TITLE: THE CLEVELAND SHOW - THE COMPLTE SEASON TWO
Release Date: September 27, 2011 (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment)
Color / 2010 - 2011
Packaging: Viva pack
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 484 minutes
Running Time of Features:
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Subtitles and Captioning: English SDH, Spanish, and French Subtitles; Closed-captioned
Special Features: Audio Commentary; "Guest Star Showcase"; "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang" Trailer; "Cleveland Jr.'s Worry Journal"; "Cleveland at Comic-Con 2010"; Deleted Scenes
As you all know by now, The Cleveland Show is the spinoff of Family Guy, a very popular animated series on the Fox television network. Season 1 was the show introducing their characters and finding their way out of Family Guy's shadow. Season 2 was basically getting out of their first season on the air, and officially becoming their own series. The show, if you're not aware, is about Cleveland Brown (Mike Henry), and his now obese and stupid 14 year old son, Cleveland, Jr. (Kevin Michael Richardson) moving from Quahog, Rhode Island to Stoolbend, Virginia, so Cleveland can marry his high school sweetheart, Donna (Sanaa Lathan), and form a modern day "Brady Bunch", with Donna's daughter, Roberta (Reagan Gomez), and son, Rallo (Mike Henry).
Kanye West returns as aspiring rapper, Kenny West, in "Harder, Better, Faster, Harder". The first ever live episode of an animated show, is presented in the second episode, "Cleveland Live!". Terry marries his long time boyfriend (Justin Timberlake) in "Terry Unmarried". Carl Reiner joins the show, becomes a recurring character as Murray this season, and even writes the episode, "Your Show of Shows". The season finale, "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang", is director Robert Rodriguez, premiering his movie, (the movie title is the episode title), but Donna doesn't tell Cleveland about it.
The episodes all appear to be unedited from their original broadcasts, with runtimes as follows:
Harder, Better, Faster, Browner (21:44)
Cleveland Live! (21:46)
How Cleveland Got His Groove Back (21:39)
It's the Great Pancake, Junior Brown (21:39)
Little Man on Campus (21:43)
Fat and Wet (21:43)
Another Bad Thanksgiving (21:44)
Murray Christmas (21:44)
Beer Walk! (21:34)
Ain't Nothin' But Mutton Bustin' (21:45)
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Roberta? (21:39)
Like a Boss (21:44)
A Short Story and a Tall Tale (21:45)
Terry Unmarried (21:44)
The Blue, the Gray and the Brown (21:39)
The Way the Cookie Crumbles (21:45)
To Live and Die in VA (21:44)
The Essence of Cleveland (21:44)
Back to Cool (21:45)
Your Show of Shows (21:35)
Hot Cocoa Bang Bang (21:44)
The packaging for this set is nice, but there appears to be no outer sleeve, which means no 3-D felt mustache, which is a disappointment. On the front, Rallo is in the foreground, with the rest of the family in the background, appearing to be dancing. The artwork is fantastic. On the back, we see Cleveland, and Kenny West in a screenshot from "Harder, Better, Faster, Harder", with the singing booger standing on the "special features" box. Very basic, but good job, nonetheless. The DVD is a standard clear, white case with the episodes listed on the left side of the case, not on the individual discs, like last time. There are no descriptions, but the special features for each disc are listed, except for the bonus, "Life after Film School" featurette, which isn't listed, for some reason. Rallo is on Disc 1, which contains episodes 1-6, Cleveland is on Disc 2, which contains 7-12, Donna is on the third disc, which contains 13-18, and Roberta, with Cleveland, Jr. share the fourth disc, which contains the final four episodes of the season.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menus on each disc are standard for Fox shows, with the main menu listing the episodes. There is a "Play All" option, with a "Special Features" option on each disc. The animation is the characters, which appear to look like cardboard cut outs, are popping in and out, as the closing theme music plays. Selecting an episode takes you to a menu for the episode, where you can choose the following four options: Play Episode, Scene Selection, Language Selection, or Special Features. There is also a snapshot from the episode on this menu. The options are all relatively self-explanatory. Chapters are placed throughout each episode at all of the appropriate places.
Video and Audio Quality:
Are there any video and audio quality issues on here? Not really, this series looks about as flawless as it possibly could look. The animated Fox series almost always look and sound great on DVD, particularly the newer ones, and this set is really no exception at all. The video is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, just as the episodes aired on TV, and the episodes really shine on screen. The audio on the set is loud and clear, presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. And there are subtitles in English SDH, Spanish, and French, along with closed-captioning for all of the episodes.
The set has nice bonus features, beginning with commentaries for five episodes. That may be less then last time, and not on every episode, unlike The Simpsons, but they are both informative, as well as entertaining, which is all I really want. Unfortunately, Seth refused to participate in any of these, which is a disappointment. Couldn't he do one on his cell phone, or something. At least that way, we could hear him, and be happy, but oh well, maybe next time.
The set also contains "original televised episodes" as special features, and these are exactly what they sound like, the original televised versions. However, unlike the features of the same name on the Family Guy sets, these do not contain any additional footage on this set, and are basically just the same episode with an censored audio track. Still, it is good to have both versions included.
If you are interested in deleted scenes, there are some available for every episode. And, like last time, they can be played separately through the episode menu, or together in the "special features" menu on each disc. The runtimes are as follows: Disc 1 (14:49), Disc 2 (13:21), Disc 3 (16:30), Disc 4 (10:05).
"Guest Star Showcase" (15:22) is a nice featurette that has creators, Richard Appel and Mike Henry, reminicising the various guest stars, throughout the second season. At the end, they even give us a brief preview of what to expect in the third season. Seth did not participate in this, by the way. This is a must watch for all fans of this series.
Next, there is the trailer for the movie, "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang" (1:03), which was the premise of the episode of the same name. It's better then "Cleveland Jr.'s Worry Journal" (1:29), which is…(boring), and has no point to be included, like Rallo said, as a special feature.
The final special feature, listed on the set, is the show's writers, and cast members at the annual Comic-Con in San Diego from 2010 (31:03). And yes, Seth was there! They talk, and even do a read through for the first act of the season finale, "Hot Cocoa Bang Bang".
There is another extra, that was oddly not listed on the DVD, but is included on the fourth disc. It is called "Life after Film School with Mike Henry" (21:44). It is presented by Fox Movie Channel, and has two college students, interviewing the voice of Cleveland.
The second season has clearly outshined the first, because of the show being able to find it's comedic timing, and the ability to successfully step out of Family Guy's shadow. Now, that they are finished airing the third season, I can only hope that their fourth season will outshine its predecessors. I strongly recommended every fan of this show to purchase this as soon as possible.
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 4.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Ryan Stanfield (Vell Built Media) on 07/02/12
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