This Just In // 2010 // 122 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Sandra Dozier (Retired) // January 2nd, 2011
Neil Patrick Harris, on the day he announced his plans to adopt twins, sheds new light on the four different phases of his career, thus far.
Kevin Pollak: actor, comedian, impressionist, and now a chat show host (but not an everyday one). He is best known for his dead-on imitations of celebrities (with a particularly cracking talent for imitating Christopher Walken), and his loose, humorous style translates nicely into the chat show format, with an informal, anything-goes conversational style.
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show has a friendly, "homegrown operation" feel -- it looks like it is shot in someone's basement, albeit someone with a day job as a chat show producer for a major network. The show is broadcast online every Sunday at 5:00p Pacific Time, with previous episodes found on iTunes and Kevin's official site. There is no cost to watch. So why pay $9.99 to purchase this DVD? The only answer I can provide is that it's portable, and you get the highest possible fidelity in the image (which isn't all that great to start with).
Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks), who was a guest on Pollak's first episode, appears as a commentator here, and a frequent guest during other segments.
On the plus side: if I have to watch a chat show with a celebrity, I want to watch Pollak's, because he asks interesting questions and his laid back style lets guests go off on tangents. He also includes some funny, pre-planned segments to break up the chat, such as getting Harris to do an impression. I didn't know much about Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) and his life beforehand, and this episode gives an engaging glimpse into what brought him to where he is today.
On the down side: the picture quality isn't the greatest, with noticible compression and movement ghosting. Although, I did like that there was decent color depth and fairly good resolution. Obviously, it's much better than anything online, but not up to par with the average DVD release, most likely due to the source material. The Dolby 2.0 audio is unremarkable, and the DVD packaging is pretty barebones -- you get a nice looking but bland cove, and a DVD with no extras or insert explaining the show.
Kevin Pollak's Chat Show is very topical, opening with a discussion of current events and the status of his Twitter page, including viewer comments. This part of the show will not stand the test of time, but the interview/guest segment is certainly a nice keepsake for fans of the celebrity being interviewed (the draw for owning the show on DVD). I went to the site and watched the Kevin Smith episode after watching this, and just might purchase that one.
The court advises caution when purchasing a show that is otherwise free on the Interwebs, but acknowledges the entertainment value for keepsake purposes. Not guilty with this caveat!
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Scales of Justice
Studio: This Just In
* Full Frame
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 122 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Official Site