Kenny Everett: The Complete Naughty Bits DVD Review
PictureThe footage here is cracking on for 23 years old and is, of course, 4:3 ratio. Colours are a little fizzy, bordering on the murky with the image definitely leaning toward the soft side but the image is generally watchable. The footage has been transferred at a reasonable bit rate (circa 6mb) but there's still some evidence of artifacting, mosquito noise and moiré patterning. Problems are especially noticeable when Kenny is in front of his trademark bank of video monitors or when Hot Gossip are doing their “thing” against the output of the Thames TV smoke machine with blocking, banding and patterning constantly peeking in at the fringes of the picture. Some of this is certainly due to the original master tapes but fans may be disappointed that so little work seems to have gone into cleaning the footage up for DVD release. Realistically though, the image is certainly adequate for a show of this vintage.
SoundThe show was originally presented with a mono soundtrack which has been duplicated to Dolby Digital 2.0 for this release. As with the picture, the quality is serviceable for the age of the material. Don't expect much in the way of surround effects or low down bass though, this is a straight forward late seventies/early eighties show with no audio ambitions apart from a bit of disco and pop music to back Hot Gossip, oh, and Cliff Richard.
ExtrasAlthough there are extras listed at the top of this review, the options on offer basically boil down to a 7 screen biography of Everett and the option to watch the Cosgrove Hall animated Captain Kremmen, Everetts “Commercial Time” spoofs advertising Naughty Bit videos and Hot Gossip dance sequences isolated from the rest of the show. Interestingly, a look at the structure of the disc reveals that these are not presented using branching but, instead, are encoded as separate titles. From this I can't help but wonder why, if there is such a dearth of behind the scenes footage on the show, another episode or two from the shows' 35 episode run couldn't have been added. Disappointing.
VerdictIf you were a fan of Everett's in the 70's and 80's then this is probably will be a keeper. If you weren't, or are too young to remember Kenny's other work (I hate you all of course!) then this one will probably pass you by. Whichever, it's a shame that there are only two episodes present here given the shows 35 episode archive and the lack of (meaningful) extras is disappointing too.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £15.99
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