Mythbusters: Collection 4 (2008)

Genre(s): Documentary
Image Entertainment || NR - 514 minutes - $19.98 || May 5, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-04-26


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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 Surround)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

“Who are the Mythbusters?”

“Mythbusters” is one of the few shows today I will consistently watch week to week, when they actually have new episodes (the show just got back from what seems like a 3 month hiatus). For the uninformed, it’s a simple show: the Mythbusters – consisting of Jamie Hyenman and Adam Savage (A team) and Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara (B team) – go to prove or disprove certain myths ranging from things like the using salsa to burn through prison bars to various movie myths.

This “Collection 4” set contains 12 episodes:

1. Walking on Water – Can ninjas run on water, as legend would have us believe? Jamie, Adam and a ninjitsu master put their own toes above the water and try out other maneuvers like capturing an arrow in midair, firing a poison dart underwater and deflecting a bullet with their bare hands.

2. Western Myths – It’s Yeehaw and Hi-yo Silver as Jamie and Adam saddle up for some Western myths. But that’s not all. Kari, Tory and Grant test the modern marvel of airbags and find out whether they can indeed blow your thumbs off.

3. Big Rig Myths – Jamie and Adam try to find out if an exploding truck tire can kill. Then our intrepid pair finds out if “drafting,” driving very close behind a big truck, can save you fuel and whether Knight Rider’s K.I.T.T. could really zoom into the back of a moving truck.

4. Viewer Special – The MythBusters test a new batch of viewer suggestions, including our most requested myth ever: can sneezing really make your eyeballs pop out? Danger is no object as we go on to test whether you can stop a speeding car by putting it into reverse.

5. Superhero Hour – You’re not seeing things. As uncomfortable as it is, the MythBusters are wearing their underpants on the outside to test their favorite superhero gadgets and vehicles. Plus, we run a fun test to find out how long it takes to change into a typical superhero costume.

6. Lead Balloon – In this episode of “MythBusters”, surf’s up, dude! The team tests whether a couple of sticks of dynamite can create ideal surfing conditions and get to work building a lead balloon that can stay airborne.

7. Airplane on a Conveyor Belt – The team takes a crash course in remote-controlled airplane flying and get creepy with an experiment that tests whether roaches would indeed survive an atomic bomb blast. Then things get messy with a test involving 50 cans of shaving cream inside a car!

8. MacGyver Myths – This reverential episode of “MythBusters” pays tribute to the man who made something really useful from almost anything – TV’s legendary MacGyver! So the team gives it an ambitious try putting together a “plane” out of bamboo, a small engine and a roll of duct tape.

9. NASA Moon Landing – In this episode, the MythBusters tackle what some people think is the greatest myth of all time: NASA moon landing. Could this possibly have been faked? Jamie and Adam are determined to find out any way they can.

10. Viral Hour – We’ve all seen ‘em. Those amazing Internet videos of seemingly impossible stunts. Jamie and Adam try to duplicate some of the most incredible ones. With CGI and clever editing, any of these hugely popular videos could be a fake. So let the MythBusters set you straight!

11. Phone Book Friction – Legend has it that if you interweave the pages of two phone books, they are impossible to pull apart. The MythBusters go over the top to find out. Meanwhile, the team asks whether the climatic shark-battling scene from Deep Blue Sea could have actually happen.

12. Water Stun Gun – Jamie and Adam investigate a secret agent myth – that you can turn a conventional electric stun gun into a water-powered electric stun gun. And the guys test out whether walking on coals can be a cake walk, given the right mindset.

I have seen each of these episodes before, live when they first aired and for the most part, they are fun to watch. I am partial to the “A” team with Jamie and Adam as they’re more fun to watch with the preparation but I can’t complain too much when the “B” team has Kari on it... In any case, the “A” team handles some of the more interesting myths but “B” team also gets to have some fun with the explosions as well.

Although the season sets can be had (on store.discover.com) for $45 each (as of 4/21/09), the Discovery Channel have also been releasing shorter and cheaper collection sets which usually can be bought for around $15. Doing a quick cost per episode calculation, it’s $1.25 vs. $1.50 so technically you are saving $0.25 going with the collection route rather than season sets. Personally, while I would prefer the season sets, the Discovery Channel is always rerunning past episodes and also have marathons 2-3 times a year, so during those times will catch your favorites then.

“Mythbusters: Collection 4” contains some great episodes that are a fun time to watch, even for the whole family. If you haven’t seen the show before, you can check it out every Wednesday at 9pm (6pm for the HD feed on the West Coast).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

No features were included.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The show is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 1.78 aspect ratio. The picture quality isn’t the greatest as I noticed plenty of pixilation when looking at it closely, but it’s certainly serviceable.

The Dolby Digital Surround track is fine given the source but don’t expect to be wowed or anything. Personally, while it’s not annoying or anything, I would still use my television speakers...



.::OVERALL::.

“Mythbusters: Collection 4” is the cheaper option for fans of the show coming in about $30 cheaper. While I’m sure some would like having every episode of a season, this is still a good alternative to save some much needed dollars.