TITLE: ROSEANNE - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (MILL CREEK)
Release Date: September 13, 2011 (Mill Creek Entertainment)
Packaging: Double-thick keepcase with paper sleeves
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 476 minutes
Running Time of Features: 31 minutes
Audio: English Stereo
Subtitles and Captioning: Closed-captioned
Special Features: John Goodman: A Candid Interview; John Goodman Audition; DJ All Grown Up; Wacky Jackie; Season Two Highlights
Roseanne returns to DVD for the second season of the classic ABC sitcom! Just like the first season, season two is now being re-released on DVD, this time from Mill Creek at a very low price of just under $15! In the second season of the series, we already start to see some changes, with Dan's dad dating Crystal, Roseanne moving from job-to-job until she finds just the right one, and Jackie getting her dream job as… a cop??? Referred to as "GROUNDBREAKING… TV's greatest working class act!" by Entertainment Weekly, the series never fails to disappoint in bringing laughter and drama to a lower middle-class family in middle America.
Becky goes through a serious embarrassment in the season premiere, "Inherit the Wind." In "Little Sister," Jackie makes her big announcement: she's going to the police academy! Roseanne is selling magazines by phone in "Guilt by Disassociation," and isn't happy at all. In "Somebody Stole My Gal," an architect at Dan's job site adopts a "perfect" surrogate family: the Conners! Jackie heads off for the academy in "House of Grown-Ups." Tom Arnold makes his first appearance in the series in "Five of a Kind." It's the first of the annual Halloween episodes in "Boo!" Can Roseanne just get 10 minutes alone in the bathtub? That is all she wants in "Sweet Dreams." In "We Gather Together," we see that a Conner-style Thanksgiving just isn't your usual Thanksgiving.
Darlene gets to read her poem at a recital, but doesn't want to in "Brain-Dead Poet's Society." Roseanne is struggling with two jobs in "Lobocop." In "No Talking," Roseanne gets the silent treatment from Becky after a mother-daughter clash. In "Chicken Hearts," Roseanne's latest job is at a chicken restaurant, so will she become the next Colonel Sanders? In "One for the Road," Becky and a friend invade the liquor cabinet. Jackie gets to be a surrogate mom while Roseanne is away in "An Officer and a Gentleman." In "Born to Be Wild," Roseanne and Dan begin to face their upcoming old age. Roseanne has a new job, AGAIN, in "Hair," but sweeping up hair at a salon isn't really a career. Roseanne tries out a diet in "I'm Hungry."
In "All of Me," Roseanne learns not to meddle in Jackie's life. Jackie gives Roseanne the silent treatment (isn't this becoming a common theme this season?) in "To Tell the Truth." Roseanne is rear-ended in "Fender Bender," so should she and Dan sue? Tax day is fast approaching in "April Fool's Day." In "Fathers and Daughters," Roseanne is determined to beef up Dan and Becky's relationship. The season ends with "Happy Birthday," where Roseanne's birthday dream turns out to be not so great after all.
1. "Inherit the Wind" (23:36)
2. "Little Sister" (23:43)
3. "Guilt by Disassociation" (23:33)
4. "Somebody Stole My Gal" (23:20)
5. "House of Grown-Ups" (23:37)
6. "Five of a Kind" (23:41)
7. "Boo!" (23:43)
8. "Sweet Dreams" (23:42)
9. "We Gather Together" (23:40)
10. "Brain-Dead Poets' Society" (23:28)
11. "Lobo-Cop" (23:39)
12. "No Talking" (23:39)
13. "Chicken Hearts" (23:39)
14. "One for the Road" (23:39)
15. "An Officer and a Gentleman" (23:19)
16. "Born to be Wild" (23:20)
17. "Hair" (23:40)
18. "I'm Hungry" (23:39)
19. "All of Me" (23:40)
20. "To Tell the Truth" (23:40)
21. "Fender Bender" (23:30)
22. "April Fool's Day" (23:39)
23. "Fathers and Daughters" (23:40)
24. "Happy Birthday" (22:49)
It should be no surprise that the packaging here is basically the same as the first season, with the artwork changed. The cover art of the double-thick keepcase has a family photo, with another family photo and a brief description of the series on the back of the case. And inside, yep, you guessed it, we have those black sleeves/envelopes holding each of the discs. It is annoying, but we've come to expect it from Mill Creek (though that doesn't mean they should continue using them!). The disc artwork is the same as the cover art, with episodes 1-9 on Disc 1, episodes 10-18 on Disc 2, and episodes 19-24 and the special features on Disc 3, which means that yet again, there are some inevitable compression issues.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus on this set are almost exactly the same as they are on Mill Creek's release of the first season, with the opening theme playing in the background of the main menu along with a series of clips from the episode. On the right hand side of the screen, there is a picture of Dan and Roseanne… the same one seen on the cover art, except they cut out the kids this time for some reason! The menu options are Play All, Episode Selection, and Bonus Features (Disc 3 only). Episode Select gives you a listing of all episodes on the left side of the screen, and you see a snapshot from the episode on the right side of the screen. Chapters are placed throughout each episode.
Video and Audio Quality:
The quality on this set is no different than the quality on season one, which basically comes down to video quality that is fine, but not excellent. There are issues with blur and video compression that I honestly believe we'll see for every release of this series from Mill Creek. The audio is fine as well, though a bit low at times, with the episodes being presented in stereo. And once again, all episodes are closed-captioned.
Once again, just like the first season, this set has unannounced special features, though the same ones that were included on the Anchor Bay release. There is one special feature that was on the Anchor Bay release that is not included here, that being the "Season One DVD Launch Party." But that makes sense, because it would seem pointless for Mill Creek to have a feature about Anchor Bay's launch party for an out-of-print DVD (which was inferior to the one Mill Creek has released, by the way). All special features can be found on Disc 3.
First, we have "John Goodman: A Candid Interview" (8:40). Of course, Goodman did an interview on the first season set, and this is really just more of a continuation… and more candid as the title suggests.
"John Goodman Audition" (1:16) is exactly what it sounds like--John Goodman's audition for the series. It is nothing more than a table read, and things like this honestly don't excite me.
"DJ All Grown Up" (9:05) brings us an interview with Michael Fishman, who played DJ throughout MOST of the series (aside from the first episode). He talks a lot about growing up on the series in this feature.
In "Wacky Jackie" (4:51), we get to see a bunch of clips featuring the character of Jackie on the show. It would have been nice to have had an interview with her by now, but of course, we're just getting a repeat of the previous special features.
The special features end with "Season Two Highlights" (7:47), which is just a reel of the best scenes from the first season. There is nothing here that you won't find elsewhere on the set, of course.
If you skipped on the Anchor Bay releases of the series before, then you'll definitely want to get started with the Mill Creek releases with season one and season two. If you already own the Anchor Bay release of season two, however, you may or may not want to pick up this set. Personally, I think Mill Creek has handled this set much better (aside from the awful packaging), and if you are going to own the higher quality season one set, you'd might as well start working on collecting the Mill Creek releases as they come out for the sake of consistency. I'm hoping that we get to see all of the seasons of the series unedited (with original music as well, there haven't been any music rights issues pop up so far), and hopefully a nice complete series collection sometime in the near future as well.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by skees53 on 09/12/11
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