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What is Snuff Box? It's the legendary BBC series written by and starring Britain's Matt Berry (The IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi's Dark Place) and American Rich Fulcher (The Mighty Boosh, The Sarah Silverman Program) that only aired once yet instantly entered cult infamy. It's a combination of depraved sitcom about a pair of jovial hangmen and twisted sketch comedy ala Monty Python, filled with bad first dates, time travel, sex, whiskey, awkward moments, random beatings, snappy musical numbers, one very long white hall, rampant swearing and other pleasures. It's the show critics have called one the best kept secrets in the history of British comedy, now on DVD for the first time ever in America!
- Taking Control of Your Body Exclusive: New Interview Featurette With Simon Pegg, Paul Rudd, Noel Fielding, Rob Coddry, Rob Schrab, Weird Al Yankovic, Paul Scheer And More!
- Locations Walking Tour Exclusive New Featurette With Berry & Fulcher
- The Score: Exclusive New Featurette With Matt Berry
- Inside the Snuff Box Featurette
- Testimonials Exclusive New Featurette With Janene Garofolo, Steve Agee And More!
- Commentaries For Three Episodes Featuring Berry, Fulcher And Director Michael Cumming
- BONUS DISC: CD Of Music From The Show
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As a huge fan of Matt Berry's music, I was beyond excited to see that a companion soundtrack cd is actually included. It's all I could wish for.
Describing this show in a way that does it justice is nigh impossible (though admittedly those posting before me have done an excellent job), so I suggest to just watch it with an open mind and hopefully with a taste for British sketch comedy, as Berry and Fulcher dare to take you on a personal journey.
What it is is a hybrid sketch/sitcom show. At its root is the daily life of an angry mean spirited English hangman (Matt Berry) and his foul mouthed American Idiot assistant (Rich Fulcher). They are `friends', of sorts, that don't so much as have adventures as they do flow through situations. They may walk past a scene with other characters and then the other scene will take focus for a while until everything flows back, or on to something else. This is done brilliantly in a stream of consciousness/Harold sort of way (see UCB). I've never quite seen it done so well. Many of the characters are portrayed by Matt and Rich. I like the way the whole show flows through sketches and then comes back at the end.
This is definitely one of the most twisted sketch shows I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of sketch shows! It is very mean spirited and dark. Slapstick violence is portrayed not goofy, but with graphic realism. There are unexplained things that may confuse some watchers, but you need to shut off the need for explanations and just go with the flow. Why/How does the door next to the bathroom in the Gentleman's Club send the opener back to 1888? Who cares! Its part or the story, just watch and enjoy.
The one thing I did not like about the show was the music chosen that runs through the entire series. It is a catchy tune written and performed expertly by Matt Berry. For me it just doesn't fit. The song is a very popish ballad about true love turning out to be not so true that is almost but not quite upbeat. It is very catchy and has a brain worm effect on the listener, but I think it clashes with the darkness of the rest of the show.
The extras are not extensive, but it was only a six episode series. They do give a glimpse of the behind the scenes; a kind of comedy autopsy of this brilliant once in a lifetime series. I have to give it 5 stars for even being produced!