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The Movie:

Not being from the South (or even the "near-South"), I was a bit worried that "Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again" wouldn't exactly be to my liking. However, the show (see also: the popular series on the WB) actually had me laughing at times, as some of the comics present jokes that are pretty universal. "Rides Again" starts off with the four comics participating in the show riding along on the bus, having to deal with each other's habits and then picking out of a hat to see which of the comics - Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall and Ron White - are going to get stuck with the last place in the line-up for the next show.

Engvall manages to get the opening slot and starts things off well, going through the usual topics of men/women, how men think and more. The comic goes over some especially funny bits, such as one story about taking his wife hunting and having her "awwww" over the deer nearby. Ron White takes things a little more lowbrow with a lot of jokes about sex and marrying rich, with some hunting bits (hunting with his van) thrown in.

Foxworthy lightens things up again with bits about all the side effects present in a lot of medicine today, hunting (no surprise, as it's pretty much a universal theme in the show), embarassing his kids and more. Foxworthy is consistently pretty funny and gets the most time out of the four comics. The final comic is "Larry the Cable Guy", who is certainly the most "Southern" of the four. While some of the comic's bits are okay, his telling the audience how funny his jokes are after he tells them is irritating. At the end of his bit, all four comics come out and have a discussion in front of the audience. Overall, the show had some ups and downs, but it moved along pretty quickly and was enjoyable overall.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Blue Collar" is presented in both 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and 1.33:1 full-frame. Both options are available from the main menu. The picture quality on the anamorphic widescreen edition is very good, with images that remain crisp and clear, with little in the way of softness, aside from some wide shots and clips of the audience.

The picture really didn't suffer from much in the way of issues. There's some minor traces of pixelation and some minor shimmer, but that's about it. No edge enhancement was noticed, and the elements used were in fine shape. Colors remained bright and vivid, with no smearing or other faults.

SOUND: "Blue Collar" is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1. There's some minor crowd sounds and reinforcement from the surrounds, but the majority of the audio (crowd noise/dialogue) is spread across the front speakers. Dialogue sounded crisp and well-recorded, with no concerns.

EXTRAS: Nothing.

Final Thoughts: "Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides" again is a bit uneven at times, but most of the performances are pretty amusing. Paramount's DVD edition provides fine audio/video quality, but no supplements. Recommended for fans.




DVD Information




Blue Collar Comedy Tour Rides Again
Paramount Home Entertainment
Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English
1.85:1/1.33:1
Dual Layer:Yes
Rated:NR
106 minutes
Anamorphic:Yes
Region:1
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