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Ugly Betty - The Complete Second Season: Brighter, Bolder, Bettyer Edition


TITLE: UGLY BETTY - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON: BRIGHTER, BOLDER, BETTYER EDITION


Info:

DVD Release Date: September 9, 2008 (ABC Studios/Buena Vista Home Entertainment)
Color/2007-08
MSRP: $59.99
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 18
Running Time: 765 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: approx. 86 minutes
Video: Widescreen 1.78:1; Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish; Closed Captioned
Special Features: “On Set with the Besties,” “The Suarez Tour,” “Wilhelmina Slater: Love to Hate Her,” “Las Pasiones De Telenovelas,” “Los Pecados Del Corazon (Sins of the Heart),” “Asesinato Por Muerte (Murder by Death),” “I Love Betty,” “Betty Bloops,” and 16 Deleted Scenes


Introduction:

Ugly Betty is back on DVD, this time brighter, bolder and Bettyer with season two now on DVD from ABC Studios! Catch all 18 episodes from the writers’ strike shortened second season of Ugly Betty on a tastefully five-disc set. Catch the episodes and see why America Ferrera is an Emmy and Golden Globe winner.

Ugly Betty stars America Ferrera as Betty Suarez, Eric Mabius as Daniel Meade, Vanessa Williams as Wilhelmina Slater, Becki Newton as Amanda, Michael Urie as Marc, Tony Plana as Ignacio Suarez, Ana Ortiz as Hilda Suarez, Mark Indelicato as Justin Suarez, Christopher Gorham as Henry, Ashley Jensen as Christina McKinney, Judith Light as Claire Meade, with Alan Dale as Bradford Meade and Rebecca Romjin as Alexis Meade. Recurring are Freddy Rodriguez as Gio Rossi, Jayma Mays as Charlie, and Alec Mapa as Suzuki St. Pierre.


Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The second season may not be as strong as the wonderful first season, but it is still good and has some steam. In the season premiere, “How Betty Got Her Grieve Back,” Betty's life is turned into turmoil after the numerous upsetting events that have recently occurred. In “Betty’s Wait Problem,” even though Henry is kind of back in her life, Betty finds herself annoyed and yet intrigued by the new sandwich guy, Giovanni (Gio). In “A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding,” Wilhelmina prepares for her flamboyant wedding and she quickly realizes that her maid of honor, Victoria Beckham, is stealing all her thunder. In the very next episode, “I See Me, I.C.U,” following the wedding fiasco, Wilhelmina wastes no time and plots her next move to conquer Mode. In “Odor in the Court,” Betty is a victim of a poisoned perfume that Fey Sommers had prepared for Claire, and Amanda is faced with a major decision that could result in the indefinite incarceration or freedom of Claire Meade. In “Burning Questions,” Renee becomes convinced that Betty is in love with Daniel and thus starts a rivalry between the two for his affections. The season ends with the episode “Jump,” as Betty finds herself in a dilemma between Henry and Gio when each makes a romantic offer to her.

In addition to the recurring cast, guest starring are Kevin Alejandro as Santos, Illeana Douglas as Sheila, Lorraine Toussaint as Yoga, Gabrielle Union as Rene Slater, Eddie Cibrian as Coach Diaz, Gene Simmons as Himself, John Cho as Kenny, David Blue as Cliff, Rick Fox as Dwayne the bodyguard, Ava Gaudet as Gina Gambarro, Kenneth Cole, James Van Der Beek, Victor Garber, Victoria Beckham, Vera Wang, Marlo Thomas, Kurt Fuller, Eliza Dushku, Mo’Nique, Betty White, Bow Wow, Omarion, Annie Potts, Barry Bostwick, Christian Siriano, Nina Garcia, Kari Matchett, Larry King, Joe Zee, Robbie Myers, Naomi Campbell, and Lindsay Lohan.


