Todd & the Book of Pure Evil-Season Two (2010)

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Released 5-Dec-2012

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy / Horror Audio Commentary-x 3 (Cast and Crew)
Outtakes-Blooper Reel
Deleted Scenes-Outtakes and Deleted Scenes
Music Highlights-Extended Musical Numbers
Interviews-Cast-Cast Q&A
Featurette-Making Of-Script to Screen
Featurette-In Memoriam: A Tribute to the Fallen Students of Crowley HS
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 277:59
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By James Genn
James Dunnison
Craig David Wallace
David Winning
Studio
Distributor
Entertainment One Starring Alex House
Maggie Castle
Bill Turnbull
Melanie Leishman
Chris Leavins
Jason Mewes
Case ?
RPI ? Music Shawn Pierce


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking Yes, much weed
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     Todd (Alex House), Jenny (Maggie Castle), Curtis (Bill Turnbull) and Hannah (Melanie Leishman), students at Crowley High, return for a second season of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. Also returning are Atticus Murphy Jr. (Chris Leavins), the school guidance counsellor who is now the leader of the Satanic cult based in the Crowley Heights Retirement Home, school janitor Jimmy (Jason Mewes) and the three slacker heavy metal dudes, Brody (Daniel Petronijevic), Rob (Steve Arbuckle) and Eddie (Norman Yeung), who have a far greater impact in this season.

     Todd and the Book of Pure Evil was originally a short film made by Craig D. Wallace and Max Bernard Reid (this was included as an extra on the first season’s DVD release). This incarnation is a Canadian TV series that has run for two series, of which the 13 episodes on these 2 DVDs are the second series that aired between October 2011 and January 2012. The events in season 2 start at the point where season 1 ended. Each episode runs only 21 minutes so the pace is frenetic.

     As in season 1 Todd and the Book of Pure Evil takes teenage angst and anxieties, such as popularity, belonging, the ecology and sex, and turns the solutions as twisted by the book into things quite bizarre and certainly not as intended by those who use the book. The show is loud, gross, somewhat crude with a heavy metal soundtrack and it is generally inventive with delicious dialogue and situations. Season 2 is generally more serious, and has a stronger story arc especially involving Atticus, whose assumption of leadership of the Satanic Cult, his on-going issues with his father and his problems with his minions is almost a separate story to Todd and the gang. The standard of episodes is also, to my mind, more varied with some episodes, such as 2 and 6 quite weak. However, the series can still come up with some wonderfully inventive situations, of which episodes 4 and 10 are examples. But each to their own I guess.

     The 13 episodes in season 2 are:

Disc 1

Disc 2

     Episodes 1-8 of Todd and the Book of Pure Evil are on disc 1; episodes 9-13, plus all the extras except for two audio commentaries, are on disc 2.

     Todd and the Book of Pure Evil returns for a second season of heavy metal, mayhem and laugh out loud black humour. It is unlike any other show you are likely to see any time soon and if you enjoyed season 1 you will be hooked. Awesome.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, the original broadcast ratio, and is16x9 enhanced.

     The print is sharp with nice detail. Colours are deep and skin tones natural, blacks solid and shadow detail good. There are no marks or scratches and other than the occasional motion blur no artefacts are evident.

     There are no subtitles.

     The print is very good and is consistent over the 13 episodes.

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Audio

     Audio is an English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround encoded track at 192 Kbps. Despite the low bitrate, there are no problems with the audio. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand most of the time although there are exceptions. The effects and music have a pleasing depth for a TV presentation, and the surrounds are used for music and some effects such as the book flapping away. There is no hiss or crackle, and my sub-woofer was not used.

     The mainly heavy metal score by Shawn Pierce is not overused. It fits the tone of the series perfectly and is augmented in each episode by tracks from various heavy metal bands.

     I did notice a few minor lip synchronization problems, but nothing distracting.

     There was an issue on disc 2 in episodes 10 – 13 that I did test on a couple of systems. At the end of each episode before the credits the episode stops and reverts to the disc menu. The end titles are there and you can find them by using the remote to select the episode and go through to chapter 5.

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Extras

     The DVDs come with a range of good extras. Other than the audio commentaries on episodes 4 and 7, all the extras are on the second DVD.

Commentary Cast and Crew Episode 4

     Cast Alex House and Bill Turnbull, plus crew Ian Malone (episode writer), Andrew Rossen (executive producer), Craig D. Wallace (writer/director of the original Todd and the Book of Pure Evil and executive producer of the series) and David Scott (creature effects designer) chat about the scripting, the cheerleaders and the effects. Lots of talking over each other and laughs but reasonably entertaining.

Commentary Cast and Crew Episode 7

     Cast Bill Turnbull, Alex House and Jason Mewes plus Max & Adam Reid (episode co-writers) spend time commenting on what is on screen and laughing a lot, and only provide minor information about the shoot. They talk over each other a lot too.

Commentary Cast and Crew Episode 13

     Alex House, Craig D. Wallace (who wrote and directed this episode as well as being writer/director of the original short film) and Gillian Truster (editor) do talk about the music, the editing and deleted scenes. However, they also chat inanely and laugh a lot, as well as saying how great everything was. Given this was the final of the series, and ties together a lot of strands, I was hoping for more.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (11:23)

     Seventeen deleted and extended scenes from season 2. Most are short, and there is a play all option. Some are good, and were cut to get the episode into the required short running time.

Extended Musical Numbers (5:31)

     Full or extended versions of the four songs in episode 10. Fun.

Special FX Bonus Material (2:54)

     Behind the scenes showing how they ripped the student apart in episode 2 and the arm ripping and hole in the head effects from episode 4. Includes tests that didn’t quite work! Interesting and worthwhile.

Blooper Reel (5:26)

     Five minutes of mistakes and laughs, some amusing.

”In Memoriam”: A Tribute to the Fallen Students of Crowley High (1:16)

     A montage of all those who have been killed in both seasons of the show. Pointless.

Script to Screen Featurette (16:16)

     A terrific extra looking at the production of one episode of the show, the B.Y.O.B.O.P.E. home party episode from this season. This is hosted by the director of that episode Warren Sonada. It includes footage of the scripting process including script conferences, casting the extras, the production meeting with the heads of departments, the cast read through, shooting one sequence, post production colour correction and editing. A fascinating insight into how a show like this is constructed.

Cast Q & A (15:05)

     More a making of EPK with Alex House, Maggie Castle, Melanie Leishman, Chris Leavins, Bill Turnbull and Jason Mewes talking about the development of the characters and relationships in season 2, and how much fun everything was. Not the worst example of its type, and worth one watch.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

     The Region 1 US version looks to be the same as ours, except for being in NTSC. Buy local.

Summary

     Todd and the Book of Pure Evil from Canadian TV returns for a second season of heavy metal, mayhem and laugh out loud black humour. It is unlike any other show you are likely to see any time soon.

     The video and audio are good. There are a range of extras, some very good indeed.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Ray Nyland (the bio is the thing)
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Review Equipment
DVDSony BDP-S580, using HDMI output
DisplayLG 55inch HD LCD. This display device has not been calibrated. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderNAD T737. This audio decoder/receiver has not been calibrated.
AmplificationNAD T737
SpeakersStudio Acoustics 5.1

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