The Mighty Boosh-Series 2 (2004)

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Released 4-Apr-2007

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Short Film-Sweet
Short Film-Pilot Episode
Featurette-Boosh Publicity
Featurette-Making Of
Outtakes
Deleted Scenes
Gallery-Photo
Audio Commentary-For all episodes
Featurette-Boosh Music
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 167:53 (Case: 300)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Paul King
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Noel Fielding
Julian Barratt
Michael Fielding
Rich Fulcher
Matt Berry
Victoria Wicks
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $29.95 Music Julian Barratt


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary 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 English Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

    Season 2 of The Mighty Boosh sees Howard Moon (Julian Barrat) and Vince Noir (Noel Fielding) having left the zoo to pursue their music career. Lodging in the spare room of Naboo the Shaman's (Michael Fielding) flat, the pair go to great lengths to further their careers and impress birds. Bollo the gorilla has also escaped the zoo and is living as Naboo's familiar when he is not a DJ on the local club circuit.

    This season sees a slightly different formula to the show. The humour is the same and the situations just as ridiculous as those in the first series, but the format is a little closer to a conventional sitcom than the first season. Most notably, there is a lot less of the characters talking directly to the audience to set up gags. Series 2 is a bit more adventurous than the first series, but ultimately not as funny. It certainly compares favourably to anything else being made at the moment, but the first series of The Mighty Boosh is a lot to live up to.

    For a bit more background on the show, check out our review of the first series.

    The episodes featured in the series are:

  1. Call of the Yeti: Howard takes the gang on a holiday to the mountains, but the group find themselves caught in the midst of Yeti mating season.
  2. The Priest & the Beast: Desperate to find a new sound for their band, Howard and Vince listen to Naboo's legend of how psychedelic funk duo Rudi and Spider discovered their new sound and defeated the obsolete Betamax bandit.
  3. Nanageddon: In an attempt to impress a couple of goth girls, Vince pretends to be a warlock and summons the evil demon Nanatoo, a little old lady who proceeds to take over bingo halls and bring about nanageddon.
  4. Fountain of Youth: Having an age crisis, Howard takes Vince on a search for the fountain of youth on Naboo's home planet Xooberon. Alas, they find that they are not the only ones seeking the fountain of youth... The green cockney Hitcher has his own plans for the fountain.
  5. The Legend of Old Gregg: After a disastrous gig Howard and Vince flee London and lay low in on old fishing village where they encounter the part man, part fish Old Gregg and his creepy box of secrets.
  6. The Nightmare of Milky Joe: On their way to the USA to make the big-time, Howard and Vince are stranded on a desert island. They soon befriend an emerging civilisation of coconut-on-a-stick people, but Howard gets into some legal strife when his relationship with one of them turns sour.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The show is presented in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio and is 16x9 enhanced.

    The video is is of a high standard, provided your expectations are for a modest-budget British comedy shot on video. The image is quite sharp. There is a small degree of low level noise noticeable in each of the episodes. There is a good degree of detail visible in shadows and dark scenes.

    The colours in the show are quite bold, but skin tones are occasionally a touch on the pink side.

    The series looks to have been shot in-studio on video, so there are no film artefacts visible. There are no noticeable MPEG compression related artefacts.

    English subtitles are provided. Based on the portion I sampled, they appear accurate and reasonably well timed.

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Audio

    One English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 Kbps) soundtrack is present in each episode. It is of a high quality for a stereo track.

    The dialogue is clearly audible and well synchronized throughout.

    The show generally breaks into song at least once every episode and uses tracks from previous episodes as background music occasionally. As well as being a highlight of the show itself, the musical numbers particularly highlight the great sonic depth featured in the soundtrack.

    There is a noticeable degree of pro-logic surround usage in the soundtrack, particularly during the musical numbers. The musical numbers also feature plenty of deep bass that is picked up in the subwoofer region.

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Extras

Tundra Pilot Episode (28:42)

    The pilot episode for the show is presented complete and unedited. The script for the pilot and a portion of the footage would go on to form the basis for the Tundra episode in the first series. About half of what is here is different to the broadcast episode of Tundra and plenty of the ad libbed one-liners are different. The pilot also features Richard Ayoade (who has found success recently with The IT Crowd) as the enigmatic adventurer Dixon Bainbridge.

Sweet Short Film

    A short film starring Noel Fielding and Julian Barrat that was made several years prior to The Mighty Boosh. Fielding plays Pete Sweet, a hip young guy who falls in love with a friend's imaginary sister but raises his best mate Stitch's (Barrat) jealousy in the process. A suitably offbeat and funny bonus.

Boosh Publicity Featurette (19:01)

    A day in the life of the Boosh guys on the publicity trail. Starting with an early morning pick up to take them to a breakfast TV show, this fly on the wall footage follows them to a host of publicity engagements throughout the day.

Making Of Featurette (28:31)

    A very worthwhile making of that covers all the bases. From development of the episodes, through to creation of the sets and effects.

Outtakes (5:05)

    An assortment of set mishaps, forgotten lines and failed ad-libs. Given the short running time, this lot are worth a watch.

Deleted Scenes (14:23)

    Most of these "deleted scenes" are really just extended bits on existing scenes. Pretty much all of them appear to have been trimmed for time rather than because they weren't funny. These are well worth a watch as there are some gems in there.

Boosh Music (15:39)

    Most of the musical numbers from the episodes are available as individual clips. Although this presents nothing that can't be seen in the episodes themselves, it's a good feature simply because the musical bits are frequently the most fun in the episodes.

Photo Gallery

    23 fairly mundane promotional shots navigated with the remote.

Commentary With Julian Barrat, Noel Fielding and Rich Fulcher

    Commentary for each episode is included. The commentaries are a bit of a muddle of shaggy dog stories. They are occasionally funny and occasionally try a little too hard for laughs, but are never particularly informative.

R4 vs R1

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

    An identical set to the Region 4 release is available in Region 2. The Mighty Boosh is not currently available in Region 1.

Summary

    Another great series of Britain's most bizarre comedy of the moment. Series two of The Mighty Boosh is not quite up to the standard of the first series, but it's close.

    The video and audio are both of a high standard. The extras are excellent in number and quality.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Friday, September 14, 2007
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