Packaging:

The packaging is an outer box with a digipak inside just as last time. The box art has a nice photo of Betty in the middle with Daniel, Alexis, & Christina on the left and Amanda, Marc & Wilhelmina on the right...with a nice Mode backdrop. The color scheme is green/yellow. Above all that it says Ugly Betty - The Complete Second Season. And below Betty we have the phrase, “Brighter. Bolder. Bettyer.” The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with six more character shots in three’s by a Mode backdrop...Henry, Claire & Bradfod on the left and Justin, Hilda & Ignacio. A nice quote from “USA Today” is on the top, calling it wickedly good fun. In addition, there is an orangish box listing all the bonus features for this set along with technical specs. Then we get to the digipak case. The front has a nice cast photo of all 13 main stars (Ignacio, Bradford, Hilda, Alexis, Henry, Claire, Daniel, Wilhelmina, Justin, Christina, Amanda, Marc and Betty). The back of the case has a huge photo of Ignacio and on the top left we have a screenshot of Ignacio and Hilda.

When we open the case once, we get a booklet holder pocket on the left side and nice photos of Henry & Betty on the right -- promotional images and a screenshot. The booklet holder pocket has a nice “fashionably fabulous city guide map,” with points of interest and key spots from season two in the city and Queens. It is very creative and cool. We do get a disc-by-disc breakdown but it not detailed as the last set...the last set had episode titles, synopsis and photos This booklet has nice photos, episode numbers and titles, but no synopsis...oh well, the nice map is the key thing on this. Then there is an insert for other ABC Studios products like Grey’s Anatomy Season 4 and Samantha Who Season 1. That insert also has an ad for the General Hospital on ABC. The last thing enclosed is a Blue-ray disc ca7talog for such products as Coyote Ugly and Lost Season 3. Opening the case a second time, we have discs one & two in the middle overlapping each other along with more nice photos on the right, this time promotional photos and a screenshot of Justin and Hilda. A final open has discs three & four then discs five on the far right. Disc one has artwork of a computer (with a Mode background), a coffee mug & pen holder with a peach background and holds episodes 1-4. Disc two has artwork of the Suarez TV and couch with a red background and holds episodes 5-8. Disc three has artwork of a lamp, a lean bed & a bench from a Mode office with a white background and holds episodes 9-12. Disc four has artwork of the Suarez dining table with a yellow background and holds episodes 13-16. Disc five has artwork of two dresses on a holder at Mode with a purple background and holds episodes 17-18 and all the extras. When removing each disc, you get a nice photo on the panel...first panel has Bradford & Wilhelmina. The second panel has Claire, Alexis, and Daniel. The final panel has Christina, Amanda and Marc.


Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is very high-quality like most ABC Studios/Buena Vista sets. It starts with Betty running into a glass door and then she falls with some background music from the show playing. Then it goes to the main menu itself with video images playing, and we see that through Betty’s eyeglass frame! It is very cool...the trademark red glasses! The options for the main menu are: Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Bonus Features, and Sneak Peaks. Sneak Peeks is only on disc five, and has tons of sneak peaks for Wall E, Desperate Housewives S4 DVD, Brothers & Sisters S2 DVD, Miramax Films, Narnia, and ABC promos for Samantha Who and Ugly Betty. There are also auto sneak peeks on disc one before the main menu starts of DVDs for Private Practice, Samantha Who, Grey’s Anatomy, and Dirty Sexy Money. Set Up menu has where you can have subtitles on or off (in English, French or Spanish) along with how to register your DVD. Episode Selection menu has a screenshot from the episode on one of Betty’s eyeglass frames along with the title of the episode, and then you can select which one you want to view. Details on the Bonus Features (disc five only) will be in the extras section. Each submenu has a different track from the nice sounding soundtrack! About 8 chapter stops are available for each episode and the show is in widescreen, of course.


Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio are both excellent, as it should be since this season just finished this past May. The video is in widescreen as I mentioned. Audio is perfect in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. I have no complaints whatsoever...new series from 2000 and on should have no video/audio defects at all, or it is a total failure by the company. It is perfect on here however, as it should be. There are 8 chapter stops, which I again mentioned in the last section. Moreover, the episodes are unedited at just about 43 minutes or so with a few a minute or two below that. Episode runtimes are as follows:

Disc one
1. “How Betty Got Her Grieve Back” 42:08
2. “Family/Affair” 42:59
3. “Betty’s Wait Problem” 42:55
4. “Grin and Bear It” 42:50

