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Hot in Cleveland - Season Two


TITLE: HOT IN CLEVELAND - SEASON TWO


Info:

Release Date: November 29, 2011 (TV Land Home Entertainment)
Color / 2011
MSRP: $29.99
Packaging: Viva Pack
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 484 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 35 minutes (with The Exes pilot)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound English
Subtitles and Captioning: Closed-captioned
Special Features: The Exes Pilot Episode, Hot in Cleveland Auto-Tuned, Extended Betty “Benderover” Blooper, On the Set of Hot in Cleveland, The Cast Visits Cleveland, and Cast Interviews


Introduction:

Oh hi, Ohio, things are getting even hotter in the Ohio city of Cleveland with the DVD release of Season Two of the TV Land series, Hot in Cleveland from TV Land Home Entertainment! Valerie Bertinelli, Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves and Betty White are still Hot in Cleveland. It’s the complete second season, featuring 22 episodes, of the hit sitcom about three LA women and one feisty Midwesterner living it up in Cleveland! Watch as they settle into their new lives, full of new men and new drama. From dating disasters to fake engagements and a battle with Susan Lucci to a stint in prison, this season proves that true friendship and lots of laughter can get them through it all!


Episodes:

The second season picks up where the first season left off with Elka (White) in jail and the three LA transplants settling into their new lives with new men and new drama. From dating disasters to fake engagements and a battle with Susan Lucci, this season proves that true friendship and lots of laughter can get them through it all. Season two features a host of guest appearances including Mary Tyler Moore (in her first on-screen appearance with White since their work on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” ended in 1977), Doris Roberts, Bonnie Franklin, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jimmy Kimmel, Susan Lucci, Dick Van Patten, Amy Sedaris, Jon Lovitz, Cedric the Entertainer, Huey Lewis, Melanie Griffith, Frank Caliendo, Don Rickles and many more.

On the season premiere, “Free Elka,” Elka meets up with an old friend (Mary Tyler Moore) while she is in prison and Melanie, Joy and Victoria hold a fundraiser to raise the money to pay her bail, while Joy receives a letter from the INS and is forced to get engaged to Rick (Wayne Knight) to avoid deportation and Victoria loses all her money when her financial advisor is imprisoned. Melanie and Pete (David Starzyk) profess their love for each other. “Bad Bromance,” Melanie begins to question if her relationship is right for her when she meets Pete's family, gets off on the wrong foot with his mother (Bonnie Franklin), and comes face to face with Pete's older brother, Hank (John Schneider), who previously hit on her, while Joy attempts a scam so she can get a green card, but Rick wants to romance their immigration lawyer and Victoria starts dating an older billionaire, who looks like he's already met his maker. On the two-part episode, “I Love Lucci,” the girls head back to Los Angeles when Victoria books a part on All My Children, so Melanie uses the opportunity to sell her old house, but the visit has Melanie reliving the past, Joy trying to jog Michael E. Knight's memory of their past encounter, Victoria scheming to get even with Susan Lucci after she makes changes to her scripts and Elka seeking out Robert Redford. In “Law & Elka,” when the trial begins, Elka is guilty and runs off out West, while Joy is rumored to be a hooker for the governor of Ohio, and Victoria tries to convince Joy to go on "Oh, Hi, Ohio" and lie to the viewers, telling them that she really is a hooker. On the very next episode, “Where’s Elka?” the girls go to an Amish town to find Elka, while Victoria finds herself acclimating well with the other women in the town.

In “Unseparated at Birth,” the women set each other up on blind dates for their "fake" birthdays, but their plans backfire when Victoria goes out with a nice guy (Richard Burgi), but finds out he has a conjoined twin brother (Patrick Fabian), as Melanie goes out with a guy that resembles Jesus and gets so nervous that she makes holy jokes, while Joy dates a guy (Frank Caliendo) who is brutally boring, except when he does celebrity impersonations such as Robin Williams, George W. Bush, Robert DeNiro, Sean Connery and William Shatner and Elka goes out with a rich fellow (Steve Lawrence), but discovers he only likes her because she acted stupid. In “Dancing Queens,” the girls visit a gay bar to find male gay best friends and Victoria is mistaken for a drag queen dressed as herself entering a celebrity drag queen contest, while Elka reunites with an old friend (Doris Roberts) who stole her boyfriend years ago. In “The Emmy Show,” Victoria's daughter Emmy (Jennifer Love Hewitt) visits, revealing that she's writing a tell-all book about how Victoria has been a bad mother to her, while Melanie and Joy compete with another woman to date a boy's father, ŕ la The Bachelor. On the season finale, “Elka’s Wedding,” the girls search for Elka, who is looking for a sign from her dead husband that it's okay to marry Fred, they also try to find their own husbands as the season ends in a s true shocker!

