The King of Comedy [DVD] [1983]

Martin Scorsese's little seen but outstanding The King of Comedy finally makes it's way to DVD, which will surely please the director's fans. Though this disc could have been so much better, what is offered isn't too bad. The image, framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic, isn't the best out there. It's certainly superior to the other video formats in the past, but still, the picture lacks real detail and the colors aren't particularly strong. Part of this is due to the visual style of the film, but also in the transfer used. What can be said for the sound? The English stereo Dolby Digital track lacks any significant punch but still suits this film fine. Dialogue is generally clear and distortion free, which is all that really would be hoped for. As for extras, the only one of significance is a featurette called "A Shot at the Top" which runs about 18 minutes long. It's made up with as many scenes from the movie as interviews with the only two participants, Scorsese and actress Sandra Bernhard. Also included are 33 images of behind the scene shots and straightforward stills from the film, a very effective theatrical trailer, and a less-effective Canadian TV spot. Finally, there is one deleted scene which is already covered in the featurette and a long version of "Jerry Langford's" (played by Jerry Lewis) full late show monologue, which is only so funny. A commentary on this dark comedy from Scorsese would have been a wonderful addition, but sadly isn't the case.
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The King of Comedy (DVD)  (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV)  (English/French/Spanish)  1983 - Larger Front
  • The King of Comedy (DVD) (Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV) (English/French/Spanish) 1983
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Special Features

  • "A Shot At the Top" making-of featurette
  • Still gallery
  • Theatrical trailer and TV spot
  • Anamorphic widescreen (Aspect Ratio 1.85:1)
  • Audio: English stereo, English mono, French mono, Spanish mono
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Closed Captioned


The King of Comedy
Martin Scorsese's satirical comedy/drama caustically explores the lengths to which a nobody will go to be as famous as his idol. Practicing his patter in his basement with cardboard cut-outs of his favorite celebrities, mediocre aspiring comedian Rupert Pupkin (Robert De Niro) believes that one appearance on the evening talk show of the Johnny Carson-esque Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis) will be his ticket to stardom. After he helps Jerry escape the advances of amorous fan Masha (Sandra Bernhard), Rupert takes Jerry's patronizing brush-off as a true promise for an audition and begins haunting Jerry's office. Provoked by Masha's needling and a rejection from Jerry's smooth production exec Cathy Long (Shelley Hack), Rupert makes a disastrous trip to Jerry's country house with embarrassed date Rita (Diahnne Abbott), then hatches an even more outlandish scheme to get ahead. With Masha's help, Rupert kidnaps Jerry and demands as ransom the TV appearance that he believes will turn his fantasy into reality. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Rupert Pupkin
  • Jerry Lewis
    Jerry Lewis - Jerry Langford
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    Diahnne Abbott - Rita
  • Sandra Bernhard
    Sandra Bernhard - Marsha
  • Shelley Hack
    Shelley Hack - Cathy

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