Monday, June 6, 2016

DVD Review - Detectorists Series 2

The Los Angeles Times top new show of 2015 returns for another delightful season, Detectorists, Series 2 debuts on DVD onJune 7, 2016 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Winner of 2015 BAFTAs for Best Scripted Comedy and Best Comedy Writing, the series stars Mackenzie Crook (Game of Thrones, The Office, Pirates of the Caribbean), who also wrote and directed the series, andGolden Globe- and Emmy-nominated Toby Jones (Captain America, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games), who is nominated for a 2016 Best Male Performance BAFTA-Award for his role. They star as two oddball metal detecting enthusiasts scouring the English countryside for treasure. Series 2finds the quirky duo marking the crash site of a WWII plane as their next treasure hunting territory while working together to solve their individual troubles. Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle), and her real mother, Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) also star in the series. Striking comedy gold, this highly enjoyable series charms with “an astute script, sublime acting, and deft characterization” (Daily Telegraph). This 2-disc DVD set features six episodes plus a special Christmas episode, a behind-the-scenes featurette (33 min.), and more ($39.99, Series 2 made its national premiere on Acorn TV, the premier streaming service for world-class television from Britain and beyond.

The eccentric members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club return in this critically acclaimed dramedy about two misfits searching for Saxon treasure in the English countryside. Although Andy (Mackenzie Crook) has completed his archaeology degree at last, he remains unemployed and worries about providing for his wife, Becky (Rachael Stirling), and newborn son while trying to live up to the expectations of his imperious mother-in-law (Diana Rigg). Still looking for love, Lance (Toby Jones) is surprised when someone special walks into his life. The arrival of a young German man who enlists the help of the DMDC to uncover the mystery of a crashed World War II plane proves the world of metal detecting is as tempestuous as their personal lives.

BBC Four premiered Detectorists, Series 2 in the UK in October 2015 and select public television stations began airing the series in April 2016 through APT.

BONUS: Christmas Special episode (31 min.), a behind-the-scenes featurette (33 min.), and a behind-the-scenes photo gallery

Street Date: June 7, 2016                             SRP: $39.99               Contains strong language
DVD technical details: 6 episodes on 2 discs • approx. 177 min., plus bonus • SDH subtitles • UPC: 054961247097

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 amidst a lot of other hilarious drama. There are six episodes in this season including:

Episode 1 - Andy is still unemployed and is worried about providing for his family. Lance is still smitten with his ex. The club is hired to help look for a WWII plane.

Episode 2 - Lance finally gets a date. Becky is considering volunteering is Africa. The search for the plane goes on.

Episode 3 - Sophie follows Lance on his date. The plane might be on the mayor's property, but he wants something in exchange for searching.

Episode 4 - Andy has a job interview.  They team blackmails the mayor into letting them search their land. There may be something shady about the crash.

Episode 5 - Andy gets the job, Peter claims to give up on the crashed plane.  Andy & Lance find a gold coin in Peter's wallet.

Episode 6 - Lance is afraid he lost his daughter. Andy must make a big decision. A big rally at the plane sight has some unexpected visitors. 

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