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Jake and The Fatman
Season One, Volume Two

review by Zach B.

 

 

Not Rated

Running Time: 520 minutes

Starring: William Conrad, Joe Penny

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $34.99

Features: Episodic Promos

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, English Closed Captions, Episode Selections, Chapters (6 Chapters per episode), Three-Disc Set

Released: December 2nd, 2008

 

 

Presented in 1.33:1 full screen, the transfers for the second volume of "Jake and The Fatman" are plainly average, comparable to the quality of a VHS tape. Episodes are a bit grainy at times, and have a soft look overall. Detail is also average, color saturation is a bit disappointing and fleshtones are a bit pasty. Dirt pieces and blemishes rear their head, too - plus a decent amolunt of noise. Watchable, but really nothing beyond that.

 

The second volume of "Jake and The Fatman" only features English Mono tracks for the episodes. (What, still no stereo?) As expected, there are clean (no audio defects) but straightforward tracks. Dialogue, sound effects and the jazzy instrumental music cues all come in clear, and are audible, but that's it. Fidelity is pretty high, but sadly, the limitations of the track mean a lack of punch when it comes to that jazzy score and the bits of violence in the episodes. 

English closed captions are available through your television. 

 

There are Episodic Promos for some episodes. Gotta love William Conrad's growl when he says "Next on Jake and The Fatman..." 

 

The second volume of "Jake and The Fatman" on DVD doesn't improve on the first. You still have your episode promos, and average presentation of the episodes. Joe Penny and William Conrad's chemistry is still fun, but probably not at the retail price this is selling for.