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DVD Review: "The Passion of Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies Volume 2"

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DVD: The Passion of Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies Volume 2
Release Date: May 6th, 2008

While you may not have to be a dedicated Greg the Bunny aficionado to love The Passion of Greg the Bunny: Best of the Film Parodies Volume 2 you at least have to appreciate dirty puppet humor. It's been a year and a half since the Film Parodies Volume 1 release so hardcore fans must be chomping at the bit for this one but it's not a bad intro for people who missed the various iterations of Greg the Bunny on Fox and IFC. The Best of the Film Parodies Volume 2 is the second set of shorts from Greg the Bunny's stint on IFC and it, obviously, focuses on film and TV parodies.

This time Greg, Warren, Count Blah, and the Wumpus, have to extend themselves beyond the low hanging fruit the likes of Pulp Fiction, Easy Rider, The Godfather, Natural Born Killers.

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If you ever wanted to see Gilbert Gottfried killed you get your chance in the opening episode as the frequent guest star gets his right off the bat (don't worry he comes back). Some highlights of the DVD include an excellent parody of Lars Von Triers idiotic and pretentious movie, Dogville; Blue Velveteen which starts out as a fairly straightforward parody of Blue Velvet (Warren the Ape makes an awesome Dennis Hopper) but soon almost all David Lynch's movies (and "Twin Peaks") are brilliantly referenced; and then the title piece, The Passion of the Easter Bunny - Fabricated American Movie showcases the making of the 'passion of the easter bunny' documentary, where they really got Mark Borchardt from American Movie who is admirably game for self-deprecation.

Special additions include a brilliant parody of Jon Favreau's Dinner for Five (including a cameo by Favreau) with Martha Plimpton, Lou Ferrigno, Adam Goldberg, and Sarah Silverman as the "Dinner With Friends" guests. And if you think making puppets talk while sweating it out underneath some table while staying in character is a cakewalk, Loose Stiching: Behind the Scenes was both insightful and really funny. For those who never knew that Greg the Bunny started out on Manhattan Neighborhood Network public access in 1998 - footage of the first appearance of Greg the Bunny is also included on the DVD which is a winner for both the longtime fan as well as those who might be interested in filthy-mouthed violent little puppets which is a category of person that suddenly I found myself in.