TITLE: COUGAR TOWN - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011 (ABC Studios)
Color / 2010-11
Packaging: Keep case with outer box
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: approx. 467 minutes
Subtitles and Captioning: English, French, & Espanol Subtitles; No Closed Captioning.
Special Features: “(Still Called) Cougar Town: Season 2,” “Andy’s Dreams” webisodes, 6 Deleted Scenes and Bloopers & Outtakes
The cul-de-sac crew returns on DVD for a second season! Before I continue, the show is NOT a show about cougars, so don’t let the title fool you. It’s a show about friends and family living in a cul-de-sac and just life in general with some hilarious stuff along the way. Courteney Cox leads an all-star cast in one of the best comedies on TV--(Not what The Show Is) Cougar Town, as the second season comes to DVD on a three-disc set! All 22 laugh-out-loud episodes are featured.
(Still) Cougar Town stars Courteney Cox as Jules Cobb, Christa Miller as Ellie Torres, Busy Phillips as Laurie Keller, Brian Van Holt as Bobby Cobb, Dan Byrd as Travis Cobb, Ian Gomez as Andy Torres, and Josh Hopkins as Grayson Ellis.
(Badly Titled) Cougar Town is pure fun. It has the zany humor of Bill Lawrence’s other series Scrubs. If you like that show, then you’ll certainly be hooked on this show. I think this show is even better with sharper writing and more crazy plotlines. All 22 episodes this season were amazing, but we’ll try to pick some memorable episodes. The season premiere, “All Mixed Up” guest starred Jennifer Aniston as the gang creates a new game called Movie Mash-up, where they mix up movies titles and the winner takes wine, and Jules is feeling bad because she's not very good at the game, but in the meantime, Jules has been seeing a great shrink named Glenn (Jennifer Aniston), who often regales Jules with stories about her own son, Gabriel, which creates a certain bond between the two of them. In “Keeping Me Alive,” with his pride hurt, Bobby decides to stop receiving alimony from Jules., however when she learns of the things he's been giving up, she decides to help him by hiring him to work with her, while Laurie and Smith break-up and Ellie believes that she's the smartest person in the gang. In “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” Jules’ father, Chick (guest star Ken Jenkins), is in town for a Halloween visit and after Grayson learns that Chick loves Halloween, he invites Jules' father to a costume bash at his pub, but when he leaves, Jules says that her father is great in a crowd, but she feels that he gets emotionally distant whenever it’s just the two of them alone. In “Little Girl Blues,” Travis brings home his new girlfriend, grad student Kirsten (Collette Wolfe), to meet Jules, however Jules feels instantly threatened once Ellie points out that any girl Travis brings home from college can be his future wife, like it happened with Jules and Bobby. In “Lost Children,” Jules comes up with a creative type of hide-and-seek game when Travis can't fix the TV for the gang's movie night and the gang meets Bobby's new friend.
In “Baby's a Rock 'N' Roller,” Jules tries to show Ellie having a baby was harder in her twenties, while Andy becomes Laurie's wingman and Bobby tries to wake up earlier. In “Damaged Love,” when Travis suffers his first truly broken heart, Jules and Bobby are at a loss as to how to help him, while Grayson stands up to Jules when she tries to tell him what to do, and Ellie turns to Laurie for support when Andy's overly flirty sister-in-law, Nia Vardalos comes to visit. In the one-hour season finale, “Something’s Good Coming,” the gang travels to Hawaii to bring Travis back to home, but also uses that as a way to enjoy a vacation, while Grayson wants to have kids, but Jules has a different opinion in that matter and Jules finally welcomes Tom to the gang.
Recurring this season are Carolyn Hennesy as Barb Coman, Bob Clendenin as Tom, Collette Wolfe as Kirsten, Spencer Locke as Kylie, Ryan Devlin as Smith Frank, and LaMarcus Tinker as Kevin. Then Guest starring this season is Jennifer Aniston, Ken Jenkins, Nia Vardalos, Barry Bostwick, Lou Diamond Phillips, Sam Lloyd, Danni Pudi, and the voice of Zach Braff.
Moreover, the episodes are unedited at just about 21:30 or so. Runtimes are really consistent. Episode runtimes are as follows:
1. “All Mixed Up” 21:31
2. “Let Yourself Go” 21:31
3. “Makin’ Some Noise” 21:32
4. “The Damage You’ve Done” 21:32
5. “Keeping Me Alive” 21:31
6. “You Don't Know How It Feels” 21:32
7. “Fooled Again (I Don't Like It)” 21:32
8. “Little Girl Blues” 21:31
9. “When the Time Comes” 21:32
10. “The Same Old You” 21:32
11. “No Reason to Cry” 21:32
12. “A Thing About You” 21:32
13. “Lost Children” 21:32
14. “Cry To Me” 21:31
15. “Walls” 21:32
16. “Baby's a Rock N' Roller” 21:32
17. “You're Gonna Get It” 21:32
18. “Lonesome Sundown” 21:32
19. “Damaged by Love” 21:31
20. “Free Fallin” 21:32
21. “Something Good Coming, Part 1” 21:32
22. “Something Good Coming, Part 2” 21:32
Penny can! I wish the set was designed as a penny can, but that is unlikely. Anyway, the packaging is an outer box with a keep case inside. The box art has a nice cast photo at the pool with everyone drinking wine (except Travis of course). The color scheme is sky blue and orange. Above the cast photo it says Courtney Cox Cougar Town and above that it says The Complete Second Season. The back of the box has a nice synopsis of the show and set, with four episodic photos. In addition, there is a darker blue box listing all the bonus features for this set along with technical specs. Then we get to the keep case. Both the front and back has the same artwork as the outer box. I still don’t see a purpose to the outer box, our fellow reviewer Skees53 says it is for protection, but I don’t think the case needs protection.
