Beavis and Butt-head: Volume 1 (1993)

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
MTV || NR - 214 minutes - $38.99 || November 8, 2005
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2005-11-10


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Mike Judge (creator)
Cast: Mike Judge, Tracy Grandstaff, Adam Welsh, David Spade


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 23 Director's Cut Episodes
  • Music Videos
  • Taint of Greatness
  • Special Appearances
  • Promos
  • Montages


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

“I am Cornholio! Bring me T.P. for my bunghole.” When I was in my early teens there were very few cartoons that were considered “cool” to watch by people my age. "The Simpsons" was still a big hit (and the quality was still great overall) but there really wasn’t much else. There was no Adult Swim or South Park or even a King of the Hill for more mature audiences to giggle with. That was until the arrival of MTV’S Beavis and Butthead.

"Beavis and Butthead" was an animated show about two idiotic teenagers who didn’t do a whole lot except laugh annoyingly and say incredibly crude and stupid things. It really wasn’t much deeper than that and yet, it was still hilarious. I didn’t like it at first but after it was on a couple of years, curiosity got the best of me, I rented Beavis and Butthead Do America and the rest was history. I was a fan.

This DVD collection is the first in a best of collection of the cartoon series and contains 40 episodes handpicked by creator Mike Judge. Judge explains in an insert in the set that he considers lots of Beavis and Butthead to be crap, lots of it to be great, and tons of it’s that’s just alright. His goal with these DVD’s is to release all the “good” stuff.

And he does a dang good job of it. For your enhanced viewing pleasure, each episode is presented in full and without cutting back and forth between the main storyline and B and B doing commentary over music videos (more on that later). I’ll be honest, the show is littler more than Beavis and Butthead muttering things like “buttmunch” or “He said masturbation” and then laughing BUT IT WORKS! It really does. You feel kind of silly watching it but it’s endlessly entertaining and I really dug watching it and reliving the memories. Yeah, not every episode is a laugh riot and the show truthfully isn’t for everyone but what’s here is highly worth it.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head Part 1 - This is a 30 minute long making of featurette that interviews Mike Judge about how he created the show and how he came up with the various story ideas. There are also interviews with various writers and animators who worked on the show and they all talk about how big the show became and how they made general episodes. This is the first part of(what I’m assuming) a multi-part featurette. Part 2 is tentatively scheduled on the next Beavis and Butthead box set. Excellent documentary and my favorite feature by far.

11 Music Videos with Commentary from Beavis and Butthead - If you watched the show back when it was on regularly, you’ll no doubt remember the TONS of segments of Beavis and Butthead watching music videos. 11 of them are presented here for your viewing pleasure. They range from being dull and pointless to mind-blowingly funny. I was never a huge fan of these but overall they are funny and you really can’t have Beavis and Butthead on DVD without these since they were such a big part of the show.

Beavis and Butthead Thanksgiving Special with Kurt Loder - This is an special that aired on MTV Thanksgiving 1997 where Kurt Loder(reporter for MTV news) and Beavis and Butthead talk about Thanksgiving for 20 minutes. It’s okay but nothing hilarious. It aired at the tail end of the duo’s mainstream popularity and seemed to be nothing more than an last minute attempt to cash in before the show went off the air. Okay but nothing special.

Beavis and Butthead appearances on MTV Music Video Awards (2 skits from 1994 and one from 1996). - These are pretty funny and the David Letterman one I found particularly enjoyable.

Beavis and Butthead Promos - are three commercials that aired on MTV advertising particular episodes or seasons of Beavis and Butthead. One is promoting Bill Clinton appearing on an episode (that one is not on this set but I remember it being fairly funny), another is just a spot promoting a Beavis and Butthead summer fun week on MTV and the other one…well LOL, I’ll put it this way. There really isn’t anything funny about what happened in Waco, Texas but damnit that spot is funny LOL. “Fire! Fire!”. Heheheh.

Montages (Greatest Hits and Terms of Endearment)- These are 1 or 2 minute clips of scenes from the series with common themes. Greatest Hits is a montage of Beavis and Butthead hitting, smacking, or kicking each other or someone they know and Terms of Endearment are them calling each other various names. Both are way funnier than they sound.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Great quality here. I was expecting to see some sort of grain in the very early episodes but it surprisingly wasn’t there. And the sound is great too. In fact, it was almost too good because I kept having to turn it down some.



.::OVERALL::.

"Beavis and Butthead" is by no means my favorite cartoon of all time but I did like it growing up and this set is well worth your money. You get tons of episodes and some surprisingly well put together special features. If you’re a fan, get off your duff and go get it right now! If not, you might want to rent it first but if you’re a fan of this type of humor I think you’ll enjoy what this show has to offer.