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Tenacious D – The Complete Masterworks 2 (2008/Sony/Epic Blu-ray)


Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: C     Concert: C



Starting back in 1994, then barely-known Jack Black and Kyle Gass formed Tenacious D, a Rock duo with some differences.  For one, they were a sort of send-up of the genre, yet also post-modern version of Rock Music where all the fantasies and dreams of the Rock world live long after the genre has lost its dominance.  They even had a TV show, but now, they have a Blu-ray and Tenacious D – The Complete Masterworks 2 is that disc.


This starts with the usual fan banter outside of the Paramount Theater where the duo is about to perform, including singing their songs and quoting them as if they were great wisdom.  Then the show begins and they perform the following:


1)     Kielhasa

2)     History

3)     Wonderboy

4)     Dio

5)     Lee

6)     Saxaboom

7)     The Road

8)     Hell Movie Skit

9)     Kickapoo

10)  Karate

11)  Dude (I Totally Missed You)

12)  Kyle Quit The Band

13)  Friendship

14)  The Metal

15)  Papagenu (He’s My Sassafrass)

16)  Master Exploder

17)  Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)

18)  Double Team

19)  F#*% Her Gently

20)  Tribute

21)  Who Medley



Black does his version of singing that he did so well in School Of Rock, but here, I was not certain how serious I was or was not supposed to take this.  The duo is serious enough to write and perform all of these songs, but I did not find any of them particularly memorable.  However, considering the comedy and even nostalgic angle (i.e., when Rock was the dominant genre), you can actually watch the whole thing and laugh and/or be otherwise amused and still enjoy this on other levels.  However, it only did so much for me and enough was enough.


The 720p 1.78 X 1 image has its share of discoloration and detail issues, though color could sometimes be very good.  This is the first such lesser 720p HD we have seen on Blu-ray and though a DVD would not be able to make some of the footage look this good, this is only so good itself.  The PCM 48/24 5.1 mix fares better, yet between some location sound and other sonic limits to the music, is inconsistent.  Extras include Music Videos for “Time Fixers” and “Classico”, “Master Exploder” appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, 2006 MTV Movie Awards appearance and “The Metal” on Saturday Night Live.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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