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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Foolery, 17 Jan 2012
This review is from: Funnyman [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
"Funnyman" is probably the greatest film ever made (well, after "Carry On Up The Jungle" of course) and it is also one of the best DVD releases ever thanks to the brilliant extra features on this disc.

"Funnyman" is not the sort of film where you need to go into too much detail about the plot but in a nutshell, a coke-snorting record producer called Max Taylor wins the ancestral home of Callum Chance in a game of poker but what he doesn't know is that in the house there resides a mischievous and murderous jester who likes to bump people off in imaginative ways whilst also delivering a killer punchline.

Why is it so good? Well, for a start, the cast is excellent. Tim James is great as the title character - a sort of funnier version of Freddy Krueger with bells on and the film also features singer Pauline Black as a voodoo priestess with a huge afro, Scottish comedienne Rhona Cameron playing a character based on Velma from Scooby Doo and a cameo appearance by the legendary Christopher Lee. The set-pieces and one-liners are extremely memorable with plenty of quotable lines and catch-phrases. In fact this film even contains one of my all-time favourite lines - when Hard Man is sitting in the seedy nightclub and says "Bloody Hell! I feel like I've died and gone to Rotherham!" Hilarious stuff. Oh, and another thing, the music is good too.

When I first saw "Funnyman" many years ago I didn't like it very much but with each subsequent viewing it kind of grew on me and now I regard it as something of a comedy-horror classic. I will never forget buying this film on video when it first came out. I bought it from a shop in Mansfield. I took the empty video case up to the counter and as the shop assistant was looking for the cassette she shouted over to her colleague "I'm looking for the Funnyman." To which her colleague replied, "Well there's plenty of them 'round here."

This DVD version presents the film in 16:9 widescreen format and the extra features include an audio commentary with director Simon Spracking and star Tim James, trailers, a making-of documentary, a featurette about Tim James and 3 amusing (very) short films by Simon Spracking. My only quibble... What happened to the production diary 8 page booklet? As the Funnyman himself would say, "I don't know what the bloody world's coming to. I really don't!"
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