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Coach - The Second Season



DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007 (Universal Home Video)
MSRP: $27.98
Number of Discs: 2
Number of Episodes: 20
Running Time: 470 Minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English SDH
Special Features: None


It’s time to get back in the game with season two of Coach! Team up again with Craig T. Nelson in his Emmy Award-wining role as Hayden Fox, the head coach of Minnesota State University’s Screaming Eagles football team. Available on DVD for the first time, this 2-disc set includes all 20 episodes from the second season, following Fox as he tries to navigate his way through the sports world, fatherhood, and family life without dropping the ball. Continue your collection with season two from Universal Home Video!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

The second season’s second episode, “Dauber’s Got a Girl,” features Hayden getting into a feud with the university’s girls basketball coach -- who happens to be Dauber’s new flame. In the duo of episodes “Bring Me the Head of Stuart Rosebrock” and “If a Coach Falls in the Woods,” Stuart and Kelly first split up, then do a 180 and plan to get married. I’m going to fully admit something here: I’ve always -- always --hated the Kelly character. To me, the sports part of the show was always where the true gold was, and while I grew to like Christine, I’ve to this day never been sold on Kelly. Still, these two episodes are entertaining. In the next episode, “If Keith Jackson Calls, I’ll be at My Therapist’s,” the team has gone on a winning streak, and upcoming is a national telecast and post-game interview. The stress of the situation causes Hayden to develop a nervous facial tic, to which he tries a quick fix of hypnosis. In “I’ve Got a Secret,” Hayden is attempting to recruit a top quarterback...all goes well, until Christine blabs the info to a sportscaster. In “Haven’t I Slept With You Somewhere Before?” Minnesota State gets a new university president...a woman Hayden dumped years earlier. After that is one of the top episodes in the show’s run, in my opinion, Homewreckers. Christine is away for the weekend and Hayden is left to kick back and relax in her pristine apartment. By the end of the weekend, the place is nearly destroyed. And it all starts with a little stain on the rug. Yet another great episode two later -- and one of the longer episode titles in television -- “Sunshine on My Shoulder Makes Me Happy: A Show About Bird Ransom.” Hayden loses Luther’s prized bird -- possibly a victim of...ahem...fowl play?

In terms of guest stars, broadcaster Keith Jackson, and quarterback turned broadcaster Bob Griese guest as themselves in “If Keith Jackson Calls, I’ll be at my Therapist’s.” “Coaches Conference” features several sports cameos -- George Allen, Hank Stram, and Barry Switzer. Mike Farrell, of M*A*S*H fame, guests in the episode “A Jerk at the Opera.”


Here is where the review gets ugly. The packaging is awful. Outer box, inside are two thick black keepcases with “Coach: The Second Season” printed on the spines. This production quality level is on par with the bargain bin $5.99 public domain series releases I’ve seen in stores. Or of DVD sets released in the early part of the decade when this was still a respectable packaging style.

The front cover of the outer box features a photo of Hayden (Craig T. Nelson) standing to the right of the Coach logo, which runs vertically up the left side. They are both in front of a football field. For each of the two keepcases, one of the assistants is on the cover – Luther on the case 1 cover, Dauber on the case 2 cover. The discs themselves use identical art to the previous season’s release -- a white disc, with colored rings around the perimeter, the show logo on the top half of the disc, and the disc number on the bottom. On the back cover of each keepcase are that disc’s rundown. EACH DISC CONTAINS TEN EPISODES. TEN! And there are just two discs total.

Menu Design and Navigation:

Coach - The Second Season DVD Menu

The main menu is a rehash of the main box art -- Hayden standing in front of a football field. Show logo runs up the left side, where to the left of it are the menu options -- Play All, Episode Selection, and Subtitles. Episode selection menu is divided into 3 pages, 4 shows on the first 2 pages, 2 on the last one. There is a still image from that episode, with the episode title below it. Subtitles image shows Luther standing in front of an empty stadium. The long version of the theme plays during the main menu.

Video and Audio Quality:

Obviously, squeezing 10 episodes per disc, even on a dual-layer disc, is going to cause a few compression issues. The bigger problem is that the video doesn’t look anything remotely resembling anything mastered -- the colors are faded and dull, and the video tends to be blurry. I’ve seen the syndication prints on USA Network, and they’re actually a bit clearer than this. Audio is a Dolby Digital mono track. I thought all scripted shows were broadcasting in stereo by 1989 -- even most daytime shows were by then, as I recall. Chapter stops at the end of each segment of the show.


Disc 1:
I Don’t Know Much About Art, But I Know What Makes Me Mad: 23:53
Dauber’s Got a Girl: 23:54
Bring Me the Head of Stuart Rosebrock: 23:29
If a Coach Falls in the Woods: 23:56
If Keith Jackson Calls, I’ll Be at my Therapist’s: 23:24
I’m in the Mood for Luther: 23:52
A Man and a Woman (and Two Theater Majors): 23:54
The Investment: 23:44
I’ve Got a Secret: 23:55
The Curley O’Brien Award: 23:52

Disc 2:
The Rosebrocks of Wisconsin: 23:54
Coach Conference: 24:00
Carnival Knowledge: 23:39
Haven’t I Slept with You Somewhere Before?: 24:00
Homewreckers: 24:13
Professor Doolittle: 23:20
Sunshine on My Shoulder Makes Me Happy: A Show About Bird Ransom: 24:01
Kelly Girl: 23:53
A Jerk at the Opera: 23:36
Poodle Springs: 23:49

Special Features:

This is not applicable because there are no special features. Season 1 had just a bonus episode as an extra and we do not even get a bonus episode this time.

Final Comments:

It is a great season of a great show, but a horrible set. I don’t like having to write the negative reviews -- I appreciate the work that *does* go into sets, and I try to find the positive in situations. The episodes themselves are entertaining, and that is the biggest selling point to many people. However, the fact of the matter is that a DVD release by a major industry player in 2007 shouldn’t have the production values of the bargain bin public domain releases -- it just shouldn’t. If there IS a Coach Season 3 release, I just hope the video looks better, and the packaging looks better.

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

Video Quality: 3/5
Audio Quality: 3.5/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 3.5/5
Final Score: 3/5

-- Reviewed by Seth Thrasher on 05/26/07

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