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Bosom Buddies
The Second Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Starring: Tom Hanks, Peter Scolari, Holland Taylor, Wendie Jo Sperber, Donna Dixon, Telma Hopkins

Running Time: 451 minutes

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $31.99

Features: Sales Presentation

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, Chapter Selection (4 chapters per episode), Three-Disc Set

Released: September 4th, 2007

 

 

All eighteen episodes of the second season are presented in 1.33:1 full screen, just as they aired way back in the early 1980s. Not that you going in expecting perfection for a TV series that's about a quarter-of-a-century old, but the results are pretty good. There is some noise, and the episodes look a bit faded and grainy. Otherwise, things are pretty decent: detail is okay and fleshtones are adequate, and color saturation is often pretty flat. Nothing is awful on these transfers, but nothing stands out, either.

 

All the episodes also have English Mono tracks. These are pretty straightforward: everything comes in clear and is easy to hear: the show's theme song, the dialogue and sound effects. I didn't find any hissing or distortion on the episodes I viewed, and I found fidelity to be pretty high. But this is a sitcom, and an older one at that, so the limiting sound is fine and what you'd come to expect. There are no subtitles through the actual DVDs, but English closed captioning via your television is included.

 

The only supplements is on the third disc. It's a Sales Presentation, lasting nearly seven minutes. Based on the narration, it's clear that this was a video pitch made to local television affiliates, all in hopes of them picking up the series for syndication. The presentation is what you probably expect: compiled clips of the series, explaining the show's premise, characters and its popularity. Nothing amazing, but still a decent pull from the archives.

 

The dazzling chemistry of a pre-really famous Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari lives again thanks to our beloved digital format where every television show gets a second life. "Bosom Buddies" certainly has had its fans over the years as well as its detractors, but now old and new generations can finish out the madcap escapades of Buffy and Hildegarde with this second (and final) season release. The DVD set is okay: the picture and audio quality is what you'd expect, and the sole extra isn't much (I wonder if Hanks would have sat down for a retrospective featurette). But if this is one of your older favorites, then you can probably justify a purchase.