Beavis & Butt-Head: The Mike Judge Collection Volume 1
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Beavis is the one in the Metallica T-shirt. Butt-Head is the one in the AC/DC T-shirt. Hobbies include nose picking, head banging, and breaking stuff. Needless to say, they are very, very stupid. When not attending Highland High, (hardly) working at Burger World, or watching the boob (huh-huh) tube, they're harassing Mr. Anderson, who's often hiring them for some job or another. Emmy-winning creator Mike Judge (Office Space), who voices the characters, hand-picked the 40 shorts in this collection, including 23 director's cut editions.
Throughout the shorts, which were created for MTV, Beavis and Butt-Head do their worst. Stunts they pull on the dim-bulb Anderson, a prototype for King of the Hill's Hank Hill, include: Riding off with his mower ("Home Improvement"), chopping down his tree ("Lawn and Garden"), throwing his poodle in the washer ("Washing the Dog"), and destroying his golf clubs ("Pool Toys"). Fate has a funny way of catching up with the cretins, however, as when Beavis gets bit by a rabid dog ("Rabies Scare") and goes to hell ("The Final Judgement of Beavis") or when Butt-Head chokes on a piece of chicken ("Choke") and gets his mouth wired shut ("Patients, Patients").
Other characters include buddy Stewart, bully Todd, pinhead Principal McVicker, teachers Buzzcut and Van Driessen, and the Great Cornholio (Beavis's demonic alter-ego). Guest voices include David Spade ("Manners Suck"), David Letterman ("Late Night With Butt-Head"), and Gilbert Gottfried ("Right On"). As astute fans are sure to notice, this set omits the word "complete" from the title as Judge chose not to include those shorts he considers "really, really awful and embarrassing" (mostly those in which B&B set things on fire). Plus, there's more to come from seasons five through seven and the mini-documentary Taint of Greatness makes for a nice addition. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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No sitcoms can do that, so why would anyone expect the same from these cartoons? (Heh-heh ... I said "Would"). All 3 of these cartoons may be obnoxious at face value, but underneath, they throw occasional daggers at various people & groups in society -- pretty much, everybody.
And thanks to shows like South Park & Simpsons, holier-than-thou populations can be brought down -- or shot down -- to Earth for some humble pie.
In B&B's case, the absurd musicians & bands reaping the 80s-benefits of MTV-boosted popularity & fame were badly in need of humility, so B&B's music videos segments took aim & hit targets fairly well.
The first critic (not the original) was right -- the music video segments were the best part, especially when B&B railed on big-hair 80s-glamour-rock bands or on pseudo-tough rap artists (Beavis: "Snoop Dogg's in da howse!").
More importantly, B&B did exactly what MTV should not have allowed it to do -- serve as a reminder to the general public that the entertainment industry -- and entertainers themselves -- only exist in some distant land, across a chasm of hypocrisy & self-preservation. And they only appear on MTV & other channels humanizing themselves to increase revenues for all parties, boost album sales, & generate concert attendance.
In essence, B&B shows us -- teenagers in particular -- why musicians & artists should be admired, but never worshipped (as per Elvis & Beatles of previous generations).
OK -- maybe the story segments of B&B & the other shows sometimes blow chunks. But compared to vanilla-white sitcoms like Family Matters, Cosby, Full House, Everybody Loves Raymond, and so on, what choice do we have? Urkel vs. Beavis? Don't bother asking.
Scared Straight(B)-A good ep, but not as strong as the first one.
Here, the b's go to a prison via the school's scared straight system and befriend two prisoners. Hilite when Butthead was #2'ing in front of laughing prisoners.
They're Coming To Take Me Away(A-)-Better than the last, but still can't compare to the first. Here, the b's visit the school psychiatrist and get sent to the nuthouse. Hilite when the b's were talking about Beavis' ma.
Manners...(A)-Improvement over last two. Here, a manners expert tries to teach the b's about good manners, but they end up getting him in trouble. Hilite when the b's use manners when #2'ing.
Liar Liar(A-)-Not as good as the last, but it's still superb. Here, the b's are accused of stealing and must undergo a polygraph test. Hilite when Beavis is proven to be a murderer.
Great Cornholio(A+)-Perfect ep, but not as awesome as No Laughing. Here, Beavis downs candy and becomes CORNHOLIO!! Hilite when Cornholio starts wanderin the halls.
Beavis' Final Judgement(B+)-Only better than one ep, but it's a very good ep. Here, Beavis dreams he meets St. Peter and gets sent to Hell. Hilite when Peter reminds Beavis about the times he touched himself.
All n all, I give this tape an A-.
-No laughing(A), for punishment the boys are not allowed to laugh and if they do, they will be expelled to a school where they will get there butts will get kicked on a daily basis. By far the best episode from the early years. It is even more funny watching them trying not to laugh, and the scene where they try to speak spainish is priceless.
-Scared straight(B), the boys are sent to the scared straight program to learn to behave but instead make friends with the inmates. This episode is a mix bag, the cursing is funny and the end is good but this episode is little short of the mark
-They're coming to take me away huh huh(B), the boys are examined by the new school psychologist and end up going to an insane asylum. Again this one has its moments but isn't very memorable. The jokes about Beavis' mom are the best.
-Manners Suck(B), a new teacher tries to teach the class manners but loses it when Beavis and Butthead want follow his instructions. Again there is nothing wrong with this episode but there is nothing to great either. The end with the two of them in the bathroom is funny.
-Liar Liar(B+), after their manager thinks that they stole money from Burgur World, Beavis and Butthead have to take a lie detector test, neither is found guilty of the crime, but they discover something interesting about Beavis.Read more ›
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A classic but, you should switch your brain off when listening.Published 25 days ago by Kaven Sylvestre
This was purchased as a gift. It shipped really fast and was 'factory sealed' with no damagesPublished 10 months ago by Rebecca
Be warned that Volumes 1–3 do NOT contain all episodes; they are a "Mike Judge Collection" of his selections. Apparently there were a lot of crappy episodes. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Steven
The set is great, but Buyer Beware: The episodes have been edited. While watching the episodes, they seemed unusually short, even after taking into account that the music videos... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2006 by Benjamin J. Atkinson
I thoght it was fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!i love bevis and butthead they rock!ya baby!Published on Jan. 25 2006
OK, I haven't seen this DVD. I've more than likely seen the episodes it compiles. My reason for writing this is to question the Amazon review by Paula. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004 by Erin
Dont buy any of these dvd's if you value the funniest parts of the episodes...the music videos. They arent included, but instead pushed out these horrible dvds that only include... Read morePublished on April 21 2003