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on 25 November 2017
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on 24 May 2015
I'm a massive fan of the mighty boosh but this is toilet. I honestly couldn't wait for it to end so I ended up taking it out of the dvd player and destroying it. I own series 1-3 and the book... But this... This?! I don't know what everyone else are banging on about giving it 5 stars. This is the most boring thing I have ever watched. Don't waste your money and don't listen to the other jokers... You'll end up watching and thinking "damn, that really attractive man that wrote that review was right!" Half a star... Not 1
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on 13 January 2014
I had actually watched this documentary a number of times via YouTube, but really wanted my own copy in case the YouTube versions vanish into the ether. I'm in the US and was afraid it might not play on my DVD player, since I'm confused about what's required for PAL format, but it works fine, both on the fairly old DVD player and on my laptop.

The documentary itself is probably best for serious Boosh fans, as it is a fascinating look behind the scenes of their massive cross-country Future Sailors tour. Oliver Ralfe did an amazing job highlighting the normally-unseen moments of excitement, boredom, annoyance, fear and camaraderie experienced by all the Boosh guys as they present Future Sailors night after night after night in what must have felt like a million different towns and venues. It's very funny and sweet, as well as giving viewers a stark look at how overwhelming rabid fans can be and how physically grueling a long tour is. It's really interesting to see what touring is like for people who aren't rock stars and who are still getting used to the level of attention they're receiving.

I loved the brilliant animation that's interspersed with the film scenes, and as an added bonus I fell totally in love with The Ralfe Band thanks to the soundtrack. I've ended up buying all three Ralfe Band albums and still can't quit listening to them months later!
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on 21 November 2010
Journey Of The Childmen is a funny, beautiful and emotive documentary.

It is excellently filmed by Oliver Ralfe and brilliantly put together...
The natural, often comical footage of the Boosh is broken up beautifully by original, innovative animations - accompanied by a selection of sensational music throughout....a treat for the eyes and the ears!

The Bonus material is fabulous! It's lovely to have the chance to watch some intriguing, wonderful and hilarious short films that you may not have ever discovered.

Offering a charming insight into The Mighty Boosh on tour , this DVD is one to have in your collection...
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on 21 November 2010
Other reviews here dismiss this documentary as a glorified DVD extra from the Future Sailors live DVD but I'd say that's missing the point completely. This is a far more nuanced, independently minded documentary film, which catches hold of the Boosh's coat tails and hangs on gingerly. The result is a film which is partly made with an insider's eye, with many candid and off-guard moments with various Boosh members, and partly a questioning perspective on the Boosh hysteria that accompanied the Future Sailors tour. Some Boosh fans who prefer the bright primary colours and larger-than-life characterisations of the TV series might find the documentary a bit puzzling, but for me, it paints a portrait of the impressively analytical comedy brains of Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt et al and locates them firmly in a vision of a parochial, slightly grubby British landscape. No matter how high you gleam in the comedy firmament, the reality is still chips, hangovers and daytime TV the next day, and the inescapable feeling of being lost in greyness.

Congratulations to the Boosh team for putting this film out as it presents the fascinating flipside to their more glossy product. And it should also be mentioned that the film has a great music soundtrack and there are a lot of DVD extras, including some cool short films.
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on 15 September 2015
It was funny
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on 25 October 2010
Fielding and Barratt are charging their fans twice for the same documentary! In 2009 I purchased the Future Sailors Tour Special Edition because it was advertised (along with Future Sailors Tour Limited Edition) as including the FULL 'Journey of the Childmen' documentary, listed at the time as "Bonus Disc: Exclusive Future Sailors Documentary." It cost me a lot of money for special shipping to the USA, and I needed a special region-free DVD player to watch it, but I love the Boosh. Instead of getting what I ordered, both special editions included only a 22-minute PREVIEW of 'Journey of the Childmen,' and I was forced to wait more than a year to pay AGAIN to get the full version. I coughed up extra $$ for the 'special edition' in the first place because it listed a full-length live performance from 2006 -- the product listing gives zero indication that this is NOT new content, but merely the same content I *already* paid for when I bought The Mighty Boosh Live. I do feel that Fielding and Barratt have, perhaps inadvertently, ripped their fans off a bit by misleading us into paying multiple times for the same stale content.

