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Review of the DVD, *not* the show.
Member Name: lazywolfeyes
Date: 17/11/09, updated on 05/06/10 (81 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of lovely extras that are worth the price of the DVD alone.
Disadvantages: Would have loved more behind the scenes footage
This is a review for the DVD itself, not the show as I have already left a sickeningly gushing review of the programme on this site.
The packaging itself is beautiful, it's clearly been put together with love and the sketches of the characters inside the case and on the main menu are a lovely touch. I suspect they were drawn by Reece Shearsmith, one of the writers and actors. It certainly looks like his doodles and they are a lovely touch. If you're familiar with The League of Gentlemen you'll know that the DVDs are choc full of extras, and it's the same here for Psychoville. There is a commentary on all of the episodes, with some amusing anecdotes (the original idea for the panto storyline is pretty disturbing!)The commentaries on this are pretty good but since on all of the episodes bar one Steve and Reece are joined by other people including the producer and director, it's far more muted than the raucous League commentaries. The boys seem to come alive on the commentary for the last episode when it's just the two of them. There's a great feature on the 4th episode with a chance to watch it split-screen (which I highly recommend). If you're hoping for Mark Gatiss to join Steve and Reece on the episode 4 commentary, you will be disappointed but there is some nice footage of the Gents rehearsing together.
There are also some interviews with the crew and cast members, including Dawn French and a photo gallery. Considering they got the DVD out so quickly after the show aired, it does seem to have been very carefully and lovingly put together. The art work is utterly gorgeous and sad as I am, I like playing around with the menu because it's so pretty!
Personally I would have preferred to have waited and had Reece and Steve do the commentaries after the show had aired, because they no doubt would have been rather scathing against their detractors after the controversial final episode aired. It seems they had a rather enjoyable time filming Psychoville and there is less bite to the commentary, so if you're a League fan be prepared for some quite sweet gushing as opposed to the usual very funny and slightly mean comments the boys usually dish out on League commentaries.
Not sure what it says about me that I'd prefer them to be slightly peed off on the commentary but there you go!
Summary: Very well put together DVD