Danger! 50,000 Volts! (2002) - DVD Review
By Widge - posted 08.06.05 @ 8:08 pm
Directed by Matt Gillbe & Matt Griffiths
Released by: Rykodisc.
My Advice: Yeah, you'll want this just to show it around.
The world is a dangerous place. Pretty much, no matter where you are, you are susceptible to it sneaking up on you and handing you your ass. That's why we should be grateful for Nick "The" Frost, Chazzie award-winning actor, who in his spare time becomes the Sir David Attenborough for the potentially lethal. He circles the globe seeking out danger, confronts it, smirks at it, and then instructs us, the audience, on what to do in that situation.
The features are as bizarre as they are extensive. Every show has a commentary. All of them have Frost, they usually have the director of the episode, a producer, and sometimes the person who handled research. The commentaries are filled with the right balance of information about the production, in-jokes and stories, and just general misbehaving. The package is a bit confusing, since you would assume that without "Series 1" or something on it, this must be the extent of the show. But it's through the commentaries I learned there's more of this to be had. Which is a good thing.
The bonus episode-length bit is "Danger! 50,000 Zombies!" and it pairs Frost with Shaun of the Dead amigo Simon Pegg, here playing the part of a mad as a hatter Aussie professional zombie killer. Done just like the regular series, complete with animation, it differs in that it's rambling and slightly incoherent and slightly surreal. But regardless, it's damn funny. Watch for the cameo from zombie Steve Emerson, Winchester owner from Shaun.
Beyond that, the only other bit is some kind of "Holy shit, watch out!" symbol that appears during the show in the lower left hand corner of the screen. You hit Enter on your remote to flip to one of the Dangerous Facts. The only problem is, I must have missed the part where it told you to do that, because it wasn't until much later that I realized that must be what the symbol was for. To be honest, though, save yourself the time: when it switches over to the Fact, it lingers a bit too long and breaks the show's odd rhythm. You're better off watching them all in one fell swoop as a bonus feature.
The show's damn funny, that's the bottom line. I want a Series 2 set immediately, please. And I'm telling you, you'll want to own this one, because nobody over here's heard of it. So you'll want to break all your friends in on it. Well done, Mr. Frost.