As for the actual documentary: Two stars, for hardcore fans only. 'Childmen' is really a Future Sailors Tour DVD extra, not a feature. There's a fantastic animation near the beginning, but it only lasts 60 seconds and the rest is shot single-camera like a home movie. I can't believe I'm actually BORED watching the Boosh! If you want a behind-the-scenes documentary on Boosh that's actually informative and entertaining, get your hands on the 2008 BBC special 'The Mighty Boosh - A Journey Through Time and Space.'

The Boosh seem to be skirting the dangerous edge of Pierrot territory. Pierrot is the stock Commedia dell'arte figure who falls in love with his own mask (his projected self-idealization), ultimately losing his true self. David Bowie played Pierrot in a mime troupe just before fame, built Ziggy Stardust up partially from that seed idea, wore the costume in his Ashes to Ashes video, and still today sometimes wears Pierrot's iconic single black tear in performance; When Fielding imitates Mick Jagger in character as Vince it's great fun, but when Fielding comes offstage with a camera running... is it my imagination, or is he laboriously mimicking footage of Jagger coming offstage? Here in the USA we already have Pierrot figures like Kanye West and Tom Cruise, and it would be a tragedy for Barratt and Fielding to fall into the same emotional black hole. Barratt here shows us his kids, and of course they're adorable, but please don't show us your personal lives! That line between the performance & your private life is also the line of sanity.

Julian Barratt gave an interview where he said you reach for fame because you mistake it for love, then deal with the surprise that it's not. Noel Fielding blames his sudden notoriety for his recent tabloid difficulties. Yet here they go, shifting the spotlight from the performance to the performer, stretching their fingertips like flower petals toward the Jacob's ladder of would-be tabloid celebrity.

The first two seasons of Boosh are among the funniest things created by mankind. Season 3 had bright spots but a steep drop in overall awesomeness. The live shows are great in person but a bit dull on DVD (Barratt's music is a fantastic counter-point to comedy, but moving the music to the foreground, while almost eliminating the appealing comedy element, simply doesn't work). The Mighty Book of Boosh is a welcome return to form and a fun reminder of classic Monty Python scrapbooks, but it's basically a supplement to a TV show that's been coasting since 2005. The lads are writing a film, but will that really be new material, or just a big-budget retread of the same stuff they'd already worn threadbare by Series Three? If the difficulties of fame are really what's responsible for the sharp decline in quality (as Fielding implies in interviews), why *increase* focus on that? I can't look away, but I'm a little afraid I'm watching two of my all-time heroes go down in glittery flames 20 years too early, as they beckon Faust to crawl up inside them like a warm kitten.

Gentlemen, you have won our hearts & minds. Modern audiences are savvy enough to realize that artists have their whole lives to build toward their first big project or two, then after success are pressured to rush out their sophomore effort with only a year or two to recharge their batteries, and the artists who cave to this generally put out a mediocre retread of their big hit that kills their career. No matter how scintillatingly talented you are, there is no substitute for watching obscure old movies like Prisoners of the Lost Universe or Demonwarp while smoking a bong together, maybe a bit of Blackadder, then hours of bums in seats hammering out a script. If you're needing some variation, tap Richard Ayoade or the other comedic flames in your circle. Take the time you need to do your best work, we'll wait.

What's it going to be, boys? Is it the Boosh you truly love, or is all that mad beauty simply a means to fulfill the childhood fantasy of becoming self-destructive celebutards?
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on 21 February 2011
especially for boosh fans. i wish there would have been stage footage of the actual shows used, instead they cut to the show in manchester which was recorded for the future sailors dvd.
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on 17 November 2010
Like I say, to charge for what should have been a DVD extra on future sailors is taking the Michael if you ask me.

Perhaps sensing the Goose is running low on golden eggs, it gets squeezed like a tube of toothpaste to dribble out a kinda amusing, kinda interesting, but ultimately kinda forgettable 'on the road' documentary that doesn't really reveal anything apart from a depressing picture of how apparently bored these guys are with what fame has afforded them.

I know it sounds like I'm joining in with the backlash, but when something/someone showed such invention and lust for life it's sad to watch it/them seemingly just going through the motions.

Hopefully they soon either return to form or just kill off the Boosh altogether to concentrate on new and exciting things that might recapture the spark that was once there.
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on 21 November 2010
Absolutely love this! Brought back wonderful memories of seeing the Boosh on tour in 2008.
It's a joy to watch, it's inspiratonal....it's fantastic!
This is a must have for all Mighty Boosh fans and even if you're not a fan, why not just buy it anyway - Superb!!
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