Disc two
5. “A League of Their Own” 42:58
6. “Something Wicked This Way Comes” 42:52
7. “A Nice Day for a Posh Wedding” 42:27
8. “I See Me, I.C.U.” 40:32

Disc three
9. “Giving up the Ghost” 42:59
10. “Bananas for Betty” 42:27
11. “Zero Worship” 42:45
12. “Odor in the Court” 42:57

Disc four
13. “A Thousand Words By Friday” 41:43
14. “Twenty-Four Candles” 43:00
15. “Burning Questions” 42:53
16. “Betty’s Baby Bump” 42:17

Disc five
17. “The Kids Are Alright” 42:47
18. “Jump” 41:58


Special Features:

We have many special features! All of the features this time are on disc five. The last set had audio commentary tracks, but we get none of those for some reason this time...a big loss, I think. Those were good last time, especially with Newton and Urie. But we do have many other extras. First up, we have two behind the scenes featurettes. The first one is titled “On Set with the Besties” that runs 6:41. This is a very funny tour of the Mode set (and a bit more) from Michael Urie (Marc) and Becki Newton (Amanda)...they are besties (best friends!). Then we have another tour type featurette titled “The Suarez Tour.” This runs 3:36 and Tony Plana (Ignacio) shows us everything in the Suarez house and then later Plana is joined by his on screen grandson, Mark Indelicato (Justin).

Then we have a featurette titled “Wilhelmina Slater: Love to Hate Her” and it runs 6:56. This profiles the evil Wilhelmina and people compare her to other classic villains, like from 101 Dalmatians. She certainly owns that character and does it very well! Interviewed are Vanessa Williams (Wilhelmina), Rebecca Romijn (Alexis), executive producer Silvio Horta, Gabrielle Union (Renee), America Ferrera (Betty), costume designer Eduardo Castro, Eric Mabius (Daniel), Michael Urie (Marc), Becki Newton (Amanda), Judith Light (Claire), prop master Bryan Rodgers, Alec Mappa (Suzuki), Betty White, director Jim Hayman, production designer Mark Worthington, supervising producer Victor Nelli, Jr. and Mark Indelicato (Justin). Then we have a featurette on the telenovelas! It is titled “Las Pasiones De Telenovelas,” and it runs 5:37 with details on these and how they are made. Interviewed are Tony Plana, Jim Hayman, Ana Ortiz, America Ferrera, Silvio Horta, Mark Indelicato, Rebecca Romijn, telenovela stars Valentino Lanus, Laz Elena Gonzalez & Altair Jarabo, and supervising producer Victor Nelli, Jr. Now we also get full telenovelas! The first one is “Los Pecados Del Corazon (Sins of the Heart)” and it is runs 21:24 with six different parts. Then we have another one titled, “Asesinato Por Muerte (Murder By Death)” and this runs 16:08 and also runs in 6 parts. It is interesting to watch this, especially if you’ve never seen a full telenovela. You don’t have to speak Spanish, because you can play these in Spanish or English!

That is not all! We have 16 “Deleted Scenes,” down from the 27 from last season, but remember we had fewer episodes this season due to the writers’ strike! They run between 0:19 and 1:42...so they are pretty short, but good to see. We also have another featurette about Betty’s love interests titled “I Love Betty.” It runs 6:09 and has interviews with America Ferrera, Christopher Gorham, Freddy Rodriguez, Silvio Horta, James Hayman, and Victor Nelli, Jr. Finally, we have some “Betty Bloops” that run 4:46, a bit longer than the last set. See all the flubs and outtakes!


Final Comments:

This is indeed a great set. This season to me was not as good as season one, but it still had some very good episodes and great guest stars. I really enjoyed Betty White and Gabrielle Union. I liked Lindsay Lohan’s cameo on the season finale and we will see more of this coming season, so that should be fun. The extras are great once again. The audio commentaries were missed though. They should have added at least two to this set. They were really fun last time. So the extras are a bit off from last time, but still will have you watching for hours. Be sure to pick up this set on Sept. 9 and if you have to catch up, watch it fast before the third season premieres Sept. 25 at 8/7 central on ABC! I wonder what Betty will do...if you saw the finale from season two, you’ll know what I mean. Brighter. Bolder. Bettyer!


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

Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 4/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 09/06/08

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