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The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Second Season Combo Pack - Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet


TITLE: THE BIG BANG THEORY - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON - BLU-RAY + DVD + ULTRAVIOLET


Info:

DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
Color / 2008-09
MSRP: $39.99
Packaging: Keep Case with Outer Box
Number of Discs: 2 (Blu-ray) / 4 (DVD)
Number of Episodes: 23
Running Time: approx. 481 minutes
Running Time of Features: approx. 35 minutes
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Deutsch, Española - Castellano (Blu-ray); English and Portuguese (DVD)
Subtitles and Captioning: English, French, Deustch, Española - Castellano, and Española - Latino (Blu-ray); English, French, Espanola, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai (DVD)
Special Features: “The Big Bang Theory: Physicists to the Stars,” “Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hypothesis in Relation to The Big Bang Theory,” and Gag Reel 


Introduction:

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Second Season is back! This time on Blu-ray and UltraViolet as well from Warner Home Video! The second season DVD was released on 9/15/09, but we never got a Blu-ray release...until now! The science of funny is back on Blu-ray and DVD with a full season of laughs that will test the hilarity hypothesis! Leonard and Sheldon are back for more great adventures with their pals Wolowitz and Raj, with the beautiful Penny joining in on the fun. This hilarious traditional comedy called The Big Bang Theory airs Thursday nights on CBS and now you can own the hilarious 23-episode second season on Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Home Video!

The Big Bang Theory is executive produced by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, Roseanne) and Bill Prady (Dharma & Greg, Gilmore Girls) and stars two TV kids who are all grown up -- Johnny Galecki, who played Darlene’s boyfriend on "Roseanne," and Kaley Cuoco, who played John Ritter’s daughter on "8 Simple Rules... For Dating My Teenage Daughter.” Jim Parsons (Judging Amy) plays Sheldon. Also on for the geeky ride are Leonard and Sheldon’s two friends Howard Wolowitz (played by Simon Helberg) and Rajnesh Koothrappali (played by Kunal Nayyar). Joining the cast this season as a regular is Sara Gilbert playing Leslie Winkle.


Episodes:

The second season is just as good as the first season, if not better! For this season, Jim Parsons is nominated for an Emmy Award for the character of Sheldon. Sheldon is probably the best and funniest character with his lines, but they overused him I thought in later episodes in season one. This season it is more of an ensemble and the development of each character are clearly defined. This is also the season where the show grew in the ratings throughout the season, especially from December-March. Penny was used better I think in season two than in season one. The more Penny, the better! Anyway, the season starts off with the episode “The Bad Fish Paradigm” as Penny and Leonard return from the restaurant while Howard and Rajesh spy on them, using a webcam on the corridor connected to a laptop as the date with Penny didn’t go as well as Leonard thought. In the very next episode, “The Codpiece Topology,” Penny is with a new guy, Eric, prompting a jealous Leonard to pursue a relationship with fellow physicist Leslie Winkle and all the guys as well as Leslie humiliate Leonard for his apparent failure to keep Penny. In “The Panty Piñata Polarization,” Penny plans revenge when Sheldon bans her from the guys' apartment, while Howard and Rajesh use the latest technology to try to find the house being used in "America's Next Top Model." In “The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis,” much to Lenonard's disappointment, Penny suddenly develops an interest in science when a sexy new physicist joins the lab; meanwhile, Sheldon struggles to find an appropriate Christmas gift for Penny. In “The Killer Robot Instability,” Howard becomes depressed after Penny makes a cruel statement about his love life, while the rest of the guys prepare for a grudge killer robot duel against an obnoxious colleague at the university. In “The Maternal Capacitance,” Sheldon hits it off with Leonard's psychoanalyst mother, but she drives Leonard and Penny to the bottle. In “The Cushion Saturation,” Howard hooks up with Leslie, while Penny accidentally ruins Sheldon's spot on the couch. In “The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition,” Penny becomes jealous when a gorgeous new neighbor attracts the guys' attention. In the season finale, “The Monopolar Expedition,” Penny gets upset when she finds out Leonard and the guys plan to work at the North Pole for the summer.

Notable guest stars for this season include Sara Rue, Christine Baranski, Summer Glau, Kevin Sussman, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Carol Ann Susi, Mark Harelik, Brian George, and Charlie Sheen as himself.

