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I find the quality of the segments to vary dramatically. I recall watching this many years ago and thinking it was hilarious: while I still think most of it is funny, it has not aged as well as "Python," largely because so much of the humor revolves around then-current governmental affairs in England. I generally found most of the musical numbers to be repetitive, with the only true standout being the song "Nice Video, Shame About The Song" by "Lufthansa Terminal," in a hilarious satire of early 1980s art-videos. The trucking sketch, while not especially creative musically, opened up Pandora's box of complaints with the squished hedgehog gag (giving rise to the hilarious "Hedgehogs: An Apology," and "We Want to Know Who Stuffs Hedgehogs.")
Students of Atkinson can find traces of the future Mr. Bean in some of the sketches, particularly where he orders a bathroom from an architect with a rather excessive number of toilets. Stock footage is liberally used (generally with added sound effects) in what is an equivalent linking device as Terry Gilliam's animation in "Python.Read more ›
Okay, caveats aside, the rapid fire satire sketch comedy of the Pythons is prominent here, probably due in large part to Rowan Atkinson's work with the Pythons on the Amnesty International concerts during this time period (this is before Mr. Bean/Black Adder/Thin Blue Line), but Stephenson, Rhys-Jones and Smith (second only to John Tuturro on the humor scale in the blatant Marx Bros. ripoff (albeit still funny as H---) _Brain Donors_) are just as great in this double-disc set.
Highlights? Mel Smith and Rowan Atkinson's parody of the debates over the brouhaha surrounding Life of Brian at the time ("Jesus Christ is John Cleese right down to the same initials!"), the Oi! band parody song about Moseley with Mel Smith singing, Atkinson's ska parody "I Like Bouncing," the cast take on ABBA, footage of the Pope edited to where it looks like he's singing "Jungle Rock," the Royals entering a room to "In the Mood" as fanfare music, and the list goes on and on.
Best line: "Nurse, I can't feel my legs." "Yes, sorry we had to amputate your arms."
This DVD set also has cameo appearances by Amnesty alum Chris Langham of the "How to Speak Japanese in Three Steps" fame, so that's always nice to see.Read more ›
Although the humor is very British, and the number of UK politicians named and mocked will be alien to American audiences, this is still a brilliant show that can be appreciated across the pond. Watching on my iPad, I can't count the number of times I laughed out loud when I was exercising on the orbital trainer. I was just glad the gym was fairly empty at the time, or people would think me insane.
I suppose if you did not live through the 80's, you would miss much of the humor (for example the song "Nice Video, Shame about the Song" would probably only get quizzical looks). But if you are of a certain age and like your humor edgy, you will love these sketches.
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This was a great UK show, and amazingly the USA version that followed was also very good (I keep remembering one line ... "Mitsubishi Apple Pie").Published 14 months ago by GUSR19
There are many Brit TV comedies for sale, all trying to compare themselves with Monty Python. I've ordered a few, and while some are funny in spots, most don't measure up. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Willie Wylie Walker
This show cracks me up every time I watch it. I am just sad I can't find more! Every part of the video is great!Published on January 17, 2013 by Kris
this dvd set was great value for money, and sis a must for all British comedy fans, as it was the series that paved the way for the young ones, Little Britain and Mrs Browns Boys.Published on November 15, 2012 by Mongo Slade
Loved it when it was on tv and its still very funny. This is a good selection of some of the best scenes.Published on October 15, 2011 by Wayne Foley
if you like to laugh, lived thru the 80's and have a functioning brain stem this is the one for youPublished on May 3, 2011 by jailyjones
I got this to go with my Rowan Atkinson collection. He is very funny..has given me alot of laughs. But I gave this a four because some of it I just didn't like. Read morePublished on February 22, 2010 by elflady
Great Britain's version of Saturday Night Live. Really funny, good quality video and audio.Published on July 4, 2009 by Mrs. Entity
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