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Five Great Seasons Re-released In New Packaging And With Their Newest Comic Miniseries
on May 27, 2011
If you are a The Kids In The Hall fan, there is a little I can add to the conversation about the irreverent sketch comedians that will alter your viewpoint. Wacky and weird, the Canadian comedy troupe defied expectations (and sometimes reason) for five glorious seasons between 1989 and 1994. So a shout-out to the talented quintet of Dave Foley, Bruce McCullough, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson for creating enduring comedy (I'm crushing your head), unforgettable characters (Chicken Lady), and daring fashion choices (the ladies always looked so stylish). Most of you will be here to see if and how this is different from the previously released DVD Megaset. So let's talk. This is pretty much a straight reissue with the addition of 2010's miniseries "Death Comes To Town."
Stats: There are 22 discs in total (the 2 extra discs from the previous release are for the miniseries). The packaging is much more refined. Each disc before had it's own case--here, the seasons are bundled by case so the slip cover houses 6 plastic DVD cases in total.
Features: The features remain in tact from the previous DVD set incarnation. As they are not listed with the product description, I will add them here. Everything, as I said, aside from the miniseries has been included on earlier releases.
101 series episodes on 20 discs, 8 episode miniseries on 2 discs
Commentary by The Kids
10 Best-of compilations of fan-favorite sketches
Original live performances from the Rivoli Theater
Death Comes To Town: An entertaining and welcome return. From its opening scenes, in which Death (Mark McKinney) disembarks from a bus in small town Shuckton, we know we're in for an unconventional miniseries. The show, while always amusing, builds its premise over the episodes and its humor succeeds more and more as the characters are developed. When the mayor of Shuckton is killed, an innocent man is railroaded and the real culprit remains a mystery. Amidst all the turmoil and local politics, we've got Death lurking around with a secret agenda of his own. Playing multiple characters, as is their trademark, the Kids acquit themselves nicely. I loved Dave Foley as the mayor's ambitious widow (a dead ringer for Cybill Shepherd--I swear it even if you think I'm crazy). McKinney is terrific as Death and Foley scores again as the town's abortionist. By my favorite has got to be Bruce McCulloch's big city prosecutor. The trial in "Death" is inspired and is successful in skewering both small town mentality and classic courtroom procedurals. And one poor cat will be the sight gag that I remember forever!
Obviously, if you don't own any of The Kids In The Hall--this is a convenient way to pick up everything. And that's certainly my recommendation. If you own the previous Megaset or the individual seasons, it's probably not worth the re-investment. You can purchase "Death Comes To Town" individually to wrap up your collection. Either way, don't miss out on one of the most influential comedy teams of their day! KGHarris, 5/11.