2-Disc Special 30th Anniversary Set
Uncut versions of the two readings, There's Gonna Be a God Damn Riot in Here! (105 minutes) and The Last Straw (94 minutes)
"The poems, as you
might expect, are terrific and hearing the author read them in his
weathered voice is a treat. What makes watching the readings so
addictive is the interacting between the writer and his devoted fans.
Who knew a poetry reading could be so feisty?"
"This DVD is
unlikely to win Bukowski any new fans, but for the faithful it's
probably worth double dipping for the unedited versions of these
shows and the new special features. This disc is especially
recommended to those who might be familiar with Bukowski's
writing but unfamiliar with his voice and reading style. He's in
fine form for these last two shows, and it's nice that fans have
them both here in one tidy package."
it's fascinating to watch Bukowski right from the moment he walks onto
the stage. Whether he's smoking his ever-present Bidi (an Indian clove
cigarette), taking large gulps from a seemingly bottomless glass of red
wine, talking with the audience, and even reading the occasional poem,
his weathered features and rough-hewn voice hold our attention where
others wouldn't. He has some sort of charisma, which is hard to define
as it's not the standard issue stuff handed out to the good-looking or
otherwise conventional types we're normally attracted to. ...it's
well worth checking out the readings of his poetry by people like Bono,
Tom Waits, and others who are part of the interview with John Dullaghan
who directed the documentary Bukowski: Born Into This and the
excerpts from a performance of the play Love Bukowski."
-Richard Marcus BlogCritics.org
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