Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: The Comedian

Digital Release Date: May 2, 2017, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 2, 2017
Price: DVD $16.99, Blu-ray $17.72
Studio: Sony

Up-and-comer Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) stars as an aging insult comic trying to reinvent himself in the comedy-drama The Comedian.

In the film, aging comic icon Jackie Burke (De Niro) is only recognized by audiences only as the former television character he once played. Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito, Solitary Man) and his sister-in-law (Patti LuPone, Parker), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann, The Other Woman), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel, The Piano), and the two find inspiration in one another, resulting in some strange and surprising consequences.

Also featuring Edie Falco (TV’s The Sopranos), Charles Grodin (Ishtar) and Cloris Leachman (TV’s Raising Hope), the film was directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray). The film also include a appearances by a bunch of stand-up comedians including Jessica Kirson, Jim Norton, Jimmie Walker, Brett Butler, Richard Belzer, Freddie Roman, Stewie Stone, Gilbert Gottfried, Greer Barnes, Hannibal Buress, Sheng Wang, Ryan Hamilton, Aida Rodriguez, Dov Davidoff and Nick Di Paolo.

Bonus materials on the Blu-ray, DVD and digital versions of The Comedian include deleted scenes, “The Comedian At AFI Fest,” a Q&A with Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito and Taylor Hackford, and a behind-the-scenes featurette.

Worth noting is the list of 32 producers (executive, associate, co-executive, line and so on…). 32 of’em! Try to remember that as you watch a flick that was given a 25% Fresh rating by reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.