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Beavis & Butt-Head – The Mike Judge Collection: Volume Two


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Episodes: B



In the second of a trilogy that collects Mike Judge’s highlights from his phenomenal hit Beavis & Butt-HeadThe Mike Judge Collection: Volume Two, some shows simply excel beyond belief in what they were says and showing.  For all the reactionary critics trying (hoping?) to write off the show as stupid and pointless as was said.  Words like “degenerate” were not far away either.


The animation improved slightly, while Mike Judge and his crew reached new highs in what they were saying and showing about the downside of society and that the stars of the show at their worst were not the real source of societies ills as much as the ills that madder them possible.  That is not to be apologetic or make excuses for them, but that their state of being is not 100% their responsibility in their case.  Since I said much of what I wanted to say about the show in my review of the first volume, I will not repeat myself.  This time, I will instead list the episodes while still skipping the summaries, listing the 40 cartoons hand-picked by Judge for this set.  The bolded titles are classics:


Disc 1: Plastic Surgin', Stewart Moves Away, Top O' The Mountain, Bad Dog, Lightning Strikes, Party, What's The Deal, Wet Behind The Rears, Animation Sucks, Candy Sale, Here Comes The Bride's Butt, Pregnant Pause, Oil Change, History Of Women, Beavis Can You Spare A Dime?, Premature Evacuation, Bang The Drum Slowly Dumbass, Close Encounters, Vidiots, Tired


Disc 2: Whiplash, Spare Me, Womyn, Murder Site, Another Friday Night, Patsies, Spanish Fly, Sexual Harassment, Green Thumbs, Bus Trip, Blood Pressure, Feel A Cop, US History, Date Watchers, Gang Of Two, Stewart Is Missing, Prank Call, Babysitting, Buttniks, Bungholio: Lord Of The Harvest (A Halloween Special)



The 1.33 X 1 image has once again been updated as much as possible, but the shows were produced hand drawn, with analog video compositing.  The result is some fringing in the fine details, but lets face it, the series purposely had crude animation as its style, which actually upped the humor.  With that said, they look good and those with 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 video playback can zoom in and will be surprised how well they reformat.  The image quality is a bit better this time.  Widescreen is still not the way they were intended to be seen, but it is an alternative that works.  Only their Beavis & Butt-Head Do America (1996) feature film is truly intended to be widescreen.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is also solid, though it has no real surround information.  It sounds really good for Dolby 2.0 at this kilobits-per-second rate, though.  The combination is superior to the previous DVDs and all other previous incarnations of the show, including broadcast.


Extras this time all on DVD 3 and include more Music Videos with commentary by Beavis & Butt-Head, 13 in this set, or two more than the last.  We also get another “interactive” weblink to Judge’s and Don Hertzfeldt’s The Animation Show, three promos for the show, two more amusing montages, previews for two other Paramount DVDs, the previous and next sets in this series, next featurette of a series to be concluded in the next and last boxed set: Taint Of Greatness – The Journey Of Beavis & Butt-Head, Part 2 and special appearances that shows their peak of pop culture popularity as follows: Butt-Bowl '94, '95, '96; MTV's 20th Anniversary Special, Calvin Klein ad parodies including of what turned out to be a very controversial campaign, Moron-A-Thon clips featuring Snoop Dogg and Unaired I Love the '90s segment.


The 13 music videos inter-cut with classic Beavis and Butt-head commentaries are: Beastie Boys, "Sabotage"; Seaweed, "Kid Candy"; Pantera, "I'm Broken"; Mercyful Fate, "The Bellwitch"; Compulsion, "Delivery"; Madonna, "Secret" (remix version); Six Finger Satellite, "Parlour Games"; Pizzicato 5, "Twiggy, Twiggy"; Rush, "Stick It Out"; Radiohead, "Fake Plastic Trees"; Extreme, "Hole Hearted"; Helium, "Pat's Trick" and MC 900 FT. JESUS, "If I Only Had A Brain".  All that makes this set as strong and maybe a bit stronger than the last.  It is still funny years later, with some of the material appreciating quite well.  Beavis & Butt-HeadThe Mike Judge Collection: Volume Two could not have arrived at a better time.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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