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The Mighty Boosh – 1 - 3 (2003 – 2007/BBC DVDs)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Episodes: C+



The comedy team The Mighty Boosh has been a hit in England for a while and now, they are slowly arriving in the U.S. market from BBC America, than Cartoon Network and now, three DVD sets from BBC Home Video of their series so far.  That is because the duo who is the comedy team have other Boosh and non-Boosh projects to juggle and even just visited the U.S. to promote these DVD releases and their act in general.


Some may already know Noel Fielding from his hilarious role as Richmond on the extremely funny British TV hit The IT Crowd (reviewed elsewhere on this site), but he is very good here too as Vince Noir.  Partnered with Julian Barratt as Howard Moon, the show is a throwback to the many videotaped children’s TV shows of the early 1970s from Sid & Marty Krofft, as well as Filmation shows like The Ghost Busters (1975, also reviewed on this site) and even Hanna-Barbera’s original Banana Splits on some level.  However, this is darker, not for children and targeting a smart late teen/adult audience.


Each Mighty Boosh set has the minimum six episodes per season, then a bunch of extras that pump up the fun factor.  It is a good show, but purposely as different as it can be, which is part of the appeal.  Though I did not find all of it funny, part of it is the mood and atmosphere it creates; something few TV shows of any kind do anymore, so it is an acquired taste, but one many are likely to catch on to.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is not bad for what looks like a late PAL analog video production with minor detail issues, good color and only the occasional aliasing error, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is decent for a TV production like this.  It is well recorded and the mixes have character.  Extras on all three sets include Outtakes/Deleted Scenes, audio commentary on most episodes, making of featurettes and various promo pieces.  The first set adds Boosh Music and stills, while the second stills, a pilot show and “Sweet” skit.  Try the first set at least, but know all are going to be grouped together later and more shows seem to be in the works.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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