Here are the runtimes of each episode (which are the same times as the season 2 DVD). The Blu-ray has episodes 1-12 on disc one, while the DVD has episodes 1-6 on disc one. The Blu-ray has episodes 13-23 on disc two, while the DVD has episodes 7-12 on disc two. The DVD has a third disc, with episodes 13-18 and a fourth disc with episodes 19-23:

1. "The Bad Fish Paradigm" (21:45)
2. "The Codpiece Topology" (21:11)
3. "The Barbarian Sublimation" (21:11)
4. "The Griffin Equivalency" (21:19)
5. "The Euclid Alternative" (19:57)
6. "The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem" (20:56)
7. "The Panty Piñata Polarization" (21:07)
8. "The Lizard-Spock Expansion" (20:05)
9. "The White Asparagus Triangulation" (21:02)
10. "The Vartabedian Conundrum" (21:16)
11. "The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis” (21:00)
12. "The Killer Robot Instability" (21:20)
13. "The Friendship Algorithm" (21:24)
14. "The Financial Permeability" (21:32)
15. "The Maternal Capacitance" (20:53)
16. "The Cushion Saturation" (21:15)
17. "The Terminator Decoupling" (21:16)
18. "The Work Song Nanocluster" (20:30)
19. "The Dead Hooker Juxtaposition" (20:22)
20. "The Hofstadter Isotope" (20:09)
21. "The Vegas Renormalization" (21:31)
22. "The Classified Materials Turbulence" (18:34)
23. "The Monopolar Expedition" (21:15)


Packaging:

The packaging has a short outer box that holds a short case, like most Blu-ray sets. Both the box and case has the same artwork for the cover and the back. The cover art is primarily in white with an IQ chart in the background (like of a height chart). The show logo is in the middle of the cover art, with The Complete Second Season along with a blue bar mentioning this is a Combo Pack. Below the show logo we have each of the main cast testing out the IQ chart, as Sheldon is the highest but Penny is jumping in the air so she has the highest IQ. It is quite a funny cover art. The back has details on the series and set, along with special features, technical details, and credits. We also have a nice quote on top from Michael Ausiello of EW (this is from 2009, people) and a nice episodic photo from the season’s second episode where they dressed up from Renaissance era. So yes most of this so far is very similar to the DVD release of 2009.

When we open the case, we see an episode listing booklet on the left panel. The insert has the same cover art as the thin outer box and case. The episodes are listed by disc, and have the episode number, title, writers, story by, director, original airdate and of course a short synopsis of the episode. We have a DVD section and a Blu-ray section. The booklet insert is filled with lots of photos, too, such as a much bigger shot from the Renaissance costumes that we see on the back of the box. We also have another insert where we have our code to watch and instant stream the episodes on UltraViolet. As for the disc placement, there are two little blue disc holder in the middle. The holder is like a book, meaning you can flip it back and forth. The front side holds a disc and the back side holds a disc. First, we have the first disc of the Blu-ray actually on the left panel itself. The second Blu-ray disc and the first DVD disc are on the first plastic holder. The second plastic holder has discs two and three from the DVD and the fourth DVD disc is on the right panel itself. Disc artwork is in the same vein as the packaging, white background with the IQ charts. For the Blu-ray discs, disc one has a photo of Penny, Sheldon and Leonard and holds episodes 1-12. Disc two has a photo of Howard and Raj and holds episodes 13-23 plus the special features. As for the DVD, disc one has a photo of Sheldon and holds episodes 1-6. Disc two has a photo of Leonard and episodes 7-12, disc three has a photo of Penny and holds episodes 13-18, and disc four has a photo of Howard & Raj and the special features.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is similar in vein to the packaging and such. It has a white background, with the same cast photo from the cover art. The catchy theme song from The Barenaked Ladies is playing in the background. Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions have all of this so far. On to the Main Menu, the options on the DVD are Play, Episodes, Languages, and Features. Features option is only on disc four, more on that later in this review. Languages option gives us the options to have subtitles in English, French, Espanol, Portuguese, Chinese or Thai...wow two more languages added from season one. The audio is available in English and now also Portuguese. The episodes option is very simple; it lists the episode number and title once again. So again, a simple but efficient menu, it just needed a bit of a change on each disc.

