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The Movie:

Like "Jackass" crossed with "America's Funniest Home Videos", "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and "Fear Factor", "Most Extreme Challenge" is a delightfully bizarre creation: the series (which airs on Spike TV) takes an older Japanese game show ("Takeshi's Castle", from the early 90's) that put constestants into insane (and often painful) stunts and dubs it all - in wickedly funny fashion - into English.

Hosts Kenny and Vic introduce both teams (both of which are made up of a particular group of people, such as hotel staff, reality stars or clerical workers), who face off in different challenges, each more painful than the next (and many of them featuring mud in some fashion.) Any particularly nasty falls (and there are some that will make most viewers cringe) are replayed again and again and followed up in the "Most Painful Eliminations" section at the end of the episode.

Some of the hilarious (and rather inspired) challenges include: "Tumbling Dominoes of Doom" (contestants have to run across a row of giant dominoes as they start tumbling), "Wall Bangers" (contestants try to jump through the correct door out of a series of doors, but if they guess wrong, they smack into a wall), "Get Hard" (players must crawl on all fours through cement towards a flag before they get stuck), "Log Drop" (try to cross a set of rolling logs...over a big mud pit), "Sinkers and Floaters" (trying to run across a set of rocks - some of which float and some of which sink - in the muddy water without slipping and falling in), "Rotating Surfboard of Death" (players ride a surfboard that rotates over a giant mud pit, trying to jump over obstacles at various points along the way) and "Boulder Dash" (players try to make it up a path and narrowly avoid boulders rolling down towards them.)

Season 2:

14 Food Service vs. Hobbyist
15 Hi Tech vs. Civil Service
16 Cable TV Workers vs. White House Employees
17 Reality TV vs. Animal Lovers
18 Toy & Games vs. Clerical Workers
19 Beauty Pageants vs. Military Personnel
20 Entrepreneurs vs. Hotel Staff
21 Former Olympians
22 Entertainment Media vs. Unions
23 Wedding Industry vs. Trucking Industry
24 Wall Street vs. Alcohol Industry
25 The Monster Special
26 The Winter Sports Special



The DVD

VIDEO: "MXC" is presented by Magnolia Entertainment in the show's original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. I'd guess that the image quality on this presentation is similar or equal to the original presentation. Sharpness and detail are still often quite good, although occasional scenes look a tad softer than the rest.

Aside from some slight artifacting and a couple of moments of shimmering on occasion, the presentations looked crisp and clear. Colors remained bright and nicely saturated, with no smearing or other concerns.

SOUND: The stereo soundtrack offers crisp music and presents the dubbed dialogue clearly.

EXTRAS: Included in the set is an original episode of "Takeshi's Castle", a short (nearly 6 minute) look at the recording sessions for the show and a roundup of "Kenny Blankenship's Most Painful Eliminations of the Season". It's especially fascinating to watch the original episode (which does offer subtitles) to see the original dialogue and humor (as well as the full credits sequence.)

Final Thoughts: "MXC" not only offers some incredibly funny dubbing, but the various challenges are great fun to watch. The DVD set offers fine audio/video quality, as well as a few minor supplements. Recommended.



DVD Information





MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge - Season 2
Magnolia Home Entertainment
2 DVD Set
1.33:1
Stereo
260 minutes
Dual Layer:Yes
Anamorphic:No
Region:1
Available At Amazon.com: MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge - Season 1 DVD Set,MXC: Most Extreme Elimination Challenge - Season 2 DVD Set,