The Trip: Four Course: DVD Review
Released by Madman Home Ent
Collecting together all four iterations of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon's trip, this serving of comedy is a meal of two courses.
It's the TV series and the cutdown film versions of the six parters which make up this set, which sees a version of Steve Coogan and a version of Rob Brydon going on the road to review restauarants and engaging in impressions and one-up manship throughout. But it's a mournful tone that pervades these shows which sets it apart - along with some stunning cinematography, and some sumptuous food being served up.
The TV versions, which see Rob and Steve head up to the north of England and Italy respectively, work better (even though the Trip To Italy is nowhere near as good as the first season) thanks to time to build the beats, the rhythms and the energy of the story.
The cutdown films are still reasonable and as funny, but it's the 6 part servings which feel more tantalising to the comedy taste buds and sit better on the palate.
Still, for a collection that pulls together all versions, it's fairly definitive and worth investing in.