4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Intelligent comedy at its finest,
This review is from: Robert Newman - History Of Oil [DVD] (DVD)
Originally broadcast on the then-new 'More 4', a History of Oil is essentially a 45 minute version of his 'Apocalypso Now' show Apocalypso Now!: Or from P45 to AK47, How to Grow the Economy with the Use of War. His stand up is supported by cut-away visuals and audio effects which are meant to enhance the show, but can sometimes be distracting and are detrimental to the overall 'live' feel. Newman has a captivating personality and displays a passion that demands your full attention, he doesn't need such gimmicks. The show itself is an intelligent, reasoned critique of the UK and USA invasion/occupation of Iraq, placed in a wider historical context. Despite it's serious content, it is full of laughs and is far superior to his early 90s material.
By way of bonus material, there is a second DVD of an earlier show 'From Caliban to the Taliban' which was only previously available from Newman's website and live shows. It's a good show, but this is a poor recording both in terms of audio and video. As an 'extra', though it works well, and at £4.96 for both, it's very much a bargain.
For fans of intelligent political comedy, you really cannot beat this.