Reviews & Columns
Reviews
DVD
TV on DVD
Blu-ray
4K UHD
International DVDs
In Theaters
Reviews by Studio
Video Games

Features
Collector Series DVDs
Easter Egg Database
Interviews
DVD Talk Radio
Feature Articles

Columns
Anime Talk
DVD Savant
Horror DVDs
The M.O.D. Squad
Art House
HD Talk
Silent DVD

discussion forum
DVD Talk Forum

Resources
DVD Price Search
Customer Service #'s
RCE Info
Links

Columns




Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule: Seasons 1 & 2

Warner Bros. // Unrated // October 16, 2012
List Price: $19.97 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Casey Burchby | posted November 27, 2012 | E-mail the Author

John C. Reilly's Dr. Steve Brule is one of the most
likable characters in recent TV history. He first made regular appearances
on Tim and Eric
Awesome Show, Great Job!
beginning in 2007. Brule was a special
correspondent for Tim and Eric's fictional Channel 5 News, offering
commentary and advice on topics like the human body, stomach doubling
(adding a second stomach for the consumption of junk food), and how
to drink wine. Exhibiting behavior that straddled the narrow territory
between man-child and stroke victim, Reilly's appearances as Brule
quickly became a highlight of Tim and Eric's abstract non-sequiturs
and grotesquerie. Reilly's electro-fried curly hair, lazy stare, garbled
delivery, and what appeared to be semi-improvised dialogue created a
character who hardly knows whether he's coming or going, let alone
what he's talking about.


Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule is a rare example
of a well-developed and justified spinoff. Yes, the show can wear out
its welcome if you watch these episodes back-to-back - a quality it
shares with Tim and Eric's brilliant parent show. But, parceled out
one at a time, these are hilarious 11-minute installments of bizarre
hilarity.


Like many other regular features on T&EASGJ!, the concept of Check it Out! is that of a program on a public-access cable
channel likely viewed by the insane, infirm, or, most probably, no one
at all. (In fact, a number of Tim and Eric's regular supporting cast
- David Liebe Hart and James Quall, to name two - come from exactly
that world.) On Check it Out!, Brule explores his world with the curiosity
and intellectual rigor of a six-year-old with a microphone. Each episode
focuses on a specific topic ("Health," "Fear," "Boats"),
and after opening with a predictably clunky poem, Brule interviews invited
guests or provides a field report from a relevant location. The topics
provide new grounds for Brule to reveal his intellectual limitations,
his inability to connect with other human beings, his lack of social
and interpersonal skills, and his childlike lack of physical awareness.


The episodes are all funny - some more than
others. Reilly's performance seems to have undergone subtle changes
between the six episodes of Season 1 and the six of Season 2. His vocal
delivery is slightly different; in Season 2, he emphasizes a certain
way of mispronouncing words with added "r"s ("broats" instead
of "boats," for example), and his performance generally seems to
rely upon a narrower range of tics. In the Season 1 episodes, the character
is less predictable - closer to the Brule of T&EASGJ!


The DVD


Image and Sound

Part and parcel of Tim and Eric's overriding aesthetic for T&EASGJ!, Check it Out! looks like it was shot on video as a no-budget
television program. VHS-like editing screw-ups are rampant. But the
look of the show is as intended - and the DVD replicates that perfectly
well. The 2.0 stereo soundtrack is about as active as you might plausibly
want a show like this to be; anything more dynamic would stretch the
credibility of the concept.


Bonus Content

The DVD contains lengthy bonus footage, all divided between Deleted
Scenes and Extended Scenes, running a total of 47 minutes.


Final Thoughts


Check it Out! is one of the most consistently strange and uncomfortable
comedy programs ever put on television. Co-created by Tim Heidecker,
Eric Wareheim, and star John C. Reilly, Dr. Steve Brule takes us on
a tour of the disordered mind of one awkwardly misguided man who has
somehow wound up with a 15-minute time slot at 5:00 a.m. on Channel
5. A wonderful collection of episodes that stand up well upon repeat
viewings. Highly
recommended
.

Casey Burchby lives in Northern California: Twitter, Tumblr.

Buy from Amazon.com

C O N T E N T

V I D E O

A U D I O

E X T R A S

R E P L A Y

A D V I C E
Highly Recommended

E - M A I L
this review to a friend
Popular Reviews

Sponsored Links
Sponsored Links