The show itself is funny, hysterical, and confrontational - something which so many of the world's religion appear to have an issue with. It is especially attractive for me, as I prefer a clever sort of comedy laid in front of my eyes, a non-McIntyre-esque sort of humour if you like. I mean, amusement is one thing, but if the show's not challenging, it is more likely to disappear out of your memory and consciousness. And this release certainly belongs to the category of' intelectually stimulating'.
The only downside might be - and this is especially true of all those for whom English isn't a first language (like myself) - the Richard's natural style of delivery. It is sharp, quick, rapid as he hits you with a sentence after sentence after sentence. Therefore it is very easy for a listener to get lost, after which it may take a while to get back on track. Albeit I must admit Christ... is still more watchable than Hitler's Moustache, so there's perhaps a little improvement there. I would suggest that the first time you watch it, subtitles may be of great help. Not essential, of course, but surely a recommended feature.
The real treat is the second dvd in which Richard - as if he were a Messiah himself - gets out of the theatre hall in Lowestoft (just as Jesus did when he confronted Pharisees countless times...), and begins to talk to people who disagree with him on - let's say - theological aspects of the show. Ironically, these are the very same people who may not have watched a second of the show, which I hope gives you the sort of idea of the discussion that followed. Anyway, the somewhat age-ey folk in Lowestoft are willing to boycott the performance for their own sake, or perhaps just to seek publicity by knowing it'll later appear as a bonus feature.... You be the judge. And besides, now that I think of it, I reckon Richard may indeed be the true Messiah himself - and if it should offend anyone out there reading this, relax! It's just 'my' belief!
Hence I am leading to the main point here. I happened to see the show in Manchester, where another incident in the tour occurred. This time, though, a female (drunken?) heckler spoilt the show. I remember being sat at the balcony at the time, where indeed little could be heard, or seen, of what was going on. In fact, it took a longer while to realise that the show inexplicably suspended... I have later looked the RH's blog where I believe it was mentioned the incident might be featured (though only in audio form) as a bonus to the whole set. But couldn't find it anywhere on DVD 2 attached to this release. It turns out, however, that I have wrongfully given up hope of ever listening to the excerpt of the (in)famous Manchester gig, as the initial promise has been kept! (memo to self: post this review to a certain Nick C.)
It is only featured on DVD 3, however, which is unavailable with this release, unfortunately. Turns out shopping at ****o* may not always be the best option matter of fact. So if you want to experience and enjoy a full, unrestricted release, look it up elsewhere. (I'm probably not allowed to supply a link here.) Hence 4 stars by the way.
I see another reviewer has fallen for the same trap. Thankfully, it seems to be possible to order just the additional (missing) disc to add the dvds I've already got. Which is what I am definitely planning to do next! (Also, by coincidence, I discovered that it's the same old story with my set of Hitler's Moustache show. Was only able to buy 2 disc set on here, whilst it turns out there is a 3 disc set avaialble...)