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Desperate Housewives - The Complete Second Season - Extra Juicy Edition


TITLE: DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON - EXTRA JUICY EDITION


Info:

DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006 (Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Color/2005-06
MSRP: $59.99
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 23 (24 hours total)
Running Time: approx. 1036 minutes
Total Running Time of Special Features: approx. 109 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Closed Captioned
Special Features:
• Desperate Housewives: The Game Promo
• Unaired Storylines
• Desperate Role Models: Meet TV's most iconic housewives: Debra Jo Rupp (That '70s Show), Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family), Marion Ross (Happy Days) and more
• Marc & Mom: Interview with the series' creator and his mother, the muse
• Directing Desperate Housewives: An episode from Concept to Completion
• Cherry-Picked: Creator Marc Cherry's favorite scenes
• Fashion & Couture with Costume Designer Cate Adair
• Juicy Bites: Housewives of Wisteria Lane reveal their juiciest moments
• "The Whole Story" Promo
• Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary from Marc Cherry


Introduction:

After a strong rookie season in every way, Desperate Housewives is back with season two and now you can own that entire season on DVD! Buena Vista Home Entertainment in association with Touchstone Television is bringing us fans a 6 disc set that will continue to keep your dirty laundry dirty. The set is jam-packed with bonus material and 23 sizzling episodes (including the great two-hour season finale) of 24 hours of fun. Who needs Fox’s 24?

Starring this season are of course the main ladies Teri Hatcher as Susan, Felicity Huffman as Lynette, Marcia Cross as Bree, Eva Longoria as Gabrielle and Nicollette Sheridan as Edie. Then we have the men: James Denton as Mike, Ricardo Antonio Chavira as Carlos, Mark Moses as Paul, Richard Burgi as Karl and Doug Savant as Tom. And the kids: Andrea Bowen as Julie, Cody Kasch as Zach, Shawn Pyfrom as Andrew, Joy Lauren as Danielle, Zane Huet as Parker, and Brent & Shane Kinsman as Preston & Porter. Joining the cast this season is 2006 Emmy nominee Alfre Woodard as Betty and Mehcad Brooks as Matthew.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Critics dismissed the show this season, mainly early on, but the season ends with a bang! I personally liked every episode, but the latter part of the season is much better. Some of the best episodes include the season premiere “Next,” “Color and Light,” “There’s Something About War,” “Thank You So Much,” “Don’t Look at Me,” “It Wasn’t Meant to Happen,” “I Know Things Now,” and the two-part season finale “Remember” where we flashback and see the ladies first day on the street.

Recurring guest stars include Roger Bart as George, Harriet Sansom Harris as Felicia Tillman, Joely Fisher as Nina Fletcher, Jesse Metcalfe as John Rowland, Shirley Knight as Phyllis Van De Kamp, Kurt Fuller as Detective Barton, Charlie Babcock as Stu, Adrian Padsar as David Bradley, Sam Lloyd as Dr. Goldfine, Lesley Ann Warren as Sophie Bremmer, TV legend Bob Newhart as Morty, Pat Crawford Brown as Ida Greenberg, Currie Graham as Ed, Paul Dooley as Addison Prudy, Melinda Page Hamilton as Sister Mary Bernard, Carol Mansell as Pat Ziegler, Jeff Doucette as Father Crowley, Ryan Carnes as Justin, Alejandro Patino as Ralph, Bob Gunton as Noah Taylor, Jay Harrington as Dr. Ron, Nick Chinlund as Detective Sullivan, Gwendoline Yeo as Xiao-Mei, Eddie McClintock as Frank, Nichole Hiltz as Libby Collins, Kyle MacLachlan as Orson, Nashawn Kearse as Caleb and Emmy award winning Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. McCluskey. Other one time appearances include Larry Miller (“Color and Light”), Danny Trejo (“The Sun Won’t Set), Michael Ironside (“That’s Good, That’s Bad”), Greg Germann (“We’re Gonna Be All Right”), Jo Marie Payton & Maria Conchita Alonso (“Thank You So Much”), Kathryn Harrold (“There Is No Other Way”), Sam Horrigan (“It Wasn’t Meant to Happen”), and TV legend Carol Burnett (“Don’t Look at Me”).


Packaging:

The packaging is very good and similar season one. It is a nice slip sleeve that is easy to take out and put back in. You take the sleeve out from the ride side. On the front of the slip sleeve is the Desperate Housewives logo in red and black. Underneath that is a nice photo of the main four housewives in black dresses. Beneath that it says “The Complete Second Season.” The back of the sleeve has a huge apple and one of the drawings used on the opening credits.

