Bill Cosby: Himself - 8/10

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  1. Keith Paynter

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    At last, those of us with "The Brain Damage" can enjoy this on DVD. I have seen it many times, but unfortunately, the last time I saw it was with family and friends not long after Cosby's son, Ennis, was tragically killed, and that took away the mood for the viewing.

    I'm glad to see that time has allowed the film to be freshly re-marketed. At a time when comics resorted to vulgar language for cheap laughs, Cosby could be relied upon to get laughs simply with delivery, the occasional sound effect, and wide-eyed expressions.

    Much of the material from the 'family' routines would find their way into 'The Cosby Show' shortly after.

    Kudos again, Fox!
     
  2. Pete_S

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    Great news! I first saw this in my high school psychology class of all places and watched it again a year or so after that - everything was just as funny, if not funnier, the second time around. I'll definitely be adding this to my collection.
     
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    I'll defintely be getting this. I love Cosby's humor and am glad he didn't resort to vulgarity/swearing9except for that one asshole part), because it was funny without all that. I think it would have ruined it if he did do it any other way.
     
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    I think Bill Cosby is so very funny that it is hard for me to put it in to words, I will definitely be picking this one up.
     
  6. StevenFC

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    Bill Cosby: Himself is coming out on DVD and I didn't know this???

    Say what the...???
    Get your.....
    I'll put a.....
    Get out of my face!!!
     
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    Bill Cosby is the man. I've seen him live in concert three times already, and will continue to see him every time he comes to my area from now on. The guy is naturally hilarious. I own "Himself" on VHS, but will happily upgrade it to DVD. I'll be picking it up along with Alf: Season 1 on August 10th.

    BTW, all three times I've seen him live, he always ends the concerts with the classic "dentist" routine. I'm sure many people in the crowd already know the story, but they're in hysterics every time. As soon as he says "Going to the dentist..." its a bittersweet moment, as while hilarity is on the way, I know the show is almost over. [​IMG]
     
  8. Keith Paynter

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    "Whab ib be mabber wibbit??" [​IMG]
     
  9. Bryan Tuck

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    "Thibis ibis mybe bobtom libip!"

    "Eggs! Eggs are in chocolate cake!"

    "Natural childbirth means no drugs may be administered into the female's body during the delivery. The father can have all he wants."

    "You just had...a lizard."

    "Parents are not interested in justice; they want QUIET!!!"

    So much great stuff here. My dad has told my brother and me that Bill Cosby: Himself is part of the reason we're still alive, because it allowed him to see the humor in certain situations. [​IMG]

    Even though I have this thing practically memorized, I will definitely be getting it in August.
     
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    I remember watching this on HBO as a child. My entire family watched it so many times that we lost count. As a child I think I enjoyed it for the broad delivery. Now that I'm a parent, I can't wait to see it again and enjoy it for the sophisticated humor.
     
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    "Smobuk! Smobuk, smobuk, smobuk ibis coming oubut obuv mybee moubuth."

    Can't wait.

    Peace,

    DM
     
  12. MarkHastings

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    Ok, this one is a bit confusing...I asked this in the TV (DVD) thread because I remember this only being on HBO, but now I find out (according to tvshowsondvd.com) that it was in theaters for a short time:
    http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=1564

    The question is about the widescreen format. It says it was filmed in 1.37:1 ratio, but was it presented widescreen in the theaters? Obviously it would have been cropped for theaters (if it was presented as a widescreen movie) and open matted for TV, so which would be the OAR?

    The DVD is supposed to have both fullscreen and widescreen versions, but which are you going to watch?

    Having a WS TV, I want to go with the WS version, but does anyone know if it was shot with WS in mind? i.e. Shot like an open matte movie so that the widescreen version is acceptable.
     
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    "Parents are not interested in justice, they want QUIET!"

    Love that line. You can find the art here:
    Bill Cosby: Himself
     
  14. Keith Paynter

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    This was originally presented in theaters. Many films have been shot open matte for theatrical exhibition. The image still has to be composed for a theatrical presentation.
     
  15. MarkHastings

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    Yes, but was it shown (in theaters) in 1.37:1? Just because it was in theaters, doesn't mean it was shown in widescreen or shot with "open matte" in mind.
     
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  17. Keith Paynter

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    No. Theatrical exhibition in the U.S. and Canada is done in almost all cases at 1.85:1 or 2.35:1

    some open matte examples...

    "This is not your child!"
     
  18. MarkHastings

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    Keith, no offense, but I know all about open matte. All I want to know is wether the film was shown in 1.37:1 or not.That's what I mean, it doesn't mean it was open matte.

    I'm sure it's safe to assume it was WS, but that's only an assumption.
     
  19. Jeff D Han

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    Great news about Bill Cosby Himself finally
    coming out on the only acceptable format- DVD.[​IMG]

    "Now I gotta find something for them to drink with the
    chocolate cake. Something breakfast- GRAPEFRUIT JUICE!"

    "This is not your child!"

    Love that whole chocolate cake for breakfast routine.
     
  20. Rob Gardiner

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    I guess parents have brain damage too, sometimes. [​IMG]
     

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