TITLE: THE LOVE BOAT - SEASON TWO, VOLUME TWO
DVD Release Date: August 4, 2009 (CBS DVD)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 12
Running Time: approx. 664 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 6 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Espanol; English, Espanol subtitles
Special Features: Episodic Promos
Full steam ahead because The Love Boat is finishing up season two with the second half of episodes of the second season now on DVD! The classic romantic comedy series returns on DVD from CBS DVD and it features the final 12 episodes from the second season! Now we own he first full two seasons on DVD in four volumes!
The show aired originally on ABC from 1977-1986 and featured nearly everyone in Hollywood who was a star at the time. It was like an all-star show with recognizable faces in every episode. The show also had a regular cast of course...Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod), Doc (Bernie Kopell), Gopher (Fred Grandy), Isaac the Bartender (Ted Lange), and Julie, your Cruise Director (Lauren Tewes).
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
We get the final 12 episodes from the second season. As I said previously, I wish we could have had them all on one set, but guess not. Each Love Boat episode had three plotlines in each episode, unless it was a 90-minute or two-hour episode, then we have 4 or 5 plotlines. I think the guests and episodes are a bit weaker in these final 12 episodes of the second season. In “Gopher's Opportunity/The Switch/Home Sweet Home,” Gopher quits his job to manage a new hotel; while a magician tries to avoid his assistant by sending his brother to perform in his place, and then a wealthy eccentric widow books a five-year passage and begins meddling in the crew members' lives. In the two-hour episode “Alas, Poor Dwyer/After the War/Itsy Bitsy/Ticket to Ride/Disco Baby,” Julie's high-school class holds its ten-year reunion on board the Pacific Princess. In a rarely seen special 90-minute episode, “A Good & Faithful Servant/The Secret Life of Burl Smith/Tug of War/Designated Lover,” has the Mills family guest star. In the season finale, “Third Wheel/Grandmother’s Day/Second String Mom,” it’s Mother’s Day! Gopher gives his parents a cruise as a Mother's Day present, while Gopher's father grows jealous of the close relationship between mother and son. Also, an older couple, who has finally seen its youngest child move out of the house, is stunned by an unexpected pregnancy. And finally a widower's teenage daughters repeatedly reject his new wife, but must rely on her help when they get into a jam in Mexico.
This show had the most memorable guest stars of all-time. We get a big name in every episode and in some cases like five big names in an episode. Here are just SOME of the guests you will see on the these final 12 episodes of the second season: Tina Louise, Peter Marshall, Ron Palillo, Abe Vigoda, Cathy Lee Crosby, Robert Mandan, Roddy McDowell, Raymond Burr, Bob Denver, Lisa Hartman, Michael Lembeck, Conchata Ferrell, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Donna Pescow, Telma Hopkins, Reggie Jackson, Haley Mills, Juliet Mills, John Mills, Debbie Allen, Dennis Cole, Leslie Nielsen, Sonny Bono, Charo, Anne Meara, and Jerry Stiller.
The packaging is a simple case holding the discs inside, once again. It is just like the first three volumes, if you have those. The front of the case has The Love Boat logo with a nice cast photo of the main five cast members, this time with a sunset background. We get a nice orange scheme with the ship’s deck and the sea in the background. A mention of Season Two, Volume Two is on the bottom on a raft. On the back of the case we get the wording “High-Sea Hijinks!” on the top with five nice colorful circles with cast members. In the middle, we get a nice orange circle and the show information in that. We get a nice background of the sea as well during sunset. Special Features gets its own little yellow square box.
When we open the case, first on the left side we get a disc-by-disc breakdown of each disc, like the previous sets. We get the episode title, original airdate and each guest star on the episode. It is very handy. Once again CBS we just need some episode synopsis, though! On the top it says, “Episodic Promos On All Episodes.” We will have more on that below. On the right side of the case, we get the discs. It is very similar to the previous volumes and other CBS DVD sets. A little white plastic holder holds discs one and two. Disc 1 is on the front of that thing and disc 2 is on the back. Disc 3 is on a second plastic holder, while disc 4 is on the back of that holder this time, and not on the right panel of the case itself. We get a Word Search on the right panel of the case this time instead of trivia. The words to find are listed on the bottom. See how many you can find! As for the disc art, it is again very similar previous volumes and past CBS DVD sets. It is very generic looking with the show logo on the top, the mention of Season One, Volume Two, and what disc number it is. The color for each is silver. The episode titles for each disc are on the bottom of each disc. Episodes 1-3 are on disc one. Episodes 4-5 are on disc two. Episodes 6-8 are on disc three. And episodes 9-13 are on disc four.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is decent but very generic, as with the previous sets. First, disc one starts off with a choice of main menu or previews. If you choose previews we get previews of Cheers, CBS DVD comedies, Happy Days/Laverne & Shirley/Mork & Mindy, and Dave’s World/Caroline in the City. Then we finally get to the main menu. There is no music in the background again, unfortunately. We get a different cast photo on each disc (Captain on disc one, Bartender/Julie on disc two, Gopher/Julie on disc three, and Captain/Doc on disc four) with watery artwork. The options are listed on a raft and they are Episodes and Set Up and they are located inside a raft. In Set Up, we can choose to have audio in English or Espanol, and the same goes for subtitles. In Episodes, we get to the episodes menu where it says Play Promos and then it has the list of episodes. When we choose an episode, it gives us another box saying to Play Episode or Play Episode with Promo. I usually like playing it with the promo, but the promo does not really help. They are just clips with no announcer, unless it is a two-hour episode then it seems they use ABC promos rather than syndicated promos. All this is pretty much the same as the previous sets. No changes.
