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DVD Reviews: The Young Ones - Series Two

The Final Say!

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Reviewed by Andrew B
Review Date: 30 September 2003
Distributed by: Roadshow Home Entertainment






The final series of the Young Ones has arrived on DVD and continues the humorous exploits of four English university students in the 1980's who have nothing in common. The Young Ones included Rik or most commonly known as Prick with a silent P (Rik Mayall), the violent punk psychopath Vyvyan (Ade Emondson), the mellow vegetarian hippie Neil (Nigel Planer) and cool student for life Mike (Christopher Ryan). This season of the Young Ones is probably the most humorous of both seasons and features a variety of anecdotes such as Vyvyan getting pregnant, the housemates competing in University Challenge for Scumbag University and the finale of the series that had Vyvyan smashing things around the house saying "bored bored BORED!"

The comedy of the Young Ones has surprisingly dated very well and is still as funny as when it first screened in the 1980's. Much of the humour of the Young Ones is a combination of situational, slapstick, gutter and adult orientated humour. The Young Ones were created by Ben Elton, Rik Mayall and Lise Mayer who have all gone onto things bigger such as Black Adder and Bottom. Apart from the amusing comedy anecdotes of the four house mates, the series contains a variety of guest stars that included Hale & Pace, French & Saunders and Terry Jones to name a few. The series also had a recurring role for Alexei Sayle as a variety of characters that included a South African vampire and a money hungry real estate agent.

The video quality of The Young Ones DVD is a little grainy at the best of times with the colour system of the disc varying from bright to dull. Fortunately the sound quality of the disc is a little better than the video quality and features Dolby Digital 2.0 without any errors whatsoever. The disc doesn't contain any extras whatsoever which is a shame because it would of been nice to hear the commentary of the actors that starred in this show. Although the disc hasn't been improved for DVD, it is still quite acceptable and doesn't damage the enjoyment of the series.

With six episodes of the second series of The Young Ones (Bambi, Cash, Nasty, Time, Sick & Summer Holiday), the DVD is the perfect addition to anyone's collection and contains some of the best and insulting humour out there such as Neil sneezing "snot" all over the house to the housemates being threatened by a psychopathic madman, The Young Ones Series Two has something for everyone.

- Andrew B

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