Mythbusters: Big Blasts Collection (2008)

Genre(s): Special Interest
Image Entertainment || NR - 441 minutes - $29.98 || December 2, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-12-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

“Mythbusters” is one of my favorite shows and weekly viewing for me. The show’s success is obviously due to the dynamic between Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, two whiz guys who can build just about anything... and in turn blow it with high explosives that not just any ordinary dude can do in his backyard (for YouTube).

The two are joined by the lovely (and my #1 TV crush) Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, Grant Imahara (who would later replace...) and Scottie Chapman who was a regular for a year or so before moving on due to the hectic schedule (she would later return for a couple episodes). Chapman only appears in 2 episodes on this set.

In this “Big Blasts Collection”, it features 10 episodes from over the years (episode synopsis from the DVD):

1. ‘Salsa Escape’ — Jamie and Adam attempt to bust out of a Mexican jail using only salsa - will spicy or mild be the best choice? Then in the biggest blast test yet, the Mythbusters see if a massive amount of explosives can break up a cement truck filled to the brim with hardened cement.

2. ‘Exploding Port-a-Potty’ — Could you wind up with third-degree burns from a port-a-potty by lighting a cigarette inside it? The build team will use Adam’s “special sample” and find out if human waste really can create enough methane to produce this explosive result.

3. ‘Exploding Pants’ — Jamie and Adam probe a farm fashion disaster as they solve the mystery of a farmer’s exploding pants. Then Adam and Jamie tackle “the Great Has Conspiracy” and investigate whether the fuel and car companies deliberately make gas-guzzling cars to increase their profits.

4. ‘Air-Cylinder Rocket’ — Can a cracked valve on a compressed-air cylinder actually blast the tank through a cinder-block wall? The Mythbusters team builds a launch pad... then runs for cover. The Jamie and Adam explore whether it’s possible to get an engine running with black powder.

5. ‘Exploding Lighter’ — Find out if leaving a small butane cigarette lighter in your car on a sunny day can cause your vehicle to explode into flames. Next, the Mythbusters try to shoot down some popular Gunslinger myths such as “is it possible to shoot a hole clean through a tossed coin?”

6. ‘Grenades and Guts’ — Jamie and Adam tackle Tinseltown action-hero clichés: Will a heroic dive onto a live grenade actually save your buddies? Will dunking the ticking time bomb in water dampen the explosion? And finally, will putting a grenade in the fridge chill things out?

7. ‘Exploding Water Heater’ — Join the Mythbusters as they see if an ordinary water heater can build up so much pressure that it rockets through the roof of a house! Meanwhile, the team tries on some all-American legends about blue jeans’ flammability.

8. ‘Confederate Steam Gun’ — The team creates a mythic Civil War-era weapon: a steam-powered machine gun rumored to have fired 400 rounds a minute at a 300-yard range. But could it shoot to kill? And find out if you really can trip up the results of a polygraph test.

9. ‘James Bond Special – Part 1’ — See the Mythbusters create a watch that can deflect a bullet like Bond’s could in Live or Let Die, and find out if it’s possible to blow up a propane tank by shooting it with a handgun. Then the team recreates 007’s most spectacular speed-boat getaways and more killer spy-movie magic.

10. ‘James Bond Special – Part 2’ — In Part 2, Jamie and Adam pack high explosives into an ordinary ballpoint pen, create a deadly bowler hat to see if it could really slice the head off a statue and build giant steel jaws to see if metal-mouthed super villain could really chomp through steel cables.

Over the years I’ve probably seen every episode ever made and a good portion twice or more during reruns. Some myths are more interesting than others and some episodes overall are better between the combination of the myth and how the Mythbusters go about confirming or busting it.

Although I enjoyed all these episodes, given there are only 10 included, the cost per episode of nearly $2 (vs. $1.67 on other collection sets) makes this only a lukewarm recommendation. I will say that based on my research, they don’t double up on episodes already released on those “Collection” DVDs.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Image Entertainment releases this 2-disc set with no special features; not even a simple introduction...



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

“Mythbusters” is presented in anamorphic widescreen that is on par with what I recall from the HD airings on the Discovery Channel. The aspect ratio does change starting with 1.66 on early episodes before going to the standard 1.78 for newer ones.

Actually, even though this is only a Dolby Stereo track, it doesn’t sound too bad. It’s not great and I personally would use my TV speakers, but it won’t hurt your ears if you decide to use your surround sound.



.::OVERALL::.

My only complaint about this “Big Blast Collection” is even though the SRP is in line with all the other “Collections” ($29.98); those sets have 12-13 episodes versus this with only 10... So you’re not getting the most bang for your buck. Of course, this is the cheaper route than buying the complete season sets which seem to go for well over $50 each. As I said, I can really only give this a moderate recommendation but because it doesn’t seem to be any duplicate episodes, owners of the other sets might consider grabbing this one at some point.