‘The State’ Comes to DVD July 1428 Apr, 2009 By: Billy Gil
MTV absurdist comedy sketchy show “The State” is finally heading to DVD from Paramount Home Entertainment in a five-disc set at $69.99. And, in an appropriately silly move, the set will deliberately street July 14 — Bastille Day.
Kids who came of age in the early 1990s may fondly remember “The State,” which ran from 1993 to 1995 and featured cast members Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant, Todd Holoubek, Michael Patrick Jann, Kerri Kenney, Thomas Lennon, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino and Michael Showalter. Lob a “State” reference to mid twentysomethings, such as the purposefully annoying catchphrase “I wanna dip my balls in it,” and you’re bound to get a laugh.
But “State” fans have had to subsist on cast members various post-show projects over the years, such as sketch comedy troupe (and short-lived TV show of the same name) “Stella,” which featured Black, Wain and Showalter; or “Reno 911,” which stars and was co-created by Garant, Kenney and Lennon. Wain also has directed cult favorites such as Wet Hot American Summer and the recent hit Role Models.
“State” fans who have awaited the series’ DVD debut shouldn’t be disappointed, as The State: The Complete Series will include all episodes from each of the show’s four short seasons on four of its discs, with a fifth disc of bonus material including the show’s pilot, more than 90 minutes of unaired sketches with the cast, outtakes, special appearances and promotional clips. Each of the season discs also has special features such as cast commentaries, outtakes, and interviews on topics such as the origins of the show (disc one) and those wonderfully senseless catch phrases (disc two).