Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Brisco County Jr. Coming to DVD this July

On July 18th, Warner Home Video will release the Complete Brisco County Jr. television series.

From the box:
The world's favorite western/sci-fi/comedy/action cult hit rides again! Here on 8 discs is the complete series about Brisco (Bruce Campbell), a tough-as-rawhide cowpoke, debonair ladies' man and Harvard-educated smarty-britches who roams from Frisco to Jalisco in pursuit of outlaws who killed his father...and in search of a mysterious orb possessing out-of-this world powers. Hot lead and cool anachronisms await Brisco as he and his sidekicks - including Comet, the intellectual equine who doesn't know he's a horse - fight for justice in the way, way, way-out West. Put your boots in your stirrups, your tongue in your cheek and join the fun. Let's play cowboys and aliens.

Brisco was a show released in the early 90s and was one of the first shows which captured the "leftover" stew tastes of the Generation X audience. The invasiveness of popular culture, and genre combination, in the conversation/culture of Generation X gave rise to many shows that combined anachronistic retellings of old pop-culture. Shows like Hercules, Xena, and even more recently Firefly have displayed this distinctive formula. Take an established genre, in this case the Western cowboy show, add humor, metacognitivity (self-awareness), and tropes from other genres to create a show to satisfy an audience that loves popular culture old and new. Brisco was a show made in heaven for those who grew up watching The Lone Ranger, Star Trek, and Batman on UHF.

Hurry up and pre-order the show.

While you are at it, you might want to watch American Gothic while you are waiting. Sean Cassidy's supernatural drama was ahead of its time.

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