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First of all, everyone in my house loves Mrs Brown and laughs their heads off at it. On the other hand, I watch the show just because the television is on. I find it entertaining and I will watch it, but I never find it funny and rarely laugh at it, but still think that it is a nice easy-to-watch show. For Christmas, my present to the household was the Mrs Brown's Boys Live Tour DVD.
Mrs Brown's Boys: Good Mourning Mrs Brown DVD is a recording of one of the shows from the 'Good Mourning Mrs Brown' Tour. The DVD was released at the end of 2012 and so it is very recent. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £8.74 which I think is fairly good value for money, especially as the DVD is brand new.
~ * The Plot (as it appears on Amazon.co.uk) * ~
Get ready to experience everyone's favourite mother hen at her most outrageous in her very first Live Tour DVD. Prepare for a riot of bad behaviour as you see Mrs Brown live and unleashed for the first time in a show jam packed with all the laughs and drama you can expect from the mother of all comedy. Featuring your favourite characters from the series, the live show is even ruder and cruder than the hit TV show and guaranteed loads of big laughs. So if you love Mrs Brown's Boys the series, you will love Mrs Brown's Boys Live Tour: Good Mourning Mrs Brown, too rude for TV.
One thing which I didn't like about this show was the set. Those of you who watch Mrs Brown know that the kitchen is on the right of the set and the living room on the right, with the stairs at the back. So why did they change the whole set; on this DVD the living room is on the left, the kitchen on the right and the stairs in the middle. Considering the fact that the series is filmed in front of a live audience, the set as it seen on television does work with a live audience, so I don't know why they didn't keep it that way. It sounds simple, but it just wasn't the same 'show' for me (especially as the whole show features on mainly just the kitchen and the dining room, so to have the set in a different way just didn't seem like the same show for me.
One thing which I was annoyed about (especially as I had forked out £12.99 for this DVD) was that it's very repetitive. I mean that if you have seen the show on television then you have seen this DVD as the jokes and scenes are exactly the same. There is hardly any new content and is all just what we have all heard and seen before. So it ends up being quite boring as you know what's coming. It made me think; obviously people who went to see this tour (and bought this DVD) are fans of the television show otherwise they wouldn't go to see the tour, and so why have they kept the content exactly the same.
The DVD is a 15 which means that it should not be viewed by persons under the age of 15. It's mainly due to the 'rude content' and lots of swearing. Apparently, the show was considered 'too rude for tv' and is said to be 'ruder'; I can't agree, because from what I can see, it is just the same level of 'rudeness' as the television series, so I do think that the 'too rude for tv' tag that this Dvd comes with is a bit misleading as it turns out that this show is no more ruder than the television show.
I like the show Mrs Brown, as do the other members of the household (I like it, they love it). However, even the Mrs Brown lovers in our house thought that this show was disappointing. They thought that it was boring because of the same content. We also felt that the show just didn't work as well live; I don't know why, but I felt as though I was the only one watching it. I know it's a live show with a live audience and all that but it felt that they were trying to hard to be funny and pausing to wait for the audience to laugh which kind of made it 'unfunny'. Whereas in the show it's funnier because they just say something funny and get on with it and don't wait for a reaction which is how it should have been with this. In fact it feels so 'try hard' to be funny that I found it quite cringey in places. I actually felt really bored when watching this DVD and was tempted to switch it off, although kept with it in case it got better - although I never get bored or feel like I have to 'switch it off' when watching the television show.
One thing which I like about the Mrs Brown television show is that it is such a nice 'easy to watch' kind of show, where you can relax after a hard and stressful day at work and just disappear into Mrs Brown's world for half an hour. Mrs Brown is all about 'every day life' which is great for tv as you connect with it. Now as for this live show...it's just boring. I mean it was a tour so obviously loads of people were 'going out for the night to see a great show' so were likely to be expecting something 'big' and 'dramatic' (as was I when I bought this DVD). Although, it turns out that it is all just about Mrs Brown's every day life one again.....plus the fact that we have already seen it and so know what's coming.
The actors in this show (the minor characters) play more than one character. I found this to be distracting as I kept thinking 'I know them, ah it's so-and-so who plays so-and-so and so it made the character seem less believable. It also made it distracting as I kept thinking things like 'oh they had to have a quick outfit change in order to get back in time for this scene' etc. So it ruined it a bit for me if I am honest as it just wasn't as believable.
All in all, would I recommend this? Well if you like the television show then I would recommend this just so you can see what it is all about and so that you can say that you have seen it and haven't missed out on anything. Although, I would also say that if you have already seen the television show, then expect to see it again in the form of a 'live show'. We were actually going to buy tickets for seven of us to go and see this show but unfortunately the venue was all booked out. At the time I was disappointed but now I feel quite glad that we ended up saving about £50 each by not going as it would have been a huge disappointment.
The humour in this show is quite 'old fashioned' and fast witted; you have to be quick to 'get' the jokes, and I think it could take more than one viewing of the show to 'get' all of the jokes as there are so many of them. Having said that however, when you have already heard them all from the television show, then they just aren't funny anymore. I think that once you have seen Mrs Brown's Boys the show on television, then you have already seen this.
Thanks for reading!
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