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The A-Team - Season Two



DVD Release Date: April 12, 2005 (Universal Home Video)
MSRP: $49.98
Number of Discs: 3 (double-sided)
Number of Episodes: 22 (23 hour long episodes, one was a two-part episode)
Running Time: approx. 18 hrs. 28 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish & French; Closed Captioned
Special Features: Bonus Knight Rider season two episode: “Brother’s Keeper”

The A-Team Season 2 DVD Menu

My Thoughts:

I love it when another DVD set comes together! Mr. T and the rest of the team are back with more great adventures in the second season of the fun filled show The A-Team on DVD. Let’s take a trip back to 1983 and 1984 for 22 thrilling episodes—including one two-part episode! The show originally aired on NBC and was huge success was a top 5 show this season.

Pile into that famous black van for another season of adrenaline-pumping adventure with Hannibal (George Peppard), Face (Dirk Benedict), Murdock (Dwight Schultz) and B.A. (Mr. T) as they fight for justice against dangerous criminals, while staying one step ahead of their archenemy, Colonel Decker (Lance LeGault). If you crave action, adventure and fun, and no one else can help - you must rehire The A-Team! Melinda Culea as Amy Allen and Marla Heasley as Tawnia Baker also star.

Some memorable episodes this season include: “Recipe for Heavy Bread” in which a drug deal is going down; “The Only Church in Town” in which Face gets a case from an old girlfriend; “When You Comin' Back, Range Rider?” is a two-part episode; and “Semi-Friendly Persuasion” is about bigotry.

Memorable guests for this season include Markie Post from the hit sitcoms Night Court & Hearts Afire in “The Only Church in Town;” David Graf in “Bad Time on the Boarder;” Michael Ironside & Ernie Hudson in “The Taxicab Wars;” Lance Henriksen in “In Plane Sightr;” NYPD Blue’s Dennis Franz in “Chopping Spree;” Kurtwood Smith in “The Battle of Bel-Air;” and Mary-Margaret Humes in “Let it Be”.

The packaging for season one was excellent I thought. I later thought, it was a little too big and the slip sleeve was hard to take off. Well, Universal fixed that this season! The set this time doesn’t come with a big case inside a big slip sleeve. This time, we get a smaller package, with three slim cases! I personally think that is much better. The box art has a shot of Hannibal sitting with Face, Murdock, and B.A. standing. The logo is beneath the picture, in green. The back of the box art has a synopsis of the show and the set itself. There is one photo each of B.A., Face, Murdock and Hannibal. The set has a color scheme of green and black. The three slim cases have the same cover as the box art. The back of all three cases has episode info for each disc. Episode title and a brief synopsis are provided in a A-Team style font! When we open the cases, we get the discs, but surrounding that is just plain white color. They should have done something better than that. The discs are doubled sided this time, so there are no photos or graphics on the discs itself. One other note: There is also two enclosed inserts when you open the box, one if a mail-in rebate form and the other one is "Great Television on DVD is Universal" booklet for shows already released like Murder She Wrote, shows coming soon like Alfred Hitchcock Presents & McCloud, and little tags saying another season of an already released set is in the works such as Monk Season Three.

Disc one side A has episodes 1-3 and the bonus Knight Rider episode; side B has episodes 4-6. Disc two side A has episodes 7-10; side B has episodes 11-14. Disc three side A has episodes 15-18; side B has episodes 19-22. All the discs are evenly placed. About 4 discs per episode, though disc one has 3 episodes on each side, but side A also has a Knight Rider episode and side B has that two-part episode. Each episode runs about 48-49 minutes in length. The two-part episode runs about 1 hour 36-37 minutes.

The menu screen is similar to the first season. But first, for disc one side A only, they have about 3 and half minutes of previews that automatically play. You can fast forward or skip the chapter at any time, though. In case you want to watch, you’ll see previews for Season 2 of Magnum P.I., Knight Rider and A-Team; Miami Vice Season 1; Meet the Fockers DVD; SWAT 4 video game; and Flat Out video game. The menu screen starts with bullets shooting at the A-Team logo, and then various clips from episodes are playing with the catchy and cool theme song in the background. The options for this set are: Episode Index, Languages, and Play All. Beneath that for disc one side A ONLY, there is an option for the Knight Rider Bonus Episode. When you select that, an episode summary screen comes with the episode title, original air date, synopsis, Play, Scenes, Languages and a graphic saying to buy the first two seasons of that show on DVD. When selecting Episode Index for The A-Team, you get to a screen of episodes, when you choose one you get to the episode summary screen. On that you can choose Play, Scenes, or go back to the Episode Index. On that screen it also has a screenshot from the episode, episode title, original air date, and a brief synopsis. When you select Languages, you can turn on closed captioning or have subtitles in French or Spanish.

The video is again marvelously crystal clear. I am very impressed with it. It looks very good and re-mastered. Fans will be happy to hear them continue to give us the best copies. The audio is in mono, but it sounds like stereo to me, especially when that opening theme is playing! Fans will also be happy that the brief 30 second highlight of the episode is in tact before the opening credits, again like season one did. Like mentioned before, each episode is about 48-49 minutes or so, counting the opening & closing credits and the 30 second episode highlight. This time there is a 20 second or so Universal logo before EVERY episode. That annoyed me a bit; they already have that before the FBI Warning when you put the disc in. Maybe they should have put that after the closing credits instead. There are chapters on this set as well, like season one. There are about 4 chapters or so, even for the two-part episode. They should have done eight for that episode, but I’m not complaining.

Season one had no bonus material. Season two is slightly better, but not much better. We get an episode of Knight Rider from season two. The episode title is “Brother’s Keeper.” It’s nice cross-promotion among other Universal sets. An A-Team season two episode also appears on the season two DVD of Magnum, P.I.

Overall, I think the set is still worth the buy. The episodes are very good and the quality of the episodes is just amazing. Much better than what I used to watch as a kid on Saturday evenings on WWOR. I give a slight advantage to the packaging for this season. I liked the slim cases and the smaller box. It does well for my DVD shelf! I’m anticipating and waiting for the final three seasons. So get your plans together and buy season two of The A-Team on DVD today!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars):

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
Special Features: 2/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 04/08/05

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