|Beavis & Butt-head: Volume Three (2006)
Starring: Mike Judge, Tracy Grandstaff, Adam Welsh
Here are the only two words you need to read to know that you should buy this set, the third…and, reportedly, last…volume in Mike Judge’s series of “Beavis and Butthead” sets:
If you watched MTV’s “Liquid Television,” you probably saw this cartoon about a million times, but this is the uncut version, and it’s pretty gruesome to see the frog’s eyes as the bat hits him. Funny…but gruesome. And with that segment – which only lasts for about two minutes – we bear witness to the beginnings of “Beavis and Butthead”…and it’s all downhill from there. At least, I think it is. Would you consider it downhill to go from playing frog baseball to putting one’s penis into a bug zapper? (It’s a surprisingly tough call, isn’t it?)
One of the single funniest episodes in the run of the show appears on this volume: “Underwear.” The boys see an ad for the grand opening of a lingerie store – a thinly-veiled Victoria’ Secret – and proceed to stand outside for hours upon hours, just watching women go in and out of dressing rooms. When given the option to either go inside or leave the mall, guess which option they choose? The Christmas episodes are also particularly funny, offering up parodies of both “A Christmas Carol” and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the latter essentially having God say, “Honestly, the world would be a better place if we just killed them.” The boys’ guardian angel shows Butthead how wonderful things would be if he’d never existed, but Butthead decides that would be way too boring, so he decides to stick around.
The highlights of the video selections this time around include the Swedish group Stakka Bo (“It’s, like, we’ve got enough crap over here in this country; why do we need to go to Europe to get more?”) and Poison (“This is so horrible, I can’t even begin to tell you how much this sucks”), but aside from these notable examples, there just aren’t enough occasions where Beavis and Butthead rip into crappy bands. That used to be the best part of the show; it was a badge of honor just to see your favorite band appear. (I still can’t believe the Trash Can Sinatras made it onto the show.) Amongst the special features, we have the final part of the ongoing documentary, “Taint of Greatness: The Journey of Beavis and Butthead” (which spends a surprising amount of time tackling the “B&B” movie…surprising because the film will be reissued as a Special Edition later this year), along with a few of the other appearances the duo have made over the years, like on the 2005 Video Music Awards.Diehard fans of the show will no doubt continue to be really pissed off about the fact that Judge has excised scenes here and there, and that he’s left off several ostensibly-crucial episodes (“Cow Tipping” is the one most often cited for its omission), but, honestly, for what it is – the antics of a pair of dumb-asses doing dumb-ass things – this is still going to provide hours of laughs.