Disc 1:
1. "Free Elkat" (21:46)
2. "Bad Bromance" (21:04)
3. "Hot for Lawyer" (21:02)
4. "Sisterhood of the Traveling SPANX" (20:41)
5. "I Love Lucci, Part 1" (21:04)
6. "I Love Lucci, Part 2" (20:19)
7. "Dog Tricks, Sex Flicks & Joy's Fix" (19:49)
8. "LeBron is Le Gone" (20:49)

Disc 2:
9. "Elka’s Snowbird" (21:04)
10. "Law & Elka, Part 1" (19:35)
11. “Where’s Elka, Part 2” (21:35)
12. “How I Met Your Mother” (21:05)
13. “Unseparated at Birth” (20:54)
14. “Battle of the Bands” (20:09)
15. “Love Thy Neighbor” (21:19)
16. “Dancing Queens” (20:49)

Disc 3:
17. “The Emmy Show” (21:05)
18. “Arch Enemies” (20:34)
19. “Too Hot for TV” (21:06)
20. “Indecent Proposals” (21:04)
21. “Bridezelka” (20:34)
22. “Elka’s Wedding” (20:10)


Packaging:

The set is packaged in a standard Viva pack, which isn't bad. The cover art has a cast photo of them in a winter setting with the girls in white and Elka in a red jacket. The back has four episodic snapshots, along with a nice cast photo and a description of the series. We also have a list of bonus features in red. There are three discs inside, with the first two discs in a little plastic holder that you can flip like a page in a book. Disc one is on the front side, while disc two is on the backside. Disc three is on the right panel itself. There is not one single insert or episode list to be found anywhere in this set, unfortunately again. The inside is all black and has no artwork. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-8 has the same artwork as the cover art. Disc 2 contains episodes 9-16, with a cast photo that was on the back of the case. And Disc 3 has episodes 17-22 along with all of the special features and has artwork of the girls in red dresses and Betty in a yellow tracksuit.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu has the closing theme song playing in the background, with various photos of cast members popping up on screen, similar to last time. The options on the main menu include Play All, Episodes, Set Up, and Bonus. Set Up allows you to change the audio from 5.1 Surround Sound to Stereo Surround Sound, once again like last time. The Episodes option takes you to a menu where we have screenshots and the episode titles. Finally, Bonus is only on disc three and lists all of the bonus features.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio quality on the set is about as good as one would expect and similar to the previous set. Or really, it looks better for most people, because TV Land HD isn’t available to many. It certainly isn’t available for me, so it is great to see this in such good quality. It is in widescreen but if you are using a DVD player that upconverts the video, you won’t see the widescreen. It isn't quite "Blu-ray quality" but it is still good. The audio is loud and clear, and can be heard in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound or Dolby Digital Stereo (which will sound better on less sophisticated setups). Every episode contains closed-captioning in English. We have 5 chapter stops per episode. And all of the two-part episodes have a “to be continued” tag at the end of part one and a “previously on Hot in Cleveland” recap at the beginning of part two.


Special Features:

There is a long list of special features on the back of the packaging... but it isn't as impressive as it seems once you put in Disc 3 (the disc containing all of them). I was fooled just like I was on the first season set. The first extra is “Hot in Cleveland Auto-Tuned” (0:49). This is just clips from the episode where they were playing with the auto-tune microphone. It’s funny, but way too short. Next we have “Extended Betty Benderover Blooper” (1:27). This is hilarious, but why not have an entire blooper reel? Then we have two very short “On the Set of Hot in Cleveland” featurettes (1:09 and 0:45). Nothing really happens, though. Then we have “Cast Visits Cleveland” (1:06, 0:40, 1:27, 0:33, 0:33). Once again these are very short but we have interviews with Steve Taylor (Cleveland Zoo) and Howard Kramer (Cleveland Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum). And finally we have interviews with the entire cast (2:18, 1:22, and 1:52). As with every special feature, it’s just too short.

There is one more special feature, but it is really more of a promotional thing for the upcoming TV Land original sitcom The Exes. You can see the entire pilot episode (21:10, 4 chapter stops) on this set. The series will air on Wednesday nights right after Hot in Cleveland when Hot in Cleveland returns on Wednesday (Nov. 30). I liked the pilot and it seems better than Retired at 35 and on par with Happily Divorced.

As skees53 mentioned last time, while it is great to have any special features at all, most of the special features on the set seemed to be lacking in substance, and it probably would have been much better to have one extended length feature that covered the series as a whole. And commentaries for episodes would have been nice, too.


Final Comments:

This is a decent DVD once again and I don’t have a whole lot to complain about, but once again I was expecting more than what we have here -- as the special features were lacking again. The episodes are great, and that is really all that matters, though some episodes were duds especially early on. The ones that were great were really great saved the season for me. This set is good about in every other aspect besides the disappointing special features. The series is big for TV Land and the second season had more than double the episodes from the first season, so it should have more quantity of special features. So what will happen to Elka’s Wedding? We’ll find out this week when Hot in Cleveland returns, but for now catch-up or start the season in time for the new season! Bedazzle your tracksuits and get your auto-tuners out!  


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

Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Pavan on 11/19/11

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