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Army Wives
The Complete Second Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Rating: TV PG 

Running Time: 552 minutes

Starring: Kim Delaney, Sally Pressman, Brigid Brannagh, Brian McNamara, Sterling K. Brown, Wendy Davis, Drew Fuller and Catherine Bell

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $59.99

Features: Active Duty: The Cast Of Army Wives at Fort Bragg, Operational Intelligence: Getting The Army's Support The Tribe, Army Wives Gives Back, Deleted Scenes, Bloopers

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Scenes (8 per episode), Three-Disc Set

Released: June 2nd, 2009

 

 

The second season of "Army Wives" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, and these are pretty nice transfers. Other than some edge halos, hints of noise and some imperfections on the episodes, everything looks downright sharp. Colors are quite vibrant if a bit on the smeary side, and detail is excellent. Black levels seem to hit their mark, and fleshtones look pretty good - if a bit overdone at times. These are bright transfers, often on the verge of day-gloish, but are pretty pleasing overall.  

 

All the episodes of "Army Wives" also feature English Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Given that this is a very talky show, the tracks are very geared toward the front. With that noted though, dialogue is very clean and easy to hear. Some surrounds pop up here and there - namely in some more flighty moments - but they aren't so discrete. The subwoofer doesn't do much, but fidelity on the tracks are pretty high. Dynamic range is decent, too. Coming out the best though is the show's music - be it the instrumental cues or the songs used. They engage the speakers pretty warmly and intimately, which is just what the show calls for. Nothing extraordinary here, but again, fitting overall.

Subtitles in English, French and Spanish are also included.

 

The second season of "Army Wives" on DVD has some nice, relevant extras. First up is Active Duty: The Cast Of Army Wives at Fort Bragg — really interesting to see fictional TV intersect with real life. The same can be said of the do-good and inspiring pieces Operational Intelligence: Getting The Army's Support The Tribe and Army Wives Give Back. In addition to those, you can find Deleted Scenes and Bloopers.

 

"Army Wives" has been a pretty successful venture on Lifetime, and it's easy to see the series' soapy appeal. The second season on DVD is a pretty satisfying package, much like the first: a decent number of extras, plus very good presentations of the episodes. Fans of the show shouldn't hesitate to pick it up, and those interested may want to opt for a rental.