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Mile High – Season 2, Part 1 & Part 2 (Koch DVD Sets)


Picture: C     Sound: C     Extras: D     Episodes: C



The series of Mile High all together baffles this reviewer.  The series in Season One started off slow, then got much better and even intriguing, but in the end turned ridiculous and outlandish.  Season One ended on an odd note where much of the cast was disbanded, only leaving several original cast members intact.  Season Two (both Parts 1 and 2) follows the same unusual path of being all over the place and half way through the 26 episode Season switching up the cast.  By the end of Season 2 only three original members of Mile High remain, can you guess who?


The British series Mile High, released by KOCH Vision, is definitely something else.  As a basic premise the series is just a show that follows the lives of a group of flight attendants, but underneath it is much more.  The show is full of sex, deceit, violence, money, alcohol, drugs and everything in between; and is not ashamed of it one bit.  There seem to always be new faces amongst the FRESH Crew and if they start out as a normal individual, they soon enough get pulled into the debauchery of the rest of the hoard.  Whereas the show is addictive to a degree, it quickly becomes a monotonous bore.


Each Season features 13 episodes, on a 4-disc DVD set just like the Season One presentation.  Also just like Season One, the technical features are not very impressive and lacking to a fair degree.  The picture once again is presented in a compressed 1.33 X 1 Full Screen/Frame that often feels squashed and occasionally out of frame; why did they not learn from the bad Season One release?  The picture quality is by no means great, the colors mostly have a neon appearance that are all too distracting and bright.  The unclear nature of the picture is disappointing and often is somewhat reminiscent of an analog VHS tape.  The sound once again is slightly better than the picture debacle in its Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, but even the sound has issues of constantly being compressed and distant, which means forget about surrounds.  After watching almost 10 hours of these characters develop throughout each Part 1 and 2 it would have been nice to see some commentaries and other extras, but sadly , just as on Season One, the 4-disc sets contains none.


The show is quoted as being ‘terrifically filthy…devilishly addictive’ by Entertainment Weekly on each box arts for Season 2, but falls short of both adjectives.  Where as the series definitely had its moments, in the end it crashed and burned with its monotonous sexual antics that were surprising at first but quickly turned boring and predictable.  As stated by this reviewer concerning Season One of Mile High, the series is never quite sure if it is a comedy, drama, or Cinemax late night special, which in some cases would be exciting but in the case of this series is just poorly executed.  This reviewer had high hopes for Mile High, but only managed to rise inches above mediocre.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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