THE PLOT THUS FAR
Animated MTV series about two teenaged heavy-metal music fans who occasionally do idiotic things because they are bored. For them, everything is “cool” or “sucks.”
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Deemed by many as a potent symbol of America’s terminal decline, this lowbrow animated series was wildly popular with teenage viewers in the 1990s and is widely regarded as the pioneering force behind a new genre of subversive cartoon humor. Beavis and Butt-head’s lives and perspectives are governed by a few basic imperatives: their love of TV and rock music, and an extreme distaste for school and the overall concept of learning in general. It would take almost 14 years before Beavis and Butt-Head returned in 2011. The 2000s had passed without Beavis and Butt-Head. Music videos still exist but not as they once were. TV in general is as good as dead. Computers and the internet have largely replaced the “need” for TV. Sex, drugs, nudity, etc are now no longer rare on TV. So does Beavis and Butt-Head have a place on TV anymore? Well, not so much when it comes to music videos or sexual content in them. That’s for sure. Season 8 nevertheless feels like Beavis and Butt-Head has never been away, even though the music videos have been replaced by the reality shows that are currently being aired on MTV.
The fourth season opens up with a mix of stand-by animation to fill the comments and barbs against MTV reality shows and the spattering of music videos. The HD kicks in when we see Beavis and Butthead take on Twilight, abortion clinics and Spurlock style documentaries. There are moments throughout the series where it approaches and surpasses the classic run. However, there are times when the show gets lazy and just relies on passing judgment on how society has gotten dumber than the titular duo. Also, the latter half of the season seemed to run out of ideas after the copier incident. Do we really need to keep Todd around at this point in the game? Stewart still makes a fun straight man to the team, but Todd has ran his course.
The Blu-Ray comes with the entire 2011 San Diego Comic-Con panel, MTV mash-up interruptions and a Silence Your Cell Phone announcement. The 1080p transfer is pretty sharp, but it stays to its intended 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The DTS-HD track is supportive, but it doesn’t really have anything to show off other than some environmental noise. Still, it’s the return of MTV’s second greatest animated series in glorious HD. Now, if they could just release Liquid Television in its entirety. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 02/14/2012