Richard Pryor Lives on in DVDs19 Dec, 2005 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Richard Pryor, who died Dec. 10 of a heart attack at 65, may have been out of the public eye due to advanced multiple sclerosis, but his iconoclastic comedy lives on in video.
A trailblazer to comedians Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Bernie Mac, among others, Pryor appeared in 38 feature films from 1967 to 1997 and numerous standup routines. He also was a screenwriter whose TV and film credits include Mel Brooks' classic Blazing Saddles (1974).
The 22 theatrical movies available on video include Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases Another You (one of four titles with Gene Wilder); See No Evil, Hear No Evil; Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling; The Toy; Stir Crazy; Wholly Moses!; The Muppet Movie; and California Suite.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released six titles, including Brewster's Millions; Bustin' Loose; The Wiz; Which Way Is Up?; The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings; and Car Wash.
Paramount Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video released two titles each: Harlem Nights and Critical Condition (both with Murphy); and Superman III and Uptown Saturday Night, respectively.
New Line Home Entertainment, Anchor Bay Home Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment each streeted Pryor films, including The Mack, Blue Collar, and Silver Streak, respectively.
Pryor's last starring role was in 1997 in David Lynch's Lost Highway, available from BMG Home Video.