Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Eddie Izzard - Circle|
Actor: Eddie Izzard
Director: Anastasia Pappas
Genres: Comedy, Music Video & Concerts
Live comedy with the master of sublime weirdness, Eddie Izzard, recorded in New York, 26 June 2000. Also includes a 30 minute behind the scenes documentary about Eddie's US tour. PROGRAM FEATURES * Circle feature comm... more »
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For the die hard fans.
Nick | Chicago, IL | 10/16/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, if you've seen Eddie Izzard onstage or in D2K and are addicted to his style of stand-up, you will definitely enjoy this. If you are looking that will make you fall on the floor laughing, go buy Dress to Kill or Glorious first. However Eddie Izzard's material is more than just for laughs; he's one of the few enterainers that offers more. This DVD offers just as many segments of him pointing out things that will make you double take your favorite movie, religion, history, etc. True, it is not nearly as funny as his other material, at least not this performance. And the bonus documentary on the disc explains why. In addition to being shouted at mid-show, the previous evening had the production team sweating over the sound blowing out with Eddie having to shout "from ze diaphragm," trying a cord mic, and having to apologize and take an intermission to fix the tech, keeping his cool the whole time. This one is still a brilliant and triumphant performance with gold material.The documentary itself is also well worth it, including a drunk interview and the like.So in the end, if you know Eddie Izzards style, get this. If not, introduce yourself to it with another of his shows, and pick this one up later."
Not as fresh as D2K, but still very funny
aviazn | 09/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"In Circle, Eddie Izzard is still the madcap comedian we all know and love, but filming in front of a New York audience seems to have put a bit of a damper on his normally frenetic pace. Izzard always makes a point of assuming his audience's intelligence, but in this show it seems he is limited by his American audience - he takes the time to explain some Britsh phrases and expressions and a great bit about the Northern Ireland peace process ends with Izzard sighing, "Do you know there are other countries?" As a previous reviewer already noted, this DVD was pieced together from one show on one night recorded in one go and as a result feels a bit unpolished in its delievery. However, having seen his most recent show, Sexie, live in Minneapolis, I can say that Circle DVD seems to be a more realistic portrayal of his real live shows.The Circle DVD is also much shorter than the marathon show we were blessed with on the Dress to Kill DVD. Circle, like most of his filmed shows prior to Dress to Kill, runs about 80 minutes (just enough time to fit onto the CD release) instead of the Dress to Kill DVD's 120 or thereabouts (Eddie mentions on his commentary track that much of the stuff that was cut from Circle was him playing with the audience). His liberal stance on politics is evident in bits about gun control and religious fanatics. Much of his material is also more structured - there is a definite sketch format to some of his routines, especially the Darth Vader bit at the end. Here, his delivery is slick and seems far more rehearsed than his normal scatterbrained approach. However, perhaps that is to expected since the show was filmed at the end of his four month world tour, after most of his material had been set and performed night after night with little room for improv. After this time, Eddie notes on the commentary track that, unfortunately, his delivery becomes less like a conversation with the audience and more like a "prayer."That is not to say Circle is without its fair share of geniunely funny moments, and it would be a crime to give away any of them. Despite some of the limitations placed on him, you can still see his surreal self shining through. The DVD also includes the "Dress to Circle" cut of one of his Paris gigs in French which was also on the Dress to Kill DVD. With English subtitles, it is a throughly enlightening look into his comedic mind as filtered by another language. There is also a short behind-the-scenes feature that has some fascinating and amusing moments and also shows Izzard at his absolute improvisational best with footage from the attempted taping of the show the night before the one featured on the DVD, in which he carries on brilliantly through technical problems in the sound system. In short, Circle is unlikely to be the sensation that Dress to Kill was when it stormed the Emmies a few years back, but in the end, its still a rare opportunity to experience one of the strangest and funniest minds of our time."
More than reviews led me to believe!!! Classic Izzard!
leahj10 | Beltsville, Maryland United States | 10/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having seen most of Izzard's more recent releases (eg. Glorious, Dress To Kill) I was a little hesitant to purchase this DVD after reading earlier reviews. However, quickly becoming a die-hard Eddie Izzard fan, I simply had to bite the bullet and go for it...I AM SOOOOOOO GLAD I DID!!True, there are parts that hint at material used in his later acts, HOWEVER - it is only that, a HINT. He explores these ideas in areas that are completely different from Glorious and Dressed to Kill. So fear not that you will receive nothing but repeat material.That laid to rest, I must say that the audience Does get much of what he says, and in true Izzard fashion - he comments on what "they are not going for..." and where "he lost them" in a way that serves to capture the humor and continue the energy/momentum of the act.Delighted by his wit and intellectual humor (where very low brow things are described in a highbrow way & highbrow things are done so in a lowbrow way) Circle is a precursor to his later shows yet a success in it's own right. I highly recommend this DVD, even AFTER seeing and owning Glorious and Dressed to Kill. Izzard is original all the time (he never writes out his act, but rather improvises on a roughly outlined idea). Thus, while some themes may be continuous throughout his different acts, there is always something different, unique, and oh so Eddie."
C'mon c'mon c'mon! What is with some of you people?
My Inner Goth Girl | Ogden, UT USA | 10/18/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I keep reading review after review going on and on about how Dress to Kill is so much better. Yeah. I loved it, too, but Circle is a whole different animal. Firstly, the DVD was shot WAY early in the tour, so the material is pretty fresh. Eddie is still in the process of rounding the edges and developing flow, which I feel he does quite well. Most comedians record at the end of the tour as Eddie had done with Definite Article. Circle is great because you get to see this early, raw comedic talent.
Secondly, the ad lib. There are tons and tons of asides during this show. From organ music at baseball games to guns in Ireland to a TV program featuring a not so friendly shark, Circle is rich with poignant, awesome (like a hot dog?) or rather awe-inspiring flits of quick witted fancy. Eddie's years of improv experience keeps him on his comedic toes. His brilliant if sudden lapses into the bizzare confirms this. These asides, I think, add to the wandering, rambling structure to this show. But, those who are not into conversational comics probably wouldn't like Eddie anyway and should stick to comics who write their shows and repeat verbatum.
Thirdly, the complaint that Eddie appears tired. Perhaps its all the purple. A great deal of this show, as in other Izzard shows, is performance comedy or pantomime. Eddie goes through the motions of a monkey communicating by signing. He pantomimes conversations between God and Jesus. He pursues happiness with a gun. Yeah, a lot of time he just stands there as he talks...he is a Stand Up Comedian!
Lastly, the transvestite thing. In circle, he doesn't cover his transvestism that much...probably because he's famous enough now he doesn't feel he needs to. Yes, it is part of who he is, but it really doesn't enter into his comedy as much as some may think. In Circle he barely talks about it, just touching on make-up and wearing heels.
All in all, those who have reviewed this DVD unfavorably may want to watch the DVD again with the above points in mind. You may notice, then, how sharp he is so early in the game. Those of you who have yet to view this DVD will be entertained. How much is up to you.
So, keep it groovy, man."