Bill Cosby Himself on DVD
Before he was famous as Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, and infamous for
speaking the truth about some of the problems in black society today, Bill Cosby
was a comedian.
In the age of vinyl records and comedy albums from such contemporaries as Bob
Newhart, Cosby came to fame for his take on such topics as Noahs Ark,
and his wry and often hilarious observations about life and family and growing
This is the Bill Cosby in Himself, a stand up show (mostly done sitting down)
where he regales a Hamilton, Ontario, audience for nearly two hours with his
take on life and family, boozers and druggies, and more. Its very funny
stuff and other than one cuss word near the beginning of the show (used appropriately,
by the way) and a couple of others near the very end, its clean humor.
And its safe to let the mild profanity slide by because of the context
in which its used. This isnt cussing for effect, or to be cool.
We watched Bill Cosby Himself from the perspective of parents, though we imagine
kids would also enjoy large parts of it. But as parents we rolled on the floor
over his descriptions of child birth and parenting, the husband and wife relationship,
grandparents, and more all delivered with Cosbys trademarked sound
effects, voice inflections and facial expressions.
It isnt politically correct in this age in which we live under the influence
of the thought and speech police, but that somehow makes it even better and
more relevant today.
And it ties in nicely with his TV persona as patriarch of the Huxtable family,
a gaggle seemingly drawn from the type of situations and the comedic mindset
on display in this concert.
In short, Bill Cosby: Himself shows the comedian at his polished, insightful,
and hilarious best.
Wed have loved to see some of his classic material, too, but perhaps
thats for another DVD down the road.
The DVD is presented in both anamorphic widescreen, 16x9 TV compatible, and
Pan&Scan versions on opposite sides of the disc. We watched the widescreen
side, though since its really just one man, a chair, and a microphone
its probably safe to say that this is one of those rare instances where
it probably doesnt matter which one you choose.
The picture quality is okay. Theres plenty of grain, but the colors are
good and it isnt really as if this is the type of production that needs
to leap out of the screen at you.
Audio is Dolby Digital mono and its fine.
There are no extras.
Bill Cosby Himself, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
102 min, anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1, 16x9 TV compatible)/ Pan&Scan (on
the same disc), Dolby Digital mono
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