TITLE: ROSEANNE - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005 (Anchor Bay Home Entertainment)
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: approx. 530 minutes
Run time of Special Features: approx. 33 min.
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No
subtitles; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: John Goodman original audition and
brand new interview; Season two highlights; Brand-new
Michael Fishman interview; behind the scenes of Season
1's launch party and a collection of clips showcasing
the character of Jackie.
In what Entertainment Weekly calls "TV's Greatest
Working Class Act," ROSEANNE is back for her second
season in this four disc collector's set. For the
first time, Anchor Bay has made all 24 season two
episodes available on DVD and the best news is that
each episode is completely uncut. ROSEANNE stars
Roseanne Barr as Roseanne, John Goodman as her husband
Dan, Laurie Metcalfe as her wacky, unlucky in love
sister Jackie, Lecy Goranson as "good daughter" Becky,
Sara Gilbert as young adult Darlene and Michael
Fishman as cute young son DJ. This season takes us
through Roseanne's various odd jobs (from a fast food
joint to a hair salon), Jackie becoming a police
officer and finally falling in love, to Dan's dad
hooking up with Crystal (played by the underrated
Natalie West) and even Becky going "wild" by getting
plastered with her friend, and more! It's all here, so
go out and buy it today.
Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:
The second season continued the trend of extremely
funny episodes. It's too hard to just pick a few, but
I'll try. "Inherit the Wind" is the one where Becky
feels humiliated after passing gas while giving a
presentation before her fellow students. "The Little
Sister" is the one where Roseanne refuses to support
Jackie when she decides to become a police officer.
"Five of a Kind" in which Dan's buddy, Arnie (Tom
Arnold) kisses Roseanne. "Boo!" in which the Connor
family celebrate Halloween and Dan & Roseanne engage
in a battle to determine who has the best costume. "We
Gather Together" in which the Conner family celebrates
Thanksgiving the only way they know how - by fighting.
"Chicken Hearts" is the one where Roseanne's boss at a
fast food joint turns out to be a spiteful unpleasant
17 year old. "One for the Road" in which, while Dan
and Roseanne are away for the weekend, Becky and her
friend Karen get plastered. "Hair" is the one where
Roseanne gets a job at a salon. "All of Me - Part 1"
in which Jackie finally gets lucky in love. "To Tell
The Truth - Part 2" in which Roseane's meddling into
Jackie's new relationship causes the sisters to stop
speaking to one another. "Happy Birthday" in which
Roseanne wants to take up writing again but to her
dismay can't find the time or place to concentrate.
Memorable guest stars this season include Tom Arnold,
Stephen Dorff, Ned Beatty, Estelle Parsons, Stephen
Root, Brian Kerwin, Jay O. Sanders and Bert Parks.
The packaging follows the same format of Season 1. It
has a red striped background (like rays from a sun;
yellow was last season's color) and features a large
cutout of Roseanne and Dan (in motorcycle gear on a
bike), with the logo, and then screen shots from the
series underneath the logo. There are two individual
cases in the box that include the FOUR discs available
for this set. The individual cases are different than
the cover (but the background stays the same). On the
first case is five screenshots from some memorable
season two episodes, including a promotional picture
of the cast from Season 2. On the second case, it's
the same design but has different pictures and the
main picture is a promo picture of the three kids. The
back of each case has episode descriptions, titles and
air-dates (the inside contains several fun trivia
questions). Now for the discs themselves, all four
discs are red in color and has a single picture shot
of the cast members and the episodes on that disc
(Disc 1 has Roseanne, Disc 2 has Dan, Disc 3 has
Roseanne and Dan and disc 4 has the kids). The first
case holds Discs One and Two and Disc One has episodes
1-7 while Disc Two has episodes 8-14. The second case
holds disc three and four, and Disc 3 has episodes
15-21 on it while Disc 4 has episodes 22-24 as well as
all of the bonus features available on the set.
