Monkees: Season 2

Monkees: Season 2

Director: Alexander Singer, Bob Rafelson, David Winters, Gerald Johnson

Cast: Alexander Singer, Bob Rafelson, David Winters, Gerald Johnson

     
 
This five-DVD set includes the second (and final) season of The Monkees television show, which first ran on NBC between September 11, 1967, and September 9, 1968. In addition to all 26 half-hour episodes, The Monkees: Season 02 also contains several substantial supplementary features. Primary among the bonuses is the inclusion of the 60-minute 33 1/2

Overview

This five-DVD set includes the second (and final) season of The Monkees television show, which first ran on NBC between September 11, 1967, and September 9, 1968. In addition to all 26 half-hour episodes, The Monkees: Season 02 also contains several substantial supplementary features. Primary among the bonuses is the inclusion of the 60-minute 33 1/2 Revolutions per Monkee special that only aired once, on April 14, 1969. The unmitigated and perhaps unexpected success of the Emmy-winning first season -- which ran September 12, 1966, through September 4, 1967 -- allowed the actors freedom to add to the creative processes both on- and off-camera. This gave Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz the opportunity to direct. It also led cast members to use their weekly, national prime-time platform to introduce the nation to hip up-and-comers such as Frank Zappa ("Monkees Blow Their Minds"), Tim Buckley ("The Frodis Caper"), and Charlie Smalls ("Some Like It Lukewarm"). For the more seasoned viewer, the commentaries are particularly worthwhile, as they host a plethora of behind-the-scenes insights and reminiscences. Although only eight of the programs contain commentaries, all four cast members as well as producer/creator Robert Rafelson contribute, as does musician and co-star of 33 1/2 Revolutions per Monkee, Brian Auger. His narration is especially illuminating as a one-time collaborator with a decidedly fresh perspective on the pre-fab phenomenon. Among the other extras are a few short excerpts from the bands' February 9, 1969, appearance on The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, as well as an interview with Gerry Sheppard. As the film editor of the television series, he was one of the primary players in designing the unique visual style for which the show became so celebrated. There are a few downsides, such as the difficult-to-navigate and tedious onscreen menus, poorly remastered video, inexpensive packaging, and insignificant liner notes -- that is, when compared to the oversized and fact-filled booklet that accompanied the complete VHS box set. These caveats aside, Monkees' enthusiasts will be enamored with each fun-filled episode as they remain remarkably fresh thanks to the frantically paced mix of slapstick comedy and ultimately timeless music.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2003
UPC:
0603497012824
Rating:
NR
Source:
Rhino Theatrical
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
11:50:00

Special Features

Remastered from original 35 mm prints and presented in 5.1 Surround sound; "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee" special; commentary tracks with all four Monkees; Monkees interview; vintage TV commercials; booklet.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Tork Peter
Micky Dolenz Micky
Davy Jones Davy
Leon Askin Nicolai
Michael Nesmith Frank Zappa,Mike
Monte Landis Shah-Ku,Major Pshaw,Mr. Zero,The Great Oracullo
Ron Masak The Count
Arlene Martel Lorelei
Arnold Moss Prime Minister Vidaru
Butch Patrick Melvin Vandersnoot
Chips Rafferty Actor
Cliff Norton J.L.
Deana Martin Daphne
Hans Conried Mendrek
Irwin Charone the Mayor
Jack Good Lance Kibbee the Sot
Jacqueline De Wit Aunt Kate
James Frawley James
Melody Patterson Ella Mae Chubber
Murray Roman Harold
Norman Grabowski Big Butch
Ondine Vaughn Natasha Pablova
Pat Paulsen Secretary,Narrator
Peter Whitney El Diablo
Rip Taylor Actor,Glick the Wizard
Ruth Buzzi Mrs. Witherspoon
Venita Wolf Brenda
Vic Tayback Chuche
William Glover T.N. Crumpets

Technical Credits
Alexander Singer Director
Bob Rafelson Director
David Winters Director
Gerald Johnson Director
James Frawley Director
Jon C. Anderson Director
Micky Dolenz Director
Peter Tork Director

Scene Index

Side #5 -- Episodes 57-58
1. Opening [4:33]
2. I'm a Believer [2:29]
3. Prithee (Do Not Ask for Love) [2:19]
4. Naked Persimmon [2:28]
5. Goldilocks Sometime [2:42]
6. Wind Up Man [1:36]
7. Darwin [1:28]
8. Only the Fittest Shall Survive [3:41]
9. I Go Ape [2:29]
10. Come On Up [4:08]
11. At the Hop [1:14]
12. I'm Ready/Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On/Tutti Fruitti/Shake a Tail Feather [2:22]
13. Blue Monday [1:35]
14. Little Darlin [1:25]
15. Long Tall Sally [:59]
16. Down the Line (Move On) [:50]
17. Dry Bones [2:26]
18. String for My Kite [1:29]
19. Solfeggietto [1:27]
20. Listen to the Band [9:21]
21. End Credits/California Here It Comes [1:20]

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