Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|A Tuna Christmas|
Actor: Joe Sears
Genres: Comedy, Television
Studio: Wolfe Video Release Date: 08/31/2004 Rating: Ur
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It is with heavy heart that I doth rate.
thomasbc | Kents Store, VA USA | 12/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I SO wanted to award them 5-stars like all the rest of the reviewers, but the DVD version of this classic play just doesn't meet my expectations.
My wife and I absolutely love the Tuna trilogy (Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas, and Red, White and Tuna). We first saw Greater Tuna on our honeymoon while in San Francisco fifteen years ago and have seen others perform it several times since. We have seen Joe and Jaston (the originals) perform A Tuna Christmas and Red, White and Tuna twice each. Every time we see any of these three shows, we absolutely laugh our a$$e$ off! The writing is simply sheer genius.
I was incredibly psyched to learn that the first two shows had finally been released on DVD and rushed to buy them. I popped one into the player and that was when my heart sank.
Don't get me wrong. The play and the performances are absolutely stellar! I am so glad that they got these performances recorded for posterity (the third one, Red White and Tuna, MUST be done as soon as possible before the opportunity is lost)!
The one star docking from the perfect five is due to the really shoddy DVD packaging and presentation. There are ZERO extras included on the disc. NOTHING! There isn't even an information insert inside the cover of the DVD. The show itself is just a straight copy of the VHS video recording transfered to DVD. Period. No remixing or remastering; any flaws on the VHS video transfered to the DVD playback. Shame on them. They could have created something for the ages, but no.
Still, this is an incredible show and well worth the investment to own. My wife and I will watch these shows over and over now and never tire of them. If they ever do come to their senses and remix and release some "collector's editions" with lots of extras (and they should, by all means!), then we'll probably jump on those as well. We love them that much!"
lrhnancy | 10/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This video was fantasic & its longer than the first one so thats an added bonus!These guys do such a wonderful job with being all the different poeple in Tuna town.It will keep you laughing all through the video & every time you watch it.You get so involved that during the diner scene you want to help the waitresses out!There is a contest for the best decorated yard for Christmas & you hear that someone had decorated there yard as 'Christmas at Colonel Sanders House" complete with live chickens dressed as elves! ;) Its worth your time,check it out,I cant wait for the next one."
G P Padillo | Portland, ME United States | 04/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was lucky to catch these guys in Greater Tuna and A Tuna Christmas when the shows were new. Seeing them a decade later the shows retain every bit of fresh originality, with a touch of nostalgia. These two actors are simply amazing as they play every character in the town of Tuna - at times you will swear there are more than 2 people on stage, but you'd be wrong.
Remarkable comic timing, ingenious script and brilliant acting by two amazing performances. Maybe my favorite Christmas "movie."
A Comedy Must-Have for your collection
W. Dorsett | Seattle, WA USA | 08/22/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tuna Christmas, the sequel to the equally brilliant "Greater Tuna" is a filmed play about the citizens of the small town of Tuna Texas. The entire population of Tuna Texas are portrayed by American Treasures Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, I believe that Sears was nominated for a Tony for the show's broadway run- an award they both deserved. The Tuna trilogy- Greater Tuna, A Tuna Christmas and Red White and Tuna have a fierce and almost cultish following throughout the country.
A Tuna Christmas concerns the citizen of town during the annual Christmas yard decoration contest and the reaction to the towns notorious Christmas Phantom, who does what he can to ruin the contest.
The fact that the entire cast is portrayed by only two only makes the show better. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I don't want to tell you too much about the show, if you like to laugh, you'll love this show. My VHS copies are about worn out, I look forward to replacing them on DVD.
These are much loved shows.
Even though the show pokes fun at small town life and Texans in particular, the shows are extremely popular in Texas, anyone who knows anyone from a small town will find something to identify with.
If you get through this show without laughing, you need a "Funny bone" transplant."