Menu Design and Navigation:
And just like Season 1, the menu looks exactly like
the main cover art, it's just animated. The picture of
Roseanne and Dan is there, the background is the same
and the logo is now on top and has a scrolling set of
pictures (looks like the main box art). The season two
theme music plays in the background and when it's
done, it loops. On each disc there is an "Episodes"
selection and a "Play All" selection. The "Episodes"
selection takes you to another screen that lists the
episodes on that disc. It looks exactly like the
actual disc (same red background and same picture of
whoever is on that disc). What's nice about when you
select an episode to watch, it takes you to yet
another screen and displays a longer description of
the episode than what the box offers. You can then
play the episode. I repeat a lot of the same
information from Season 1 because it's exactly the
same design, just different colors and pictures. I
still don't really like having to go through several
menus, but it's a nice option. Like last season, Disc
One has several previews for upcoming (or already out)
DVD releases, such as, again, "3rd Rock from the Sun"
and "Grounded for Life".
Video and Audio Quality:
When looking at my review from the previous season, I
noted the picture was grainy at times. Well, rest
assured, from what it looks like, the episodes are
nicely restored and the picture quality is much
better. The audio remains the same; no big problems
there. And I'm sure this is on everyone's mind, so
I'll get right to. Each episode is uncut, from what I
can tell. The episodes run between 23 and sometimes 24
minutes in length. I also seem to notice a little
lengthier opening sequence, but I might be wrong about
that. So, that's a huge plus for fans of ROSEANNE and
those that were upset with Carsey/Warner. This
hopefully means great things (uncut episodes) for the
other C/W releases. And chapter stops are available.
- John Goodman Interview (approx. 8:39 minutes)
Another brand new John Goodman interview--he discusses
the second season of the show.
- Season Two Highlights (approx. 7:46 minutes)
Self explanatory--similar to Season 1's
highlights--various clips that touch upon things that
happened in the second season.
- Michael Fishman "All Grown Up" Interview (approx.
A brand new Michael Fishman interview in which he
discusses his time on the show--it's great to hear his
thoughts on everything and he definitely did grow
up--a great added feature.
- Behind The Scenes: Season 1 Launch Party (approx.
I was pleasantly surprised to find this here. It takes
you behind the scenes with the cast as they celebrate
the launch of season 1 (on DVD). To see them all
together is awesome (at a bowling alley, of course). A
must see! In attendance are Roseanne, Laurie Metcalfe,
Michael Fishman, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert, Lecy
Goranson, Sandra Bernhard and Natalie West.
- Wacky Jackie - The Best of Roseanne's Sister
(approx. 4:45 minutes)
Various clips highlighting Laurie Metcalfe's perfect
portrayal of Roseanne’s zany sister Jackie
- Original John Goodman Audition (approx. 1:06
Basically what it says, it's John Goodman's original
audition for "Roseanne" and interestingly enough, the
date was December 8, 1987. Of course, not the date of
the release itself, but interesting nonetheless (okay,
Wow, what an amazing set to review. As a longtime fan
of "ROSEANNE" I am very pleased by the releases so
far. We've been granted with several new interviews
(Roseanne, Michael Fishman and two from John Goodman),
bloopers (in Season 1's release), audition tapes (of
John Goodman), behind the scenes featurettes (Season 1
launch party). What more could you ask for? Hopefully
they keep this up. And on the plus side, each episode
appeared to be 100% uncut. That was such a sore spot
for fans and I'm so glad Carsey/Warner came through on
their promises to provide the original uncut episodes.
The only problem I did have with this set is that the
discs in the cases are very hard to keep inside the
case. They don't snap in too well and they fall out
when I open the case. Hopefully not all the sets are
like that, but it was something I thought I should
share and warn you about. But overall, a well done
release by Anchor Bay and Carsey/Warner. Here's to
even greater things for Season Three!
Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 5/5
Special Features: 5/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 4.5/5
-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 12/07/2005.
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