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Nurse Jackie - Season Two (Blu-ray)


TITLE: NURSE JACKIE - SEASON TWO (BLU-RAY) (DVD)


Info:

Release Date: February 22, 2011 (Lionsgate)
Color / 2010
MSRP: $29.97
Packaging: Blu-ray Double-Disc Case
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 12
Running Time: 351 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 30 min.
Audio: English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Subtitles and Captioning: English and Spanish Subtitles
Special Features: Commentaries; "All About Eve" Featurette; "Perfecting an Inappropriate Touch" Featurette; Main Title Music Montage; Gag Reel


Introduction:

"Shift happens" as Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) returns for the second season of the Showtime comedy series Nurse Jackie on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. In these twelve episodes from the 2010 season of the series, we get to see more of the emergency room nurse who has flaws in every single way--cheating on her husband, abusing prescription drugs, and occasionally violating ethics to right what she sees as wrongs--but really seems to care about doing her job the right way and her patients. She is like the Dirty Harry of the nursing profession.

The second season of the series is available on both a three-disc DVD set and a two-disc Blu-ray Disc set (the latter which we have received for review) from Lionsgate.


Episodes:

Jackie has to deal with breaking off her affair with Eddie in "Comfort Food," which leads to a disturbing suicide attempt by him. Dr. O'Hara is dealing with her mother's death in the way Jackie would in "Twitter," and it is up to Jackie to cover for her. Eddie and Kevin develop a close friendship that is too close for comfort for Jackie in "Candyland." Jackie has the perfect prescription for a patient in "Apple Bong," except it isn't exactly a legal one. Jackie scores some pills from a pharmaceutical representative in "Bleeding."

In "Silly String," Dr. Cooper insults the hospital's biggest donor (played by Barbara Barrie), putting everybody in jeopardy. A dying patient (played by Harvey Fierstein) just wants to say goodbye to his spouse--his husband, specifically--in "Monkey Bits." Jackie sets up a post office box to hide her secret credit cards and Gloria rehires Eddie in "P.O. Box." Jackie falsifies an MRI just to get a prescription in "Sleeping Dogs." In "What the Day Brings," a nice family trip for the Peytons appears to turn in to a disaster very quickly. The season ends with "Years of Service," where Jackie is in trouble with everybody, but that trouble is nothing compared to the revenge that a drug dealer that she ripped off wants to get.

Disc 1:
1. "Comfort Food" (28:06)
2. "Twitter" (28:20)
3. "Candyland" (26:17)
4. "Apple Bong" (27:27)
5. "Caregiver" (27:51)
6. "Bleeding" (27:05)

Disc 2:
7. "Silly String" (29:03)
8. "Monkey Bits" (28:13)
9. "P.O. Box" (27:31)
10. "Sleeping Dogs" (28:25)
11. "What the Day Brings" (28:26)
12. "Years of Service" (28:57)


Packaging:

The Blu-ray Disc set comes in a standard Blu-ray Disc case, with a single photo of Jackie on the cover with several pills, pill bottles, and syringes surrounding her. On the back, there is a snapshot of the entire cast, along with a few episode snapshots and information about the season. Inside the case are the two discs, which just have the series logo on them and "pills" to indicate the disc number (one pill for Disc 1, two pills for Disc 2). Each disc contains six episodes. There is an insert with a listing of all of the episodes inside, but there are no descriptions or airdates on the insert.

We did not receive a copy of the DVD version of the set, but aside from it containing three discs and likely being packaged in a digipack, it is probably mostly similar.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus on the Blu-ray Disc set are very nice, with the main menu featuring the same image as the cover art along with various clips from episodes and the theme song playing in the background. You can choose from options of Play All Episodes, Episode Selection, Set Up, and Special Features.

Episode Selection provides a pop-up menu that lists all of the episodes on the season--not just the ones on the disc that you are watching, but all of them. If you select an episode that is on the other disc, it'll tell you to insert the other disc and it'll play it upon inserting that disc. There is an episode snapshot for each episode on the menu. Set Up allows you to turn on the subtitles and adjust the menu volume.

As far as chapters, they are placed throughout each episode at many appropriate places.


Video and Audio Quality:

We have only received the Blu-ray Disc version of the set, but it should be no surprise that the video quality of the set is EXCELLENT with no flaws at all to report. Just like the Weeds - Season Six release, everything looks glamorous and glorious in the full high-definition picture. The audio on the set is great too, but again, just like the Weeds release, the 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (which is excellent to have, don't get me wrong) can be a little too low if you are like most people and don't have that standard, and an optional Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track would have been great. There are both English and Spanish subtitles available on the set.

I would assume that the DVD set is of excellent quality as well, although it is clearly not in true high-definition as the Blu-ray Disc set is.


Special Features:

We'll begin with the commentaries that are included on the set, which are as follows:

"Comfort Food" - Edie Falco, Linda Wallem, Liz Brixius, and Richie Jackson
"Monkey Bits" - Edie Falco, Linda Wallem, Liz Brixius, and Richie Jackson
"Sleeping Dogs" - Eve Best and Peter Facinelli
"What the Day Brings" - Eve Best and Peter Facinelli

The commentaries on this set are fairly standard, but they are never really boring to listen to. I especially like how this set tends to focus on the cast members (including Edie Falco herself) in the commentaries, the actors usually provide the best perspective. I do wish, though, that there were more commentaries included.

"All About Eve" (10:47) is a featurette about Eve Best (Dr. O'Hara), and talking about her life history and growing up in London. It is an interview with Best herself, where she gives a very in-depth portrait of herself.

"Gag Reel" (6:22) is exactly what it sounds like, a series of gags from the second season of the series. It seems very weird seeing the actors of the series in such a light-hearted mood and laughing with each other, as there is always so much tension between all of them on the series, so that made it especially enjoyable to watch.

"Nurse Jackie Title Montage" (1:39) is really nothing all that special, basically all that we have here is an extended version of the opening theme song playing with various clips from the second season of the series.

"Perfecting an Inappropriate Touch" (11:31) is basically a featurette about Peter Facinelli, who plays Dr. Cooper on the series, with an interview with him and a bit of biography about his past. He talks quite a bit about how he gets into the role of playing a doctor on the series, and how he attempts to realistically portray how a doctor may be while not dealing with patients--no matter how unflattering that may be.


Final Comments:

Honestly, I feel that the first season had somewhat stronger plots and was a little better than this season, but towards the end, this season started to pick up some steam. My main problem with this season is that the Eddie/Jackie affair seems to drag on a bit too much, and to me, it seems like it is time for his character to just disappear, as it is kind of a drag on the series. But as the season progressed, particularly at the end, things got interesting as everybody in Jackie's life found out about her prescription drug abuse (hopefully that isn't spoiling too much) and her theft of drugs from a drug dealer land her in trouble. I'm really interested in seeing where this series goes in the next season, because the cliffhanger for this season left the door open for a lot of possibilities, and I hope it continues to pick up the steam that it picked up toward the end of this season. But all in all, this is a great set, and fans of medical series are sure to enjoy it.


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

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

-- Reviewed by skees53 on 02/18/11

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