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Man Stroke Woman: The Complete Series (2005/MPI Home Video DVD Set)


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



It seems that every time us Yanks bother to check out what the British are watching on the BBC, we discover some new gem. This latest discovery is Man Stroke Woman, a sketch comedy show headlined by a cast of six comedians including Nick Frost. This release contains the entirety of the series, two seasons of six episodes, each season on its own disc.


The comedy of Man Stroke Woman is awkward, quirky, and if perhaps not raucously hilarious, it does have moments of satiric incisiveness. Each season has a reel of recurring gags, sketches that get repeated with variation again and again, almost like sketch comedy jazz. These sketches in season two donít quite maintain the same level of brilliance they had in season one, but all twelve episodes are certainly worth watching.


The picture still has a hint of the BBCís trademark washed-out gray look to it, but it does look much better than much of what we see from England. Because of the showís awkward fumbling style, most of the dialogue is recorded on location and itís audible in the audio quality. The show is presented in an anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio.


Each season has itís own set of extra features including gag reels, commentary tracks, behind the scenes, credits, cast biographies and favorite sketches, and info on the music featured on the show.


Man Stroke Woman is certainly not for everyone, but if nothing else itís proof that Americans need to broaden their scope in their search for funny, quality television.



-†† Matthew Carrick


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