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The new State DVD: You'll wanna dip your balls in it!

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 14th 2009 3:05PM
Louie, the guy who wants to dip his balls in it, from MTV's TV bloggers get a lot of free DVDs to review. They range from the dull and drab to titles that some people would run over someone on the way to the movie store to get.

It's very rare, however, for anyone to get their grubby little hands on a title powerful enough to reverse the polarity of the universe and restore order to chaos. I managed to score that very thing a week before anyone could and I didn't have to sell my soul, my first-born child or any of my bodily objects to get it.


Frustrated fans and even members of the show's cast have been clamoring for Viacom and company to sign off on a DVD box set of MTV's most under-appreciated show The State. Miles of red tape and nearsighted executives prevented any ounce of hope from shining through the dark void the show left on television. MTV's new five disc set for release on Tuesday, news we broke back in April, has corrected the mistake and earned everyone responsible for its hold-up some karma points for their crimes against hilarity.

The set includes everything anyone who hasn't seen the show expects from it: a complete rundown of the episodes, extra features that explain the origins and development of the show and uncomplicated and engaging DVD menus that a monkey could operate if a money found that show interesting. MTV usually has no problem achieving that since monkeys are their primary audience for most of their non-music shows.

The State box set, however, keeps their hardcore and extremely patient fans in mind the most. The first thing you'll see when you unwrap the plastic and slide the plastic cases out of the cardboard is a note from the cast explaining their involvement in the development of the box set and some of the changes that had to be made due to licensing and copyright issues. It's one of many personal touches and tweaks that make it clear everyone involved had the most dedicated fan in mind while they were re-recording dialogue on a Barry and Levon sketch or blurring a trademarked image in a detailed back-drop.

The commentaries present an interesting mix of funny dialogue that give the DVDs some longevity, long after you've re-memorized and annoyed all of your former friends with reenactments of your favorite sketches and jokes. And if you still have friends after that, you can scare the remaining ones away with useless backstage trivia of the show's birth and history sprinkled throughout each episode. Did you know, for instance, that the show was announced by cast member Kerri Kenney's father, Larry Kenney, who also voiced Lion-o from The Thundercats? If you're still reading, there is more.

Each episode disc has a smattering of interviews, bloopers and outtakes to go with each season. The third "bonus disc" is loaded to the gills with unused sketches, some of which like the infamous "Drag Dad" sketch make you realize just why they are "unaired". It also has the show's very funny pilot episode and a dozen more promos, deleted scenes and special appearances including their "ballsy" MacBeth re-enactment during MTV's Spring Break special and their first talk show interview from a non-gray haired Jon Stewart.

It is the first DVD box set in recent memory that puts its fans ahead of fiscal concerns or financial constraints. If you've been praying to see The State go to DVD in your lifetime, prepare a goat sacrifice to thank God for heeding your call.

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cret

i would love if you guys did a full review of this boxset.

July 14 2009 at 6:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kawai

i heard all the licensed music got changed because of copyrights and because of that a lot of scenes got re-dubbed?

i would love if you guys did a full review of this boxset.

July 14 2009 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jordan Werme

Give it to me. Now.

July 14 2009 at 3:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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