Call Me Lucky Blu-ray Review
“Call Me Lucky” is a dark, but moving documentary.
Barry Crimmins is a name that might not be familiar to younger folks, but the outspoken, angry, political, chain smoking, beer drinking comedian is regarded as an underrated legend to those that knew him or his work (primarily in the 80’s and 90’s). Among his achievements are his ahead of their time satirical jokes, his influence in the Boston comedy scene, and his impactful activist work. With all of that said, “Call Me Lucky” isn’t just about the comedian’s achievements. It also sheds light on the tragic, dark, and horrifying experiences that Crimmins had to courageously overcome. As with any documentary feature film, the structure is largely comprised of interviews with Barry and his family and friends as well as noted comedians such as David Cross, Marc Maron, Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt, Steven Wright, and Tom Kenny.
After delving into the world of fictional films such as the grossly underrated “World’s Greatest Dad,” actor/comedian/filmmaker Bobcat Goldthwait is now dipping his toes into the documentary film world as he focuses on the life and times of Barry Crimmins in “Call Me Lucky.” For those that know about the career and life of Crimmins, there might not be much new here, but for people like myself who knew very little about him, it’s an inspiring and gut wrenching journey through the comedian’s life. Even if you aren’t a fan of his particular comedic stylings, “Call Me Lucky” is still an engrossing (albeit sometimes tough to watch) portrait of a man who has made something of himself despite lived through hell.
Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? As with any documentary, the picture varies in quality, but overall, this is a sharp looking film.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The interviewees and the stock footage sounds solid.
The only extras are a “Call Me Lucky” trailer, MPI trailers, and a quality commentary by Bobcat Goldthwait and Barry Crimmins. You really get a sense of their friendship through their comments and banter.
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