Mr. Bean-Volume 2: The Exciting Escapades of Mr. Bean (1991)

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Released 18-Jun-1999

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Booklet
Rating Rated G
Year Of Production 1991
Running Time 54
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By John Howard Davies
John Birkin
Studio
Distributor

Polygram
Starring Rowan Atkinson
Case Super Jewel
RPI $36.95 Music None Given


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 German
French
Dutch
Spanish
Italian
Danish
Finnish
Norwegian
Swedish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    This DVD is a compilation of episodes of Mr. Bean, dating from 1990 to 1991. The following skits are included;

The Curse of Mr. Bean

Mr. Bean Goes to Town

Bonus Skit

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The episodes that make up this compilation are more recent than those which made up the first Bean compilation. Accordingly, the video quality is significantly better, though it still only remains at an acceptable level rather than being anything outstanding.

    The transfer is presented at the Full Frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1 (4:3). The transfer is, of course, not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is reasonably sharp and clear. Shadow detail is acceptable but not remarkable, and very little low level noise is present. The quality of older episodes is not up to the quality of newer episodes, even though the overall quality of this compilation is better than the first Bean compilation.

    There is a video glitch between 38:01 and 38:02 which appears to be inherent in the source material rather than a transfer artefact.

    The colours were acceptably rendered. Once again, the older episodes were visibly inferior to the newer episodes, but they were all of an acceptable quality.

    No MPEG artefacts were seen. Some aliasing was present at times, but none of it was particularly bad.

Audio

    There is only one audio track on this DVD - English Dolby Digital 2.0.

    There is a glitch with the audio from 35:55 to 36:04, where it alternates left then right then left then right again before returning to normal.

    There is little dialogue, but what there is is readily understandable.

    There are no audio sync problems with this disc.

    The score is unremarkable.

     The surround channels were not used.

    The .1 channel was not used.

Extras

    This disc is bereft of extras.

Menu

    The menu design is basic and themed appropriately. Navigation is no problem.

Booklet

    This is a reasonable booklet which has disc contents and some biographical information on it.

R4 vs R1

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

    There is no exact equivalent of this DVD in Region 1. Region 1 have a solitary DVD available with 11 Mr Bean skits included.

Summary

    If you are a Bean fan, then you will be happy with The Exciting Escapades of Mr. Bean.

    The video quality is acceptable, with one significant glitch.

    The audio quality is acceptable, also with one significant glitch.

    The extras are very limited.

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© Michael Demtschyna (read my bio)
Monday, July 12, 1999
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Audio DecoderDenon AVD-2000 Dolby Digital decoder. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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