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Hunter - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: HUNTER - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005 (Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Color
MSRP: $59.95
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: 1092 minutes
Total Runtime of Special Features: Approximately 1 hour and 48 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: Special Subtitles (Spanish or French Canadian) on the episode "Six Million Dollar Misunderstanding"; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Brand New Interviews with Stephen J. Cannell and Mike Post (1 hour, 24 minutes total); Special Dubbing of Spanish or French Canadian on the episode "Six Million Dollar Misunderstanding" (22 minutes); and Script on DVD ROM: "Six Million Dollar Misunderstanding" written by Co-Creator and Executive Producer Frank Lupo.


Introduction:

Get ready to "re-load" as Rick Hunter (FRED DRYER) and his partner, DeeDee McCall (STEPFANIE KRAMER) return to toss out the trash on the streets and prove what a truly awesome crime show HUNTER is. It blows away all of the others. The episodes are well styled and each episode is even better and more memorable than the last. In this season, Hunter and McCall take on rapists, heists, killers, international terrorists, hookers, and more. Bruce Davidson co-stars as Captain Wyler. HUNTER - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON features all 23 episodes and is now available on DVD for the very first time!


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The second season includes many notable episodes from the series such as the shocking and very memorable to-part "Rape & Revenge". Other memorable episodes include "Killer In A Halloween Mask" in which, when Hunter and McCall investigate the death of a TV star. "Six Million Dollar Misunderstanding" in which Hunter and McCall find themselves on a rare case that gets deadlier at every turn when a ruthless robbery of an armored car goes awry. "Think Blue" in which a friend of Hunter's is accused of killing his wife. "62 Hours of Terror" in which a car bomb kills an Iraqi official. "The Beautiful & The Dead", the two-parter, in which Rick and DeeDee are thrown into a case involving Russian and Federal agents, espionage, and a strangely intriguing, nameless beauty who is the final piece in a jigsaw puzzle that won't come together.

This season saw guest appearances by Robert Englund (‘Freddie’ from the "Nightmare on Elm Street" flicks), Jane Russell, Robert Davi, Stuart Whitman, Kay Lenz, Sheryl Lee Ralph, John Matuszak, and Isaac Hayes.


Packaging:

The packaging for this set is very simple. The box has a picture of Hunter and DeeDee on it striking poses with their guns (just like the first season box art). And again, it's a great design, sleek and edgy, not much else can be said about it. Inside the box, there are three individual cases, one for two discs each (each case contains two discs, so six altogether). Each case has a large shot of each cast member in a "firing a gun" pose with the background blurred out (it's pretty nice): Hunter on the Disc One and Two case, DeeDee on the Disc Three and Four case and DeeDee and Hunter on the Disc Five and Six case. On the back of each case, there are descriptions of each episode that is included on that disc. The descriptions themselves are about one sentence each. Inside the cases are several trivia questions on one side with the answers on the other! That's a cool addition. The actual disc cases are nice. Discs 1 and 2 have Hunter on them, Discs 3 and 4 have McCall, Discs 5 has Hunter and Disc 6 has McCall, which coincides with who is on the cover of each of the three cases. The episodes are presented in air date order.

There are six discs in the set, two in each individual case (three cases in all). This is actually a really good way to go about putting the set together. The overall package isn't huge and it just strikes me as a better idea than six individual cases for just one disc. There are four episodes per disc, although Disc Six has three episodes on it and Disc Six also has the two interviews with Stephen Cannell and Mike Post.


Menu Design and Navigation:

When you see the menu screen, you'll love it (it's just like Season 1's). I know I did. The main menu screen starts out exactly like the opening credits. It features a blue background, the badges of Hunter and McCall, the snazzy logo and simple episode selections as well as "Play All." But the best part is they play the opening credits in the right hand top corner. The menu is great but it hits a bit of a snag, which also happens in the Season 1 set. You have a choice of going to either Play All or each individual episode from the main menu. While the Play All selection has no other menu to go to, the Episode Selection menu was a bit of a surprise. If you select one episode (it does this for all of them) it takes you to a scene selection menu for that episode. Although a neat feature, it was unexpected.


Video and Audio Quality:

The audio and video is very good. Crystal clear video and the sound are great. The audio is presented in Dolby Surround Sound. Each episode runs about 47 minutes, which means you get almost four-five minutes of extra footage you can't see in syndication. There are chapter skips available.


Special Features:

There are three special features included on this set. The first is a script of the episode "Six Million Dollar Misunderstanding" that you can only view on your computer. The second is a second version "Six Million Dollar Misunderstanding" located on Disc Six and selected scenes are dubbed in Spanish and French. The final special feature is that of two separate interviews with Executive Producer Stephen J. Cannell and Mike Post. The special, located on disc six, runs about 1 hour and 24 minutes. What's neat about this is that when you select to watch the interviews, it allows you to select "Stephen J. Cannell" Part 1, "Stephen" Part 2, "Mike Post" and finally both of them together. They are great interviews between the two. I won't spoil it, so go and purchase the set!


Final Comments:

So, in conclusion, the menu is great, the artwork for the set is awesome and Anchor Bay has done another good job. I'm also impressed by the addition of a DVD-ROM that contains a script for an episode of the series. The interviews are also a nice feature. I'd like to hear something from Fred Dryer in a future release, though. So, this was a great set and I encourage all Hunter fans to purchase S2 and keep on buying them because they will only get better.


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 07/09/05

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