Men Behaving Badly

Series 2

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Details At A Glance

Category Comedy Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1992 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time
(not 135 as stated in packaging)
Other Extras Main Menu Animation & Audio 
RSDL/Flipper Dual Layer
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Director Martin Dennis

Warner Vision
Starring Neil Morrissey 
Martin Clunes 
Leslie Ash 
Caroline Quentin
Case Transparent Amaray
RPI $39.95 Music Alan Lisk

Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None Dolby Digital 2.0
16x9 Enhancement No Soundtrack Languages English (Dolby Digital 2.0, 192Kb/s)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Macrovision ? Smoking Yes
Subtitles None Annoying Product Placement Yes, mildly
Action In or After Credits No

Plot Synopsis

    I love Men Behaving Badly. It is a great comedy series, and still manages to make me laugh until I cry despite having seen many of the episodes more than once. I won't repeat what I said about this show in my review of the Series 1 DVD, but rather direct you to that review if you want to know in more detail what I think of the series as a whole.

    This particular compilation of episodes comprises the entire Series 2 of Men Behaving Badly and is notable in that Dermot (Harry Enfield) was replaced with Tony (Neil Morrissey). Oddly enough, the packaging of the DVD does not reflect this, still proudly proclaiming Harry Enfield as being one of the stars. Tony's character takes a while to get going, and so the first few episodes of this particular series are a tad on the shaky side as Tony establishes himself. Fortunately, he hits his stride towards the end of the episodes.

    The episodes that comprise this particular series are;

    1. Dermot's Left (23:51). This episode introduces us to the character of Tony. It is most definitely the weakest episode of the series, as Tony does not make an appearance until half-way through the episode. Along the way, Gary interviews more than a few nutty potential room-mates, including a catatonic cameo by the writer of the series, Simon Nye. Once Tony makes an appearance, the episode picks up as he quickly establishes himself as a kindred spirit to Gary.

    2. Rent Boy (24:22). Gary comes to the mistaken conclusion that Tony is gay, and overreacts in the typical male fashion. It takes the bluntness of Dorothy to put things right between them, thoroughly embarrassing Gary in the process.

    3. How To Dump Your Girlfriend (22:04). Tony decides that he needs to dump his old girlfriend because he fancies Deborah so much. He has considerable difficulty with his timing, so Gary decides to help out by fax, which, not surprisingly, doesn't go down all that well with Tony's soon-to-be-ex girlfriend. It doesn't go down too well with Deborah, either.

    4. Troublesome Twelve Inch (22:32). Gary finds an unexpectedly valuable record in Dorothy's record collection, and tries to keep his windfall all to himself. Unfortunately, Dorothy finds out about it and punishes him in her own unique way.

    5. Going Nowhere (23:58). Gary and Deborah get stuck in a lift, much to the disappointment of Deborah and delight of Gary. Tony and Dorothy are stuck in Tony's new van waiting for them.

    6. People Behaving Irritatingly (23:39). Relatives from hell of Tony's come to stay with Tony and Gary, causing incredible stress and irritation to Gary. The promise of a free holiday in Spain soon changes his attitude, at least on the surface.

Transfer Quality


    I commented in my review of the Men Behaving Badly Series 1 DVD that it looked pretty good for analogue videotape of its vintage. Series 2 is a step up in quality, and looks generally excellent. It would not surprise me to learn that Series 1 was captured on analogue videotape and Series 2 onwards was captured on digital videotape, the difference in quality is that marked.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1. It is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is nice and clear, with plenty of fine detail on offer, certainly far more detail than was visible on the first series DVD. Shadow detail is a little lacking in the darker scenes, such as the scenes in Tony's van during Episode 5. There is no low level noise.

    The colours were nicely colourful without being spectacular. Unlike Series 1, there was no colour bleeding noted.

    There were no significant MPEG artefacts seen. There was some moderate aliasing at times, usually along sharp edges and venetian blinds, but none of it was overly intrusive. I noticed one or two subtle video drop-outs, but nothing of any real significance.

    This disc is Dual Layered, but no layer change was detected during any of the episodes, so it seems as if the layer change sensibly separates episodes from each other.


    There is only the one audio track on this DVD, English Dolby Digital 2.0. There is nothing at all fancy about this audio track because there was nothing fancy about it to begin with. It simply does the job that it was intended to do - make you laugh. Having said that, the audio quality of this DVD is better than that of the Series 1 DVD, which sounded a little on the tinny side in comparison.

    The dialogue is always easy to hear, and there are no audio sync problems.

    There is no music in this series other than the opening and closing theme by Alan Lisk.

    There was no activity in the surround channels, and even the stereo presence of this soundtrack is limited to the opening and closing music and audience laughter. Otherwise, this is strictly a monaural experience. The subwoofer did nothing except laugh at the on-screen antics.


    There are only a limited number of extras on this DVD, but the ones that are there are excellent, and are presented extremely appropriately.


    The main menu features some very appropriate, and appropriately amateurish, animation and audio enhancement. It is different to the animation presented on the Series 1 DVD, and is equally funny and appropriate to the series.

    You are able to select each individual episode from the main menu, which then leads to a chapter submenu for each episode. This is a tad cumbersome, and an option to play all 6 episodes sequentially would have been appreciated.


    A series of relatively simple trivia questions lead to 4 separate groups of outtakes. These are both funny and appropriate. The relatively simple trivia is a nicely appropriate way of accessing these outtakes. If anything, these outtakes are funnier than the Series 1 outtakes.

R4 vs R1

    This DVD is not available in Region 1.


    Men Behaving Badly-Series 2 is a nicely-presented DVD of a great comedy series.

    The video quality is reasonably good but lacking a little in shadow detail.

    The audio quality is utilitarian.

    The extras are limited in quantity but very good in quality and thematic appropriateness.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
30th August 2000

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