FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

THE PLOT THUS FAR Flight of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name...
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THE PLOT THUS FAR

Flight of the Conchords follows the trials and tribulations of a two man, digi-folk band from New Zealand as they try to make a name for themselves in their adopted home of New York City. The band is made up of Bret McKenzie on guitar and vocals, and Jemaine Clement on guitar and vocals.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

Living on New York’s Lower East Side, they play heightened, or rather unremakable, versions of themselves, a clueless duo dividing their days between failing to establish a band and unsuccessfully courting the ladies.

Normally awkward and inexpressive, Bret and Jemaine periodically burst into song a couple of times an episode, during conversations or in inner monologue. The fantastical sequences that accompany these warblings about mermaids and David Bowie exist in stark contrast to the mundanity of their lives and the pokiness of their shared apartment, often shot in the style of a music video or film pastiche.

Sending up a range of musical genres, and covering everything from Lord of the Rings’ prog-rock to the theme of kids’ TV show Albi The Racist Dragon, some of the funniest involve the gauche Kiwis’ rapping as their inoffensive alter-egos the Rhymenocerous and Hiphopopotamus. Such energetic set-pieces exist in harsh relief to the performances they give within the show’s ‘reality’, which typically sees them playing to crowds of two or three people.

With the tunes principally drawn from the Conchords’ back catalogue, fans may be disappointed that the renditions here are often far from definitive versions. Bowie, for example, is stripped of much of the bonkers joy of its recording on the Folk The World Live album, although the extra visual dimension more than compensates.

The DVD is loaded quick featurettes that take a look at the Conchords’ world. You get a look at manager Murray’s meetings with the New Zealand consulate and his efforts to get the band to the next level. There’s a look at Dave’s Pawn Shop and there’s a documentary about how the band came together. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also some deleted scenes and outtakes. If you’re a fan, then this is a must-buy.

RELEASE DATE: 08/04/09

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