When we take the slip sleeve out, we get to the case. The case’s front has all red apples on it. It looks so cool. The logo of the show followed by season two is listed. In the center it says “The Extra Juicy Edition.” Someone get me an apple, I feel the juice! The back of the case has photos from episodes with a quote from TV Guide on the top. Synopsis of the show and set are given, along with bonus features and set specification. When we open the case once, on the left side we see the apple with the DH logo with that little worm going by the apple and a holder for booklets is on top. An episode guide for the show comes with the set. A nice color booklet that is six pages long and has detailed synopsis of each episode on each disc. There are photos of one character each on each page along with small photos from the episodes, too. Then there is an insert introducing the new fragrance from Wisteria Lane called Forbidden Fruit. There is a sample for you to try, too! It is j-j-j-uicy! Then there is a booklet for DH merchandise, like the new game. The last thing enclosed is a “hot shows, hot savings” ad for other products like Lost Season 2. On the ride side we nice color photos of Susan and Edie, with two quotes from reviewers on the top. When we open the case once more, we see discs one and two in the middle, with more color photos on the right of Bree and Gabrielle with an additional quote. Opening once more, we now see discs three & four and discs five & six on the right.

The discs are overlapped with two other discs again like season one. I hate that. I would have preferred like 3 slim cases instead. All the discs have a black background with the ladies in black and the DH logo in red & white. Disc one has artwork of Lynette and episodes 1-5, disc two has artwork of Susan and episodes 6-10, disc three has artwork of Bree and episodes 11-15, disc four has artwork of Edie and episodes 16-20, disc five has artwork of Gabby and episodes 21-24, disc six has artwork of Betty and has all those juicy bonus materials. When we remove the discs, underneath them the case has nice photos--Tom & Gabby kissing, Betty & Matthew, and Mike & Susan looking at the missing flyer of Zach. There are more little photos of others above them, too!


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is similar to the last set. The one-minute opening title sequence is played again, and again instead of the animated shots of housewives, we see the Desperate Housewives cast with that great theme song playing in the background. After that animation, we get to the actual menu screen, with the options. DH background music is playing the background. The options for the menus screen are: Play All, Set-Up, Episode Selection. This goes for discs one-five. Each sub-menu has different background music. Set-Up basically is to turn on captions and to register your DVD (Gabby is on the menu screen). Episode Selections has Susan on the menu screen along with the episode titles, of course. Little apples are your selectors; they turn from red to a different color on each disc when selected. Disc six has all the extras listed on the main menu screen. Also, disc six has the auto-previews playing before the menu. They can also be found on disc six after the extras.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video again is in Widescreen and the audio is in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. I love it! I wish we can see widescreen on ABC, but it’s not a major issue as the DVDs will have widescreen anyway. There are chapter stops for each episode, usually 10 per episode (the two-hour season finale has 15). Each episode is of course unedited and runs about 42:00-43:00, give or take a few seconds. Also of note, we get to watch the actual closing credits again, like on the season one set! On the network airings, they are in split screen form with promos on the right side. The closing credits are about 34-35 seconds and have a nice touch to it. It seems there is no real theme, as the episodes had different music pieces for the closing.

Disc one
1. “Next” 43:10
2. “You Could Drive a Person Crazy” 42:51
3 “You’ll Never Get Away From Me” 43:05
4. “My Heart Belongs to Daddy” 43:03
5. “They Asked Me Why I Believe in You” 42:56

Disc two
6. “I Wish I Could Forget You” 43:03
7. “Color and Light” 41:56
8. “The Sun Won’t Set” 43:03
9. “That’s Good, That’s Bad” 43:04
10. “Coming Home” 43:08

Disc three
11. “One More Kiss” 42:56
12. “We’re Gonna Be All Right” 43:12
13. “There’s Something About War” 43:04
14. “Silly People” 43:04
15. “Thank You So Much” 43:09

Disc four
16. “There Is No Other Way” 43:07
17. “Could I Leave You” 43:12
18. “Everybody Says Don’t” 43:04
19. “Don’t Look At Me” 43:06
20. “It Wasn’t Meant to Happen” 43:10

Disc five
21. “I Know Things Now” 43:09
22. “No One is Alone” 43:10
23. “Remember” 84:45 (2-hour finale)


Special Features:

Now to the special features! Again, this set has everything we could imagine. Well, again the recap episodes that ABC airs are missing, but that isn’t a big loss and many fans considered that to be “boring” anyway. This set doesn’t have audio commentaries, like season one, but I think the features on this set might be better than last season’s. The extras are all on one disc--disc six. So nothing is scattered.

