Cast: Mike Tyson, Norm MacDonald, Rachel Ramras (VOICES)
Release Date: Now Available On DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7/10
In the animated adult comedy series, starring Mike Tyson himself, the former heavyweight champ is solving mysteries left and right with a little help from the Mike Tyson Mystery Team. This crime fighting team includes the ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry; Mike’s adopted Korean daughter, Yung Hee; and a pigeon who was once a man. The gloves come off as the former heavyweight champ and his team gear up for weekly adventures and put unsolved mysteries down for the count!
Retired from the world of boxing and now intent on helping those in need with his mystery solving skills, Mike Tyson (voiced by himself) joined by his ragtag group of random friends including his supposed daughter, a pigeon with a curse trying to drown his sorrows in booze and a homosexual ghost who always has an opinion. As this odd group of wannabe mystery solvers heads out to solve one ridiculous mystery after another thanks to random parchment requests, get ready for fun, laughs and plenty of offensive and downright hilarious mishaps as they refuse to give up or disregard even the most illogical or baffling requests.
‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’ is the type of series one would initially expect to be a joke, and in many regards it actually is, a hilarious and goofy depiction of the legendary Mike Tyson and a group of unlikely accomplices as they head out on random attempts to solve mysteries without any knowledge or experience of how to do so, more often than not only arriving at any answers or conclusions as a result of luck or more commonly outright stupidity. What makes the series work so well is Mike Tyson portraying himself and willing to participate in something so wonderfully outrageous, along with an altogether spot-on voice cast including the always wonderful Norm MacDonald among others, add to that a creative team that knows exactly what they want to accomplish and you arrive at ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries’; a hilarious, offensive and ridiculous (in the best way possible) adult oriented animated series you won’t want to miss out on.
Fans of the series or Adult Swim’s programming in general, along with all of the Mike Tyson fans out there will all almost certainly want to make sure to pick up a copy of ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season One’ on DVD as it arrives home with all ten episodes completely uncensored and available to own at last. The release delivers impressive standard definition video presentations and solid 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtracks on each episode. While some fans will undoubtedly be disappointed by either the lack of a Blu-ray release or the fact that no bonus content whatsoever is included on the DVD release, the solid video and audio presentations, and most importantly the inclusion of each episode uncensored will still make it a must-own for many.
The DVD release of ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season One Uncensored’ features a 16×9 friendly video presentation on all of the first seasons episodes, utilizing the 1.78:1 aspect ratio in which the episodes were originally broadcast. The video presentations look fantastic as far as standard definition presentations go, delivering a surprisingly sharp and detailed presentation on each episode, beautifully capturing the warm, vivid colors so prominent within the series and holding up quite well even during the fast moving sequences, never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are impressive standard definition video presentations that are about as good as it gets when it comes to DVD and they should easily satisfy the fans.
The DVD release includes a lossy 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack on all 10 season one episodes. These lossy multichannel soundtracks sound pretty solid, providing clean, discrete and at times notably active audio presentations on every episode, utilizing all five available channels on numerous occasions with any number of suitably fitting auditory elements including random noises and most prominently with the music, never causing any of the uncensored dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to be negatively affected or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are solid 5.1 channel Dolby Digital soundtracks that contribute even more fun to this hilariously goofy series.
The DVD release of ‘Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season One Uncensored’ doesn’t include any supplemental material whatsoever.
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Disc Rating: 7/10
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