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Crazy Legs Conti: Zen & The Art Of Competitive Eating (Special Interest Documentary/Blue Underground DVD)


Picture: C†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: C+†††† Film: C+



Danielle Franco and Chris Kenneally do their best to make Crazy Legs Conti: Zen & The Art Of Competitive Eating (2004) an interesting look at the eccentric window washer who does a bunch of other odd jobs and participates in other odd moneymaking endeavors, but especially establishes himself as one of the most successful competitive eating contestants around.They squeeze (no pun intended) as much as they can in 72 minutes and end while they are ahead.


Between nude modeling (he is not in the best shape) and sperm donation (ditto) for starters, this plays out the organic nature of everything Conti does and all of its incoherence and obvious incompatibility showing how unorganized and wacky his existence is.Are they suggesting because he has no opportunity that his only options are all not pretty or is it something more profound about how screwy life in America can be?It could have with more time, but it tries to capture the manís life in honest terms and is not bad as a result.Good, but not great because it never breaks out, the emptiness of Contiís life may just be reflected by the subtitle of this release derived from Robert M. Purzig classic book Zen & The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance.


The 1.33 X 1 image is often soft and edits various forms of analog NTSC video, though even the new footage can be softer than expected.The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is varied and is monophonic more often than expected.Extras include extras scenes, a Taste-O-Vision section and full-length audio commentary by Conti and the co-directors.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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