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Kids in the Hall - Season Three


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+††††† Extras: B-†††† Episodes: C+



Kids in the Hall was not really a show that grabbed me when it originally aired and even re-watching some of the episodes on DVD I think I perhaps understand why that is.Interestingly enough, the first season that is reviewed on the site by Nicholas Sheffo matched my own insights on the show.Basically, it boils down to the fact that this is a show that was designed differently than what most expected coming off from a Saturday Night Live production, this is produced by Lorne Michaels, but operated entirely different.Yes, this is sketch comedy, but the very nature of it is drastically different.That difference is basically the way that these sketches deconstruct things and/or overanalyze the situations, rather than your typical SNL skits that made blatant attacks and were not sly or witty with it, but rather over-the-top.Naturally those looking for that formula are not going to find it here.


Therefore, most people are split when it comes to this show.Either you understand the show and itís function or you just simply donít get it, or have any interest in trying to get it.For me, it mostly just doesnít gel together as well as one may hope.Sure, there are great moments here and there, but for the most part the amusement of the show does not catch you the same way that other sketch comedy might.Itís a preference type of thing and while I am certainly in favor of more intelligent and witty humor, mostly developed through watching films of Jacques Tati there is certainly an appreciation here, even Monty Python, W.C. Fields, and certainly Benny Hill have some strong influence on the show, yet at the same time the show went for something outright different, which credit must be given at least for going against the grain.


Likewise with the previous two seasons that have been carefully reviewed on this site, the 1.33 X 1 (full frame) image lacks in itís total sharpness and does contain a fair amount of softness showing a bit of age despite being from a professional analog source.Honestly, it doesnít detract too much considering the material here.The 2.0 Dolby Digital sound is fairly good with decent separation and Pro Logic pulls the sound around a bit better than expected, but depending on your receiver you may want to stick with straight left and right stereo sound instead.


One thing that I particular appreciated about this DVD package though is the inclusion of audio commentary by The Kids, which makes for a great listen.There are other nice extras includes as well such as two Ďbest of compilationsí featuring some of the fan favorite sketches.Also added are 30 minutes of never-before-seen performances, which are really cool!This all helps to round off a great DVD effort from A&E and we have enjoyed reviewing all three seasons up to this point here at this site.We look forward to reviewing more and wonder if weíll get a fourth person in a row to do it.



-†† Nate Goss


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