You might be a redneck…if you already got your sign!
It's a cross country extravaganza, southern style, when stand-up comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, and Ron White tell it like it is on Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie! Touring across the country and sharing anecdotes and jokes about their lives (or lack thereof, considering Larry the Cable Guy's status), these four guys are going out of the minds…and coming straight into your living room! Each comedian gets their fair share of time in the spotlight (with Foxworthy getting the most stage time), and in-between acts the viewer gets to witness the foursome as they travel to various stores and towns, spreading their humor wherever they might land. Thrill to Ron, Jeff, Bill, and Larry soaking up mud and getting a massage in a day spa. Cringe as they buy a fart machine and use it on unsuspecting mall patrons! Feel slightly nauseated as the men visit an outdoors superstore and Larry decides to taste something called "stink bait." At the end of the show the four men will sit down on the stage for a little storytelling, a little laughter…and a little bit of sign handing out (see the movie, you'll know what I mean).
Stand-up comedy seems to be one of the oldest professions, save for the illustrious career choice of prostitution. Everyone loves to laugh, and a comedian's job has only one goal in mind—get the patron to spew their long island ice tea out their nose. In Blue Collar Comedy Tour, these four talented comedians attempt to explain such mysteries as love, marriage, sex, children, and pick up trucks to a very appreciative nose-spewing audience. Riding on the coat tails of the hit The Kings of Comedy and Martin Lawrence's Runteldat (as well as tipping its hat to Bill Cosby and Eddie Murphy's stand-up performances), Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie makes for a funny (and less profane than its predecessors) moviegoing experience. Of the four comedians, I found Larry the Cable Guy to be the most humorous. His thick southern drawl and homespun stories could only be concocted by a smart guy, which is why Larry's guise is all the more entertaining—wearing a sleeveless shirt, grungy jeans, and facial hair that appears to have crawled onto his face and died, the guy just oozes backwoods bumpkin charm. I especially liked his take on drinking and dreaming. "Last night I dreamt I drunk the world's largest margarita and woke up this morning and there was salt on the toilet lid." Larry quips, followed by, "Thank God I didn't eat the worm." Ron White is equally as funny; as when he's discussing his home state of Texas and their attempts to speed up the death penalty. "Other states are trying to abolish the death penalty. My state's trying to put in an express lane." Both men are quick witted and sport pitch perfect delivery. Foxworthy and Engvall are the bigger names of the four, though their material isn't quite as sharp. Engvall, a funny man and crowd pleaser to say the least, is the weakest link—his comedy doesn't have the edge that Ron and Larry's does. Foxworthy wrings a few more laughs out of his legendary redneck riffs and a story about a beaver biting off a man's entire nipples is good for a few hearty chuckles. What doesn't work as well are the scenes featuring the guys tooling around various stores and spas—though a few laughs can be found in watching Foxworthy dress in camouflage and hiding from the men in a nature store, the idea grows quickly stale. However, lapses in comedic judgment can be forgiven due to the giggles this movie induces—how can you dislike a group of guys when their reminiscences go something like this: "Six or seven months ago my wife's cousin got married so we went down for the wedding and we had the entire family together for the rehearsal dinner at Hooters."
I don't care who ya are, that's funny stuff right there.
Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie is presented in a 1.33:1 full frame transfer. This was apparently altered from its original theatrical version, which is always a shame. However, since this film consists of mostly stand-up comedy in a stationary position, I can't say that I was all that disappointed with the transfer (no heavy pan and scan was required). The image itself is in fine condition without any heavy grain or imperfections to mar the image. The whole thing looks great for the medium (this transfer didn't need 400 hours of clean-up work) with the colors and black levels evenly solid. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English. Like the video transfer, this mix didn't need heavy theatrics or a complex remix. During the concert, the audience can be heard laughing and cheering through both the front and rear speakers, making for a fine presentation. All aspects of the mix are clear of any excessive distortion. Also included on this disc are English, French, and Spanish subtitles.
I think we outta shove a big ol' tater tot up Warner Brothers' nose for not includin' even a single sol'tary supp'ment on this here DVD disc ('less you's-a countin' cast and crew information as an "extra"). It's enough to make a grown man cry!
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