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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Andrew Dice Clay - Dice Rules!
Andrew Dice Clay - Dice Rules!
Lionsgate Home Entertainment // NC-17 // April 20, 2004
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Review by Shannon Nutt | posted May 2, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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THE MOVIE

Dice Rules is Andrew Dice Clay's 1991 concert film, the majority of which contains footage from a sold-out 1990 performance at Madison Square Garden.

Even the most die-hard Dice fans, however, would be well-off to skip over the first half hour of this movie – which is sketch material showing how the "Diceman" went from a lowly guy in Brooklyn to a stand-up superstar. The little skits in which he plays a geeky guy who is abused by all those around him are painful to watch – they are devoid of humor and very dull to sit through.

Things pick up once the concert beings, and Dice does what he does best – using raunchy and often degrading humor to talk about his love life and his adventures with the fairer sex. Those who have seen his stand-up before should be happy with what they get here, but those who have never seen him on stage should be warned that he gets pretty raunchy at times – even by 2004's standards.

The majority of his stand-up material does focus on women, but Dice also takes time to repeat his famous "Mother Goose" rhymes; sing a very Elvis-like song; make fun of the handicapped; and do his impersonations of Stallone, DeNiro, Travota and Eric Roberts.

Still a popular presence on the Vegas Strip, Andrew Dice Clay isn't nearly as huge as he used to be – and this movie proves to be a good representation of what Dice was like at the peak of his career.

THE DVD

Video:
Little if any effort seems to have been made in the DVD transfer of this concert movie. The video is slightly grainy, and there is a lot of dirt evident on the print – particularly during the sketch scenes at the beginning of the film. The movie is presented in the full-frame format.

Audio:
The audio is 2.0 Dolby, which only proves to be bothersome when Dice is singing – since it would have been nice to hear these parts in 5.1 or better audio. But since the majority of the movie is stand-up material, the lack of a better audio track isn't particularly bothersome.

Extras:
Other than a chapter selection, this is a bare-bones title – with no extra material whatsoever.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Even loyal followers of the "Diceman" will probably want to just rent this one. There's nothing on the DVD (including the video and audio) that would make it much better than a VHS copy of the film. Some of the stand-up material was fun to watch, but I can't imagine this title will have a lot of replay value to it. But if you like Andrew Dice Clay and haven't seen his stand-up act before, this one's worth a rental…just make sure you skip past the first 30 minutes!
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