TITLE: THE BOB NEWHART SHOW - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005 (20th Century Fox)
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 645 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English;
Subtitles in English and Spanish; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: Commentary with Bob Newhart, Jack
Riley, Marcia Wallace and David Davis on select
episodes and "The Bob Newhart Show in Action Season 2"
featurette. (Total runtime: 13 minutes)
Hi Bob! Again! Dr. Bob Hartley is back in session.
Full of laughs and good therapy, join Dr. Hartley for
a second season of dry comedy, as he's pushed into
bringing his group therapy sessions to the television
screen, finds out that his wife's IQ is much higher
than his own and somehow talks a reverend out of the
ministry! Dr. Bob is joined by his wife, Emily
(Suzanne Pleshette), his wise-cracking secretary,
Carol (Marcia Wallace), and an outstanding ensemble
cast of others. Considered one of the greatest
television shows of all time, "THE BOB NEWHART SHOW"
THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON features all 24 episodes on
three discs, audio commentaries and an all-new
"making-of" featurette. All for $29.98! You can't beat
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
Just like Season 1, Season 2 boasts many memorable
episodes. Watch as Bob ... brings his therapy group to
the television screen ("Last TV Show"), finds himself
alone with a very amorous woman away from home
("Motel"), has back problems during a vacation to
Mexico ("Backlash"), somehow talks a reverend out of
the ministry ("Somebody Down Here Likes Me"),
discovers Emily has a higher IQ than he does ("Mister
Emily Hartley"), watches crazy Mr. Carlin falls for
Carol and plans their entire life out after one date
("T.S. Elliot"), he gets trapped in his office on
Christmas by a blizzard ("I'm Dreaming of A Slight
Christmas"), counsels Emily through a mid-life crisis
and goes out and buys a hip new wardrobe ("The
Modernization of Emily"), and Howard falls for Bob's
sister, Ellen, and Bob would be thrilled, but she's
scheduled to marry someone else ("A Love Story"). All
of those and more are here on this season 2 set.
Memorable cameos throughout the season included
Michael Conrad, best known as Sgt. Phil Esterhaus on
"Hill Street Blues" ("Backlash" and "A Matter of
Principal"), John McMartin, well known for playing
many priests and reverends in such series as "The
Golden Girls," and "Empty Nest," ("Somebody Down Here
Likes Me"), Teri Garr ("Emily In For Carol" and
"Confessions of a Therapist"), Mariette Hartley ("Have
You Met Miss Dietz?"), Jeff Corey ("Old Man Rivers"),
Claudette Nevins ("Mister Emily Hartley"), Bill Quinn
("Mister Emily Hartley"), Katherine Helmond, better
known for "Soap," and "Who's The Boss?" ("I'm Okay,
You're Okay, So What's Wrong?"), Ron Glass, better
known for "Barney Miller" ("Fit, Fat and Forty-One"),
John Randolph ("My Wife Belongs to Daddy"), Ann
Rutherford ("My Wife Belongs to Daddy"), Shirley
O'Hara ("T.S. Elliot"), Raul Julia ("Oh, Brother"),
Sharon Gless, better known for "Cagney & Lacey" ("The
Modernization of Emily,"), and Henry Winkler, better
known for "Happy Days" ("Clink Shrink").
The cover art is red in color and features square
boxes, with the city's skyline in some of the boxes,
and a color cut out picture of the cast (Bob, Emily,
Carol, Howard and Jerry). Inside are two mini-cases
(slip cases) that feature the exact same design as the
cover (both slip cases are exactly the same, in both
color and design). The back of the cases lists the
episodes, what disc they are on, a brief description
as well as an original airdate. All three discs have
no design because they are double-sided. Disc 1/Side A
contains Episodes 1-4 (24-27). Disc 1/Side B contains
Episodes 5-8 (28-31). Disc 2/Side A contains Episodes
9-12 (32-35). Disc 2/Side B contains Episodes 13-16
(36-39). Disc 3/Side A contains Episodes 17-20 (40-43)
and Disc 3/Side B contains Episodes 21-24 (44-47) as
well as the special features.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The main menu screen is a very interesting one. Each
disc (and disc side) has a different design featuring
a drawing of two (or more) of the regular cast members
(caricatures, I think) on a different background drawn
to look like a set. Disc 1/Side A features drawings of
Carol, Emily and Bob. Disc 1/Side B features Howard
and Jerry. Disc 2/Side A features Howard, Carol & Bob,
Disc 2/Side B features Emily and Jerry. Disc 3/Side A
features Jerry, Bob & Emily, Disc 3/Side B features
Howard & Carol.
The menu screen lists the episodes you can select to
watch (as well as the popular "Play All" feature).
When choosing an episode, it takes you to another
menu, and from there you can choose "Play Episode,"
"Scene Selection," "Language Selection" and "Home."
Video and Audio Quality:
The video quality is outstanding. You'd never know it
was over 30 years old! It's crisp and colorful. Once
again, like Season 1, the audio, unlike other older
show releases, was an improvement and was crisp and
clear and not nearly as low as some releases. But
there were no major issues to be concerned with on
this set. And on this set, closed captioning as well
as Subtitles in English, and Spanish are available.
The good thing is that there are chapter skips during
each episode and each episode runs around 24 to 25
minutes in length.
The best part about this set is that there are special
features! Season 1's set didn't have any available. I
guess back then doing the review that there was a
reason behind it. If the first set sold well, they'd
probably add extras to the second release. I have no
information, but since this release comes just six
months later, I'll assume it's selling well enough to
include extras. On this set, we have commentaries on
several episodes from stars Bob Newhart and Marcia
Wallace, as well as creator David Davis and Jack
Riley. Also included is a documentary featurette "The
Bob Newhart Show in Action Season 2".
* Commentary by Bob Newhart, Marcia Wallace, David
Davis and Jack Riley
Bob Newart and Jack Riley on "Last TV Show," Bob
Newhart, Marcia Wallace and David Davis on "Mister
Emily Hartley," Bob Newhart on "Blues For Mr. Borden,"
Bob Newhart, Marcia Wallace and David Davis on "T.S.
Elliot" and Bob Newhart, Marcia Wallace and David
Davis on "The Modernization of Emily."
* The Bob Newhart Show in Action Season 2
This brand new "making-of" featurette runs approx. 13
minutes and features brand new interviews with series
star Bob Newhart as well as show creator David Davis.
The two talk mostly about the creation of the series.
Various clips are shown throughout the interviews.
It's a good featurette.
In conclusion, what a wonderful release by 20th
Century Fox! The brand new menu screens are
impressive. The audio commentary on select episodes is
something I was looking forward to seeing, and it was
there. With most, if not all, of the cast still alive,
it was great to hear some of their thoughts. Here's
hoping we see some more actors pop up on the next
season release. The "making of" was short, but a nice
addition. Hopefully we see more of those with more
interviews with the cast. Overall, there isn't much I
would change, except that I would love bloopers or a
gag reel. There must be tons of bloopers for this
show, so having them included would make future sets
even better. This was a great release to review and I
can't wait for Season 3. Every fan of "The Bob Newhart
Show" will enjoy this set, and at just around $30
bucks, it's a great deal!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 09/24/05
NOTE: We are hoping to land an interview with the
legend himself—yes, Mr. Bob Newhart. Keep checking
back to see when/if it is posted.
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