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Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: LOIS & CLARK - THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: January 14, 2006 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color/1994-95
MSRP: $59.98
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 1013 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 19 minutes (NOT including audio commentary)
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; Closed Captioned
Special Features:
• Commentary on “Season’s Greedings” by Dean Cain
• Lois & Clark: Secrets of Season 2
• Marketing Metropolis: The Fans of Lois & Clark


Introduction:

Lois, Clark, Superman and the rest of the gang are back for a second season on DVD of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. The fun loving romantic comedy-drama Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman hit its stride this season. The season featured a few cast changes. The biggest one was Justin Whalin replacing Michael Landes as Jimmy Olsen. Tracy Scoggins’ character Cat Grant was removed. And John Shea’s Lex Luthor was no longer a regular.

The show stars Dean Cain as the mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent and the visitor from another planet & super-hero, Superman. Teri Hatcher also stars as Lois Lane, the news hungry reporter who loves Superman ever since she sees him. Rounding out the excellent cast is Lane Smith as Perry White the chief of the Daily Planet where Lois & Clark are reporters for, Justin Whalin as Jimmy Olsen the paper boy of the office, K Callan as Martha Kent who is Clark’s mother on Earth, Eddie Jones as Jonathan Kent who is Clark’s dad on Earth, and John Shea returns for one episode this season as Lex Luthor.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The second season was considered the best by fans. I personally love both seasons one and two the best. The rest of the series is also very good, but these two seasons were high quality. The second season featured many great episodes. The season premiere “Madame Ex” has Lex‘s ex-wife up to no good. “The Prankster” sends booby-trapped gifts to Lois. Dean Cain writes the episode “Season’s Greedings” a Christmas episode featuring toy rats gone badly. “The Phoenix” has the return of Lex Luthor. Speaking of returns, the prankster returns in “Return of the Prankster.” Lois & Clark go back in time in “Tempus Fugitive.” And will Lois & Clark get married, find out in “And the Answer Is…”

Notable guest stars include: Denise Crosby as Dr. Gretchen Kelly (multiple episodes), Peter Scolari (“The Source”), Bronson Pinchot as the prankster (“The Prankster,” Return of the Prankster”), Harold Gould (“The Prankster,” “Return of the Prankster”), Peter Boyle (“Church of Metropolis”), Farrah Forke as Mayson Drake (multiple episodes), William DeVane (“That Old Gang of Mine”), Cindy Williams & Leslie Jordan (“A Bolt from the Blue”); Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Dick Van Patten & Denise Richards (“Season’s Greedings”); Scott Valentine (“Metallo”), Brian Doyle-Murray (“Chi of Steel”), Tony Jay as Nigel, Sal Viscuso as Bobby Bigmouth; Raquel Welch & Robert Culp (“Top Copy,” “Lucky Leon”); Robert Costanzo, Terry Kiser, & Lane Davies (“Tempus Fugitive”); David Graf (“Individual Responsibility”), Jim Pirri as Scardino; Adam West, Frank Gorshin, Martin Mull, & Ben Stein (“Whine, Whine, Whine).


Packaging:

The packaging is quite neat. It is a nice digipak box set. This season there is no hologram though. The box’s front cover has a photo of Clark/Superman and Lois with the Daily Planet logo in the background. The show’s logo and The Complete Second Season are also present. A nice red/yellow color scheme is there. The back of the box has three different screenshots from the second season: Superman, Lois & the Prankster, and Raquel Welch & Superman. The back also has a brief synopsis of the show. Superman’s picture is in between the set synopsis and special features.

The case’s front cover is the same as the box cover. The back of the case has a shot of Lex Luthor and the credits are on the bottom. When we open the case once, we get to the disc one breakdown on the left and a disc two breakdown on the right. The disc breakdowns have episode numbers, episode titles, writer, director, original air date, and a brief synopsis. And special features, if any. There are nice photos in the background on each side of a breakdown as well along with a snapshot of a character on the bottom left. For disc one’s breakdown there is a photo of Lois and a snapshot of Lois, Mayson, and Clark on the bottom left. Disc two’s breakdown has shot of Perry with a shot of Lois wrapped around Superman’s cape on the bottom right. When we open the case a second time, we get to 4 sides. There is a disc three breakdown on the left with a nice photo of Lois & Clark in the background and a snapshot of Isabel Sanford & Sherman Hemsley. Then skipping all the way to the right, there is a disc four breakdown with a photo of Clark in the background and a snapshot of a blonde Lois on the bottom left. In between the disc 3 and 4 breakdowns the discs one & two side is shown and also the discs three & four side. When we open the case a third time we see two more sides. On the left there is the discs 5 & 6 side and the breakdown of discs 5 & 6 with another shot of Jimmy in the background.

