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'The Mighty Boosh Special Edition - Seasons 1-3'
(Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt, et al / 7-DVD / NR / 2009 / BBC Home Video)

Overview: Vince Noir (Noel Fielding), king of the mods and Howard Moon (Julian Barratt), an intellectually vain genius/novelist/poet/wrestler/boxer/jazz musician work in the dysfunctional Zooniverse under the slightly crazed Bob Fossil (Rich Fulcher). The Mighty Boosh follows their surreal adventures through time and space.

DVD Verdict: 'The Mighty Boosh' is the most creative and original show on television today. It holds up to numerous rewatchings, and you will find new things to laugh about each time you do. Fielding and Barratt are comedic geniuses, and it shows in the series' brilliant dialog, which you can quote till the cows come home!

What sets this show apart for me is the range of talent of both Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. Noel was an art student when he and Julian first started performing together, he designs many of the costumes and the look of the show. Julian is a very versatile musician and composes all of the music, in a wide range of styles. This isn't just normal, everyday comedy - both of them have extremely fertile imaginations that takes them out of the humdrum into the fantastical.

In one episode they find an amulet, they push the button and end up on another planet, but when it's time to go home it doesn't work - the batteries have gone dead. They make friends with coconuts, spurn advances from transsexual sea creatures, and become possessed by the spirit in a voodoo jazz LP, to name a few examples.

The other thing that I love about it is that in general, it is very good-natured. They don't make fun of people or types, or put people in difficult positions. Noel's character, Vince Noir, does like to tease Howard Moon (Julian Barratt), but he often does it with a smile, you can feel the depth of the bond between the two of them (which is expressed more directly in various episodes - especially The Party, season 3).

It is without reserve the best entertainment I have come across in years. I really hope they release the live dvd over here, and maybe even come back for a tour?! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Commentary Tracks - on selected episodes
Inside the Zooniverse (28:04)
Mighty Boosh: A History (9:37)
Outtakes (6:19)
Boosh Music Compilation (12:10)
Photo Gallery
Original Series Pilot - an alternate version of "Tundra" from Series One (28:40)
Boosh Publicity (19:11)
Making of Series 2 (28:40)
'Sweet' - Short Film (10:43)
Making Boosh 3 (27:35)
Mint Royale Promo (3:35)
Trailer for the third series
The Mighty Boosh: A Journey Through Time and Space (57:20)
Boosh Pilot Deleted Scenes (4:11)
Boosh Q&A at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (45:58)
(Un)Natural Acts - Unproduced Sketches (15:03)
Boosh Night Live (16:09)
Etc ...!

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