TITLE: MODERN FAMILY - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (BLU-RAY) (DVD)
Release Date: September 20, 2011 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
MSRP: $49.98 (DVD)/$59.99 (Blu-ray)
Packaging: Keep case
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 528 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 107 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles and Captioning: English, Spanish, French Subtitles
Deleted and Extended Scenes / Deleted Family Interviews
“Strangers on a Treadmill” Table Read
Mitch’s Flash Mob Featurette
Imagine Me Naked - Music Video
Modern Family Holidays Featurette
Waiting for Oprah Featurette
Chatting with Steve Levitan
At Home With Modern Family
There’s no sophomore jinx for this series, as the series continues to bring the funny and even higher ratings! “Modern Family” The Complete Second Season is now on Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and we will cover the Blu-ray portion. The series just recently won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for the second straight year at this year’s Emmy Awards. The series won five total Emmy Awards for its outstanding second season, including honors for Ty Burrell & Julie Bowen! Modern Family is a refreshingly hilarious look at what it means to be a family in today's hectic, unpredictable world. While fledgling fathers Cameron and Mitchell struggle with learning the ropes of parenthood, long-time parents Claire and Phil try to keep the spice in their marriage amid the chaos of raising three challenging children. Meanwhile, family patriarch, Jay, has more than his hands full with his sexy, spirited wife, Gloria, and her precocious son. Still, no matter the size, shape or situation, family always comes first in this laugh-out-loud, critically acclaimed hit.
The three-disc set from 20th Century Fox contains all 24 second season episodes in their unedited format, along with plenty of bonus features. The series airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM on ABC and stars Ed O'Neill as Jay Pritchett, Julie Bowen as Claire Dunphy, Ty Burrell as Phil Dunphy, Sofía Vergara as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Jesse Tyler Ferguson as Mitchell Pritchett, Eric Stonestreet as Cameron Tucker, Sarah Hyland as Haley Dunphy, Nolan Gould as Luke Dunphy, Ariel Winter as Alex Dunphy and Rico Rodriguez as Manny Delgado. Rerurring is Reid Ewing as Dylan.
This is hands down the best sitcom on the air right now. The series continues to grow in the ratings and is critically acclaimed. I love all 48 total episodes so far for seasons one and two and these 24 second season episodes are all very good. But we will cover the best of the best for season 2! The season premiere “The Old Wagon,” where Phil finally agrees to sell the old station wagon, but only after a family trip down memory lane, while Cameron asks Jay for help when Mitchell decides to build a life-size princess castle for Lily. In “The Kiss,” after Claire finds flirty texts from a boy on Alex's phone, Claire tells Haley to give her advice, in which she tells Alex to kiss the boy, which makes her go up to the boy, and ask him in front of his friends, embarrassing him, while Mitchell is having trouble kissing Cam in public and Phil works hard to fix Jay's printer and Jay must cope with Gloria's customs. In “Strangers on a Treadmill,” Claire and Mitchell try to spare their significant others from embarrassment, while Haley tries to teach Alex how to be cool. On the instant classic episode “Halloween,” Claire loves Halloween and is gearing up to spookify the Dunphy house for the trick-or-treaters and she gives each family member a role to play, but none of it goes quite right, while Cameron can't shake a traumatic childhood experience and hates the holiday, Mitchell has had a terrible day at work, and Gloria is acting weird after Jay and Manny teased her about her accent. In “Manny Get Your Gun,” everyone gathers at a restaurant for Manny's birthday when Manny has a mini-life crisis of getting older, Phil and Claire have a race to see who can get there faster, and Mitchell and Cam get stuck at the mall looking for a gift.
In “Dance Dance Revelation,” at Luke and Manny's first school dance, Jay and Phil take them to the mall which turns disastrous, Claire's happiness turns into jealousy when Gloria joins the school dance committee, while Cameron and Mitchell learn about Lily biting other kids at the playground. In the classic episode, “Slow Down Your Neighbors,” Claire becomes a determined neighborhood vigilante hoping to catch and stop a car that speeds through their streets, while Phil is busy trying to land an important listing with a difficult client, Jay teaches Manny and Gloria how to ride a bike, and Mitchell and Cameron meet a charming mysterious neighbor. In yet another classic, “Caught In The Act,” while Manny is away visiting his father, Gloria and Jay are about to go on vacation, but their plans are interrupted when they accidentally send an insulting email to Claire and when they go to the Dunphys' house to apologize, they find Claire and Phil in a state of dismay because their kids have just walked in on them having sex, while Mitchell and Cameron have trouble getting reservations at a popular new restaurant, so they try to ingratiate themselves with the restaurant's owner, who is one of the parents at Lily's preschool.
