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Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop Blu-ray Review

Conan O’Brien doesn’t come off well in “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop.”

When late night talk show host Conan O’Brien was essentially forced out of “The Tonight Show,” I think most people agreed he got a bad wrap. Granted, we all knew he would get a new show eventually, but Conan definitely got screwed over by NBC and Jay Leno. During this dark period in between shows, Conan decided to go on a countrywide comedy tour since he couldn’t have a TV, Radio, or internet series for 6 months. How did the tour go? What was Conan like during this time? All of these questions are answered via this documentary.

At first, “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop” seems like a fairly standard behind-the-scenes documentary that features fotage from his tour, meet and greets with fans, tour planning and auditions, interactions with his assistant and crew, his exhausting travel schedule, etc. However, the documentary takes a turn to show you raw footage of what Conan is really like at this point in time. While it’s completely understandable that he’s frustrated and angry with his current situation, I was surprised at how much he constantly whined about everything from fish and Bonnaroo to pre-show meet and greets and being jobless (even though he is set for life). Conan also seems completely bitter and oblivious to the fact that he doesn’t realize how good he has it or how so many people wish they could be as successful as he is.

I was also baffled as to how Conan never seemed to blame himself for the choices he made. He chose to leave his first show, he chose to do “The Tonight Show,” and then chose to leave the “The Tonight Show.” Even though NBC handled the situation poorly, they did offer Conan a midnight slot that he could have taken. Instead, he turned it down. He then chose to do the tour even though he made it seem like it was something he had to do. It’s all very strange if you think about it.   

On the plus side, Conan does seem down-to-earth when he is meeting fans and when he is playing music. Even though many fans probably aren’t as interested in his musical performances, he seems to really come alive when he’s jamming on the guitar. While most of the musical pieces shown in the documentary didn’t really engage me, there are a few (like the Jack White show) that are pretty electric.

Summary: For those expecting a funny documentary about CoCo, I think you will be disappointed to see a rather unflattering look at the popular comedian.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 1080p is not really up to Blu-ray standards as the footage varies in quality here. The best looking moments tend to be set during the daytime.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is all over the place. Sometimes Conan and the other people on camera sound distant and other times they sound fine. The performance/concert audio is also very inconsistent.

Extras:
* Magnolia Pictures trailers.
* BD-Live capabilities.
* 10 additional scenes including Conan tweeting about his TBS show, more bananaphone, etc.

* An AT&T U-Verse Special interview between Kristin Adams and Conan O’Brien. Interview outtakes are also included.
* Commentary by Roman Flender, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Mike Sweeney and Sona Movsesian. To be honest, the commentary is more entertaining than the film itself. Conan is a lot funnier on this commentary as he reflects on this period of his life. He’s also in a better mood.

September 12, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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