TITLE: GROUNDED FOR LIFE - SEASON 2
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006 (Anchor Bay Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 17
Total Runtime: 374 Minutes
Special Features Runtime: 55:22
Audio Tracks: English
* From Ashes to Ashton - Interview with Ashton Kutcher
* Kevin Corrigan “He Ain’t Eddie, He’s My Brother”
* Season Two Highlights
* Sibling Revelry: Interviews with Jake Burbage and
Griffin Frazen (Henry and Jimmy)
* Audio Commentaries
Working class Staten Island couple Sean and Claudia
Finnerty (Donal Logue and Megyn Price) are still
trying to raise their difficult kids,, including
uncontrollable teenager Lily (Lynsey Bartilson) and
rowdy boys Jimmy (Griffin Frazen) and Henry (Jake
Burbage). But with the unwelcome help of Sean’s
irresponsible brother Eddie (Kevin Corrigan), his
strict father (Richard Riehle) and Lily’s next-door
boyfriend Brad (Bret Harrison), family life takes some
very twisted turns. Get ready for an unforgettable
year of dirty downloads, reckless spending, bad
habits, and annoying in-laws, plus memorable
encounters with the birds and the bees, violence at
SantaLand, and much more!
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Let’s just get this out of the way now so I don’t
have to explain it later: The episodes are in
broadcast order, yet they’re not. 5 episodes from
season one aired in season two, including the episode
that is the per se season premiere. THOSE episodes
were on the season one set. This set, for whatever
reason, is only the season two episodes that were
PRODUCED FOR season two. That’s why there are only
I don’t feel I’m enough of a fan of this show (see
season 1 review) to recommend episodes to you, so I
won’t. As such, on with the guest stars.
OK, this is easily turning into a sad section. I’ve
got nothing. Let’s see, um…oh wait, yes I do. In
the episode Don’t Fear the Reefer, Jim McMahon guest
stars… supposedly, he played football or something.
Wouldn’t *really* know much about that. (Folks, for
those of you who haven’t quite figured it out yet:
Jim McMahon was a fairly good player. He was QB on the
1985 Chicago Bears for crying out loud! Anyway,
Stephen Root (NewsRadio, King of the Hill) is in the
episode I Fought the In-Laws and in the episode
Mustang Lily. And hey, Ashton Kutcher (That 70s Show)
is in the episode Dust in the Wind! Finally, now the
guest star train is rolling. Joseph Simmons, better
know as Rev. Run of Run-DMC, is in Oops...I did it
Again. See, that turned out a bit better than
expected. The box lists a few other people I’ve
never heard of. Oh wait, Natasha Lyonne, from the
first two American Pie films, is in the episode Relax!
Packaging is a three-disc slim case setup as used
before. Discs 1 and 2 share a slim case, while 3 has
its own. Front cover has the entire cast looking
into the fridge (which also happens to be straight at
the camera), eyeing the camera/a piece of cake). The
picture actually wraps around to the bottom of the
box, where you can see some fruit in the crisper.
Miscellaneous pictures on the back. Cover of slim
case 1 has Sean and Claudia, while cover of slim case
2 has Claudia and Brad. Inside art has the various
characters with a quote from them in a comic-style
thought balloon. Case 1 has the three adults; case 2
has the 3 kids. All 3 disc s are yellow with orange
squares and a black bottom. The GFL logo appears at
the top, with specific cast members to the left.
Sean and Claudia are on D1, Lily and Eddie are on D2.
Henry and Jimmy are on D3. Episodes 1-6 are on D1,
7-12 are on D2, and 13-17 plus the features are on the
Menu Design and Navigation:
This is amazingly easy to write about: The main menu
is a static shot of the cast, sitting on a couch, out
on some grass. Video clips fly by to their immediate
right, but nowhere else. Episodes is the same grass
area with the cast/cough removed, and the text in its
place. Extras use the SAME menu. Episode details
menus use the same menu TOO, but with a still photo in
the bottom right corner, and episode description in
place of the usual options.
Video and Audio Quality:
Episodes are 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio, Dolby Digital Stereo
2.0. Chapter Stops! Chapter stops occur at
fade-to-blacks. Video looks grainy and dull.
Depressing, this show is from 4/5 years ago, and looks
like it’s from 14/15 years ago -- this video has NOT
held up. Audio’s good. Music is completely intact.
No audio problems.
Don’t Let Me Download: 22:08
Bang on the Drum: 22:08
Smoke on the Daughter: 22:08
I Saw Daddy Hitting Santa Claus: 22:09
We Are Family: 22:08
Mr. Roboto: 22:08
Don’t Fear the Reefer: 22:08
Take it to the Limit: 22:08
Eddie Said Knock You Out: 22:08
Safety Dance: 22:09
The Kids are Alright: 22:09
Swearin’ to God: 22:09
Eddie and this Guy with Diamonds: 22:08
I Fought the In-Laws: 22:08
Dust in the Wind: 22:08
Oops!...I did it Again: 22:08
Smoke on the Daughter: Bill Martin, Mike Schiff,
Lynsey Bartilson, Megyn Price, and Richard Riehle.
22:08. And that’s it.
Ashton Kutcher Interview: 4:16. I don’t get
it...he didn’t interview for *THAT 70S SHOW’S
CURRENT RELEASE*, but he did for Grounded for Life.
Wow. Just…Wow. You know, this was probably
pre-produced awhile back.
Kevin Corrigan Interview: 9:42. Interview covers his
reflections on the character and the show. Really,
REALLY fond of his time on the show (and yet, didn’t
participate in commentary tracks). Wonder if this was
produced during the show’s run.
Bloopers: 2:38. Aaaaaand the camera collapses.
That’s how it starts.
Season Two Highlights: 11:43. The funniest clips
from the show’s run. Now THIS I can appreciate.
All the laughs of the season, without the rest.
Favorite part of the release.
Interview with Jake Burbage and Griffin Frazen: 4:55.
DEFINITELY pre-produced, as the kids are the same age
they were at the time. (Plus, it was before Jake
Burbage’s character pulled a Chuck.
Total Features Runtime: 55:22
And I’ve got to admit I continue to be unimpressed
with this show. This show just is NOT my cup of tea.
The “Season Two Highlights” feature was good, and
definitely condensed the show into something
better…I don’t know, maybe I’m just not a fan of
the flashback type of storytelling. Something about
this show, and I’ve yet to pinpoint what, turns me
off. The video is problematic at best. The grain in
places was definitely visible, while in others it was
more subtle, but still noticeable. The colors just
look dull in places...it’s strange. Less
commentary means a shorter review time, but it also
means we know less of what went on, and get to hear
less of the cast and crew, which is a big detraction.
For season three, focusing on the technical side,
improve the video. It just doesn’t look very good.
That and more commentary tracks. Also, perhaps some
of those 30-second episode promos like can be found on
That 70s Show and 3rd Rock from the Sun releases (both
Carsey-Werner shows, and 3rd Rock being distributed by
the same people even). Recommended for fans of the
show but not recommended for non-fans.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 3/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 3/5
-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 05/12/06
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