I can't believe this is finally coming out on DVD! I'm going to preorder this once I've finished this review. Spike Milligan at his ridiculous, Dadaist, hilarious, genre-subverting best. Milligan plays real-life, failed Scottish poet William McGonagall, a misunderstood genius in his own mind, (rightly)derided by all for his terrible poetry, convinced that if he can just trudge to Balmoral, Queen Victoria herself (Peter Sellers in this case)will give him an audience and probably a knighthood. Like Zappa's '200 Motels' no attempts are made to disguise the fact that this is a film, filmed in a decaying theatre, Milligan even breaks off and chats with the director at one point. Some might balk at the 'blacked up' actors, but I believe that he's making more of a point about Imperial attitudes to their conquered subjects than any actual racism on Milliagan's part. All in all an odd masterpiece.
Now, when's 'The Bed-Sitting Room' coming out?