In the most watched episode of the season, “Bixby’s Back,” Claire and Phil decide to reprise their role-playing adventure from the previous year, while Jay's elaborate Valentine's surprise for Gloria keeps getting held up and an admirer comes between Cameron and Mitchell. In “Boy’s Night,” Phil and Claire are fearful when they find out that Luke has befriended their old neighbor, Mr. Kleezak, while Jay tries to avoid sitting through a symphony concert with Gloria and Manny, but unfortunately is forced to hang out with Mitchell and Cameron on their "boys' night out," as Haley is babysitting Lily. On the hilarious episode “See You Next Fall,” the whole family gathers at Jay's house before heading out to Alex's graduation ceremony from middle school, but while at the house, Jay is preoccupied hiding a botox mishap from everyone, and Cameron is upset about Mitchell's habit of laughing at him, and Phil tries to sympathize with, yet also criticizes Claire on her impending breakdown over the kids growing up too fast. On the second season finale, “The One That Got Away,” Jay wants to go fishing on his birthday, but the family insists he have a big party, leading Claire and Mitchell to get trapped in their childhood yard, while Phil encounters his college nemesis at the mall.
Guest starring this season is Nathan Lane, Celia Weston, Danny Trejo, James Marsden, Jamie Gertz, Rachel Harris, Matt Dillon, and Shelley Long.
All of the episodes on the set are unedited and presented as they originally aired instead of produced, which is fine. All music appears to be intact as well, but this show doesn’t use too much of that. They create their own music, like this year Dylan created “Imagine Me Naked.” This show is so original! Runtimes are as follows:
The Old Wagon (21:37)
The Kiss (21:27)
Strangers on a Treadmill (21:37)
Manny Get Your Gun (20:19)
Mother Tucker (21:37)
Dance Dance Revelation (21:10)
Slow Down Your Neighbors (21:35)
Our Children, Ourselves (21:38)
Caught In The Act (21:10)
Bixby’s Back (21:29)
Princess Party (21:15)
Regrets Only (21:36)
Two Monkeys and a Panda (21:20)
Boys’ Night (21:37)
The Musical Man (21:37)
Someone to Watch Over Lily (20:56)
Mother’s Day (20:38)
Good Cop Bad Dog (21:35)
See You Next Fall (21:15)
The One That Got Away (21:32)
This time we’re reviewing the Blu-ray, so the sections here are on out might be different from the DVD. The Blu-ray packaging has a keep case. The cover art has a nice shot of the cast in elegant white clothing in a white background. Since this is a Blu-ray set, we have a blue case instead of regular clear or black. The back of the packaging resembles a picture shelf, as we have four different shelves. We have seven episodic photos inside portrait frames on these shelves. We have basic information on the series and set, along with a list of special features and Blu-ray Specifications. This is “Emmy-Winning Laughs In High Definition!”
Inside the case we have a little blue (since this is a Blu-ray!) plastic holder that you can flip back and forth like a page of a book. The holder holds disc one on the front and disc two on the back. Disc three is on the right panel on the case. There is no artwork on the panels this time, as it is just regular blue. I am not sure if this is the case for the DVD as well. The discs themselves have all the episode titles listed. They also have cool artwork, each showcasing that cast photo of them in white in different ways: disc one you can see the cast photo on a camera, on the second disc you can see it on a film reel and on the third disc it is hanging on the wall at the Dunphy home by the staircase. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-8, Disc 2 contains episodes 9-16, and Disc 3 contains episodes 17-24. Each disc has some extras.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus are very nicely done, with video clips playing on the main menu with the theme song playing in the background, similar to the DVD for season one. As a reminder, this review will cover the Blu-ray menus. The Blu-ray main menu has options of Episodes, Set Up, Search, and Extras. The Episodes option gives us two options: Season Mode and Play. Season Mode is like Play All on DVDs, but this is better because you’ll never lose your spot even if you remove the disc from the player. Play of course plays the episode. We get the episode title and a nice description. The Set Up option lets you turn on subtitles either in English, French, or Spanish. The Search option is a nice Blu-ray only option where you can view your Timelines and Bookmarks. The Extra option list the special feature on the disc that you can select. Blu-ray DVDs have no sub-menus, so we can’t cover that. I like Blu-ray, as everything is much better quality and faster. Five chapter stops are placed appropriately throughout each episode, yo. Phil Dunphy, yo! There are auto trailers before the main menu on disc one for Twentieth Century Fox dramas on DVD, FX, Raising Hope, and Bones.
