Kids in the Hall: Complete Season 1 1989-1990
Their groundbreaking and surreal sense of humor at times echoing the likes of Monty Python, the Kids in the Hall took the television sketch comedy form to delirious new heights. Now, with the DVD release of the first season of The Kids in the Hall, fans can enjoy all of their favorite sketches and characters in addition to taking a fascinating look at the origins of the trend-setting troupe. With each episode presented in 1.33:1 full-frame, the show as presented here looks at least as good, if not better, than fans will remember it -- with vibrant colors and even skin tones making for a great picture. The Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack rings through loud and clear with a well-balanced mix that is free of any audible distortion. By this point, die-hard fans can probably recite each episode line-for-line, which makes the inclusion of over two hours of extra features an enticing addition to this already solid release. Beginning with the 45-minute documentary "An Oral History," the Kids recall the trajectory of their career from their early days performing as "The Audience" to their meeting with Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and subsequent deal with pay-cable giant HBO. It's certainly fascinating to hear the tale told straight from the mouths of the performers themselves, and the discussion of some controversial sketches and the trials of adapting their stage show to television will no doubt interest fans. Audio commentary on the two best-of compilations ("Pilot Episode Favorites" and "Season 1 Favorites") is lively and shows that the Kids are still sharp as ever, and a handful of sketches from a late-'80s Rivoli Theater performance give an appetizing look at what was to come for the troupe. The inclusion of a Rolling Stone article offers a great time capsule from when the Kids were just about to break out as well. Also included are biographies for the Kids.