Video and Audio Quality:
The video and audio are very good once again! If you have the previous volumes, it is very similar. I was really impressed with the video previously, and it continues here as you all know CBS DVD tends to do some bad work on some of its older DVDs. I don’t think they are remastered or anything, but it sure looks good. You do however see some flashing dots and debris here and there, especially in the outside shots and the opening credits. We also once again get episodic promos for each episode. The quality on these promos is terrible compared to the actual episodes on the DVD once again. You can tell a difference right away, but they are watchable. As I stated before, the promos are very bland, just clips of what we will see in the episode with no announcer. The promos run generally 0:30 or so. However, the promo for the two-hour season premiere is much better looking than the other promos. I think this is an original ABC promo with the announcer saying “next Saturday,” while the other promos are for syndication. These are nice to have for sure, though. Each one-hour episode has 7 chapter stops, the 2-hour season premiere has 11 chapters and a 90-minute episode has 9 chapter stops. This is the same as the previous volume. Each one-hour episode is around 49 minutes or so, and the two-hour episodes run 99 minutes and the 90-minute episode runs 74 minutes. All seems unedited.
On the back of the box there is once again a very small disclaimer stating, “Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions.” In general, the 12 episodes to me look unedited. I am sure a die-hard Love Boat fan will know for sure. Once again, please let us know in our discussion thread (linked at the end of the review) if there is something missing.
Here are the runtimes NOT counting the 30 second promos:
1. My Sister Irene/The “Now” Marriage/Second Time Around (49:073)
2. Gopher's Opportunity/The Switch/Home Sweet Home (49:04)
3. Second Chance/Don’t Push Me/Like Father, Like Son (49:06)
4. Alas, Poor Dwyer/After the War/Itsy Bitsy/Ticket to Ride/Disco Baby (99:23)
5. Best of Friends/Aftermath/The Dream Boat (49:04)
6. A Good & Faithful Servant/The Secret Life of Burl Smith/Tug of War/Designated Lover (74:14)
7. Love Me, Love My Dog/Poor Little Rich Girl/The Decision (49:06)
8. Funny Valentine/The Wallflower/Home Sweet Home (49:03)
9. Ages of Man/Bo ‘n Sam/Families (49:06)
10. Murder on the High Seas/Sounds of Silence/Cyrano de Bricker (49:05)
11. April’s Return/Super Mom/I’ll See You Again (49:04)
12. Third Wheel/Grandmother’s Day/Second String Mom (49:08)
We get episode promos for each episode once again. The promos are like 30 seconds or so each. So multiply that by 12 episodes and we get a bit over 6 minutes of promos. We need more than promos though. I’m sure Kopell , Lange, and the other cast members would love to do interviews and commentaries on episode. And my suggestion for this still stands: They could have guest star interviews or even have some commentate on actual episodes. I hope CBS DVD listens to this and could do this on future sets! But so far they don’t listen.
I hate to beat a dead horse, but once again I hate how they split up this season in two volumes. CBS DVD is probably doing it for a profit. I’m sure they sold well, so CBS please after this set please release full seasons for seasons 3-10, because it will take FOREVER to finish the series otherwise. Anyway, the episodes look great and it is nice to have them on DVD! We are still missing the first two pilot episodes from Sept. 1976 and Jan. 1977. We got the third pilot movie on one set. I doubt we’ll get those first two pilots, though. Let’s get this season two, volume two set and let’s hope CBS DVD releases the third season on one set instead of two sets. So, come aboard, we’re expecting you to buy this DVD by clicking on the link below! Because it’s looooooooooooooooove!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
-- Reviewed by pavanbadal
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