Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Cast: Eddie Murphy
Director: Bruce Gowers
Release Date: June 02, 2009
Rating: Not Rated for (adult language)
Run Time: 01h:10m:00s
ìMichael Jackson, who can sing, and is a good looking guy, but isnít the most masculine fellow in the
world.î - Eddie Murphy
Stand-up comedy doesn't get much better than this seminal classic. It'll be interesting to see what Anchor Bay has in store for this new DVD edition.
Movie Grade: A-
DVD Grade: B
Writing about Eddie Murphy: Delirious is about as daunting a task as the prospect of airing it
uncensored on The Disney Channel. This concert film was shot at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. on August
17, 1983, at the height of Eddie Murphyís rise to fame. He had already established himself as a virtual rock star
thanks to his amazing work on Saturday Night Live and was in-between the success of the recently released 48
Hrs. and Trading Places, and the soon-to-premiere Beverly Hills Cop when Delirious debuted on pay-cable. It
was a huge hit, but became a virtual phenomenon when it was released on VHS.
I was probably 10 when I first saw Delirious, and any such viewings required some covert maneuvers to sneak in a
screening. Now, revisiting it all these years later, itís instantly evident why my parents couldnít know I was watching
it at such a young age. Not only is the F-word used at least once a minute, but there are also some truly
uncomfortable moments during the 70-minute program. Fortunately, the worst of them happens at the beginning
when Eddie focuses on homosexuals. Not only does he use terms that are beyond derogatory in todayís society,
but he associates them with AIDS in a manner that is beyond reprehensible given the history and current outlook on
the disease. Then again, this was 1983 and much of societyís views have changed on the subject, but I still find it
hard to believe that it was considered ok for Murphy to say such things, even if it was in the name of comedy.
Watching this now makes the Michael Jackson segment all the more timely and appealing. Given that his death is
still fresh in our minds, I was a bit leery about hearing Eddie take Michaelís somewhat feminine nature to task.
Fortunately, he keeps this piece tasteful throughout, knocking on MJís lack of masculinity in a non-stop, hilarious
fashion. Thatís the point where the show really takes off, with Eddie touching on a ton of subjects that anyone can
relate to. The best bits involve his diatribes about how kids act, with his impression of an upset boy crying in his
room and wishing horrible things upon his parents among the most memorable.
Still, to this day, the funniest bit that Delirious has to offer is Eddieís impression of his drunk fatherís endless
ranting. What begins as a series of simple, drunken complaints, evolves into a side-splitting piece about his dadís
hatred for their dog. This is an amazing sequence with Eddie seamlessly delivering this long series of jokes with such
hilarity and ease that a crowd member actually asks him to do the bit again when he finishes. Delirious has been
on DVD before, but this new, 25th Anniversary Edition includes a second disc that has some interviews with
Murphy along with bonus footage that was cut out of the original release. Some of these extras were on the older
DVD, but thereís still more than enough here to make this a must-buy for all Eddie Murphy fans.
Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - July 26, 2009, 2:31 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: stand-up comedy, adults only