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Season 2, Volume One
Running Time: 570 minutes
Starring: Karl Malden, Michael Douglas
Retail Price: $39.99
Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, Spanish Mono, English Closed Captions, Episode Selection, Chapter Stops (4 chapters per episode), Three-Disc Set
Released: July 1st, 2008
This first volume of the second season is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. The episodes are more than watchable, but there are flaws to be had. Sometimes the image is a bit on the grainy side, and there is noise and shimmering that is noticable - if not overly overt. Dirt pieces, scratches and blemishes also pop up from time to time. Fleshtones aren't too bad, and color saturation is decent, but nothing vibrant. For a show that's over three decades old now though, what's presented here is surprisingly solid.
The English Mono tracks have surprisingly high fidelity, and are in good shape: I didn't hear any hissing, popping or any sort of distortion. Dialogue is quite clear, and the musical cues and sound effects are also very audible. Nothing stands out on these tracks, but nothing is muted or canned. There is an overall clarity here, which I appreciated.
English Closed Captions through your television are also included, as well as subtitles in English and Spanish on the disc. Spanish Mono tracks are also available.
Fans of this series are sure to enjoy re-visiting the first 11 episodes of the second season, but they might want to hold off and get a 2-pack when the inevitable second volume is released. No supplements are featured, but "San Francisco" still sounds clear and looks pretty good 35 years later.