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BEAVIS AND BUTT-HEAD VOL. 3

Review by Gordon Justesen

Voices: Mike Judge
Creator: Mike Judge
Audio: Dolby Surround
Video: Full Screen 1.33:1
Studio: MTV Home Entertainment
Features: See Review
Length: 257 Minutes
Release Date: August 1, 2006

“So, Butt-head, what would you do, like, if I died?”

“I’d probably, like, move over to the middle of the couch. It’s more comforable.”

Shows ***1/2

The triumphant legacy of our beloved animated idiots comes to a close in Volume 3 of Beavis and Butt-head: The Mike Judge Collection. I have to say that I have had quite a blast getting reacquainted with my inner dumbass and enjoying the life out of these classic cartoons that I grew up on in the latter portion of my teen years. But I seem to enjoy it even more as an adult now that I’ve come to realize what series creator Mike Judge was really aiming for.

The shorts featured in this package come from the last several years of the show’s run on MTV. At this point, Mike Judge was ready to put an end to his slacker creations and move on to other projects. Originally, he was contracted to deliver up to nine seasons of the B&B. But Judge cut a nice little deal, he had the show end at season seven in exchange for making a little movie called Beavis and Butt-head Do America. Nice little negotiation, if you ask me.

So what is offered is a downright perfect collection of cartoons to sign off on. In my opinion, there was never a period when the show petered out in terms of quality of laughs. To be honest, I think the show got funnier and smarter with each progressing season. Those priceless music video commentaries certainly got better (the only letdown in the entire B&B DVD sets is that of all the music videos included, the one they did for some Cinderella song which I can’t quite remember the name of, wasn’t included).

Amongst the many memorable shorts featured in Volume 3, one of the funniest is the very first one, “No Service”, where in which Butt-head makes a move that forces Beavis to go to work on his day off. Butt-head then makes an effort to embarrass his friend while working. There’s also “Dumbasses Anonymous”, where our heroes mistake an AA meeting for a place where you can pick up beer, which has anything but a positive effect on several recoveries. They also discover the miracle of birth, accidentally of course, in “Just for Girls” and manage to save a robbery through an act of sheer stupidity (what else?) in “Citizens Arrest”.

Here’s a complete listing of the animated shorts included:

DISC ONE:

“No Service"

"Sprout"

"Yard Sale"

"P.T.A."

"Substitute"

"Shopping List"

"Buy Beer"

"A Very Special Episode"

"Just For Girls"

"Head Lice"

"Vaya Con Cornholio"

"Nosebleed"

"Underwear"

"Follow Me"

"On Strike"

"Take A Lap"

"Pierced"

"Ding-Dong-Ditch"

"Huh-Huh-Humbug"

"It's A Miserable Life"

DISC TWO:

"Citizens Arrest"

"A Great Day"

"Dumbasses Anonymous"

"Woodshop"

"Shopping Cart"

"Bride of Butt-Head"

"Special Delivery"

"T.V. Violence"

"The Miracle That Is Beavis"

"Impotence"

"Inventors"

"Canned"

"Drinking Butt-ies"

"Garage Band"

"Die Fly, Die!"

"Breakdown"

"Speech Therapy"

"Work Is Death"

"Graduation Day"

"Butt Flambé"

"Leave It To Beavis"

"Beavis And Butt-Head Are Dead"

Video ***

As with the previous Volumes on DVD, the cartoons are presented in their original full screen format. The results are pretty much the same in terms of how the animation looks. It’s the most perfect form one could ever hope to see these cartoons in. Color performance is extremely decent.

Audio ***

Presented once again in a 2.0 track, these classic episodes get the absolute best audio treatment they can receive. The occasional pop ups of music provide the best moments for the sound mix to really shine. Dialogue delivery is well handled, in addition.

Features ****

For this final DVD collection, MTV and Paramount have packed some remarkably idiotic extras, including 15 Music Videos complete with B&B Commentary, the documentary, “Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butt-Head Part 3”, Beavis and Butt-Head Promos, an Interactive Link to Mike Judge and Don Hertzfeldt's The Animation Show Website, plus numerous special appearances and previews.

Summary:

The Beavis and Butt-head legacy is complete with Volume 3 of The Mike Judge Collection. You don’t have to be a dumbass to want this added to your collection…but it wouldn’t hurt. Huh-huh-huh-a-huh-huh!

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