The King of Comedy

The King of Comedy

Director: Martin Scorsese Cast: Robert De Niro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott

DVD (Wide Screen / Mono / Stereo)

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Martin Scorsese's little seen but outstanding The King of Comedy finally makes it's way to DVD, which will surely please the director's fans. Though this disc could have been so much better, what is offered isn't too bad. The image, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, isn't the best out there. It's certainly superior to the other video formats in the past, but still, the picture lacks real detail and the colors aren't particularly strong. Part of this is due to the visual style of the film, but also in the transfer used. What can be said for the sound? The English stereo Dolby Digital track lacks any significant punch but still suits this film fine. Dialogue is generally clear and distortion free, which is all that really would be hoped for. As for extras, the only one of significance is a featurette called "A Shot at the Top" which runs about 18 minutes long. It's made up with as many scenes from the movie as interviews with the only two participants, Scorsese and actress Sandra Bernhard. Also included are 33 images of behind the scene shots and straightforward stills from the film, a very effective theatrical trailer, and a less-effective Canadian TV spot. Finally, there is one deleted scene which is already covered in the featurette and a long version of "Jerry Langford's" (played by Jerry Lewis) full late show monologue, which is only so funny. A commentary on this dark comedy from Scorsese would have been a wonderful addition, but sadly isn't the case.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/17/2002
UPC: 0024543038948
Original Release: 1983
Rating: PG
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [stereo, monaural]
Time: 1:49:00
Sales rank: 20,926

Special Features

Closed Caption; "A Shot At the Top" making-of featurette; Still gallery; Theatrical trailer and TV spot; Anamorphic widescreen (Aspect Ratio 1.85:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Rupert Pupkin
Jerry Lewis Jerry Langford
Diahnne Abbott Rita
Sandra Bernhard Marsha
Shelley Hack Cathy
Tony Randall Himself
Ed Herlihy Himself
Lou Brown Band Leader
Margo Winkler Receptionist
Matt Russo Cabbie
Scotty Bloch Crockett's Secretary
Whitey Ryan Stage Door Guard
Edgar J. Scherick Wilson Crockett
Liza Minnelli Herself
Diane Rachell Mrs. McCabe
Ralph Monaco Raymond Wirtz
Bill Minkin McCabe
Sel Vitella Man at Telephone
Loretta Tupper Stage Door Fan
Katherine Wallach Autograph Seeker
Catherine Scorsese Rupert's Mom
Charles Scorsese Man at Bar
Joe Strummer Street Scum
Martin Scorsese TV director
Marvin Scott Newsman
Frederick de Cordova Himself
Jeff David Announcer
Ellen Foley Street Scum
Marta Heflin Young Girl
Joyce Brothers Herself
Tony Devon Plainclothesman
Peter Fain Plainclothesman
Richard Dioguardi Capt. Burk
Ray Dittrich Giardello
Mardik Martin Men at Bar
Victor Borge Himself
Leslie Levinson Roberta Posner
Charles Low Man in Chinese Restaurant
Mick Jones Street Scum
George Kapp Mystery Guest
Thelma Lee Woman in Phone Booth
Kim Chan Jonno
Doc Lawless Chauffeur

Technical Credits
Martin Scorsese Director
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert F. Colesberry Associate Producer
Cis Corman Casting
Robert Greenhut Executive Producer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Boris Leven Production Designer
Scott Maitland Asst. Director
Arnon Milchan Producer
Lawrence Miller Art Director
Edward Pisoni Art Director
Daniel Robert Set Decoration/Design
Robbie Robertson Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Thelma Schoonmaker Editor
Fred Schuler Cinematographer
Paul D. Zimmerman Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Say Hello to Jerry [3:14]
2. Main Titles [2:35]
3. Pupkin's Pitch [5:18]
4. Something Impossible [2:30]
5. A Call From Masha [1:20]
6. Mr. Romance [8:40]
7. Rupert Pupkin Calling [6:01]
8. Masha [2:24]
9. The Audition Tape [4:24]
10. How Do You Do It? [1:50]
11. Out in Public [2:58]
12. Royal Wedding [3:24]
13. Not Ready Yet [7:46]
14. Jerry's "Guests" [8:46]
15. Kidnapped [4:01]
16. The Phone Call [4:10]
17. Jerry's Word [5:04]
18. A Stupid Offense [2:25]
19. Mr. King [1:30]
20. Alone With Jerry [3:21]
21. Rules & Regulations [3:04]
22. Come Rain or Come Shine [1:30]
23. The FBI [3:52]
24. Showtime [2:01]
25. Masha's Mistake [2:42]
26. The Newest King of Comedy [7:33]
27. A Household Word [2:30]
28. End Titles [3:36]

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The King of Comedy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scorcese shows his skills as a director bringing top-notch performances from DeNiro, Bernhart, and Lewis. The scene with DeNiro in his mock studio with Liza and Jerry is both hysterically funny and excruciatingly painful to watch. It was under rated by critics and the public at the time of release. Their loss. It is a terrific movie and shows insight into the hazards of celebrity and the lunacy of the fringe fans that cling to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After creating some of the best urban dramas the screen has seen, Marty Scorsese did 2 dark comedy gems in the 1980's: AFTER HOURS (1985) and THE KING OF COMEDY. Both never got the audience they deserved until both landed on cable and video. With another celluloid psycho in his vitae DeNiro is just as frightening here as he was in TAXI DRIVER or MEAN STREETS, only this time it's easier to laugh. The theme of ''At what price fame'' gets across with ease and dims the vicarious thrill of living the celebrity life. Jerry Lewis shines and the dining room scene with Sandra Bernhard is a riot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of print on video for years, this is truly a gem for anyone's film collection. For once DeNiro doesn't lapse into trite mannerisms, and even those who absolutely hate Jerry Lewis will enjoy his intelligent performance here. On repeat viewings you might want to give the final five minutes of Pupkin's stand-up comedy a pass, though; it really is awful. The extras on the disc are a welcome addition to a fascinating film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago