Beavis And Butt-Head Volume 4

Beavis And Butt-Head Volume 4
Nobody gets Mike Judge immediately and pretty much everything he's ever made has taken a while before its true genius was recognised. Both Office Space and Idiocracy turned into cult classics after disappointing initial runs, and somehow King of the Hill stuck around for 13 seasons despite constantly being in the shadow of The Simpsons. But when he announced that Beavis and Butt-Head was being revived for MTV, people genuinely were excited. It turns out that after 15 years away, the time was right for their return, although there was the fear that it would never live up to their '90s glory days. But Judge knew that in order to make this a success, he would have to change as little as possible, making it a simple return rather than a radical reinvention and that's just what he did. It's as if nothing has changed since the duo left our televisions back in 1997. The animation is still pretty rudimentary and hasn't made the transition to widescreen or HD. The most glaring difference in the episodes is that instead of only critiquing music videos in their unique way (which they still do), Beavis and Butt-Head also take the time to watch some of MTV's current show roster. Or to put it another way, they take on Jersey Shore, Teen Mom and their ilk, and are absolutely ruthless. It does turn out to be a match made in heaven, because thanks to the likes of Snookie, Beavis and Butt-Head are no longer the dumbest thing on MTV. As with Beavis and Butt-Head of days gone by, the episodes are a bit of a mixed bag. There are always funny moments, but sometimes the plots aren't very interesting. When Judge pushes the narrative, as he does in "Holy Cornholio," where Beavis inadvertently becomes the leader of a cult, it's an absolute joy to watch. And with the same supporting cast of characters (sans Daria) and the same level of glorious stupidity, this collection of 12 episodes are as good as anything else with Beavis and/or Butt-Head in it. Also included on the Blu-Ray is the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con panel with Mike Judge being interviewed by Johnny Knoxville, some segments with Beavis and Butt-Head interacting with clips from Jersey Shore and a very short clip shown in movie theatres with the duo telling people to switch off their cellphones. (Paramount)