Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t: The Complete Sixth Season (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || NR - 270 minutes - $29.99 || May 12, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-05-13


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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

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Randall Moldave & Eric Small (created by)
Cast: Penn Jillette, Teller


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Stereo 2.0), Spanish (Mono 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

There’s not much to say about the show “Penn & Teller Bullsh*t” other than the fact it is one of the best television shows out there right now, which is saying a lot.

Each episode takes an idea that is out there in the public, and Penn and Teller prove the idea to be wrong. Not just wrong, but make it out to be the stupidest idea ever and humiliate a bunch of people in the process. It sounds horrible, and for the most part it is, but in a clever and good way.

For example, in the episode entitled “Dolphins,” Penn and Teller take a look at all the people who believe that dolphins harbor some sort of healing power. Yes, there are actually people who think that this is true. The episode starts off with a hot chick being interviewed about the subject, and showing her swimming, but then we quickly learn that the chick is somewhat crazy and makes dolphin noises. Penn talks about how hot she is, then when she does her dolphin noise how crazy, then back and forth for a minute before exploding into a few obscenities and the show really starting off.

The hosts dive into the realm of people who actually think that dolphins have some sort of healing power, and visit a support group for this phenomenon. They interview a bunch of people who talk about how they are affected by the dolphins, even though it’s scientifically proven throughout the episode that this fact, is indeed, Bullsh*t! That’s pretty much the premise of every episode, Penn and Teller go through an idea that is ridiculous, interview a ton of crazy and inept people, and then in the end prove that the idea is nothing more than sentimental hogwash.

To me, this is probably one of the best shows on television. The hosts are hilarious, even though they do swear about every ten seconds for no reason other than the fact that it’s funny each time they do. It almost seems like the people they interview in every episode are a bit fake, as though no one on earth can really be that stupid, or so I thought as the season progressed. I think that after watching every episode in this season, that there are people this inept at life and believe in these odd things. The episode “New Age Medicine” is full of crazy people who believe that sea weed can choose which direction to go in life, and it’s chosen by dancing around and standing on a paper plate with a decision written underneath. Yeah, it sounds as insane as I put it, it’s just something you have to see to believe.

That being said, this season is full of laughter-filled episodes, with the exception of “Stranger Danger” which takes on too serious of a role to be considered funny at all. As the episode hits the midway point the serious overtones for the episode take over and it drags on and becomes less and less funny as it progresses. It’s a slight downfall for the show, which was disappointing as the rest of the season is jaw-dropping funny throughout. I recommend this show just because of the fact that it disproves a lot of things that people tend to think is true. Come on, don’t you want to appear to be smarter than your friend because he thinks that “Insensitivity training” does something in the world?

Here are the episodes for Season 6 – The War on Porn, New Age Medicine, NASA, Dolphins, Sleep, Inc, Being Green, Sensitivity Training, Stranger Danger, World Peace, The Good Ol’ Days.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

There aren’t any special features, and normally I take off for that, but I was laughing so hard from the show that I really couldn’t care less.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Some of the show looks great, but then some of the B-Roll footage (not something they shot) looks awful. I’d assume this is because different cameras were used throughout the show, but you can certainly tell as though the color palette is dramatically different for every episode. Some appear dull and dreary, while others bright and vibrant. This isn’t necessarily a big issue though, as the show isn’t one that would win any awards in the future for visual effects. It still looks excellent if you take it for what it is: just a documentary.

The audio scale for the Dolby Digital 5.1 track gets the job done, and gets it done fairly well. Surround use is a bit on the light side, as though Penn and Teller mainly talk through the front speaker, and the only time the surround use seemed to be used is on the show’s opening theme sequence. Everything else came mainly out of the front speakers and center channel. This isn’t a bad thing once again, as dialogue levels are crisp and clear, and also fairly loud. The one problem I have though is at times the voices are bit too loud and become slightly distorted, but this only happened a handful of times.



.::OVERALL::.

I think this is an excellent series that I’m sad to say I came into the ballgame late starting to watch. Penn and Teller are hilarious in every episode, and the show actually makes some decent points in trying to prove America wrong on various topics. There aren’t any special features to be found, but that’s not a bad thing as the series is re-watchable and entertaining each time. The audio and video side of things is also well-above average, so this makes it a no brainer. They can’t call bullsh*t on this one: this is a must buy!