Release Date: February 7, 2012 (Shout! Factory)
Packaging: Viva Case
Number of Discs: 6
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 1080 minutes
Running Time of Features: N/A
Audio: English Mono
Subtitles and Captioning: None
Special Features: None
Sergeant "Pepper" Anderson (Angie Dickinson) returns to fight more crime in the Los Angeles Criminal Conspiracy Unit in Police Woman - Season Two. The latest release contains all 24 episodes of the 1975-1976 season of the spinoff of Police Story on a four-disc DVD set. Along with a team of undercover detectives, led by Sgt. Bill Crowley (Earl Holliman), Anderson goes undercover to get close to the criminal underworld before taking it down.
The season begins with "Pawns of Power," where Pepper investigates an illegal gambling operation. A detective's wife is dead, and the killer has left a pattern of murder in "Paradise Mall." In "The Chasers," Pepper is knocked unconscious by a speeding car during an investigation. Two co-workers are the suspects after the murder of two other co-workers in "Cold Wind." Pepper is on parole--sort of--when she investigates the murder of a parole officer in "Above and Beyond." In "Farewell, Mary Jane," Pepper has to make a big drug buy to capture a police informant turned drug dealer. Pepper is taken hostage while posing as a prostitute in "Blaze of Glory." Crowley is suspended for killing a teenager in "The Purge," and in the meantime, Pepper is out to clear his name. Grandmothers are being taken advantage of in "Don't Feed the Pigeons." Erik Estrada guest stars.
A hit man makes a boxer that he couldn't take down legitimately his target in "The Hit." Pepper and the team are on the search for a cop killer in "Incident Near A Black and White." In "The Melting Point of Ice," Pepper investigates a diamond robbery gone wrong. Pepper goes undercover in Vegas to find the kidnapped grandson of an elderly millionaire in "Generation of Evil." In "Double Image," Royster has to protect a witness in a murder trial, but finds himself falling in love with the witness in the meantime. A mentally disturbed woman kidnaps her child that she gave up in "Mother Love." The season ends with the two-part episode "Task Force: Cop Killer," where Pepper trains with a motorcycle task force, and finds herself being forced to start yet another investigation.
The episodes on the set appear to be unedited. In fact, at the end of each episode, you'll even find the original Columbia Pictures Television "pretzel" logo, which is very rarely seen. Runtimes for the episodes are as follows:
1. "Pawns of Power" (50:16)
2. "The Score" (50:18)
3. "Paradise Mall" (50:20)
4. "Pattern For Evil" (50:18)
5. "The Chasers" (50:18)
6. "Cold Wind" (50:18)
7. "Above and Beyond" (50:19)
8. "Farewell, Mary Jane" (50:10)
9. "Blaze of Glory" (50:14)
10. "Glitter with a Bullet" (50:15)
11. "The Purge" (50:18)
12. "Don't Feed the Pigeons" (50:21)
13. "The Hit" (50:17)
14. "Silence" (50:18)
15. "Incident Near a Black and White" (50:17)
16. "The Melting Point of Ice" (50:17)
17. "The Pawn Shop" (50:18)
18. "Angela" (49:15)
19. "Wednesday's Child" (50:25)
20. "Generation of Evil" (50:12)
Like most recent DVD releases from just about every studio, the set is packaged in a Viva case. On the cover, we have a photo of Sgt. Pepper holding a gold-plated gun in her hand. On the back, we have another large photo of Sgt. Pepper, along with a few episode snapshots and a brief description of the series. Inside the case are the six discs, all of which have yet another photo of Sgt. Pepper on them (the photo is the same on every disc). Each disc contains exactly four episodes. The episode titles, along with original airdates, are printed inside the case. However, there are no episode descriptions.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus on the set are very nicely done, with a 30 second video opening montage on the main menu of each disc featuring the theme song and video clips. You can skip past this if you desire. Once the main menu comes up, the theme song continues to play while you are presented with options of Play All and Episodes. Selecting Episodes takes you to a menu which lists all of the episodes. The theme song continues to play here. Once you select an episode, it plays immediately. Chapters are placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video quality of the episodes presented on the set is just plain amazing. I've seen some older series that look pretty good on DVD, but the video quality of the episodes on this set is virtually flawless. Aside from a few minor defects here and there, the episodes really don't have any issues at all. The audio is a tad bit low, but for the most part, it is fine. Unfortunately, there are no subtitles or closed-captioning on the episodes.
There aren't any special features on the set at all. Some original promos or interviews would have been nice.
Even though it is a barebones set, this is a very nice release for the series, and it is great to see the series continued on DVD. This DVD was my first time actually watching the series, but it seems to follow pretty much the same formula that most other police dramas of the same era, and fans of those series (many of which were also produced by Columbia Pictures Television as well) are sure to enjoy this series. It seems that Shout! Factory is aggressively pursuing these abandoned police dramas lately, so hopefully we'll see other similar series, as well as additional seasons of this series. The only (minor) complaint about this series is my inability to figure out what the exact title of the release was: is it Police Woman - The Complete Second Season? Police Woman - Season Two? Police Woman - The Second Season? All three of these titles are used throughout the packaging, so it is a bit confusing. But in any event, this is a great set with the episodes from the second season of the series--or whatever the title of the DVD release is.