I confess that I am a huge fan of "TV Burp". This video is a collection of some of the best bits from the last two or three series' of the show (including the now legendary "Cataracts?" and "Ear cataracts?" bits) and I had a good laugh last night when I watched the DVD for the first time. But there are a few problems...
Firstly the length of the DVD. It is advertised as being 90 minutes long. The show itself is only an hour, and the extras (outtakes, deleted scenes, some of the best "fights", and a "Freaky Eaters" top ten) make up the rest. When we watched it last night as the credits started to roll we both said a surprised "oh!" as we were expecting another half an hour.
Secondly there are some major mastering problems in that the sound is out of sync for the first half an hour of the show. Whenever Harry speaks the sound and his lip movements are not synchronized, and this is extremely off-putting. It gets better after the half hour mark, but when fifty percent of the main show is faulty like this is isn't great.
Thirdly it is disappointing that the show concentrates so much on the newer episodes. "TV Burp" has now been on for a number of years, and the fact that it focuses on maybe the last three series' is a bit of a let-down when there was so much more they could have included.
Finally, there were lots of bits I was hoping to see in the show which haven't been included. The DVD leans heavily on "Coronation Street", "Emmerdale", "Footballers' Wives", "Marbella Belles" and "Australian Princess", and if you had a particular favourite moment which was in a show other than one of these the likelihood is that you will be disappointed.
Having said all this, we still found ourselves having to pause the DVD a couple of times as we were watching it as we were laughing so much. So a five-star show has one star knocked off for a fairly shoddy DVD master and slightly disappointing content. Definitely worth a look though.