The options for the Blu-ray version are Play, Episodes, Audio, Subtitles and Special Features. All of the options are on both discs, like Blu-rays always do. For Special Features, it will say please insert disc two to watch them, though, since there aren’t any on disc one. Subtitles option gives us the options to have subtitles in English, French, Deustch, Española - Castellano, and Española - Latino. The Audio option has us choosing between English, Deutsch, and Española - Castellano. And finally the Episodes option, we are given the episode number and title.


Video and Audio Quality:

It’s so nice to see the episodes in Blu-ray! Seasons 1 and 2 were never released on Blu-ray, so we are getting them for the first time! The video and audio are obviously perfect with the Blu-ray release and since the series isn’t old at all, it looks like you would see on CBS HD. Maybe it is even better. We have five chapter stops per episode for the Blu-ray version.

For the DVD version, see our comments from the 2009 review: The video and audio are excellent. The series aired in HD on CBS this past season, so why wouldn’t it be excellent? The DVD has the video in widescreen and a nice stereo sounding sound. No complaints from me! Anything less would be a total disappointment for a current show on DVD. Each episode on this set has 4 chapter stops each, so you can jump to scenes faster. The episodes are obviously unedited, but these days the sitcoms are so short. The time vary per episode with most episodes either in the 20 or 21 minute mark in general, some a bit lower though like the fifth one is at 19:57 and if you think that is low the 22nd one is 18:34. I think they just ran short, so nothing is edited but it is so short. The 18:34 one was a good episode but it just felt rushed to me. I don’t think the series used much music in the episodes, and there is no disclaimer saying any music has changed. Warner Home Video is usually good in this regard, unlike CBS Paramount.


Special Features:

For the season one set, we had one special feature (but the Blu-ray had a Gag Reel) but for this second season we have three! See our DVD review comments from 2009: The first special feature is a featurette titled “The Big Bang Theory: Physicists to the Stars” (10:08). The series actually does have a science consultant on the show that gives them ideas and these physics formulas. Dr. David Saltzberg is that consultant. He is a physicist and professor at UCLA. Interviewed on this featurette are Chuck Lorre (creator), Bill Prady (executive producer), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Simon Helberg (Wolowitz), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), and David Saltzberg PhD. Next up we have the featurette “Testing the Infinite Hilarity Hypothesis in Relation to The Big Bang Theory” (15:30). This is the best special feature I think on this DVD. The cast and crew talk in detail about the characters, the storylines, the series in general, and how much the show has developed from day one. Interviewed are Chuck Lorre (creator), Bill Prady (executive producer), Johnny Galecki (Leonard), Jim Parsons (Sheldon), Simon Helberg (Wolowitz), Kaley Cuoco (Penny), and Kunal Nayyar (Raj). And finally we have a Gag Reel (8:51). This of course is bloopers and outtakes from this season. See what happens when Kaley Cuoco messes up! This show does test the hilarity hypothesis, doesn’t it?

There is no exclusive special feature on this season’s Blu-ray, like the first season Blu-ray set had. 


Final Comments:

We finally get this season on Blu-ray! And if that’s not all, we get our DVD discs on here as well. Only negative is that we don’t have an exclusive special feature for the Blu-ray discs, like we did on season one’s Blu-ray! This Combo Pack is a good set and I am glad Warner Home Video did it, so we can have seasons one and two on Blu-ray. Seasons 3 and on are released on Blu-ray each year, so they will never have to go back and release those. You can sell your DVDs if you had them before and buy this set, because those DVDs are with the Blu-ray discs on this set. It’s worth getting this Combo Pack set instead. I think Warner Bros. has done a good job with this set. The special features quantity went up, and this shows got even better in quality and ratings in season two. The set is on par really with the first season DVD/Blu-ray, but I give this one the edge due to more special features. So don’t go knocking on Penny’s door like Sheldon does (knock, knock “Penny,” knock, knock “Penny,” knock, knock “Penny) for this Blu-ray and DVD, because you can order it below with a click instead of two knocks and saying Penny! It all started with a big BANG!! 


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

For Blu-ray only (since we reviewed the DVD already in 2009)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by Pavan on 07/14/12

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