the two are.
Yet there is still plenty to like about this DVD, although much of it comes from the rawness of Leary's delivery and not from any special features or behind-the-scenes footage. With regards to "No Cure for Cancer," I think the material is just as fresh as it was back in 1994, attacking the excesses of American life with impunity. It also includes the most moving part of the show - deliberately cut from the CD album - in which Leary talks about growing up, his father, and a soliloquy about his prematurely born son that had some in the audience crying. Then, without missing a beat, Leary jumps right back into the fray, sharp-witted and carefree as ever. It's an extremely well-written moment, possibly the best one in the show.
"Lock 'n Load", the other show included on the disc, relies more on flash and flair. The comedy is admittedly less polished, owing to the larger effects budget. Absent, thankfully, are the musical interludes that made the CD album pokey and, for me, nearly unbearable, although I admit I would have loved to see a video for "Elvis and I" or "Life's Gonna Suck."
Extras on the disc are sparse, consisting of interviews with Leary, Chris Phillips and Adam Roth, the writers of "No Cure for Cancer" and two music videos. The only video really worth watching is "A**hole," if only because the video version is more up-tempo and to see Leary's parody of "Patton" is well worth the effort.
For a Denis Leary fan, this disc is worth picking up - simply because both of these comedy shows are out-of-print otherwise. I'm not overwhelmed by it, but I think you know what Denis would have to say about that."
Good, but with a couple flaws
Miketheratguy | Wisconsin, USA | 09/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'll start by saying that if you're a fellow Leary fan, you'll like this package- his two most famous standup routines in their entirety on one disc, as well as some supplemental extras. If that's what you want, you won't be disappointed.
I however was, at least a little bit. The presentation is good- the concerts are in their entirety, uncensored, and look as good as when I first saw them on tv.
But here's one big problem- there's no chapter skip function. This is one of the most common features of any dvd, and to not have them on this set is just inexcusable. There's no way to skip to your favorite Leary monologues or rants (and there's lots to pick from, so that sucks), but possibly worse, if you accidentally hit the skip button halfway through the concert, it ends and you're stuck forwarding for five minutes until you get back to where you were. These concerts are around an hour in length each, so to not be able to skip to favorite spots is a real drag. Don't get me wrong, this should definitely be watched in its entirety- but once you have, you'll have spots that you want to see again. I love the vicious titular rant of Lock 'N Load, but it's at the very end of the show so I had to forward for minutes at a time to watch it again. That's just a pain.
The extras are pretty short too, without much more than what's advertised on the dvd package. It's okay- a music video here, a behind-the-scenes bit there, but there's not much substance or length to it. I'm not complaining, all of this stuff is nice to have, I just think the space could have been better used with, for example, his Comedy Channel roast, but that wouldn't have been contractually possible anyway.
In all, it's still worth getting for sure. Denis is a hilarious man who harbors a lot of unrestrained anger for much of the same stuff I dislike, so it's good to throw him on and laugh with him. And it's great to have his two main concerts on one dvd. I just wish that those helpful chapter skips would have been there, and as a fan I guess I was hoping for some more supplemental material. But great buy nonetheless for Leary fans."