The discs are on top of each other. For example, disc one is on top of disc two; disc three on top of four; and disc 5 on top of six. Again, I hate that! It is hard to take out and easily can be scratched, so be careful! Discs one and two are in red and it has a photo of Clark. Discs three and four are in blue and it has a photo of Lois & Superman. Discs 5 and 6 are in yellow and it has a photo of Lois. There are nice photos on the case when you take out each two disc page. I won’t give that away though; you’ll have to see yourself. There is also a little paper saying “Get $5 back” when you buy any two seasons of Lois & Clark and The Adventures of Superman. It also says don’t forget to watch the new movie Superman Returns in theaters June 30, 2006.

Disc one holds episodes 1-4, disc two holds episodes 5-8, disc three holds episodes 9-11; disc four holds episodes 12-15; disc five holds episodes 16-19 and disc six holds episodes 20-22 & the special features.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is awesome again! The menu screen starts off with different front page shots of the Daily Planet newspaper, and then the theme is playing in the background with different clips from the show playing. The options are: Play All, Episodes, Special Features, & Languages. Play All is self-explanatory. Episodes takes you to the episode list for the given disc and you can choose which episode you want to view. Special Features are only for discs three (commentary) and six, but the option is present on each disc. The Languages option tells us that the only spoken language on this set in English, but you can have English subtitles, or French or Spanish as well.

There is no scene selection screen but there are chapters present on each episode, which you can access through your remote. The navigation on each sub-menu and the main menu is very easy. The design is also quite nice and creative. Good job again by Warner Bros. and very similar to season one, so consistent.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video looks better than ever. Widescreen would have been nice though. This show is better that way. Nevertheless, the video was still good. The audio is fine. A nice stereo quality sound and is not low at all. Each episode runs about 45:05-46:10 minutes, give or take a few seconds. Scenes are easy to find, using chapter stops.


Special Features:

First, let’s start off with the episode commentary. The commentary is for “Season’s Greedings” with Dean Cain. Cain wrote the episode and has a fond memory of this episode. He mentions how nice Dick Van Patten was. How nice it was to get Isabel Sanford & Sherman Hemsley to guest star. He mentions a young Denise Richards is after Jimmy in this episode. He also mentions the recent passing of Lane Smith. It runs 46:08.

Next up is “Lois & Clark: Secrets of Season 2” on disc 6. It runs 10:16. Interviewed are Dean Cain, John McNamara (executive producer), Randall Zisk (co-executive producer), Paul Jackson (supervising producer), Justin Whalin, and Denise Crosby. They mention that this was a breakout season, a new Jimmy this season, getting rid of Lex brought new villains in each episode and the tons of recognizable guests this season.

Finally also on disc 6 we have a 8:30 featurette on “Marketing Metropolis: Fans of Lois & Clark.” Interviewed are Randall Zisk, Denise Crosby, Justin Whalin, Dean Cain, John McNamara, Paul Jackson, K Callan, and Eddie Jones. Also some fans labeled “FOLC” (Friends of Lois & Clark): Chris Paterson, Diane Thompson, Margaret J. Glaser, Kristen Wanderlich, Sarah Hernandez, Laura I. Christian, Richard M. Laphan, Nancy L. Smith, and Donna Barton. This is a very good extra with even questions at the end for Dean Cain. Fans are really obsessed!


Final Comments:

This set is again excellent, just like the show itself. I think Warner Bros. has done a good job on this set. Other than the disc layout, I’m very pleased. They have given us good quality episodes, unedited episodes and delicious special features. The extras were not as much as season one, but the quality is still there.

For season three, I hope we get the same thing: commentary, featurettes, etc. I’d like to see Cain & Hatcher do an episode commentary together. Seasons 3 and 4 I hope are out by the end of 2006 at least (maybe S3 in June and S4 in December or January, just a guess). But for now, buy this set! You will love it! Dean Cain & Teri Hatcher are excellent this season, probably their best season.


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

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

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 01/14/06.

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