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Reba - The Complete Second Season


TITLE: REBA - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON


Info:

DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005 (20th Century Fox)
Color
MSRP: $39.98
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: approx. 543 minutes
Running time of Special Features: approx. 18 minutes 26 seconds (not counting commentary)
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English & Spanish Languages & Subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Selected episode commentary on four episodes and a Season 2 overview special.


Introduction:

Reba McEntire's hit WB series, REBA, returns for a second go-around in this 3 disc, 24 episode SEASON TWO release. It's a show that The New York Times calls "downright funny" and features country superstar Reba McEntire as suburban mom and divorcee Reba Hart, who is faced with another season of mishaps and crises that only she can deal with in her own Texan wit. On top of having to deal with her ex-husband's overly friendly new wife, Barbra Jean, she is forced to realize her newly married daughter Cheyenne won't be moving out of the house after all, and is staying put with her husband and baby daughter. Also, with no husband to bring home the bacon, Reba must re-enter the work force and finds herself working for her ex-husband, with his wife as her boss, all in an effort to avoid going on food stamps. And as much as Reba tries to please everyone in her life, she realizes she can't please everyone and she needs to make herself her first priority for a change.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Some say no other season can ever top the first season of a series, but REBA can! Some episodes that definitely go down as my favorites, include, "Proud Reba," in which, to avoid food stamps, Reba accepts a job offer from Brock and in the next episode, "Reba Works For Brock," she finds out her new boss isn't really Brock, but Barbra Jean! In "Safe Dating" Kyra enters the dating world but when Reba and her boyfriend's Dad start flirting with each other, Kyra feels she has no choice but to break up with her new boyfriend. "Mommy Nearest" is the one where Reba becomes enraged after hearing Jake call Barbra Jean "Mommy." "Ring-a-Ding" is the one where Reba prepares to have sex with her new boyfriend. "A Moment in Time" in which family members secretly tape video messages for baby Elizabeth and then go crazy trying to discover what each other said on the tape. "The Rings" in which Reba decides to sell her engagement ring to pay for a mechanic to flush out a dead rat in her engine, and Van enlists a sarcastic Kyra's help in finally buying an engagement ring for Cheyenne. "Seeing Red" in which Reba gets jealous of the growing relationship between Kyra and Barbra Jean, but she really sees red when Barbra Jean returns from a makeover looking exactly like Reba! "Terry Holliway" in which Reba and Brock deal with their past, after a close friend dies. "The Wall" in which Reba feels threatened when Van's rich parents suddenly take an interest in Elizabeth. "The Will" in which, after Reba experiences a life or death situation, the family wonders what she would leave each of them if she were to die. And finally, the season finale, "Location, Location, Location" & "Your Place or Mine" in which Reba must make a tough decision on who to loan money to: Kyra so she can go to England due to good grades or to Cheyenne so she can go to summer school. When Reba makes her choice, Kyra threatens to move out and Reba is left stunned by Kyra's declaration.


Packaging:

The packaging is similar to Season 1, but it's green in color. It has a picture of Reba on the cover and in the boxes are pictures of the rest of the cast. It's a slim-case set that features three individual slim packs, holding the three discs. On the three cases, it's the exact same design as the cover art. The discs themselves are plain because they are double-sided. Disc 1, Side 1 contains episodes 1-4. Disc 1, Side 2 contains episodes 5-8. Disc 2, Side 1 contains episodes 9-12. Disc 2, Side 2 contains episodes 13-16. Disc 3, Side 1 contains episodes 17-20 and Disc 3, Side 2 contains episodes 21-24 and the sole special feature included on this disc. And, of course, the discs have no art because they are double-sided.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu is very different from Season 1. It has the green color theme and on one top of the menu is live action shots pulled from episodes of REBA. Underneath is a listing of the various menus for this set. Each disc is similar in design. The theme music (with lyrics) plays and when it's done, it loops and continues to do so. The first option is the popular "Play All" selection. The next is "Episode Selection." This takes you to another menu, that isn't live action, and lists the four episodes available. "Language Selection" takes you to another menu, that also isn't "live" and allows you to choose from Spanish or English Dolby Surround, select the commentary that might be available on this side of the disc as well as choosing between either English or Spanish subtitles. The last menu is "Special Features" in which you can either select the commentary that might be available or, as on the last disc, the special bonus feature available. The menu is very easy to navigate but I find it a step down from the awesome menus created for Season 1.


Video and Audio Quality:

Not much can be said about this aspect of the release. Seeing this season was taped and broadcast in 2002/2003, the picture quality is fantastic. I noticed no problems, so that's nothing to be concerned with. The audio itself seemed a little low at times and I really had to turn up the volume on my TV. I'm not sure why it was so low, but it was and I thought I should let you know about it. Other than that, no major issues there, either. Each episode runs around 22 minutes in length (the norm for current sitcoms) and there are chapter skips available.


Special Features:

- Season 2 Overview (approx. 18:26 minutes)
Its nice Fox included SOMETHING, but I found it a useless addition. It basically recaps the entire second season of REBA. While nice, I didn't see the need for it, but maybe that's just me. It includes interviews with Matt Berry and Kevin Abbott about why the show was brought back and they discuss the second season. It's a nice idea, I suppose.

- Select Commentary on Four Episodes
You can find commentary by Executive Producers Kevin Abbott and Matt Berry on the episodes "House Rules," "A Moment in Time," "Seeing Red," and "Location, Location, Location."


Final Comments:

It's so hard to believe it's actually been a year since the last release! It seems like just yesterday. As a huge fan of the REBA series, I was a little disappointed by the effort Fox put into this release. Season 1 was chock full of special features, commentary by the cast, a well thought-out menu design and more. This season we find one useless bonus special, and a very poor menu design. It's easy to use but seems amateurish compared to Season 1. Not to knock Fox, or this set, but I was just taken by surprise and very disappointed. A series like this deserves much better. On the plus side, they did offer English and Spanish subtitles, which from what I recall, WASN'T available on Season 1. Neither was the Languages offered. So that was a nice plus. Overall, though, it was still a good release and I cannot wait for Season 3 and beyond!


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 1/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 3/5
Overall: 3.5/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 12/13/2005.

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