Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Image Entertainment || NR - 71 minutes - $19.98 || September 1, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-09-07


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Mark Goffman
Writer(s): Rick Kerns
Cast: Terry Fator


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

The winner of NBCís runaway hit ďAmericaís Got TalentĒ gets his own DVD release, after enjoying numerous amounts of success both before the show and well obviously much more afterwards. Iíve seen bits and pieces of Fator before, and some of my friends find him hysterical. Heís no Susan Boyle (itís a joke from last season), but he is fairly entertaining and he is a great ventriloquist. For those who donít know, he uses puppets in all his acts and Iíll be darned if you can tell if he moves his mouth or not when the puppets talk.

The show opens up with a musical number, sung by the puppet Emma. Itís short and isnít too funny, but the turtle that follows next is quite hysterical. It, or the turtle I should say, makes a jab at famous ďillusionistĒ Criss Angel about saving the audience some money after seeing him levitate. He also manages to take a jab at the show that made him famous, by saying that Fator didnít win the show, but in fact, the turtle did for him. He belts out a funny song before closing his act with the puppet.

Fator then sings a song and tells a few jokes before introducing another puppet from his repertoire, the cowboy guy. The cowboy isnít as great as the turtle, but still produced some laughter from me. The cover charge bit was hysterical, although the audience didnít find as funny and I heard a few ďohhhhĒ like it was a bad joke. You go to a comedy show and donít expect to get a little offended? Come on audience!

The rest of the show in all honesty is hit-or-miss. Some of the puppets are entertaining and tell some good jokes, and so does Fator when heís alone briefly, but it dragged on for me even though its runtime was only a little over an hour. I found myself to chuckle from time to time, but not at the extent I was hoping for. ďOne of the best entertainers in the world,Ē as said by Simon Cowell of American Idol fame may be a bit of an overstatement, or maybe he just didnít do his A-List material for this DVD. Iím not saying I could do better, as though Fator is an incredibly gifted comedian and puppeteer, but this just didnít work on all levels for me.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Terry Fator, Rick Kerns and Mark Goffman: The comedian, director, and writer all join forces for a commentary that doesnít really give that much to the listener. The three tend to talk more about the show and making it more than the actual comedy. Fator though does tell some useful information about the order of the puppets, the puppets themselves, and other various things. The below commentary on the other hand...

Commentary with Terryís Puppets: Is so much better. The puppets take control of the commentary by themselves until Fator returns, and itís so much better than the other one. The puppets are hysterical, as they crack jokes constantly and I found this to be as good if not a bit better than the show itself. There are a few dry moments in this one though, which is a shame, but regardless this is the superior of the two.

Finally, available for your reading pleasure, Chapter 1 from Terryís autobiography is inside the case for you to, well, read. Enjoy.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

Behind the Puppets (18 minutes): Fator talks about the relevance of each of the puppets and how they came to be in his act. Itís somewhat entertaining, but it runs far too long as I didnít care enough about the puppets after about five minutes.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Even though I razzed on the video quality on the DVD counterpart, the Blu-ray has a little better look to it. The show has a much more ďrealĒ vibe to it, as detail is more apparent and colors are bit brighter. Thereís also not as much of an issue with grain and noise as there was in the DVD, which is great to note for the Blu-Ray. I also noticed that the contrast issues that the previous suffered didnít appear or werenít as visible here, so this is easily the better looking one of the two. That being said though, this isnít reference material but probably the most eye-appealing transfer Iíve seen for a live performance of a puppeteer yet.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is an improvement over the DVDís Dolby Digital 5.1 track, but overall it doesnít make that much of a difference. Surround use is a little better than its non-highdef counterpart, but not to the extent of where you will probably notice anything hear-poppingly good. Dialogue levels are also slightly better, as I didnít struggle to hear anything on either version of this performance. This is an admirable track, but a DTS-HD Master Audio doesnít provide a phenomenal experience. It gives you a normal experience, sort of like you are in the crowd.



.::OVERALL::.

Terry Fator Live From Las Vegas isnít a complete knockout, but it has a fairly-low list price available from Amazon at the time of this writing, so odds are itís worth a purchase for comedy and newcomers alike. The special features package is better than the DVD with only by one somewhat lousy extra but the technical aspects are improved with a better audio and video comparison. Due to the low price, I say this is worth a purchase. This is one puppeteer and his many puppets to pull some strings and get into your collection.