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Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show
30 Days and 30 Nights - Hollywood To The Heartland

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: R (For Pervasive Language and Some Sex-Related Humor)

Running Time: 100 minutes

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Ahmed Ahmed, John Caparulo, Bret Ernst, Sebastian Maniscalo, Jon Faverau, Peter Billingsley, Dwight Yokam, Justin Long

Directed by: Ari Sandel

 

 

Studio: New Line

Retail Price: $28.99

Features: Audio Commentary with Producer Vince Vaughn and Executive Producer Peter Billingsley, Audio Commentary with Director Ari Sandel, Comedian Bret Ernst, Comedian Sebastian Maniscalo and Comedian Ahmed Ahmed, The Tour, The Making Of Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, Wild West Comedy Show (Behind The Scenes), Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Stereo Surround, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scene Selection (16 Scenes)

Released: June 6th, 2008

 


"Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This is a documentary, so visual splendor isn't a priority here. The quality of the transfer varies throughout, but  it seems that most of the documentary was shot in digital video with handheld cameras. It's certainly watchable, but often times colors look a bit off, fleshtones aren't up to snuff and things can get very, very grainy. Noise and edge halos are a constant presence, too. Again though, this is a documentary and expectations on the visual side should be low. Being drawn into the subjects count the most. 

 

"Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" features a English Dolby Digital 5.1. Again, this is a documentary - with a lot of talking - so surrounds and subwoofer use are minimal. But for what there is, everything's fine: dialogue is very clear and easy to hear, while audience laughter and applause help fill in the rears here and there. The musical cues and performances help make the track punchier, and certainly get the most out of all the channels. Fidelity is high too, but in all, this is a straightforward 5.1 track. 

Also included is an English Stereo Surround track, plus subtitles in English and Spanish.

 


The resulting movie and actual comedy tour were clearly passion projects for Vince Vaughn, and that can definitely be felt in the variety of supplements included on the disc. First off, there are two Audio Commentaries. Vaughn and Executive Producer Peter Billingsley take the reigns in one track, and it's a strong session. The two friends certainly had a vision for not just the tour, but the movie too: how they wanted to set personal narratives up, the editing process and keeping the audience interested. There's also quite a lot in how the show itself evolved while the tour went on, and how Vaughn expanded his role. Thankfully, despite some obvious comments, there are no dull spots - they just keep talking and talking and talking. There's a lot of insight to be had here, many from things that probably never crossed your mind that went into making the documentary. This is an excellent listen. 

The other commentary features Director Ari Sandel, Comedian Bret Ernst, Comedian Sebastian Maniscalo and Comedian Ahmed Ahmed, and is definitely the lighter track of the two. Of course, given that the comics are on this track, there is a lot of joking around. It's not as specific as Vaughn and Billinglsey's track, but there's a good amount of information here too, namely in the comics developing material and their experiences being on the road. Wedged in all of this is Sandel, who gives his take on the proceedings, and his ideas in what he wanted to present. He actually plays off of the comics well, and tries to keep focus, but I think Sandel would have been better off with Vaughn and Billinglsey or on a solo track. Still, despite some irrelevant asides, this is also a pretty good commentary.

If what you didn't see in the documentary was enough, there's nearly 54 minutes of Bonus Material. In addition to more material from the comics performing, there are moments from the bus and the tour that weren't included in the final cut that are pretty amusing, as well as some additional interviews. If you liked the movie and the comics, this is worth checking out. I was most impressed by Vaughn's nature - namely how he is quick to think of material on the spot, and how infectious he is when it comes to entertaining an audience.

The Tour is an intriguing featurette in how the actual tour was pulled off. Originally, the show was a one-off performance in Chicago, and then Vaughn got thinking to take it on the road - and pull off 30 different stops in a row. Needless to say, it was quite a challenge - and had never been done before. Vaughn gives his thoughts, as well as Billingsley and producers John Pisani, Sandra J. Smith, John Isbell and Vaughn's own sister, Victoria. There's a lot of great footage of the producers scrambling to put the tour together in a month, too. A short (about 6 minutes) but very interesting watch.

The Making Of Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show is a nice little piece that runs nearly 6 minutes. Vaughn, Billingsley, Dwight Yokam and Jon Faverau give their thoughts on creating a documentary based around the tour, but the real story here is director Ari Sandel's approach: how he got into a flow of shooting everything, finding stories on the road and then how he and his editors went through hundreds of hours of tapes and figuring out what was the best material for the movie. Not too technical, but still pleasant.  

Wild West Comedy Show (Behind The Scenes) lasts nearly 10 minutes, and is basically cut footage from the road strung together. There are a lot of antics from the bus, and it has the comedians discussing their dynamics with each other and thoughts on their new found recognition. If you can't get enough of the movie, this is certainly worth a watch.

Rounding out the disc is the Theatrical Trailer. And I must add all the supplements are in anamorphic widescreen - hooray!

 


"Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show" got a bad rap when it opened in theaters, and was a pretty big flop. Still, I think this is a pretty entertaining and endearing documentary/quasi-concert film that is worth a second look on DVD. The video and audio are on par for the genre, but this DVD really earns its points is with its fantastic supplements. Die-hard Vaughn fans will probably want to own it, but for the rest of you, I do encourage a rental.