Rowan Atkinson Live

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Rowan Atkinson is perhaps best known as Mr. Bean, or to some better known as The Blackadder, but his skills as a comedian aren’t limited to those memorable characters. He shows off his prowess in this 1991 performance in Boston, as he delights a live audience with his routines. A mixture of sketches and stand up material, Rowan Atkinson Live really lets him show how much depth there is to his talent. Although some material will be familiar to fans of his previous work, there is ample new stuff here too, not the least of which features Atkinson as Lucifer himself. This isn’t a total one man show, as he does have Angus Deayton on hand to play supporting roles, but Atkinson is the center of attention, of course. If you only know him as Mr. Bean, prepare to see how much more Rowan Atkinson has to offer.

If you’re a fan of Mr. Bean, then you will love this performance. Then again, as long as you love to laugh, you will have a ball with Rowan Atkinson Live. As I mentioned above, this program is a collection of skits from a 1991 live performance in Boston. Atkinson unleashes some hilarious stuff here, with no downers in the bunch. This is sure to appeal to fans of Mr. Bean, as the concept is mostly sketches, with some stand up material. So we watch as Rowan wheels out a wild assortment of quirky characters, each put to use in a most entertaining fashion. If nothing else, this disc is worth a look to see Atkinson as Satan, in the kind of performance only he could deliver. A nice blend of new and familiar material, Rowan Atkinson Live is a lot of fun and the only downside is that it doesn’t run for another hour.

Video: How does it look?

Rowan Atkinson Live is presented in full frame, as intended. This performance was over fifteen years ago, but still looks quite solid. The visuals look good, but unremarkable, about what you’d expect from a simple live performance. The image is clear, but a touch soft at times, probably due to the source, not this transfer. So all in all, this looks good and I think fans will be pleased.

Audio: How does it sound?

As was the case with the visuals, the audio is more than acceptable, but doesn’t impress. This is a live performance by a comedian, which means the audio needs are low, outside of the basics. This stereo soundtrack covers all the bases, from sound effects to dialogue, with no real errors to mention. So you won’t be dazzled, but this is as good as the material is going to sound.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes information on Atkinson, as well as three additional sketches.

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