Terry Fator: Live from Las Vegas (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy
Image Entertainment || NR - 71 minutes - $14.98 || September 1, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-08-21


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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

.:: 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 Commentaries
  • Autobiography Chapter


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 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.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Since the show primarily has only two different video aspects (the audience and Fator) there isnít really too much to judge it on. Colors are decent, but at times a bit too bright for my liking. Whiteís tend to jump off the screen a smidge, as some of the puppets were incredibly overblown and I knocked the rating down for it. Thereís also a problem with the contrast of the set, as the audience looked a little worse for wear compared to Fator. Itís not a bad video transfer though, as the picture still looks amicable.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is overkill, as though the movie doesnít benefit in the slightest from it. I had no issues hearing the puppets or Fator the entire duration, which I was rather pleased with. There werenít any issues either with hearing the audience clap or laugh, as I pointed out in my review, I could even hear their little comments during the jokes. Surround use is minimal at best though, but it is a decent mix that deserves some applause. It does however contain a center-heavy track and you odds are wonít hear too much out of your surround.



.::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 barren except for two commentaries and the technical package is just average. This is one show to catch and make a purchase for and maybe try your hand out at being just as good as Fator is. For now though, just buy it.