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Full House - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: FULL HOUSE - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 536 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 3 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Subtitles in English, French and Spanish; Closed Captioned. Special Features: "Top Ten Rules of Parenting" featurette and "Full House Trivia Challenge."


Introduction:

And just in time for the holiday's, the smash-hit family sitcom, FULL HOUSE returns to DVD with this second season release. The second season, which aired in 1988/1989 tackled even more subjects that either warmed your heart or made you laugh out loud. This season sees Danny get a co-host, Jesse get a love interest and a new career involving everyone's pal, Joey as well as DJ going into the junior high, Stephanie feeling middle-child-syndrome and Michelle's cute antics. All 22 episodes are available in this four-disc set from Warner Brothers Home Video.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The second season of this popular family sitcom saw even more heartwarming and crazy antics than last season. In "Cutting it Close," Stephanie plays hair stylist - on the hair loving Jesse. In "Beach Boy Bingo," DJ wins a night with the Beach Boys - but can only invite one person. In "Joey Gets Tough", nice guy Joey is met with harsh resistance when he takes a tougher stance with the girls. In "Our Very First Christmas Show," the family gets trapped in the airport by a blizzard. In "Middle Age Crazy," Middle-child Stephanie is jealous over the attention her other two sisters get. In "Baby Love," Michelle's playmate Howie goes home to Nebraska and she doesn't like that. In "Goodbye Mr. Bear," Stephanie loses her cherished Mr. Bear. In "Luck Be A Lady," Parts 1 and 2, the second season finale sees Jesse trying to pop the question to Rebecca while in Lake Tahoe.

Some guests include: The introduction of Lori Loughlin as Danny's morning show co-host and Jesse's love-interest, Rebecca Donaldson. Also this season are several guest spots by future series regular, Andrea Barber as Kimmy Gibbler, the freakishly wacky, but lovable neighbor. Other guest stars include daytime star John Aprea (best known from the soap "ANOTHER WORLD") as Jesse's father; The Beach Boys, as themselves; the late actor, Jonathan Brandis (of the popular series "seaQuest DSV") and Yvonne Wilder as Jesse's mother.


Packaging:

The cover art is identical to the first release. The main colors are blue and yellow and features all six cast members in their own box. It's a simple design and the pictures denote what the cast looked like in the second season. The case that holds the four discs is the same used in the first season set and is a flip fold case. Inside is a pamphlet that lists all the episodes and a brief description and which disc they are on. It's a nice feature. Disc 1 has a blue background (all of the discs have the same background color) and uses the same picture of Dave Coulier as Joey on its cover. Disc 2 features John Stamos as Jesse. Disc 3 features all three of the kids (Candace Cameron as DJ, Jodie Sweetin as Stephanie and Mary-Kate/Ashley Olsen as Michelle) while Disc 4 has Bob Saget as Danny. And for the episode layout on the discs: Disc One contains episodes 1-6, Disc Two contains episodes 7-12, Disc Three contains episodes 13-18 and Disc Four contains episodes 19-22, as well as the special features.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu screen is set up just like the Season 1 release. It has a photo of the cast and the theme music (shortened and with the lyrics) loops in the background. The first selection is "Play All" followed by "Episodes" in which you can go to another menu screen (with no music) and choose the episode you want to watch. The third selection is "Special Features" that lets you choose the special features located on the discs. And finally, "Languages" which let you choose "Spoken Languages" (only English is an option) or Subtitles that range from English, to French, to Spanish.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video comes off a little soft at times, but is pretty good. Remember, this was shot in 1988, so to look this good is great. The audio is somewhat low, but not really a big problem. The episodes are uncut and run around 23 to 24 minutes and do include the uncut theme song (which is usually edited out in syndicated reruns). And unlike last season's release, there are chapter skips! Yep, Warner included them in this go around (they were absent in the Season 1 release).


Special Features:

Full House Rules of Parenting (approx. runtime: 3:44 minutes)
It's a neat little featurette that uses clips from the series to do rules of parenting. A nice add on, I think.

Full House Trivia Challenge
What I do like about a lot of the Warner releases (such as FRIENDS) is that there are trivia games included. It's such a fun add on. There's a little different spin on the game, though. Basically, you get random questions but the longer you wait a hint is revealed to help you answer. Each go around usually results in a few different questions along with some repeats. Like I said, a really fun addition.


Final Comments:

I had a little bit more fun with this release than the last one. I'm not a major FULL HOUSE fan, but you really have to appreciate what this show puts across. It's an awesome family show. I loved it as a kid, hated it as a teenager, but now I'm growing up, so I can appreciate it a little bit more. The cast just plays off each other so well, and although the plots are a little ridiculous at times, it's a wholesome 30 (or 23 without commercials) minutes. I did really enjoy the trivia as I've said numerous times. Having that just adds a really neat element and I wish more sets had this. Overall, another well-done release by Warner Brothers!


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 12/23/05

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