Mythbusters: Collection 2

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The world is full of myths, urban legends, and old wives’ tales, but which ones are true? The answers are revealed on The Discovery Channel’s popular series Mythbusters. Hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, the show examines well known myths and urban legends, then puts them to the test. The hosts and their assistants set up trials, often complex and elaborate, to recreate the circumstances in which the myth could be tested. The process sounds simple, but it takes extensive research, design work, and in some cases, courage to get to the truth in each case. How the myths are explored and tested is an interesting, entertaining process, as the hosts make sure to provide insightful, humorous commentary in each episode. So if you want to know the truth, then just spend some time with the Mythbusters.

The Discovery Channel has created some unique shows, including Mythbusters, which educates us about well known myths, then puts the myth to the test. This kind of show has a specific audience in mind, but this one has more potential to pull in casual viewers than most. Yes, the show is about science, physics, and others such elements, so it does educate, but the use of myths and urban legends is a great draw. So even some who wouldn’t watch educational shows like this, will give the show a chance and once they do, Mythbusters is able to deliver both information and entertainment. This second collection of episodes comes from the fourth and fifth seasons, which means a lot of the common myths have been covered. So in these episodes the show focuses on lesser known, but still interesting myths and urban legends. I had fun with these episodes and if you’re a fan of the show, you’ll want to check out Mythbusters: Collection 2.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. This show looks fine here, though of course, not as good as it does on Discovery HD. The show has a simple visual design and it holds up here, with a clear, clean presentation. I saw some minor digital artifacts, but nothing serious. The colors seem normal and accurate, while contrast is acceptable. The show is filmed mostly inside of a workshop, which isn’t ideal for visual appeal, but for what it is, the show looks good here.

Audio: How does it sound?

The show has rather basic audio needs, so this stereo soundtrack is sufficient. I think this sounds about like the show does when broadcast, a little raw at times, but acceptable. The vocals sound clear and without error, while the sound effects come across well also. I don’t think anyone will be overly impressed by the audio here, but the show sounds good and I don’t think it sound much better than this.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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