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Jackie Mason The Ultimate Jew: Live On Broadway (Eagle DVD/CD set)


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



Jackie Mason has been a successful, surviving stand-up comic for many decades, so it was an event in the world of comedy that he retired after so long. Jackie Mason The Ultimate Jew: Live On Broadway is from his farewell shows and has its share of clips from his long career. Of course, most of the jokes are about him and his long history, though he has some politically incorrect things to say too.


However, he seems bored, out of his element, tired and not much of this is funny. He has not made me laugh for years anyhow, though I liked him a long time ago. But here is this show from his final farewell and it may offer a few smiles and reminisces, but it is not on par with the last jokes of the likes of George Carlin. Mason may have been groundbreaking in the beginning, but Carlin and other bolder comics cut ahead. Too many of the jokes (esp. on religion) are too obvious too often, but here it is for serious fans at best.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is on the soft side with some good color, but definition issues and is likely a 1080i taping. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on the DVD and PCM 16/44.1 2.0 Stereo on the bonus CD seem a bit compressed and limited sonically, even for a joke-based recording. Besides the CD, the only extra is a behind the scenes look at the making of this show. That shows how much there was left to really say.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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