Upright Citizen's Brigade: The Complete Second Season (1999)

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || NR - 222 minutes - $26.99 || September 18, 2007
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-09-22


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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

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Cast Audio Commentaries
  • 2 "Live" Audio Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Comic Cabana Performance
  • SPF Performance
  • Original Version of Minimalism Sketch
  • Q & A Discussion


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

I came into the second season set of "Upright Citizens Brigade" on DVD with higher expectations than when I saw the first season. Season 1 started a bit weak but built very quickly into a cavalcade of comedic calamity. Season 2 is a little more evened out.

For those who haven't seen the show or read my other review, the show is a sketch comedy show starring Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh as the Upright Citizens Brigade, an underground, secret organization that causes chaos and disrupts society in silly ways. They are also a framing device for the show's various sketch characters played by the four actors.

Season 2 is overall better than season 1. There are only two weak episodes ("Master Dialectician" and "Spaghetti Jesus") and even those have a couple of funny things in them. The rest of the shows are pretty much nonstop funny. Some of the standouts include "Big City" which features the whore and her manager sketch. "Mogorama vs. The Fart Monster" where kids start playing with throwing stars and a guy can't stop farting (sounds dumb but it works), and "Infested with Friars", where a bunch of goofy Friars overruns a woman's house and a kid fakes his own kidnapping to beat curfew (by having his friends beat him up and crap on him).

The season finale is again a fun one as this time the UCB creates another mocumentary about a drug called Super Cool. It's not nearly as good as the "Little Donny" finale from season 1 but it's still a great episode. The Titte' Brothers and some of the Cyborgs from season 1 also appear in a few episodes.

If you're a fan of season 1, you'll like season 2 just as much if not more.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentaries - The 4 cast members give audio commentary this time on every episode(as opposed to just 4 of them like on season 1). Commentary is just as funny as the last time. There were a couple of times where the cast seemed to get a tad bored as you can tell they did tons of these in a row but they're still very entertaining and having them on every episode gives you more bang for you buck.

Live Audio Commentaries on two episodes with audience Q and A - These are good too but I did get a tad annoyed with the audience this time. They tend to ask some of the same questions too much (how many times must we hear how the group was started?). Good listen, though.

Deleted Scenes / Sketches - These are not that great. Some of the scenes were just scenes from the finished show with maybe, one extra line of dialogue. There are also several deleted scenes from the episode, ‘Supercool’.

Comic Cabana Performance - The group shows their versions of comedic classics like "The spit-take", the "Double take" and others.

SPF Performance - This is funny AND creative. Matt Besser pretends to be a standup comedian while the three others pretend to be circus freaks doing tricks behind him. The tricks go hilariously wrong however.

Original Version of Minimalism Sketch - I think this really should've been on the season 1 set as it's the original filmed version of that sketch (this time with Ian Roberts playing Amy Poehler's role in the finished sketch). Funny but not nearly as the finished one.

Q&A Discussion with the Audience - This is really funny. The group sits around answering audience questions from a studio audience (who were obviously there during those live audio commentaries. I loved some of the group’s responses, especially the last question where Ian Roberts reacts quite...crazily and Besser calls him a cyborg... Good stuff.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Most of the episodes look and sound great but there are some weird sound problems on a couple of episodes. The first sketch on "Big City" is hard to hear, about halfway through, it goes back to normal sound. The ‘Latin diva singer’ sketch on "Hurricane" has sound that goes up and down throughout the sketch. The sound problems on both those episodes lower the score here a bit.



.::OVERALL::.

"Upright citizens Brigade" continues to be an very good sketch show in it's second season and if you have the first set, the 2nd is a must buy. If you were not so sure about the show after seeing the first season, I would still urge you to rent this one as it might change your mind about it.