Saturday, August 29, 2015

DVD Review : Detectorists

Winner of BAFTAs for Best Scripted Comedy and Best Comedy Writing, Detectorists debuts on DVD on September 1, 2015 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. BAFTA-winner Mackenzie Crook (Game of Thrones, The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean), who also wrote and directed the series, and Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated Toby Jones (Captain America, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Wayward Pines, The Girl) star as two oddball metal detecting enthusiasts scouring the English countryside for treasure ($34.99 each, The six-episode BBC Four series made its U.S. premiere in August 2015 on Acorn TV, the premier British and international television streaming channel in North America, and select public television stations will begin airing the series later this year through APT. A second series is currently in production.

Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones strike comedic gold in this critically adored series. If only their characters, Andy and Lance, could be so fortunate. These amateur metal detectorists have an unhealthy fixation on uncovering a fabled trove of buried Saxon loot. Unfortunately, the world of high-stakes metal detecting is surprisingly turbulent, as are their personal lives.

Andy’s girlfriend, Becky (Rachael Stirling, The Bletchley Circle), is none too pleased about the amount of time he sinks into his fruitless hobby, and even less so when a female colleague (Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Peaky Blinders, Wolf Hall) enters the equation. Lance, meanwhile, is still hopelessly in love with his ex-wife—and finds several embarrassing ways to show it. Behind the most excruciating moments lies a winning combination of warmth, eccentricity, and humanity.

BONUS: Behind-the-scenes featurette (24 minutes)

Street Date: September 1, 2015                              SRP: $34.99 each     
DVD Single: 6 episodes – Approx. 180 min., plus bonus – SDH Subtitles
UPC 0054961241293                         ISBN 978-1-62172-412-4

My Thoughts 
Detectorists is a comedy that centers around two friends who have a slight obsession with metal detecting.  Andy and Lance spend all of their time looking for treasure and Andy's girlfriend doesn't like it. There are six episodes in this season including:

Episode One - Tensions flare between Becky & Andy when the team goes on a treasure hunt in the English Countryside.  The addition of a new student named Sophie only makes things worse.

Episode Two- While Sophie is doing research, Lance & Andy compete with a pair of rival detectorists.

 Episode Three- Lance and Andy enlist the help of an ex-cop to get the rogue treasure hunters out of their way.

 Episode Four- Andy is promoted to president of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club.

 Episode Five -  Andy and Becky's relationship gets buried even deeper as the detectorists struggle with their rivals.

 Episode Six - When they find bones instead of gold there's a mystery to solve. And Andy must choose between love and his favorite hobby.

 This fun series is full of laughs and a great way to unwind. To grab a copy for yourself, visit Acorn Media or head over to Amazon.