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This DVD is intended to provide viewers with the best of the 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks series' that were presented by Simon Amstell.
The DVD is split into 4 sections
1) Imagine.... a mildly amusing panel show
2) Never Mind The Buzzcocks.... A Moving Tribute
3)Technically The Best Series Ever
4) The Exclusive DVD Featurette
(There is also an Easter Egg which can be access by continually pressing the down button until an image of Phill Jupitus' head appears, it is a very short music quiz presented by Jupitus and not really worth bothering with or even really mentioning to be honest.)
Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the DVD have previously been shown on BBC2 and are essentially 'best of the series shows' within a spoof format, but 4 is exclusive to this DVD.
1) 'Imagine...' is a spoof of the BBC 1 arts documentary series. Alan Yentob plays it straight as someone trying to 'explore' the success of NMTB. By playing it straight it is even more amusing when he slips into colloquialisms, swearing, errors (he renames it 'Never Mind My Buzzcocks.') and insults. He interviews Simon Amstell and undermining.
All the while this is interspersed with highlights from the series such as the following.
*Donny Tourette sparring with Bill Bailey and Amstell and coming off by far the worst.
*The Lily Allen and Jamelia clips, particularly the 'Javine' moment
*Footage of the Amy Winehouse 'intervention' (as Amstell names it) where her behaviour is the very definition of erratic.
*'The One and Only' chair moment
*The infamous Preston from 'The Ordinary Boys' walkout moment.
This section lasts for approximately 30 minutes
2) ' A Moving Tribute' .... is introduced by Yentob, offscreen this time and a number of talking heads such as Jamelia, Noel Fielding, Jupitus, Bill Bailey and Miquita Oliver detailing the fictitious breakdown and backlash which is meant to have ended Amstell's career and from which he never recovered.
This leads into clips such as
* James Nesbitt having the proverbial royally taken out of him
*Jessica Hynes and Amstell wrestling
*The 'randomness' war of words between Amstell and Noel Fielding.
* Antony Costa forced to endure endless ribbing, all in good spirit mind!
*The moment when Richard Fleeshman (?!) finally pulls Amstell up on himself by mentioning the dreaded L word - Lamarr.
The duration of this section is also 30 minutes.
3) This section begins as a spoof behind the scenes documentary, then featuring the following:
*Lots of clips from when Stephen Fry acted as team captain
*Jupitus' and Amstell's musical response to the departure of Bill Bailey - to Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks 'No Air'.
Again, this section lasts for 30 minutes.
4) The Exclusive DVD featurette is introduced by Amstell and Jupitus and features all unseen footage in the form of outtakes, extra footage, warmup and walk ons. Perhaps the most significant of this is the first showing of material from the Russell Brand episode which was filmed for the Autumn 2008 series but never shown in the wake of 'Manuelgate.' It is worth mentioning though, that there is not very much of it shown. There was some hope that this DVD would have featured the whole unshown episode which would have been quite a coup for this and would have bulked it out a bit more.
This section is the longest at 45 minutes.
It is perhaps not surprising when I say that this will not win anybody over who is not already a Buzzcocks/Amstell fan. The first 3 features can be found for free on You Tube at the time of writing this, as can most of the full episodes, so if you are only a casual observer - they are probably your best bet.
The clips have been carefully chosen and do feature the most outrageous and funny moments from the various series. It is a good afternoon/evening's watching or something alternatively that can be dipped in and out of. I also believe that it is rewatchable if you are a fan, for instance it is not my first time watching the sections that have been previously shown on TV.
It could be argued that for the effort that has been gone to to mass produce this DVD they could have gone the whole hog and put a little bit more original material on here, including the aforementioned Russell Brand episode. That said, as a fan, I am quite pleased with my purchase of this in the January sale from HMV for half price - £6.49 - I have to admit that I might have felt a bit cheated if I paid much more for a lot of footage which is frequently repeated on 'Dave!'