When it was screened in January 2005 on BBC2, Jerry Springer The Opera caused a storm of controversy. Some argued it was an obscenity-packed insult to the Christian faith, while others considered it the greatest thing to happen to musical theatre in years. I had never seen an opera before in my life but decided to tune in to see what all the fuss was about. And I'm so glad I did- it was my tv highlight of 2005. It was hilarious, intelligent and completely different from anything I'd ever seen before. The DVD special features are excellent. Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas provide a commentary to the 120-minute musical extravaganza. A featurette entitled 'How to Write an Opera about Jerry Springer', gives a valuable insight into the two creative geniuses behind the show. A 15-minute documentary on 'The Story of a Musical Documentary' is markedly similar to the documentary which preceded the screening of the opera on BBC2. Add to this a Collector's Edition Booklet, Subtitles, and slideshows on the opera's history and musical score- and you will find more than enough material to complement the opera. A word of warning though: If you do have a delicate sensibility and you are offended by the sight of an overweight man dancing around a stage in a nappy- you may want to think twice before investing in the DVD. As the credits roll you may wonder why the show resulted in a record 60,000 complaints to the BBC. It's undeniably foul-mouthed, but not to the extent that you might expect. And certainly not to the extent of 8,000 expletives- which is what the propagandists would lead you to believe. If you've grown weary of the interminable succession of inane, derivative tripe on tv nowadays- do not despair. Jerry Springer The Opera is a truly original, exhilerating piece of musical theatre which will linger long in your memory. Just be grateful that the BBC isn't afraid to push boundaries and doesn't resort to censorship to appease a vocal minority of protestors. So if you'd rather not sit through another episode of Celebrity Wrestling or TV's Naughtiest Blunders, and if you have a taste for something different- I cannot recommend this DVD highly enough!