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Eddie Murphy's comedy concert hit is fondly remembered for capturing the comedian in his prime with hilarious bits that skew pop culture, entertainers, women and even his own life. Eddie's humor and raw energy is captured pretty flawlessly in about ninety minutes.
Fun Fact: Keenen Ivory Wayans, who co-wrote the opening sketch with Murphy, would go on to become a successful talent in his own right (except in talk show hosting). Wayans directed the first two "Scary Movie" films.
Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, I hate to say it but "Eddie Murphy Raw" looks really terrible. The picture is very fuzzy and grainy, and the source print has blemishes, dirt pieces, scratches and all sorts of distrascting elements all over it. There isn't much to say about fleshtones or color sautration because it's a concert film (even if the sketch has a lot more to show off), but even Murphy's outfit and the red curtain look pretty poor. There's also some very slight edge enhancement, but that's the least of the worries here. A very ugly and disappointing transfer - and I doubt this one will be getting a re-release in the future. One of the worst transfers I've witnessed in awhile - at times it's hard to watch Murphy since there are so many flaws on the screen.
The only audio option is an English Dolby Surround mix that sounds fine. Murphy can be heard easily and clearly (you can hear the amplified mic too), while the crowds fill out the rears rather strongly - so much so that you feel like you are in the audience with them when they laugh and cheer (that's almost non -stop). The music, particuarly in the opening sketch, fills things up with some power as well. Pretty engaging overall, which is a bit of a surprise. English subtitles and English closed captions are also included.
A fantastic concert film, many have been waiting for this one to pop up on DVD. As expected, there are no extras but Murphy's performance sounds fine but looks really poor. Given the cheap retail, it's worthy a purchase for you Murphy fans.
Retail Price: $14.99
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (12 Scenes)
Released: September 7th, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 90 minutes
Starring: Eddie Murphy
Written by: Eddie Murphy (Sketch Written by Eddie Murphy & Keenen Ivory Wayans)
Directed by: Robert Townsend