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Monkees, The - Vol. 2

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Assembled in Los Angeles in 1966, The Monkees Emmy Award-winning television show spotlighted the group (featuring Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork & Micky Dolenz) as they tried to make it big in the music world. The show helped promote the band s albums and singles, helping bring songs such as I m A Believer , Last Train To Clarksville , (I m Not Your) Steppin Stone & others to the upper reaches of the chart. Season 2 features the final 26 episodes on 5 discs.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre overall Dec 9 2003
I'm a huge Monkees fan, and especially, a huge fan of the second season. To begin, I'm with fans everywhere in being thrilled that the entire series is now available on DVD. It's long overdue and I'm happy to have it. BUT -- and it's a big BUT ---
BUT, this DVD set has many, many shortcomings that are unacceptable in this day and age.
1) AUDIO & VIDEO: the quality of these film prints is, in many cases, abysmal. Dirt, scratches and other damage abound. I find it TERRIBLY difficult to believe that Rhino couldn't find a better copy for transfer. Rather, I suspect they didn't want to spend the money 'cleaning' up the picture. I work in TV & Film and ALL of these scratches and dirt marks COULD have been removed digitally. But, they were not. Likewise, the audio is often muddy and at very inconsistent volume. Some passages are soft while others are way too loud. A little quality control would have corrected this problem.
2) AUDIO COMMENTARY: With the sole exception of Mike's commentary on "Fairy Tale Monkees", all the commentaries on the episodes are 99% worthless. We're lucky if, in a given 28-minute episode, there are 5-10 minutes of actual commentary. Most of the time, Davy or Peter just seem to be silently watching the episode alongside us. And most of their comments are of the "Hmm. I remember that shirt!" variety. Just totally inconsequential and very few and far between. If your major contribution on an audio commentary is, "Hmmm, I remember that shirt!", why bother even doing it? It boggles my mind that Rhino even included these commentaries. That's how inconsequential they are. One would expect slightly more insightful commentary given that the commentators are, in fact, the Monkees themselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great shows, but sound quality not so great... July 12 2004
I've had this set for a while, but finally got around to watching them just recently, as I was working my way through the first season. I actually enjoy the second season episodes to the first, but I was disappointed at the sound quality of the music. Rhino owns the original master to the Monkees recordings, and could easily have improved on the sound over the original 16mm prints, but unfortunately didn't. The music clips on most episodes sound muffled and distorted. This is especially true for the "Rainbow" performances, the end-of-show music videos that feature the Monkees lip syncing to their songs. I didn't notice this on the audio of the first season shows. How hard would it have been to overdub the stereo recordings to these clips? On the plus side, the picture quality was generally excellent, and the inclusion of the rare 33 & 1/3 special (with very good audio) makes this worth recommending. However, I was still disappointed at this set from Rhino, a label with a usually excellent track record
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First of all, let me state that this review does not concern itself with the content of the Monkees episodes. I grew up with the show in 1970's syndication and love it. I'm a big fan of both the show and the Monkees' music.
The axe I have to grind is not with the show, the music, or the (1960's) Monkees themselves. Those aspects of the show get a 5-star rating from me. (And if you are reading this, then I assume you are also a big fan.) It's just that while Apple was able to wonderfully restore the Beatles' legacy in the "Anthology" DVD collection, Rhino chose not to do the same thing here...
My first problem is the fact that Rhino (or more precisely, AOL Time Warner, which bought Rhino in 1998) did not bother to spend any money to restore & clean up the audio or video of any of these episodes. If you bought the mid-90's VHS box set and were expecting an audio & video upgrade, you're going to be in for a disappointment. Rhino seems to have used the same video masters they used for the earlier collection (the 1994, 1995, & 1996 "program content" copyrights on the DVD boxes would support this theory).
The audio portions of each episode sound much softer than the title screens. As a result, you have to crank the volume up when you watch an episode. When the episode is finished, and you go back to the title screen (and forget to reset the volume), it's almost like being hit on the head when you are blasted by the *very* loud Monkee's Theme that will greet you there. Granted, this is a minor annoyance, but after you are startled a number of times, it starts getting to you.
The video quality is also rather poor. The episodes appear *very* dark and murky. Lots of details cannot be seen as they have faded into the shadows.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful Feb. 17 2004
For me, this was worth owning just for the performance of 'Cuddly Toy' at the end of the 'Everywhere a Sheik, Sheik" episode. Davy dancing with an impossibly cute blonde, and the other three Monkees hamming it up with vaudevillian hats and canes-- that moment captures all the fun and happiness and still woefully underrated musical talents of The Monkees. The shows in season 2 aren't as consistently innovative and clever as the first season product, but the music is superb (Daydream Believer, Pleasant Valley Sunday, Randy Scouse Git and all of Nesmith's country-pop contributions). Sure, the commentaries and sound quality could be better, but just having these shows in my collection is enough for me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Monkees The Vol 2
I don't like it because I thought they would sing write through the Dvd. They starting talking alot and it turn me off. And I will not be listening it every again. Francine
Published 13 months ago by Francine
4.0 out of 5 stars Season 2 - Hey Hey - It's More Monkees
As with season one, Monkees fans will be familiar with this show, so I won't go into detail about what the show is about. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2011 by TheTruth
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monkees are back
This is a review for season one a great DVD set. It has trivia for each episode which I found interesting and entertaining. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Ricky L. Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Monkees collection near completion
With the release of both Seasons 1 and 2 of "The Monkees" television series on DVD now over, I'm close to saying my Monkees collection is complete. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillariously Funny
The Monkees are great! Once you get past the fact that these shows were filmed in the '60s, they are quite enjoyable. I like the fact that these episodes contain clean humor. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars True Monkees fans... READ THIS!!!
I have been a Monkees fan since my childhood in the 70's. Now, as an adult in the professional entertainment business, I still find the Monkees very fun to watch. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Dennis Draper
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, Hey! It's The Second Season!
I enjoyed this DVD. The Monkees seemed more involved in the creative aspects of the show this season. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2004 by IC Whatyoudidthere
3.0 out of 5 stars Enough Already!
Please remember that these are the Monkees. They were, at best, a pop fad. Nothing more! They can be compared to the boy bands of today. Read more
Published on Dec 23 2003 by joseph
4.0 out of 5 stars These are my people!!
Well here I am again keeping the British end up! I have loved the Monkees for at least 23 of my 26 years on this earth so heres my two pennies worth:
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Published on Dec 10 2003 by Melissa, age 26
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