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Boy Meets World - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: BOY MEETS WORLD - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004 (Buena Vista Home Video)
color/approx. 506 min.
MSRP: $49.99
Number of discs: 3
Number of episodes: 23
Languages and subtitles: English, Closed Captioned.
Special features: Audio Commentaries on “Back 2 School,” “Who’s Afraid of Cory Wolf?,” “Wake Up, Little Cory,” “Fear Strikes Out” and “Home.” Video Commentary on “Fear Strikes Out.”


Introduction:

It hasn’t even been three months yet since season one came out on DVD and we are talking about season two! Buena Vista is releasing the series in a fast pace that all fans will like. Season 2 is going to be released on November 23.

The season two cast features Ben Savage as Cory Matthews, Rider Strong as Shawn Patrick Hunter, William Daniels as Mr. Feeny, Will Friedle as Eric Matthews, Betsy Randle as Amy Matthews, Danielle Fishel as Topanga Lawrence, Lily Nicksay as Morgan Matthews, Anthony Tyler Quinn as Mr. Turner and William Russ as Alan Matthews. This season some say went too fast. The season covers 6th, 7th and 8th grade. But, the season is good in my opinion. It’s when they get to high school the show starts to slip a bit.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some memorable season two episodes include: “Back 2 School,” “Pairing Off,” “Who’s Afraid of Cory Wolf?,” “Fear Strikes Out” and “Home.” Boy Meets World also had some familiar faces guest starring this season, some include: Phyllis Diller (“Who’s Afraid of Cory Wolf?”), Danielle Harris (“Sister Theresa”), Robin Leach (“On the Air”), Nancy Kerrigan (“Wrong Side of the Tracks”), Will Estes (“Career Day”) and Yasmine Bleeth (“The Thrilla’ in Phila”). Recurring actors include Jason Marsden, Danny McNulty, Ethan Suplee, Blake Soper, Darlene Vogel, Kelly Packard and Blake Clark.


Packaging:

Let’s start analyzing this set with the packaging. The color scheme for this set is blue. Season one was a maroon type color. The box cover has Corey, Topanga, Shawn and Eric sitting on desks smiling. The logo is in a white background and blue font. The logo we all know. Back of the box has four color snapshots with show and set synopsis, along with the list of special features in a black box. The case cover is the same as the box cover. Back of the case has a full color photo of the Matthews family along the stairs. When you open the case, you get about three small flyer type sheets. One is advertising the show’s first season on DVD and to watch the show weekdays on the ABC Family Channel. The next one is a sweepstakes form, in which you have a chance to win something from the Buena Vista TV-on-DVD library. The last one has information on how to save $10 by a mail in rebate and has a sneak peek at the season 3 set, coming in spring 2005. As for the case itself, when you open it, the left side has disc-by-disc breakdown with episode titles, writers, directors and if the episode has any type of commentary. There is also another message from Michael Jacobs, with his signature and about 5 small color photos surrounding his message. When you open the case a second time, you get to the discs. Now, this set’s case is not that good in my opinion. Season one’s case was bigger. Season two has only 2 sides for the 3 discs. Disc one gets its own side, while discs two and three are on top of each other. I’ve never liked the cases that have discs on top of each other. The Golden Girls and Home Improvement sets are also like this, so it looks like Buena Vista might be doing this a lot. Another packaging thing I did not like is that it is hard to put the case in the box. It almost breaks the other side of the box when you try to put the case in. So be careful!

The discs are all in blue, like the box cover. Disc one has a photo of Cory and mentions it has episodes 1-8. Disc two has a photo of Shawn and mentions it has episodes 9-15. Disc three has a photo of Topanga and mentions it has episodes 16-23.


Menu Design and Navigation:

When you pop-in disc one on your DVD player, you get the famous FBI Warning of course, the Buena Vista Home Entertainment logo, and then some previews automatically play of DVD sets of Home Improvement, The Golden Girls, Around the World in 80 Days and The Princess Diaries 2. After that you get to the menu screen! The season one theme song is playing in the background, since season two really didn’t have a theme. It loops, so it keeps playing over and over again if you don’t want to choose something really quick. The menu screen is blue and has the logo and video clips playing in the O’s in Boy and World. The options on the menu screen are: Episode Selection, Commentaries, Set-Up, Play All and Sneak Peek (only in disc one, the other discs do not have this). When you select ‘Episode Selection,’ you get to a sub-menu listing the episodes on the disc, with the episode number in a baseball, followed by a photo from the episode, and episode title. Like season one, when you go to Set-up, the options are: Captions, Return to Episode, Register Your DVD, and Main Menu. Register Your DVD is if you put the DVD on your DVD-ROM drive on your computer, you can register it and could get updates and technical support, in case anything goes wrong. The Sneak Peek is only available on disc one. There are trailers for the same four that pop-up before the menu screen on disc one and the following: Young Black Stallions, Where the Red Fern Grows, That’s So Raven and Kim Possible.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video quality is decent. Expect something similar to season one. The audio is pretty good, too. I didn’t find any flaws in either. Like season one, the episodes do have chapters, so you can get to a particular scene faster. There are no scene selections, but that doesn’t matter since there are chapters. Each episode runs about 22-23 minutes. I’m assuming they are unedited (I think they are, don’t worry). Because the mid 90s, I believe is when the transformation of 22 minutes or so per series started.


Special Features:

On this set the only special features again are commentaries. Though, this time there is one video commentary! The first audio commentary is on “Back 2 School,” which is located on disc one. That is the first episode with Mr. Turner. Commentary is from Rider Strong, Will Friedle and creator/executive producer Michael Jacobs. You can turn on the audio commentary for all episodes with commentary by going to the Commentaries option on the main menu.

The second audio commentary is also on disc one. The episode “Who’s Afraid of Cory Wolf?” is the episode being commented on. Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel and Michael Jacobs comment on the episode. The third audio commentary is again on disc one and the episode being commented on is “Wake Up, Little Cory.” Savages, Fishel and Jacobs comment. One thing I noticed on every commentary basically, like season one, they make fun of their clothes a lot! It’s only been 10 years, but you can tell fashion in a decade can change drastically.

Disc two features “Fear Strikes Out.” This episode has BOTH audio and video commentaries. The audio is provided by Savage, Fishel and Jacobs. The video is provided by Friedle, Strong and Jacobs. So, Mr. Jacobs commented on the episode twice! The video commentary is in picture-in-picture form. It covers about 1/4 of the screen on the bottom right corner. The final commentary is an audio one, on disc three. The episode is “Home,” the season finale of the second season. Strong, Friedle and Jacobs are commenting on the episode.


Final Comments:

Overall, the set is pretty good. My only complaint really is the packaging style. They should have kept the same style as season one, with the longer case. The episodes are enjoyable. To me seasons one and two were the highlight of the entire series. After that, it seemed liked the show was turning into the Cory and Topanga Show. We didn’t want another Joanie Loves Chachi. Speaking of Happy Days, the third season of Boy Meets World will arrive in April, 2005. The third season featured sort of a Happy Days reunion with an episode with Tom Bosley, Pat Morita and Anson Williams. Season 3 also had an episode with a Step by Step crossover with Dana Foster (actress Staci Keanan). There are two good reasons why you should but that set! But first, be sure to buy this set on DVD—because you can’t get enough of Cory and Shawn’s antics!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video quality: 4.5/5
Audio quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 11/18/04

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