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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Ralphie May: Just Correct
Ralphie May: Just Correct
Universal // Unrated // February 10, 2004
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted January 16, 2004 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Last year, NBC came up with a reality series called "Last Comic Standing". It took a set of stand-up comics from across the country and threw them into a giant Los Angeles mansion. Despite the fact that these were stand-up comics, the show spent the majority of the time in the house as the comics went through "Real World"-ish arguements and made a few alliances. The final moments of the show actually had two of them going up against one another on-stage to perform and be voted on by an audience.

While a few of the comics were clearly outmatched, there were also several that were stand-outs, including Ralphie May, an overweight (as he says in "Just Correct", "I was up for the role of a fat guy in a movie, and they said I needed to lose weight" and "Y'all up front look nervous, don't worry, I'm not going to trip, ok?") guy whose rapid-fire delivery of edgy material often achieved brilliant results, such as his opening bit about trying to act like he belongs when trying to order from the drive-thru in the hood that he lives in ("I live in the most dangerous part of Los Angeles, called Los Angeles.")

By the end of "Last Comic Standing" in Las Vegas, the audience was clearly behind Ralphie, as one could hear the audience chanting his name in the background of the final episode. However, May lost - in a surprise defeat - to not particularly funny newcomer Dat Phan, the one everyone in the house made fun of, including a particularly savage game of "Hide and Seek", where Dat hid and no one tried to seek him out.

"Just Correct" has Ralphie performing in front of an audience at the Laugh Factory, free to drop all the curse words that were either edited out or dropped from the NBC series. The performance, similar to May's material on the NBC series, both embraces different races and pokes fun at different cultures, trying to break down both a politically correct culture and the lines/stereotypes that divide people ("The only group left you can join is fat people.") There's also a few great shots taken at pop culture - May's bit about the Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown interview is priceless; while not an original target, again, it's all about May's delivery. Overall, this was a very funny show - while a couple of May's bits fell flat, most of the show was extremely funny.


The DVD

VIDEO: Melee presents "Just Correct" in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. Sharpness and detail seem perfectly fine, with good clarity and detail. Aside from a couple of minor instances of compression artifacts, the picture was free of flaws. Colors remained bright, vivid and clean, with no smearing.

SOUND: The show is presented in Dolby 2.0. Played back in Pro Logic, the soundtrack was very nice, with crowd noise in the surrounds and clear dialogue from May in the center.

EXTRAS: The DVD includes 15 minutes of deleted footage, as Ralphie jokes with the audience and talks about the Britney/Madonna kiss and more about the Sigfried/Roy tiger incident. Also included on the DVD are a photo gallery and (on the final version) a featurette about Ralphie's trip to Iraq to perform for the US troops.

Final Thoughts: Overall, "Just Correct" was a very funny program and Melee has done a fine job on this, one of their first releases. Recommended, especially at the low retail price ($14.99 or less).

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