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Taxi - The Complete Second Season



DVD Release Date: February 1, 2005 (Paramount Home Video)
MSRP: $38.99
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24
Running Time: 9 hours and 50 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed captioned
Special Features: None

My Thoughts:

Taxi's Emmy-award winning second season is now available on DVD. In its second season, Taxi soared to new heights in comedic invention. From farce to fantasy to human comedy, these 24 episodes garnered three Emmy's including one for Outstanding Comedy Series. Now, thanks to Paramount, you too can own this classic second season on DVD.

The second season of TAXI welcomed three breakout actors. The most memorable is the eccentric philosopher Jim Ignatowski played brilliantly by Christopher Lloyd. Also joining the cast is Carol Kane as Latka's love interest and Rhea Pearlman as the unlikely girlfriend of the despised Louie DePalma, played by the wonderful Danny DeVito. Also on the set is one of Christopher Lloyd's most hilarious episodes, "Slow Down". Other memorable episodes include Carol Kane's first appearance in her Emmy-winning role as Simka in "Guess Who's Coming for Brefnish". The second season offered up many more classics such as "Jim Gets a Pet" in which Jim blows $10,000 on an aging racehorse and then decides to keep it in his apartment as a pet. Or Tony's battle with his conscience after being pitted against a boxer who's fighting on behalf of a wheelchair bound boy played by Danza's real-life son Marc Anthony Danza or "Louie and The Nice Girl" which marks Rhea Pearlman's debut as the sweet and timid Zena in this Emmy-award winning episode and lastly "Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey" in which Christopher Lloyd returns to Taxi and it includes the legendary "Slow Down" scene that made Christopher Lloyd an instant star. And to further prove the second season is probably one of the best of the series, we have the episode "Shut it Down" Parts 1 and 2 in which Elaine is elected shop steward in a labor dispute and the job requires some creative negotiations with Louie. Part 2 sees Louie finally get his date with Elaine and TV audiences get the kiss they can never forget. One of the most classic episodes of Taxi's run. Also "Louie Meets the Folks" in which Louie bribes Alex to accompany him to meet his girlfriend's parents, a minister and his mild-mannered wife. But even Alex can't save Louie from himself - or from the minister's wife! In "The Apartment" Latka's building is torn down and he foolishly spends his life savings on a month's rent in a swank penthouse. It features guest start Dick Butkus. I could continue to go on because almost all episodes of this season are memorable in their own way, from memorable guest stars, to strongly written storylines, this set proves why Taxi is one of the best classic TV series of all time.

The packaging for this set follows the same design as season one but it's blue in color instead of yellow. The box has a picture of Bobby, Latka, Tony, Elaine, Louie, Jim and Alex spliced in front of the bridge. It's a simple design, not much else can be said about it. Inside the box, there are four individual cases, one for each disc. Each case has a scene from one of the episodes from that disc (patterned after the main box cover) and spliced in shots of two of the regular cast. Louie and Alex on the Disc One case, Elaine and Latka on the Disc Two case, Louie and Tony on the Disc Three case and Latka and Bobby on the Disc Four case. On the back of each case, there are descriptions of each episode that is included on that disc. The descriptions themselves are about one run-on sentence each and include the episode title, and original airdate. The actual disc cases are nice. All of the four discs have the same shot of the bridge with the taxi going down it from the opening credits - simple and effective. The episodes are presented in original air date order.

There are four discs in the set, each one in its own individual case. There are six episodes per disc. The menu screen is simple and patterned after the main box design. It features a blue background, the spliced cast shot from the main box design, the logo and simple episode selections as well as "Play All."

The audio and video is very good. Crystal clear video and the sound were great. The sound has improved from the last set in that it's much louder. The audio is presented in Dolby Surround Sound. Each episode runs about 24 minutes and approx. 30 seconds, which means you get almost three-four minutes of extra footage you can't see in syndication.

Unfortunately, there are absolutely no special features included in this set. No cast interviews, no commentary, no bloopers ­nothing! It was a bit disappointing as a fan of Taxi.

So, in conclusion, this as usual, is a great set for every fan of Taxi to own. The episodes are bright, clear & re-mastered and UNCUT. Unfortunately, fans looking for special features, this isn't the set for you because there aren't any, just like season one. It shouldn't deter you from purchasing this set but it's disappointing not to have any special features. This I would obviously recommend for the next set. Overall, it's great as a fan to finally have Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD and subsequent seasons will follow later this year!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: N/A
Menu Navigation/Design: 4/5
Overall: 3/5

-- Reviewed by TVJunkie101 on 1/19/2005.

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