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Mighty Boosh 1, The (DVD Review)

15 Jun, 2009 By: John Latchem

Mighty Boosh

Prebook 6/16/09; Street 7/21/09
BBC Video
$29.98 two-DVD set
Not rated.
Stars Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Rich Fulcher, Michael Fielding.

There’s British comedy, and then there’s The Mighty Boosh, a comedy act by Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding that has spawned a stage show, a radio program and a BBC television series.

The concept evolved from a bizarre improv stand-up routine built on a free-flowing stream-of-consciousness comedy about a pair of zookeepers named Howard Moon (Barratt) and Vince Noir (Fielding). In the first season of the TV show, they work at a zoo where the employees don’t know much about animals, especially owner Bob Fossil (Rich Fulcher), who nicely fills the role of the classic idiot. Episodes are built around bizarre storylines that usually involve talking animals, psychedelic dreams and strange musical numbers woven into a grand adventure. It plays kind of like a live-action “Family Guy” that makes less sense, but given time and patience will start to grow on you.

The first season includes eight episodes that first aired in Britain in 2004. DVDs of the second and third seasons, which moved the setting away from the zoo, are available the same day.

The featurettes are presented in pretty much the same style as the show. The first season includes “Mighty Boosh: A History,” which explores the troupe’s origins, and “Inside the Zooniverse,” a behind-the-scenes analysis of various aspects of the show.

The discs also include Boosh outtakes, a photo gallery, a compilation of the show’s music, and select episode commentaries, which in their own special way may be the most straightforward presentation on the disc.

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