The Young Ones-Series 2 (1982)

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Released 1-Oct-2003

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1982
Running Time 205:43
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Geoff Posner
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Rick Mayall
Ade Edmonson
Nigel Planer
Christopher Ryan
Alexei Sayle
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Peter Brewis


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
Dutch
Smoking Yes, what did you expect?
Annoying Product Placement Yes, but not annoying.
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    If you haven't experienced The Young Ones, then you have missed out on one of the best British comedy shows ever. But don't worry, all that can be fixed now that we finally have the entire series available here in Region 4.

    The general story of this series loosely revolves around four college students; Rik (Rik Mayall) the amateur anarchist and people's poet, Neil (Nigel Planer) the lentil-loving hippie, Vyvyan (Ade Edmondson) the pierced metal head, Mike (Christopher Ryan) the sophisticated schemer and their landlord Jerzei (Alexei Sayle). The series was co-written by writer/comedian Ben Elton who was also responsible for other classic comedy shows such as Filthy, Rich and Catflap and Blackadder. Only two seasons of The Young Ones were made. All six episodes from the second and final season are included on this disc.

    With a veritable revolving door of special guests and popular bands of the time, this is without a doubt one of the greatest variety/comedy series to come out of the UK, and is certainly not to be missed by any lovers of British comedy.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    I was pleased with this transfer. Considering the age of the source and the limited technology of the BBC in the 80s, this is a decent effort. Back in those days programmes were shot using videotape for studio scenes and film for outdoor locations. When broadcast twenty years ago, the differences between the two media would not have been that clear, however with the higher resolution of DVD the differences are glaringly obvious.

    The video transfer is presented in 1.33:1 full frame and is obviously not 16x9 enhanced.

    There are some examples of sharpness during close-ups, but there are also many instances where the camera sways in and out of focus. For the most part, this isn't the most crisp video transfer you will ever see, but it does the job. Lighting is pretty poor at times in both the outdoor and the studio scenes, making shadow detail very hard to come by. There was no low level noise present that I could see.

    Colours generally appeared true and showed very little bleeding. The limitations of the studio video equipment were apparent in artefacts such as motion trails in Time at 21:47 and a loud gunshot by Alexei Sayle triggers an example of microphony in the episode Sick at 16:07.

    There were no MPEG artefacts or compression problems to speak of. Some film artefacting appeared during location footage, consisting of tiny specks of dirt and scratches such as during Time at 1:14. There is some very poor stock footage during the opening sequence of Time, but this is very brief and necessary to set the following scene.

    The English subtitles were semi-accurate but very sterile, transferring the general feeling of what was being said and omitting a lot of slang and unnecessary dialogue in the process. Dutch subtitles are also available but are not obtainable via the menu and must be accessed manually.

    This disc is dual layered. I could not detect a layer transition pause, so I presume it must be placed at some point between episodes.

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Audio

    There is only one audio track, English Dolby Digital 2.0. This is an unimpressive, wafer-thin effort, with virtually no left to right panning and absolutely no spill to the subwoofer. Again, given the age of the source this is to be expected.

    Dialogue quality is good and always easy to understand. Some of the special characterisations were a bit hard to grasp due to their exaggerated accents, but I would expect that this is deliberate. There were no audio sync issues at all.

    The title theme is performed by the cast, and is a great rendition of the Cliff Richard hit of the 60s. There are some memorable musical interludes from popular 80s bands Madness, Motorhead and The Damned. There is some brief incidental music by Peter Brewis as well, but this was hardly noticeable.

    The surround channels and subwoofer were not utilised.

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Extras

    Absolutely nothing.

Menu

    The menus are silent, static and are not 16x9 enhanced.

R4 vs R1

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

    Any self-respecting fan of The Young Ones would have bought the Region 1 three disc set last year. How is it that Americans manage to receive a far superior DVD release of a British series? On top of twelve classic episodes, the Region 1 release contains:

    Regions 2 and 4 have received identically pathetic single disc releases of each season.

    I couldn't pick any obvious censorship or editing differences between the Region 1 and 4 discs, although the back cover of the Region 4 release does have some fine print that states "For contractual reasons certain music edits have been made". It's possible that the same music edits were made on the Region 1 release.

    The Region 4 menu graphics and navigation are virtually identical to the Region 1 disc. As far as video quality goes, I noted some regular low level noise in the Region 1 transfer, but not enough for me to discourage readers from making the obligatory Region 1 purchase. Shame on the BBC.

Summary

    The Young Ones is one of the most enduring comedy series from the 80s, and what better way could there be to relive your youth now that this brilliant series is available on DVD?

    The video and audio transfers are the best you will find at the moment, but there are absolutely no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Rob Giles (readen de bio, bork, bork, bork.)
Sunday, September 28, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-525, using Component output
DisplayPanasonic TX76PW10A 76cm Widescreen 100Hz. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationDenon AVR-2802 Dolby EX/DTS ES Discrete
SpeakersOrpheus Aurora lll Mains (bi-wired), Rears, Centre Rear. Orpheus Centaurus .5 Front Centre. Mirage 10 inch sub.

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Comments (Add)
All British series get a better deal on R1 - Bradavon
Buy R1!!! - Charlie & Tex
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Where to purchase Region 1? - Anonymous