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Rating
Video:   8/10
Audio:   8/10
Extras:   1/10

Gotta love all the B.S.
by Gord Lacey (All reviews)
5/14/2010

    The seventh season of this award-winning series featuring master showmen Penn & Teller, delivers viewers an aggressive, humorous exposé of taboo topics, using the duo's trademark humor, knowledge of carnival tricks as well as hidden cameras and blatant confrontation. Nominated several consecutive years for the Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and Outstanding Writing for Non Fiction Programming, Penn & Teller: Bullshit! continues its controversial muckraking throughout season seven by confronting many of the institutions society holds dear.
Ahhh, I love this show almost as much as I love the magic duo, and that's a lot! Another season of controversial topics, and another season of wonderful episodes.

This 2-disc set does NOT include all 10 episodes from the seventh season; "The Vatican," episode 10, have been left off the set (and is mentioned on the back of the packaging):

Disc 1 (2:20:21)
Orgasms (28:03)
Astrology (27:54)
Video Games (28:11)
The Apocalypse (27:58)
Lie Detectors (28:15)

Disc 2 (1:51:01)
Organic Foods (27:58)
Taxes (28:04)
Lawns (26:47)
Stress (28:12)

Video

For a show shot on video, and presented in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1), Bullshit! looks great. The picture contains a bit of noise here and there, but it's free from grain and dust that plague film-based shows. There isn't a chapter set right after the opening so you'll have to fast-forward, or watch the catchy opening, and there isn't a "play all" option either.

Audio

Showtime has provided us with three different audio tracks for this release: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Stereo and Spanish Mono. I listened to the 5.1 track, and while it was good, it didn't make very good use of the available channels. The dialog was properly centered, and the rear speakers were used mainly for music. Since the show is essentially a documentary, there's little that can be done with the soundtrack like there is with a drama, or even a comedy. Episodes are captioned.

The English Stereo track is still the default audio track, just like with previous Showtime releases. They haven't caught on that every other studio makes 5.1 the default. I keep hoping they'll catch on one day (but I'm not holding my breath - I'd die).

Extras - How we rate extras

Californication Bonus (57:02)
The first two episodes of Californication season 3 are included on the second disc. It's a nice bonus since these episodes aren't on DVD yet.

Summary

Bullshit continues to provide funny, and sometimes informative episodes. They don't present a balanced view of a subject, but then again they don't pretend to be balanced; you know where they stand on a subject within the first minute or so. I'm always surprised when I look at an episode title and think "that sounds really boring," only to discover that's one of my favorite episodes. Then there are the episodes I know I'll enjoy, such as "Video Games," which features the biggest douchbag in the video game industry, the disbarred lawyer Jack Thompson. It was a great episode.

Following in the footsteps of the show, this DVD release has a bit of controversy as well; the episode "The Vatican" has been left off the set. Why was this done? Well, one could assume that the church had something to do with it. As one reader pointed out to me, the episode information is also completely removed from Sho.com, the official Showtime website. Denying an episode ever existed? Well... that's Bullshit!


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