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That's My Bush! - The Definitive Collection


TITLE: THAT'S MY BUSH - THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION


Info:

DVD Release Date: October 24, 2006 (Comedy Central DVD/Paramount)
Color/2001
MSRP: $26.98
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 8
Running Time: 176 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Closed-Captioned
Special Features: Mini-commentaries on every episode from series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone; additional mini-commentaries on every episode from the cast members.


Introduction:

Remember that time when George W. Bush got his fraternity brothers together in the White House to show them a live execution? Or the time that he accidentally got high on ecstasy and Laura got into a fight with his mother? Oh wait! That stuff never actually happened! It was all just part of the Comedy Central satire sitcom, ‘That's My Bush!’

And now, all 8 episodes of ‘That's My Bush!’ are available on a two-disc set from Comedy Central DVD. The series was created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone—yeah, that is right, the South Park guys, but if you don't like South Park, you still may like this. The show stars Timothy Bottoms as George W. Bush, that guy that is the leader of the country but isn't sure how to handle the job; Carrie Quinn Doyle as Laura Bush, his dedicated wife (who, on the series, is really nothing like the real Laura Bush, which makes it even more funny); and Kurt Fuller as Karl Rove, the man who many say is Bush's brain. And of course, how would an executive get by without his secretary and maid… wait, you mean the President of the United States only has one of each of those? Well on this show, anyway… Marcia Wallace plays Maggie, the maid, and Kristen Miller plays Princess, the secretary (who is, to put it nicely even, an idiot). And finally, what sitcom would be complete without the quirky neighbor? John D'Aquino fills that role as Larry.

The show aired for two whole months on Comedy Central, in April and May 2001, after which it was canceled and never to be seen again except for in a few random late-night marathons, and of course now on DVD.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

There were only eight episodes ever made of the show so there aren’t a wide variety of episodes that really "stand out" from the rest. Disc 1 starts with "An Aborted Dinner Date," where George has to juggle two events at one time: an intimate evening with his wife and a dinner meeting between an aborted fetus and a, well, butch pro-choice feminist. We discover in this episode that George and Laura's "special song" is the Sanford & Son theme song. In "A Poorly Executed Plan," George has to execute somebody—and decides that it'll be cool if his old fraternity brothers join him during the execution. Remember Miss Cleo, the psychic phenomenon of 2001 that just suddenly disappeared out of nowhere? Well in "Eenie Meenie Miney Murder," George calls a psychic named Ms. Clea, who informs him that he is going to be murdered—leading him to outlaw guns. Larry helps George steal cable in "S.D.I.-Aye-Aye!," which seems innocent enough until Larry gets a line crossed and activates the anti-missile S.D.I. system nearly causing an international crisis.

On Disc 2, George tries to euthanize Laura's 24-year-old cat, first by using a douche and then by breaking Dr. Kevorkian out of jail, in "The First Lady's Persqueeter." Barbara Bush comes to the White House (just to fight with Laura that "tramp" as she calls her) and George gets high on ecstasy in "Mom "E" D.E.A. Arrest." Laura sets Karl up for a blind date (even though he is married…) and George has to decide on drilling in the Alaskan wildlife in "Trapped in a Small Environment."

Finally, the set and series ends with "Fare Thee Well," where George gets impeached for messing up a treaty and Dick Cheney (who is just plain evil in this episode, and also seems to be sexually attracted to Karl Rove) takes over as president… and George moves to the ghetto and gets a job as a teacher, bartender, and a professional wrestler.


Packaging:

The packaging is very formal and elegant in the package, as if this is some kind of documentary about George W. Bush or something. The front cover has a black background with a photo the entire cast toasting each other (which is interesting, because supposedly, George W. Bush actually doesn't drink himself) with a glass of, well who knows. The back has more cast photos and some basic show information.

Inside, there are two slimcases, one for each disc. The case for each disc has a photo of George and Laura, and the disc inside each slimcase has the same photo as the cover of the slimcase. Additionally, inside the slimcase, there is a listing of all of the episodes on the disc, along with episode descriptions and airdates. Each disc has four episodes on it.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus on the set are pretty nice and simple, although you have to skip past LOTS and LOTS of trailers on Disc 1 for other Comedy Central DVD products. Basically, all of the menus are like the president's desk, and the choices on each menu are on a memo on the desk. The Main Menu has options of Play All, Episode Selections, Commentaries, and DVD Previews (Disc 1 only). The first one is self-explanatory. Episode Selections takes you to a sub-menu that looks exactly like the Main Menu, except here you have a listing of episodes on the memo. Once you select an episode, in one of the picture frames at the top of the menu, a brief clip of the episode will play (for a few seconds) then the episode plays. Finally, the Commentaries menu lets you select which commentary track you want to listen to, then takes you back to the Main Menu where you select either Play All or Episode Selections (as previously described).


Video and Audio Quality:

This is a relatively recent show, so video and audio quality is pretty good. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo and sounds about as good as you would expect. There are closed-captions available for those that require closed-captioning. Every episode lasts approximately 22 minutes, and since Comedy Central is the only place the show has ever aired, I seriously doubt anything could possibly be missing. One thing that I found bizarre about the episodes, though, is the closing credits… they have the original Comedy Central split screen closing credits with the Comedy Central techno music and the Comedy Central logo left on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen even! I guess that should be expected considering this was made for Comedy Central and was probably never planned to be seen elsewhere.


Special Features:

The special features on the set are very disappointing, to say the least! The information that I had about the set stated that there would be full commentaries by cast members on every episode and mini-commentaries from Matt Stone and Trey Parker on every episode. Unfortunately, that was not correct at all. In fact, almost all of the commentaries are mini-commentaries, lasting less than the first 5 minutes or so per episode! However, some of the cast commentaries do go a bit longer… there is no consistency throughout the set really. As stated previously, there are two separate commentary tracks per episode, one for the creators and the other for the actors (and as far as I can tell, EVERY SINGLE of the actor is in each and every one of the cast commentaries). Honestly I'd prefer fewer commentaries that comment on an entire episode instead of these brief commentaries, they barely have time to even introduce themselves.


Final Comments:

This is The Definitive Collection; perhaps the one and only time that the show will ever be released in any form whatsoever. I always thought that this was a funny show and I don't understand why it didn't catch on. Of course, the fact that it was canceled had to do with many factors, including budget, ratings, and even 9/11, because it was believed that a satire about George W. Bush would be unpatriotic after 9/11. I just wonder what direction the show would go in now if it were still on the air, because the reality is that this show was before Bush started doing a lot of things that some of us really laugh at now.

While they could have done better on the commentaries, it is important to realize that the fact that they included any at all given the limited popularity of this show is amazing, and even more amazing that they were able to get all of the cast members together for each of them. If you hate George W. Bush, get this set… if you love George W. Bush, get this set too. It's a funny show no matter which way you swing politically.


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 10/13/06

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