Who ya gonna call? Mythbusters!
Mythbusters features Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have worked in Hollywood special effects for decades. The twosome decide to put their knowledge of pyrotechnics and rubber latex to work busting hundreds of common “myths”, from two colliding bullets fusing together to throwing a fire extinguisher into a raging inferno to make it explode (and thus putting out the fire). Savage and Hyneman receive help form some resident experts including Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci (among others), who help the main Mythbusters set up and execute their experiments. Let the busting begin!
My nephews love Mythbusters. We have watched the show together many a time and they love how the Mythbusters deconstruct ideas and fallacies that we think we know, then turns them on their ear and shows us whether they are actually true or not. Everyone who has seen the show has a favorite ‘myth’ that Adam and Jamie have busted. For me it’s the time they watched the movie Jason X (the tenth film in the Friday the 13th series) and tested one of the kills in the movie: a girl gets her head frozen in liquid nitrogen and then smashed on a counter, shattering it to pieces. The twosome set out to see what would really happen if a human head were frozen in the concoction, and if it would smash to pieces. They ended up ‘busting the myth’, but did so in a funny and entertaining way.
It’s hard to believe that Mythbusters has been on the air for ten years now (well, about 12 years since it debuted in 2003, but who’s counting?). To celebrate the show’s anniversary Discovery has released Mythbusters: 10th Anniversary Collection which collects fifty of the show’s best episodes, as picked by the Mythbusting team themselves. The episodes run the gambit from testing out how damaging a cannonball made of stone can really be to various baseball myths (like corking a bat). From Hollywood pyrotechnics to swimming in a syrupy goo (to see if it’s faster than cold water), the Mythbuster team works overtime to dispel or prove things we think we know.
If you’re a Mythbusters fans, Mythbusters: 10th Anniversary Collection will certainly appeal to you. This 10-disc set includes hours and hours of myth-busting and features some of the show’s most creative (as well as fun) episodes. There is little variance in the episodes – they’re all generally the same thing idea (taking a myth and putting it to the test), and then showing the viewers how they came to their conclusions. Luckily for viewers Savage and Hyneman are both likable characters, each of them injecting the series with a lot of fun and banter (the two often argue like brothers, but it’s clear there’s genuine affection between them). Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci making fine additions to the hosting duties with Byron offering up a lot of enthusiasm and one suspects, intentional sex appeal.
Word on the street has it that this coming season of Mythbusters is going ‘back to basics’ by ditching the supporting team members (Kari, Tory, and Grant) and focusing more on Adam and Jamie. It’s a shame because the five members work great together as a team, offering up a lot of interesting â€œscience-yâ€ stuff while making it palatable and entertaining for both adults and kids.
Each episode of Mythbusters is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Each of these 50 episodes are in good shape without any major issues or defects. I wouldn’t say that the image quality is top notch, but for a reality TV series these episodes are in very good shape. The soundtracks for each episode are presented in Dolby 2.0 Stereo in English. Much like the video transfers these soundtracks get the job done and little else. It’s a very front heavy mix without much dynamic range or fidelity. Also included on this set are English subtitles.
Considering this set was created specifically to celebrate the show’s decade long run it’s a bit surprising that no extra content or supplemental materials have been included with this package. Maybe for the 20th?
This Mythbusters: 10th Anniversary Collection is a lot of fun for fans of the show, though those who enjoy watching the show season by season will certainly be unhappy with this hodgepodge of episodes. Discovery has offered up good video and audio components but little in the way of supplemental materials.