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Flight Of The Conchords
The Complete First Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 360 minutes

Starring: Jemaine Clement, Bret McKenzie

 

 

Studio: HBO

Retail Price: $29.99

Features: None

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Surround, Spanish Dolby Surround, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (8 chapters per episode), Two-Disc Set

Released: November 6th, 2007

 

 


Just as they aired on HBO, the first season of "Flight Of The Conchords" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The episodes look pretty sharp for the most part, with vibrant and pretty deep color saturation. However, sometimes colors do smear, or look a bit washed out. Detail is excellent though, as are fleshtones. The episodes look clean too, but there's a lot of noise and edge halos that can be a bit on the annoying side. Regardless, the Conchords make a pretty good showing on the visual front. 

 

"Flight Of The Conchords" is presented in English Dolby Surround. I think the show would have benefitted from 5.1 mixes, but these are more than adaquete. Dialogue is easy to hear and very clear (even with those Kiki accents), and there are some nice sound effects that bring you more into Jemaine and Bret's world, such as cars whizzing by on the New York City streets or crowds in the background. Benefitting most of all though is the music, namely those great and catchy numbers Jemaine and Bret break into. The channels get filled, but with a 5.1 mix, it certainly would have been a richer and more layered experience. Still, for more limited tracks, things sound pretty dandy.

Dolby Surround tracks for the episodes in Spanish are also included, plus subtitles in English, French and Spanish and English closed captions. 

 

I'm astounded... there's nothing here. (The "Previews" you can watch before the episodes don't count.) HBO - can you please re-release this season with some extra features? Thank you kindly for your consideration.

 

"Flight Of The Conchords" is one of the funniest, original and most creative series to air on television in years. It's a shame that there are no supplements in this set, but the episodes look and sound pretty good. If you're a fan then you'll certainly want to re-watch these episodes, but I hope that this season gets double-dipped in the future.