The first extra is called “Marc & Mom.” It run 8:44 and is basically self-explanatory, Marc and his mom Martha talk. They talk about how the show started and how much it resembles Marc growing up. Then we have another featurette called “Desperate Role Models.” You know this show will be a classic TV hit in the years to come, if it hasn’t already, and now classic TV stars are already commenting on this show saying it is so good and a classic! We have interviews from Marc Cherry, Martha Cherry, Felicity Huffman, Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan, Marcia Cross and then classic TV housewives, who all love the show SO much, Jane Wyatt (Father Knows Best), Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains), Marion Ross (Happy Days), Shirley Jones (Partridge Family), Daphne Reid (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Michael Learned (The Waltons), Debra Jo Rupp (That ‘70s Show) and Patricia Richardson (Home Improvement). It is a must watch and very interesting and it runs 7:28. Then we have a very cool featurette called “Directing Desperate Housewives.” It runs 16:30 and is so good! We get a taste on how a full episode is made. The episode we get a taste of is #213, the one with Gabby fighting the nun--a classic scene and a classic episode. You will get so much information out of this. Larry Shaw, the director, seems well liked. Interviewed for this are: Eva Longoria, Nicollette Sheridan, Marcia Cross, Teri Hatcher, Marc Cherry, Larry Shaw, Kevin Murphy (co-executive producer), John Pardee (co-executive producer), Stephanie Hagen (co-executive producer), Thomas A. Walsh (production designer), Felicity Huffman, Anne Berger (first assistant director), Rory Krepp (steady cam operator), Michael Helgeson (transportation captain), and Steve Jablonsky (composer). It is a must see for sure if you want to know how the show is made.

Marc Cherry "cherry-picked" his favorite scenes from the season and you can also listen to his commentary on these scenes if you want to. I suggest you do, since you will see the scenes on the episodes anyway. Cherry is a very detailed person and he details these scenes so well that you have to hear his take. The scenes run 27:44 in length. The scenes are: Rex’s Funeral, Wedding Dress Meltdown, Candy from a Stranger, George’s Death, Lynette Makes Her Point, One Hell of a Kiss, The Nun Fight, Mrs. McCluskey’s Fudgesical, Tough Love, Xiao-Mei Can Stay, and Hospital Visit. Moving on, we get to two cool missing storylines. The first one is Susan’s Drama from “Color and Light.” It runs 10:48 and had to be removed because they didn’t think it was that good. It dealt with Susan writing a book on her love life. Cherry gives commentary that you should turn on and listen to. I suggest you watch the scene without it first, and then re-watch it with Cherry’s commentary. Bob Newhart was great in this unaired storyline! Then there is a short storyline about Lynette’s Return Flight in “No One Is Alone.” It runs 4:02 and it shows her on an airplane very sad and drinking. I liked it, wish they could have shown it. Again, you can hear Cherry’s commentary on it after you watch the scene without it first. Then we have the deleted scenes! Almost all of them were good but had to be removed because of time. The first one wasn’t used because they omitted the storyline of Susan writing a book. Deleted scenes are: Susan’s Writer’s Block (1:42), Happy Anniversary Dr. Ron (1:20), Gabrielle’s Advanced Yoga (1:37), Praying for a Miracle (1:26), Bree’s Conditional Love (1:13), Orgy (0:19), Lynette’s Kitchen Conversation (2:04), And More of Matthew & Danielle’s Kiss (1:18), Zach’s Parents (1:33), Felicia Returns (1:03), and Caleb’s Day (1:59). Again Cherry gives optional commentary on each. Watch them straight through first, and then rewatch then with his commentary. Very interesting and it is too bad all of them basically had to be cut because of time issues. I liked them all, but Zach sneaking into Mike’s house and finding out that Mike was his real dad was big. Also, Betty catches Matthew & Danielle making out in the park. The orgy scene is hilarious, as we see Bree and the AA guy leave that orgy.

Next we have another featurette, called “Fashion & Couture.” It runs 10:43 and has interviews with Marc Cherry, Nicollette Sheridan, Teri Hatcher, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, and Cate Adair (costume designer). Cate is awesome and she goes in depth of each of the main ladies and their dress style. This is yet another interesting and fact-filled featurette. Then we have a quick feature called “Juicy Bites.” The ladies recall their juiciest scenes from this past season! Eva, Teri, Felicity, Nicollette and Marcia comment. J-j-j-juicy! Then we have an ABC promo for season two’s season premiere that is quite cool. It runs 1:02 and basically wraps up the first season so well. I’m glad they included that. They should have also used the “Juicy promo.” There is also a trailer for the DH Game that runs 55 seconds. It looks like a fun game. There are sneak peeks at other shows and sets as well, like Lost Season 2.


Final Comments:

J-j-j-juicy! This is again a must buy! With season three of DH coming Sept. 24 on ABC, this is a quick buy to catch up if you missed any episodes this past season. The show got really good again in the second half, after some people thought the first half of season two was slow. I liked it throughout, but I did like the second half much better. I loved the extras, but was disappointed we didn’t get any episode audio commentary. Though, that is OK because Cherry gave commentary on other stuff like deleted scenes, unaired storylines and stuff. The other extras were also all so good; I liked the directing and classic TV housewives features especially. Marc Cherry was heavily involved again on this set and he gives great explanations and interviews on this set. Marc will be more involved in the writing this upcoming season, so fans won’t be disappointed! Make sure you buy this set so you can see all those Housewives in widescreen! Don’t forget to watch the third season premiere Sunday, Sept. 24 at 9/8 central only on ABC!


Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

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

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 08/28/06

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