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  • Directors: Rodman Flender
  • Format: AC-3, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Music
  • Release Date: Sept. 20 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005775M0O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,919 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Even if Conan O'Brien were "Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television"--the official name of the 2010 tour featured in the documentary Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, he'd happily be a scofflaw. Longtime TV director Rodman Flender (Ugly Betty) captures both O'Brien's spontaneous humor in his standup comic tour around the United States, but also his rage. O'Brien briefly replaced Jay Leno as host of NBC's The Tonight Show, but ratings for the show plummeted. So NBC dropped O'Brien, and O'Brien got his revenge by selling out shows in 32 cities, featuring equal parts standup, monologue, and screed against NBC. "If there's ever been a time in my life when I could say 'the hell with it,' it would be now," O'Brien says early in the film, setting up his rage as well as finding a pretty good outlet for it. Those who wonder if there's a healthy--or even unhealthy--dose of anger behind most standup comics will see the answer in a largely unguarded O'Brien, captured with raw honesty by Flender, in Conan O'Brien Can't Stop. O'Brien is also joined at various points of the tour by Jim Carrey, Andy Richter, Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes (who gets an earful), Eddie Vedder, and others. And O'Brien does manage to be pretty funny, mostly in off-the cuff moments. But Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is notable mostly for O'Brien's willingness to be shown as the pot lid is starting to blow off the boiling pan. And that makes for incredibly gripping viewing. --A.T. Hurley

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Serious fans of talk-show host Conan O'Brien's humour will really enjoy this DVD that documents the period between O'Brien's loss of "The Tonight Show" and the start of his latest show "Conan", on TBS. Conan, sidekick Andy Richter and O'Brien's writing staff are shown developing a 90-minute show which played in 44 U.S. and Canadian cities in mid-2010. Conan's wife and children make brief appearances, along with comedians Jim Carrey, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Anyone familiar with Conan's staff will enjoy seeing O'Brien's loyal and beautiful assistant Sona, writers Deon Cole, Mike Sweeney and Aaron Bleyeart and producer Jeff Ross. Conan has a relaxed and playful rapport with his staff, but they do have to put up with his many moods. Conan can get a bit petulant and self-absorbed at times, but he balances it out nicely with self-deprecating humour. The DVD contains a lot of quality extras including a post-tour interview with O'Brien. The picture and sound quality are both excellent. Highly recommended.
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Si l'on connaît l'histoire derrière ce documentaire, il faut le voir sans faute. À 19.00$ pour un fan, c'est un "must".
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50 of 56 people found the following review helpful
There's A Reason It's Called "Can't Stop" June 25 2011
By Alice Howard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Let's be clear on this. There's a reason this film is called "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop", rather than "Conan O'Brien Doesn't Want To Stop" or "Conan O'Brien Would Really Prefer Not To Stop, If It's Alright With You". Not only does the chosen title roll off the tongue rather better, but it's also absolutely, awe-inspiringly true.

This documentary received rave reviews when it debuted at the South by Southwest Film Festival, and it's easy to see why. "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" is a fantastic, engaging film about an extremely driven man at a crossroads in his professional life.

Apart from a couple of questions posed to Conan throughout the film, there is no audio commentary/voice-over from Rodman Flender. The footage speaks for itself, and the camera-work is intimate without feeling invasive. The film includes some footage of the actual tour performances, but the vast majority of the documentary is focused behind-the-scenes, and takes us on a complete journey of the tour: from the first tweet announcing the release of tickets to the final show in Atlanta. Along the way, we see Conan perform at every opportunity, even on his days off. We see a man unable to resist meeting and entertaining his fans even when he seems at times to barely have the energy to stand up. We see his interactions with his staff and crew, including sidekick Andy Richter (their genuine friendship over and above their comedic rapport is abundantly clear). The film also includes some heart-warming moments with Conan's family.

All in all, for 89 minutes, this film showcases the real life of a talented, intense performer and man, including the ups and downs and the hilarity and the tired crankiness. A very entertaining, honest and eye-opening film.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Loved it!!! July 22 2011
By Springv - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this documentary and watching it made me respect Conan O'Brien even more than I already did. When the whole situation with NBC and Jay Leno went down, I was appalled at the unbridled greed, selfishess and utter lack of loyalty on the part of both parties. On the flip side however, I was extremely impressed with the way Conan O'Brien handled the situation. Rather than just take the money and change his time slot to appease NBC and Leno's self-serving whims, he chose to stand by his principles and walk away from the situation entirely. He did what he believed to be the RIGHT thing rather than the easy thing. On the contrary in fact...he walked away from a show he loved after being simultaneously knifed in the back and sucker-punched by the very company and people that made him a promise 5 years earlier and then just changed their minds to accomodate their own ego=oriented, money-drieven agendas. I don't see how anyone can have anything but respect for a person so willing to stand by their convictions even if it causes them great pain to do so. The documentary shows Conan exactly as he was at the time it was filmed - brutally honest, hilarious, self deprecating, sometimes bitingly sarcastic, sometimes cranky and clearly still reeling from the loss of his dream job, and all the while he pushes forward in an effort to recover, grow, try something new and most importantly to persevere even when it's really hard and dreams have been dashed by betrayal. Conan is an absolute inspiration. Anyone who likes to see good guys triumph wil be rooting for him all the way!
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
A roller-coaster ride June 25 2011
By Mette Christoffersen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What seems to be a simple documentary following Conan O'Brien on his live tour, is also an exhausting roller-coaster ride of hilarity, melancholy, anger, arrogance, farce and gratefulness. Hilarity in the constant ways Conan tries (and succeeds) to entertain everyone around him. Melancholy and anger in seeing Conan fight with his emotions of having to cope with a broken dream of hosting The Tonight Show, with both morose moments and slapstick jabs to the people that let him down. Arrogance in his "Mean Conan"-persona to the people closest to him, and in trying to cope with the many demands of fans. Farce, in the moments where things boil over and Conan truly can't stop talking, singing, being courteous to everyone around him. Gratefulness, in the fact that he keeps on keeping on, because he knows that people care and want to live up to their expectations. Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is truly the perfect title to this documentary, but you only really understand that after watching it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Got a little whiney. June 25 2014
By Heather Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
The documentary style allowed for a closer look at this comedian during a transitional time in his life, however, at times, that transition was filled with little boy whining over stuff like having to sign autographs or pose for pictures. Oh, the humanity!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I could stop March 20 2014
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I love Conan but the whole premise made him look like a cry baby. I think some of his prima donna stuff was supposed to be funny, but watching his face it looked more like he was really hurt and trying to work it out. It was painful to watch and I did stop.

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