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Russell Peters – Red, White & Brown (2008/Comedy Central DVD/CD)

 

Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Concert: B-

 

 

After suffering through several bad, unfunny stand-up comics on DVD, Russell Peters – Red, White & Brown (2008) was a relief because the man actually takes risks, has something to say and can be funny.  The majority of stand-up comics are bad in what is one of the worst generations (maybe the worst) of such performers ever.  Peters has an advanced understanding of his material, has decent comic timing and his panache in dealing with social issues is a gift.

 

He also has personality, the camera likes him and his energy is pretty good.  The DVD lasts 79 minutes, while the CD is almost as long and a nice touch to add as this is hopefully not the last concert we’ll see released.  Of course, there is room to expand in his routine like so many great comics and I believe he could be the next big thing if he keeps this up.  When I did not laugh, I was smiling, which led to more laughs and that comes from someone how is not easily amused.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a disappointment, looking far softer than a new taping should, though color can be good and you have to wonder if the downtrade to DVD got botched somehow.  Either way, it could be better and is more tolerable than usual because he is compelling to watch.  Otherwise, brace yourself.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0 Stereo on the DVD is not bad, but the two are about even and even with the PCM 2.0 16/44.1 Stereo on the bonus CD, telling us that the levels are recorded or transfers lower than they should have been.  This does not affect us hearing him, but is not the best comedy concert audio on DVD we’ve encountered.  Extras include a few bonus clips of Peters in other concerts, with optional commentary by him and the bonus CD.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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