One of the funniest shows I've ever seen!
Jeffrey Ceterko | WESTFIELD, NEW JERSEY USA | 11/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dame Edna's neighbourhood watch is well worth the money. It's one of the most imaginative TV shows you'll ever see. Her wit is at top form here. You'll laugh and laugh and cry for more when it's finished. Why in the world this show was never brought to the US I'll never know. Dame Edna's humor must be just too sophisticated for a wide US audience. You have to listen closely and be really sharp to get all the inside jokes. This tape will become one of your favorites. Buy it will confidence that your money will be well spent!"
Laugh out loud funny!
James V. Mcfarland | Brooklyn, NY USA | 12/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having been a fan of Dame Edna's for years (and recently having the privledge of seeing her Broadway show in the first row center!) I loved this DVD. I can't remember when I laughed this hard, and pull it out when I am feeling a little blue to cheer myself up. From the gum on the hutch to the erotic dining room, you will laugh yourself silly! I want more!"
MUST HAVE for fans of British comedy!
Jeffrey Ceterko | 11/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I admit I am a fan of Dame Edna, but this DVD was better than I could have imagined. I haven't laughed this hard in years! I agree with the previous reviewer. If this program doesn't make you laugh, then you are already dead. Money well spent. The only complain I have is I would like to see MORE, MORE, MORE of these Dame Edna programs!"
More lunacy from the Mistress of Mayhem
Tracy Hodson | Middle of Nowhere, OR United States | 05/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Possibly the first "reality" television, Dame Edna re-invents the game show to do what no one else has previously dared do: reveal women's most closely-guarded secrets. No, not whether they are faithful wives, have a "checkered" past, or are stealing from their employers. This is small stuff compared to what Dame Edna uncovers. She goes straight for the most terror-inspiring act anyone can threaten your average middle-class housewife with: the revelation of how she REALLY keeps her house when no one's expected to visit! Is there a laundry pile larger than a small automobile? A toaster filled with enough crumbs to feed an entire Petting Zoo? A hidden stash of booze, or worse, chocolates and cookies? As the poor, unprepared "contestant" discovers, Trevor and his live camera are there at her house, ready to ring the bell. When they do, Madge, Dame Edna's brilliantly funny "bride's maid and travelling companion," answers the door and lets him in, and together they roam about the house uncovering bins, opening drawers, checking out what's under the bed, while the all-female, by-invitation-only audience howls with laughter and the horrified contestant watches in anguish. I, for one, have never understood this common fear amongst women, but it is real, and Dame Edna sends it up with glee, revelling in the absurdity of being upset at being discovered to be less than perfect. It's refreshing when the occasional contestant is actually amused herself (one of these has a house filled with erotic art from around the world, and has a great time watching Edna and Madge and the audience deal with that!)Madge is the real treat in this series, which does become a bit repetitive--it was a weekly game-show, after all. Her behaviour becomes increasingly lunatic (imagine her in head-to-toe leather--on second thought, don't), and it is her facial expressions that provide the greatest humour as she silently censures the contestant's state of affairs. Emily Perry's Madge alternates between a quietly seething unexpressed rage and a tolerant, profound fatigue after 30+ years of living with Edna, her lovingly brutal mistress, and in this series she really shines.Just as in her live shows, Dame Edna fulfills her mandate to treat ordinary people as stars, and vice versa. Her stars-for-a-night may be briefly horrified, but they get to fly off to Paris for a weekend with the "traitorous, treacherous, back-stabbing Rat" who let Dame Edna and her crew in. This person, by the way, is also known as the constestant's husband.I found the first series to be consistently funnier than the second, though both Edna and Madge are in top form in both. If you have trouble enjoying them back-to-back, make the show a weekly treat, as though it were still on TV."