Trigger Happy TV 3
is another compilation from the cult late night Channel 4 comedy that turbo-charged the old Candid Camera
format with a cool rock soundtrack for the MTV generation. While the show itself could become repetitive, the 42 minutes of highlights distilled into the main feature here are frequently hilarious. See public prankster Dom Joly wrestle a giant badger in the woods, enjoy the office populated entirely by people dressed as bears and collapse with laugher at the most surreal estate agent scenario in the world. From a terribly insecure policeman to the street guide who doesn't know the location of anything, Joly's nerve at pulling off some of these gags is breathtaking. The supporting feature is a half-hour spoof biography of Joly made to introduce Trigger Happy TV
to American audiences. Deadpan in the extreme, it sends up the fly-on-the-wall genre and celebrity interview with uncomfortably accurate wit. That's not the end, because the presentation makes the line between programme and extras largely irrelevant, so read on to see what else is...
On the DVD: Trigger Happy TV 3 can simply be played straight through so that everything on the disc makes a 90-minute pseudo feature, or individual sections can be selected as extras. There are 14 mostly worthwhile unseen clips, three "Bad Rabbit Jokes" (and they are bad), the three "Worst Ideas Ever" (they are), "Brushes with the Law" (which was bound to happen with such stunts as White Van Man's road rage), and four hugely entertaining previously unseen Celebrity Interviews with Hanif Kureishi, Bret Easton Ellis, Uri Geller and Alan Titchmarsh. The commentary track by Joly and Sam Cadman rambles with entertaining irrelevance from a deaf George Martin producing their recording at Studio 2, Abbey Road, to rather more believable recollections of being arrested in Belgium. --Gary S Dalkin
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Alternative Footage, Commentary, Interactive Menu, Music Video, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Dom Joly is back with more surreal pranks than ever in Trigger Happy TV 3 - this year's must-have compilation featuring the recent Christmas Specials, a spoof documentary - 'Being Dom Joly' - and masses of unseen footage.; ; With his bizarre sense of humour Dom Joly injects the bizarre into every ordinary situation. Brand new characters on this new compilation include a meditation expert with an explosive temper, Fu-Manchu the Rickshaw driver, the Grim Reaper smoker stalker and Mary with her Three Wise Men fighting in a store window. As ever, each scene is set to a perfectly chosen soundtrack. ...Trigger Happy TV Series 3