Mayall and Edmondson had earlier perfected their surreal double act as The Dangerous Brothers and these first episodes of Bottom find them in side-splitting form. From a misadventure with pheromone spray and the wrong sort of dogs down the pub in "Smells" to a birthday "Accident", which introduces The Young Ones' Christopher Ryan as a regular guest character, this is BBC comedy at its best. Brace yourself, 'cos this is going to hurt.
On the DVD Bottom, Series 1 contains all six episodes presented in the original TV 4:3 ratio with mono sound. The transfer is flawless, if anything rather revealing the limitations of the source material. The only extra beyond optional English subtitles and a Danish dub is "Bottom Fluff" a 15-minute blooper reel that offers a masterclass in the art of swearing. --Gary S Dalkin
Fortunately, the episodes on this disc are great. The 5 minutes extra in Holy is cool, but thats basically where the extra features end (unless you count a picture gallery - ooo!).
If you're a Bottom fan and don't have any of the episodes on VHS, then consider buying this.
Something I feel which was key in the previous 3 "live" outings was the banter between Rik and Ade when things went wrong....forgotten lines, props messing up etc. In this show however, it all seemed so "scripted" including the ad-libs.
The plot is a carry on of sorts from Hooligans Island. The first Act was quite good. Some good gags in there and some generally funny moments. Act 2 however was a complete waste of space. It's almost like they ran out of ideas for this part and cobbled together some kind of "Twilight Zone" interlude to fill up the remaining show, which ends with Richie and Eddie singing of all things.
I wore out my videos of Bottom Live 1 and 2....3 got a bit of a caning as well, but I'm afraid I haven't watched this one since I bought it. Stick to the other shows. This one really wasn't that funny at all.
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