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Dave Attell: Captain Miserable

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 52 Minutes

Starring and Written by: Dave Attell

Directed by: Beth McCarthy

 

Studio: HBO

Retail Price: $19.99

Features: Deleted Scenes, Dave Pollutes a Music Festival, Dave's Middle East Tour, Dave's Booze Cruise

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (10 Scenes)

Released: December 11th, 2007

 

 

"Captain Miserable" appears in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, just as it aired on TV. Not that stand-up performances are known for their visual splendor, but this transfer is nothing special. There is a lot of noise and edge halos throughout the performance, and the overall image quality is a bit blah and oddly somewhat grainy. Attell's fleshtone looks petty much flawless, and color saturation is fine. Again, nothing amazing, but you're watching this special for the jokes - not how everything looks. 

 

"Captain Miserable" is presented in English Dolby 2.0, sounding pretty much like a stereo track. There's not much to say here: Dave's banter is annunciated, clear and easy to hear, and there's the audience's applause and laughter - which thankfully don't overwhelm the comic. The music that opens the special sounds fine, too. There are no subtitles, but English closed captioning is available through your television.

 

There are actually a few extras here. First up are 10 Deleted Scenes from the special (why in non-anamorphic widescreen!?) lasting eight minutes. There are some amusing moments here that fans of the special and the comic should enjoy, and I suppose they were cut given that this special had to be kept to an hour.

There are also a few brief featurettes that seem to highlight Dave's summer in 2007. Dave Pollutes a Music Festival (2:54) has clips of Dave performing and looking around the famed Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee during June 2007. Dave's Middle East Tour (5:27) features the comic in Kuwait in July 2007, performing at a naval base. Naturally though, Dave sneaks in a few other activities - such as shooting practice at a firing range, and climbing the Ziggurat Of Ur. Finally, there's Dave's Booze Cruise (4:01) where in August 2007 Dave boards a ship chartered by the Comedy Cellar with other comics, where they perform to an audience. Antics and assorted hilarity ensue.

 

"Captain Miserable" is a very amusing showcase that highlights Dave Attell's natural knack for stand-up comedy, let alone some of his un-PC thoughts. Fans of the comic, or of his Comedy Central series "Insomniac," will definitely want to look into this disc - and the extra features are a nice plus, too.