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"Breakfast With Blassie" on DVD

By admin Published: May 12, 2009

Complexities about the DVD release of the Andy Kaufman film, after the jump.

This was in today's e-mail:

A full twenty five years after his death, Video Service Corp and MVD Visual celebrate Andy Kaufman's unique brand of comedy with the release of My Breakfast With Blassie on June 16th. This film offers insight into the state of mind of Kaufman before his fatal cancer diagnosis, which some people to this day think was a hoax. Kaufman was memorably portrayed by Jim Carrey in the Milos Forman biopic Man On the Moon, which focused on Kaufman's career and life, including his later obsession with professional wrestling.

My Breakfast With Blassie, filmed in 1983, features Kaufman and wrestling legend Fred Blassie, self-proclaimed King of Men and coiner of the phrase "pencil-necked geek," as they meet for breakfast and discuss wrestling, hygiene, stardom and whether to eat bacon or sausage.

This classic piece of performance art from one of our greatest comedians was deemed, "often crude, but always creative," by TV Guide and also features a heaping plate of bonus features, including lost footage of Kaufman, bonus footage, a making-of feature and more.

"Given our commitment to bringing quality comedy and classic performances to DVD, we're thrilled to release this," stated VSC President Jonathan Gross, "Andy Kaufman made a career creating his own theatre of the absurd that blurred the lines between comedy and public disturbance long before Tom Green, Sascha Baron Cohen and Johnny Knoxville's crew."

Doing some Internet wanderings, I came across a couple of things. First, that VSC has this title for sale now, as you can see here. That's supposed to be a Canada-only release, with the U.S. distribution on June 16. But it looks as if you can order it online from VSC now; I didn't follow the process far enough to see if the online order will be shipped to the US now or will have to wait until June.

Also, Rhino apparently released these titles on DVD nine years ago. I saw copies for sale on Amazon.com, but the price was horribly high.

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