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Do Not Adjust Your Set [DVD]
Do Not Adjust Your Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Eric Idle

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative product poorly packaged, 30 July 2005
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DNAYS was the kids' show that treated us for real. No-one has ever avoided condescension so completely either before or since. Check out the opening sketch, a complex and wordy take on King Lear that the rug is very quickly pulled out from under. I am ecstatic that nine episodes have survived (and in Bradford a tenth, apparently).
But it is unfortunate that, to the marketers of this DVD, DNAYS only existed as a steppingstone to Python. This DVD claims to contain animations by Terry Gilliam, but these only amount to a few ravens at the Tower of London in the final episode. One of the extras is a long interview with Tim Brooke-Taylor - lovely man, but he talks almost entirely about the "companion" DVD At Last The 1948 Show. Some people are going to find in these faults a case of false expectations. DNAYS is far, far too important for this; they would have been better off giving us more material about the Bonzos, David Jason and Denise Coffey, and reaction to the series from when it was aired.
This, after all, is the show where delirious silliness was tried and proved to be a theme that could hold a tv show together; without this, Python would have been just a bunch of talented people making clever and funny comedy skits. DNAYS took it to the next level.
Highlights: David Jason's enormous variety of performance tricks from every kind of silly voice and accent to his smooth bouncy rubber-man slapstick. And the Concorde sketch - "The what?" has to be the funniest line of Palin's entire career.
Please enjoy this DVD as much as I did.

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