BLU-RAY REVIEW: Conan O'Brien Can't Stop
Witness a pivotal point in television history and Conan O'Brien's career...
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There probably wasn't a soul in America that didn't hear about the controversy over Conan O'Brien's much-publicized departure from The Tonight Show on NBC last year. The whirlwind of activity that followed was seemingly less publicized, if you weren't sitting in front of a computer at all, as the events that happened immediately after were larger than life in their own way, proving just how important social networking can be to one's career. Conan O'Brien joined Twitter, began selling tickets to the "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television" tour, which sold-out audiences across the nation. Throughout the commotion, director Rodman Flender was tapped to document it all with the resulting CONAN O'BRIEN CAN'T STOP. The film documentary was released in just a spattering of independent theaters, so for all who missed it, you can finally pick up the DVD or Blu-ray today, September 13th.
Before I confuse anyone, this documentary film is not the live act, though you will see bits of it. It's mostly everything else, which I believe is much more fascinating to witness. It's a rare thing to experience a talk show host when they're not On Air" so to speak, but here you'll see Conan bitch and moan like all of us do, but never does he seek help to change any of it. He keeps on going as long as there's an audience. Conan being Conan is often funny but it's real at the same time. This is Conan at his most desperate time. It may not spell it out completely but it's certainly there and certainly why this is a must for fans. Not only is it a pivotal point in television history, but it's also a very pivotal point in Conan O'Brien’s career.
The Blu-ray and DVD release comes with a selection of bonus features:
- Commentary with Director Rodman Flender, Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter, Mike Sweeney, and Sona Movsesian. Definitely something to tune in after seeing the film. The crew offers further stories beyond what is shown on screen.
- Interview with Conan O’Brien - if you've seen the film and the commentary, much of what's revealed here you already know.
- Interview Outtakes - These are the more off-the-cuff moments pulled out of the interview which should offer a laugh or two.
- Additional Scenes – These are some of the finer gems edited out of the film for time that are entirely worth watching. You'll begin to see just what a comedic genius Andy Richter is and also see several clips from the "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television" tour.
Running time: 89 min
MPAA Rating: R
Review and Blu-ray Photograph by David Yeh