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The Movie:

One of the funniest comedians working today, Lewis Black combines witty observations about such topics as religion, politics and health, with delivery that goes from mere anger to finger-pointing, stuttering fury. This disc offers a show from the comedian's latest tour.

Blackís material isnít always remarkable, but itís witty, intelligent and well-written. This time around, the comedian's efforts are not quite as consistent (the special builds up as it comes towards the conclusion - the opening has a couple so-so moments) as some of his prior specials (see the "Unleashed" DVD.) Some of the bits here, such as Black's tirade against CEOs that went out-of-control with their spending, the obsession with bottled water, alert levels and duct tape, and the 22-hour flight to New Zeland, are definitely very funny, though. Still, Blackís amazing timing, delivery and controlled chaotic rage on-stage that lift nearly everything he says into the realm of hilarious.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Black on Broadway" is presented in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. The picture quality is perfectly fine, as sharpness and detail remained consistent throughout the proceedings. No edge enhancement, pixelation or other faults were present during the show. The show's minimal color palette remained bright and vivid, with nice saturation and no smearing.

SOUND: "Black on Broadway" is presented in 2.0 audio. The basic audio production is adequate, with dialogue that remained crisp and clear, along with mild crowd ambience.

EXTRAS: Nothing. Or, as Lewis Black might say, "NOTHING!"

Final Thoughts: Black's performance here is, as usual, extremely funny and full of hilarious and dead-on observations. It's not quite as consistent as some of his prior stuff, but there's certainly some rolling-on-the-floor funny bits. The DVD is pretty thin, but it's still worth recommending simply for Black's solid performance.




DVD Information




Lewis Black: Black on Broadway
HBO Home Entertainment
Dolby 2.0
Subtitles: English
1.33:1
Dual Layer:Yes
Rated:NR
60 minutes
Anamorphic:Yes
Region:1
Available At Amazon.com: Lewis Black: Black on Broadway DVD, Lewis Black: Unleashed DVD, Robin Williams: Live on Broadway DVD