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CHiPs
The Complete Second Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 1066 minutes

Starring: Larry Wilcox, Erik Estrada, Robert Pine

 

Studio: Warner

Retail Price: $39.99

Features: The Real CHiPs, The Greatest Adventures of CHiPs

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Dolby Mono, Spanish Dolby Mono, Portuguese Dolby Mono, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (6 per episode), Four-Disc Set

Released: June 3rd, 2008

 

 

All 22 episodes of the second season of "CHiPs" is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. Of course the episodes weren't cleaned up, and thus have plenty of flaws (what do you expect for a show that's 30 years old?). The prints used for the transfers are pretty grainy, and filled with blemishes, scratches, nicks and all sorts of marks. Some scenes in some episodes look pretty washed out, and the episodes are on the soft side overall. Not helping is a good amount of mosquito noise. Detail is really nothing great, and color saturation is pretty pale.

 

The English mono tracks are tinny. Everything can be heard - the dialogue, sound effects and that opening theme song - but for the most part, everything sounds pretty hollow. The tracks suffer from low fidelity, but at least I didn't detect any hiss or distortion. No surprises, if you keep in mind that this show is 3 decades old. 

English closed captions are also included, plus subtitles in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Mono tracks are also available in Spanish and Portuguese. 

 

The fourth disc is devoted to two bonus features. The Real CHiPs is a featurette that focuses on the real life California Highway Patrol - its perks, and in some sense, how it compares to the famed TV series. This informative and fun piece gives a good history of the California Highway Patrol, plus thoughts from real officers on what it's like be to an actual CHiP. Erik Estrada even offers some thoughts, and gives a tour of the CHP office. Well-produced, and pretty engrossing (plus plenty of clips from the actual TV series). It's 15 minuts well spent, and if anything, a great recruiting video.

There's also the feature-length (96 minutes) The Greatest Adventures of CHiPs. It's a pretty silly premise: Ponch and Jon are away teaching a seminar, but they are recognized for the "Sustained Superior Special Achievement Award" for excellence in the past two years - which basically becomes flashbacks from fellow officers about some of their more memorable episodes. I'm sure the biggest CHiPs fans will enjoy this the most.

 

Ponch and Jon fans, take heart.