TITLE: REBA - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
DVD Release Date: December 13, 2005 (20th Century Fox)
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.
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.
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.
- 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,
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
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 12/13/2005.
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