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"American: The Bill Hicks Story" {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: BBC Warner
Genre:
Documentary
Release Date:
June 7, 2011
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

Comedian Bill Hicks was a caustic, brilliant comedian taken way before his time. This wonderful film brings Bill back to life using a combination of real life footage, photo animation and other unique filmmaking techniques to give us one last dose of his visceral, outrageous, outlaw humor. Hicks died at the tender young age of 32 of pancreatic cancer. Directed by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas this documentary focuses on telling Hicks life story from family, other comics (many his rivals and friends) and friends. Beginning as part of a comedy team Hicks eventually decided to go it alone when the team broke up. His Southern Baptist upbringing provided fodder and the emotional edge necessary to hone his unusual sense of humor. What made Hicks so unique was that he didn't want to audiences to necessarily identify with him as much as reach in and touch the very rage and bile that was hidden within THEM. ---

Image & Sound:

"American" looks quite nice with a nice detailed transfer to Blu-ray. I would hardly call this a demo quality disc (some of the footage is less than top notch looking) but the directors have done the best they can with what they had to work with as far as archival footage but they've managed to nicely integrate the old with the new quite well and the animation sequences are very cleverly done. ***

Audio sounds quite nice but, again, this is hardly going to be an audio stunner. ---

Special Features:

Featurettes:

Austin Panel at SxSW

Dominion

Tour Festivals in UK & USA with the Hicks

Hicks at Abbey Road Studios - remastering Bill's tracks

Kevin shoots his film in LA

15th Anniversary tribute

Comedy School

David Johndrow's photography

Dwight in London

Making of Arizona Bay

The Ranch

Deleted scenes, Rare clips, Bill audio journal clips, Trailers,Extended interviews

Final Words:

It's nice that Hicks finally got the documentary about his life that he deserved. Recommended.

 

 
 
 
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