Video and Audio Quality:
I had the DVD version for season one, now for season two I have the Blu-ray, and all I can say is holy cow! The video and audio quality on the set is perfection in true high-definition quality. 50 GB Dual Layer! It is probably even better than watching it on TV on HD. I don’t think I have ever seen a set look better than this! The audio is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and is very crisp and clear. As mentioned, subtitles are available on all of the episodes, but the episodes are not closed-captioned. Why? I don’t get it either.
Once again each disc has “Extras.” Although, I’m still very surprised there aren’t ANY audio commentaries again. Let’s go over the extras. We will cover them a little different than last time, because they are presented differently on Blu-ray. First up on disc one, we have “Deleted Family Interviews” (3:55). They don’t mention on this Blu-ray what episodes these are from though. We also have “Deleted and Extended Scenes” (9:53). The same goes true for this one. We sure have a lot, as I counted about ten or eleven. The next extra on disc one is “Strangers on a Treadmill Table Read” (37:34). We see the ENTIRE table read for this classic episode. This was a special table read, because it was done in front of a packed audience! That was very cool! They are all dressed well here, as it seems Sarah Hyland dressed up especially! The last extra on disc one is “Mitch’s Flash Mob” (2:42). This extra shows us how the classic flash mob scene was filmed. Interviewed are Jesse Tyler Ferguson and writer Danny Zuker.
Moving on to disc two, we have more “Deleted Family Interviews” (4:50) and “Deleted and Extended Scenes” (10:25). These are fun and easy to watch. It’s like watching a new episode. And we also have “Imagine Me Naked: Music Video” (3:36). We see the entire music video of Dylan’s new hit! It’s certainly another catchy song, like last year’s classic.
Onto the final disc, disc three, we have more “Deleted Family Interviews” (2:02) and “Deleted and Extended Scenes” (1:00). We also have a nicely produced “Gag Reel” (8:20) that is longer than the first season one even! Their bloopers are even interesting to watch. The main featurettes are next with “Modern Family Holidays” (13:00). We go through details for all of the holiday episodes this season. Holidays covered are Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Halloween. Interviewed for all of these are writer Danny Zuker, Ty Burrell, Dan O’Shannon & Ilana Wernick (co-executive producers), Julie Bowen, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ed O’Neill, Michael Spiller (director), Jeffrey Richman (executive producer), Ariel Winter, Sarah Hyland and Rico Rodriguez. Then we have “Waiting for Oprah” (3:51) as we see what was going on the day of when Oprah was going to do an interview with them via satellite. Interviewed are Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Michael Spiller, and co-creator Steve Levitan. Speaking of Steve, we have “Chatting with Steve Levitan” (4:11). On this Steve shows us an example of using real life stories from his life onto this show. It’s really interesting and makes this show more relatable! Life can be funny, indeed! And finally we have “At Home with Modern Family” (6:09) as production designer Richard Berg takes us on a tour of all the sets from the series. We can see Eric Stonestreet, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, and Sofia Vergara. Another good extra!
I have the Bu-ray this time and I don’t think I’ll ever go back to DVD for this series now. I’m sure the DVD is nice, but this Blu-ray set is just amazing. The episodes are all awesome and have never looked better. Like season one, I don’t think there was a bad episode in the bunch here. You need to watch all 24 if you haven’t already. The episodes are stand-alone, so you can watch what you want first, but I still prefer watching them all in order. The packaging was nicely done and nearly flawless, but I wish there was more artwork on the Blu-ray set. Menu navigation and design was very simple and well done. Blu-ray menus are a different animal! The audio and video were perfect as you can’t beat a current series and of course this is Blu-ray. I loved the special features. It is nice to have deleted and extended scenes along with those cool family interviews. Again, audio commentary was just about the only relevant extra missing. I wish we got the George Clooney Emmy bit from last year’s Emmy Awards on this set! That was comedy gold! Oh well.
Anyway, this is a great Blu-ray set for an even better show! The third season just launched to series highs AGAIN doing 14.35 million and a 6.1 18-49 rating, as this series just keeps growing. So laugh on with ABC’s Modern Family and sing “imagine me naked” all over again. If you still haven’t watched this show yet, you really need to. It is by far the best comedy on TV these days and it has clever writing, stories and of course the acting is top-notch. TV’s funniest show is back, but don’t forget to relive the funny in season two by buying this Blu-ray set! Laughs are funnier in high-definition! If you don’t have Blu-ray, “oh geez,” as Jay would say, but you can still buy the DVD...which is good, too! Clive Bixby!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall Score: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 09/30/11
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