on 21 March 2007
There are two good reasons for not buying this DVD. One reason is if you are in anyway offended by graphic (but poorly simulated) representations of human's reproducing and other associated activity (a position which, by the way, I feel is perfectly reasonable). The basic material here is soft porn films and you won't get the joke so don't bother to waste either time or money.
The second reason for not buying this DVD is if you want to get some soft porn (an aspiration which, by the way, I feel is perfectly reasonable). The offending scenes only last long enough to get the joke in, which is normally a few seconds, and it is difficult to get any erotic stimulation when laughing, particularly as mostly you are laughing at the basic absurdity of humans having sex which the script is so accurately highlighting.
However if neither of these two potential "issues" apply and like me you are intrigued by the description in the Amazon review, well I can report it lives up to what you would expect if the basic good idea, but one so clearly full of potential traps to make it a cheap and not very funny, were to actually be carried out properly and cleverly. Indeed at times the script, the vocal performance and the way it matches the screen action is simply inspired.
Each of the six 25 minute shows has two films quite independent of each other. The exception is "Gladiator" which is followed by "The Making of Gladiator". Once you get over the jaw dropping realisation that somebody has actually made a promotional "making of" documentary for a porn film, you becomes engaged by the dubbed story of the tragic (but very funny) breakdown in the relation between the Director and the actors - one of the DVD's highlights for me (although it does contain a historical inaccuracy in that the Punic Wars were over well before the imperial period - but this does little to mar the enjoyment).
The quality of humour is somewhat variable but none of the films are complete duds. They all rely heavily on the basic joke of incongruous dialogue and accents (e.g. Cleopatra with a y'all drawl!), but many films add some additional strands of comedy so the full two and half hours remain entertaining, especially if the viewer sensibly spreads the enjoyment, as would have been the case when the shows were part of a TV schedule.
The only thing the DVD gets wrong for me is if you start with the "play all" menu option (which, by the way, I feel is perfectly reasonable) then you get a wonderful satire on the Tony Blair, Gordon Brown relation, which for me was the best film. The problem is all the others were just a little flat after that. So I would recommend leaving the first show to later and maybe start with "Gladiator" or "Breakdown"
on 19 June 2007
Just a series softcore porn films made fun of by wisecracking voiceovers, the sort of thing most of us could do after a couple of beers. Would have been better had it not relied on stock footage of terrible, dated porn. Must have been the cheapest thing ever brought onto DVD. The original porn was funnier.