Plot: What’s it about?
While you might recognize Dennis Miller from his work on Saturday Night Live, Miller is best known for his stand up comedy. His weekend update skits were controversial and hilarious, but his stand up routines are far more entertaining, to be sure. Aside from stand up, Miller has also hosted a couple talk shows, including his very popular HBO show, which provided some his most humorous pieces. He even ended up as an Emmy winner because of it, but he still felt the itch to work in his own element, the stand up scene. So, Miller has several classic stand up programs, which usually end up broadcast on HBO.
This release is one such stand up routine, where Miller flies solo with a large live audience. While Miller’s humor is an acquired taste to be sure, if you have an open minded sense of humor, his diatribes are nothing short of hilarious. He doesn’t rely on cheap toilet humor either, Miller uses the entire scope of humanity to gather subjects for his routines, many topics other comics would steer clear of. If you’re easily offended, Miller is bound to step on your toes at some time, with such controversial subject matter. A small sample of the topics he touches on includes racism, gun control, drug use, and even fatherhood. These may not seem so controversial, but the way Miller tweaks them, you’ll either be fuming or laughing your ass off. I think his small jab at Spike Lee is hilarious, as well as appropriate.
This disc showcases the entire program, which clocks in at around an hour. The routine is also uncensored, so if you’re offended by strong language, close those ears! This stand up segment was taped in March of 1993, but the jokes are just as fresh and funny now as they were then, so don’t worry about the material being dated and unfunny. If you’re a fan of Dennis Miller’s comedic style, you owe it to yourself to watch this program, it is class Miller. I recommend this disc to those who need a good laugh, but only those readers with a sense of humor.
Video: How does it look?
Dennis Miller: Live From Washington, D.C. is presented in a full frame transfer, which is the original broadcast aspect ratio. The image looks good, but some moire patterns emerge on Miller’s microphone stand at times. Miller is the main focus, with only a few audience pans to mix things up, so the visuals are not pushed to the limits or anything. This looks sharper and cleaner than broadcast, which is all I can expect from such a release.
Audio: How does it sound?
This release features a Dolby surround track, but the audio is focused on the front channels, since Miller’s vocals are what you wanna hear. While the surround kicks in at times when the crowd really roars, usually it sounds just like it would on television.
Supplements: What are the extras?
Some bonus theatrical trailers and direct access to portions of the routine are included on the disc, and some production notes can be found on the insert card.