Ripping Yarns (Series 1) DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 6.0
Video 8.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 9.0
Total 7.5
Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time:
358 minutes
Classification:
PG
Reviewer:
Felix Staica

7.5


Ripping Yarns - The Complete Ripping Yarns (2 disc)

I normally like Brit comedy and so the chance to see Michael Palin, probably most famous for Monty Python, commandeering on his own show seemed like a good idea. I sat down and watched the two discs. Each half-hour episode is a rip-off of a famous story adapted for the purposes of comedy. The result, however, I found quite difficult to stomach. 

It must be my sense of humour, but I found the gags a bit stale. Everyone is so pallid, the English they speak so utterly dry and the whole bleak 70s Britishness of it choked me. I also found the jokes self-indulgent. This differs sharply from Monty Python, whose episodes you can walk in on and start cackling till your tummy muscles plead STOP. I guess because each ‘yarn’ consumes an entire episode, you really do have to watch from start to finish. 

Then again, it may not have made such a good impression on me because I watched it sober. I imagine if one were to watch Ripping Yarns drunk with some clever mates who can comment about things they see and the allusions entailed, it would be quite good material to pass those party hours! 

You can watch the episodes with or without a laughter track (except numbers 1 and 4) plus there is a commentary from Palin et al; here is also a doco on Palin’s life and comedy. This is something I would not spend money on solely on reasons of taste. The quality is generally good otherwise, except for the audio coming off muffled now and then. If you’re a fan or a collector, go for it. 

Felix Staica

Special Features:

23 Page Commemorative booklet written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones
Commentaries by Michael Palin & Terry Jones for all 9 episodes
Deleted Scenes from Murder at Moorstones Manor
Comic Roots Michael Palin documentary 1982
Secrets a black comedy written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones from the Black And Blue series
Michael Palin's original PDF's
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