When we open the case, we get nice episodic photos on both the left and right panels. There are two advertisement inserts as well, but we don’t get an episode booklet, as the episodes and bonus featured are listed on the right panel alongside the nice episodic images. The first two discs are in a little plastic holder that we can flip back and forth like a page in a book, with each disc on one side. And disc three is on the right panel. Disc one has artwork of Jules & Grayson with an orange background and holds episodes 1-8. Disc two has artwork of Andy & Ellie with a light blue background and holds episodes 9-16. Disc three has artwork of Travis, Laurie & Bobby with a turquoise background and holds episodes 17-22 and the bonus features.
Menu Design and Navigation:
The menu screen is very high-quality like most ABC Studios sets. We have the quick theme song then background music playing in the background, while we go through Florida on a blue map (similar to the show’s opening title card). We also see a ray of sunshine and moving images. The options for the main menu are: Play All, Episode Selection, Set Up, Bonus Features and Sneak Peeks. The show’s funny title card titles are listed on the main menu and go one by one. That is very cool. There are auto sneak peeks on disc one before the main menu starts of DVDs for ABC on DVD, Lion King, and African Cats. Set Up menu has where you can have subtitles on or off (in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese) along with how to register your DVD. Episode Selection menu has the number and title of the episode, and then you can select which one you want to view. Details on the Bonus Features will be in the extras section, as they are just listed in text on the menus for disc three. Sneak Peeks is just on disc three with trailers for 2011 ABC Series, Castle, The Chew, Prep & Landing, Real Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean. Each submenu has a different track from the nice sounding soundtrack! About 4 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 is a new season and the season just finished this past May. The video is in widescreen as I mentioned earlier, while the audio is perfect in Dolby Digital Surround Sound. I have no complaints whatsoever...as I keep saying, 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 4 chapter stops, which I again mentioned in the last section. So we have nothing to be worried about here, because it is near perfection. Good job by ABC Studios, but this is how it is expected to be for newer series. The one-hour finale is broken into two-parts and part two has the “previously on” recap before the start of the episode. This is exactly the same as it was for the first season set and that’s a good thing!
We have a lot of special features (but maybe not as many as the first season) and they are ALL on disc three once again. First up, we have “(Still Called) Cougar Town Season 2” (8:35) and is a nice featurette about the show’s evolution, inside jokes, and the growing cast. Interviewed are co-creators/executive producers Bill Lawrence & Kevin Biegel, stars Courteney Cox, Christa Miller, Ian Gomez, Dan Byrd, Josh Hopkins & Busy Phillips, and Brian Van Holt. Next, we have a new websiode series featuring Andy. Last year we had “Ask Barb” and “Striking It With Bobby Cobb,” but this year we have “Andy’s Dreams.” First we have an intro that runs 1:27, followed by the six webisodes: 3:34, 3:44, 2:15, 3:17, 2:53 and 3:38. We also have a “Behind the Scenes of Andy’s Dreams” (3:38) featuring interviews with Jesse Schiller, Josh Halloway, Dan Byrd, Brian Van Holt, and of course Ian Gomez. Come on!
Next, we have 6 deleted scenes, down from the 15 the previous season, as Andy would say, “Come on!” Each deleted scene is listed with what episode it was intended to be in and the scene title. The deleted scenes are (by episode title): “All Mixed Up” - 0:19; “The Damage You’ve Done” - 0:28; “When the Time Comes” - 0:38; and “You're Gonna Get It” - 0:31, 0:20 and 0:12.
Finally, we have some “Bloopers” that run only 1:59. That is way too short, but what it is there are funny mistakes and it is a bit longer than last season! I wish we had more extras, as that is my only complaint.
“Jealous Much?” This is a great show as the episodes just get better and better. This is a great set, too despite the quantity of the special features being down from the previous set. After the change of direction last season, we now have a full season of similar style episodes, so this season was certainly more balanced and set the tone for every episode. I just wish we had some audio commentaries and longer bloopers, but that is minor. The packaging is good, the menus are good, and the audio & video are excellent. This is once again a great set produced by ABC Studios, and if you have only watched a few episodes, I suggest you give it a look and watch them because the show is unbelievable funny and silly. The series will return in late 2011 or early 2012, so hurry and catch-up while sipping wine on your Big Carl (since Big Joe is dead) before the series returns for season three. Come on!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 3/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by Pavan on 09/05/11
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