If Penn is right then I maybe one of the few people outside of Canada to see this series.
I got it on DVD from Amazon a few years ago and found it quite entertaining, especially Penn's aversion to the food in China and his realigning the plaque showing the direction of Mecca in Egypt.
I always wonder if you were just west of Mecca, do you still face west when you pray or do you face east???
I also have a bootleg copy of VR-5 as well as a legal VHS copy of the pilot. My wife enjoys this series and I keep hoping for a DVD release. Rhino Records used to sell the VHS so spam them with email asking for its release on DVD!
I remember catching a few episodes of this on CBC or some Canadian station. It's given Penn a lot of fodder for his show but the end product was actually really enjoyable.