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Gallagher – The Smashing Watermelon Collection


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Concerts: B-



Gallagher is a brave man.  He has been one of entertainments great, outrageous stage performers for decades and in a time where people are either taking things too seriously, laughing at the “wrong things” or not laughing at all, the new 3 DVD Smashing Watermelon Collection offers something for everyone to laugh about.  The collection of 11 past taped shows are as follows:


1)     Mad As Hell

2)     Two Real

3)     Stuck In The 60s

4)     The Maddest

5)     Melon Crazy

6)     Over Your Head

7)     The Bookkeeper

8)     Overboard

9)     We Need A Hero

10)  Messing Up Texas

11)  An Uncensored Evening



There were those who for a very long time were able to ignore, mock or easily dismiss Gallagher, but it is now quite apparent that he was on a course of practical comedy that is often what comedy is all about.  There is nothing heavy handed about him, though his politics are obvious, but he is not preachy and sincerely funny.  It reminds us that the reason there was a counterculture is because people knew how top enjoy it and enjoy life.  We now realize he is more important a performer than ever.  The shows themselves are good, with the physical comedy not bad, though there can be repetition and he does push his personality forward like “Weird Al” Yankovic would later, so a little of him might go a long way for many.  However, he had the guts to put himself out there without shame or censor, which is the reason why he will always have a fan base that embraces him unconditionally.  This is what happens when you do not sell out.


The 1.33 X 1 image on all 11 shows vary slightly throughout, all from the analog professional NTSC videotapings over the years of his career.  Some are softer than others, but they average out.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 is usually simple stereo, as some of these shows were made for cable, which often had stereo early.  There are no extras, but the watermelon-shaped paperboard case that opens up (with fragility) like a cracked egg will make fans happy, even if it is not in a standard shape to put into your DVD collection.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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