Friday, July 21, 2006

Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes Review

Whenever a DVD starts with an introduction from Weird Al Yankovic, you know you're in for an interesting trip. Ren & Stimpy: The Lost Episodes premieres three completely new episodes that were so wild, even Spike TV couldn't air them. The box also includes a separate DVD with the three episodes of Ren & Stimpy Spike TV aired. If you missed them for the short time they were on Spike TV, then this is your chance to catch up with the hilarity.

The new episodes are completely finished. There are no half-done episodes that were cut off in the middle of production. The subject matter is very fresh and original. From Ren washing girls in the shower to Stimpy carrying his and Ren's love child, you definitely won't fail to be shocked and entertained.

The inclusion of the Spike TV episodes is also great. Since the show had such a short run on the channel, I've been looking forward to seeing the episodes again. They seem even better the second time.

However, I must issue a warning to the squeamish: These episodes are gross. Really gross, even by my twisted standards. If you can't stand snot eating and the multitude of references and uses of fecal matter, steer away from this title.

The only other possible downside I saw was some of the commentary to introduce the episodes. Though some was interesting, other interviews were just plain boring.

As a long-term fan, I really hope these DVD episodes help Ren and Stimpy to be revived like Family Guy. The fact that almost all of the copies were gone by the time I got to Best Buy gives me hope.

Summary: These episodes are the Ren & Stimpy you always wanted to see.
Final Score: 4 out of 5

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