Penn & Teller have the ability to amuse, to elevate thought, and to create discussions. This show is brilliant.
I wonder why they didn't include more bonus materials in the other seasons?
I had watched a little bit of Penn & Teller's: Bullsh*t! and I would have watched more, but I currently don't get Showtime in the room that I am mainly in. Also, when I sit down to watch TV, I usually watch a movie. Anyway, I jumped at the chance to review Penn & Teller: Bullshit! - Seasons 1-3 because I had such fond memories of this show. I think the highest compliment that I can pay these guys is that they are very fair. They go after the Left just as much as they go after the Right; and even then they aren't afraid to attack the Center.
Whether they are debunking the myth that is P.E.T.A, Life Coaching, 12-Stepping, Big Brother, Gun Control or anything else they happen to tackle, they always make it entertaining, accessible, and filled with just the right amount of facts and fury to get anyone who has an opinion on any issue riled up. I am so glad that I got to review Penn & Teller: Bullshit! - Seasons 1-3 because I feel like I now have an on-hand reference for all the crap people try and feed me.
This was done as one big release and the only extras come from Penn & Teller: Bullshit! - The Complete First Season. So I have just decided to list out what those are, rather than essentially review a release that came out some time ago.
Season 1 - DVD Features:
- Naked Promo
- Bonus Episode: The Ghost Segment
- James Randi Interview with Penn & Teller
- More Bullsh*t! - Deleted Scenes
- Bullshitting Around - Outtakes
- Penn & Teller Bios
Full Screen - 4:3. This is a TV show on cable and while most of them are going for the widescreen look, this show doesn't have that on these episodes. There isn't anything about Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t! that gets in the way of the message these guys are trying to get across. There are talking heads, skits, and every one and every thing gets it's equal time. All in all, as this show is still somewhat recent I think it's look serves to carry the message more than anything else.
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English 2.0 - Spanish Mono. I had my TV turned up to a reasonable level, but I don't know how necessary that is because when Penn gets angry he isn't afraid to call Bullshit! and call it loudly. The audio on this show (like the picture) really isn't anything special. Things sound as good as one could hope, and I was just glad that the info was easy to process.
All three seasons are packaged together in plastic with a sticker (as long as you leave the plastic on each individual season), so that they will stay together. I was personally bothered by this because I felt if any set called for a slipcase to house everything it was in a set like this. I could go into the specifics of each case, but lets just save you time and say that two of the seasons are in digipacks while the other one contains three discs in amaray cases. Penn & Teller grace each one in their usual suit attired garb, and each single season slipcase cover has a different color. In this case yellow, white, and blue.
I don't remember the last time I got this angry as I was watching a TV show. The way some people act is so hypocritical and the light that Penn & Teller shine on them is more than necessary. I hate to say it but I get very upset when groups like P.E.T.A. conduct themselves in this way, mainly because (and I said I hate to say it) I just expect more from them. There is nothing more disheartening than seeing members of a group that are supposed to be on the side of the people, acting in ways that show they couldn't care less about anything than furthering their own agenda.
Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t! - Seasons 1-3 is a well researched show that examines things going in everyday society. It's like news for the those of us who watch TV and have no idea what to believe anymore. Quite simply, it takes all the things that scream for our attention and it screams back.
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! was released .