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Ugly Betty
The Complete Second Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

TV-14 (Dialogue, Language, Sex, Violence)

Running Time: 765 minutes

Starring: America Ferrera, Eric Mabius, Tony Plana, Ana Ortiz, Judith Light, Christopher Gorham, Ashley Jensen, Becki Newton, Michael Urie, Mark Indelicato, Rebecca Romijin and Vanessa Williams

 

Studio: Disney

Retail Price: $59.99

Features: On Set With Besties, The Suarez Tour, Wilhelmina Slater: Love To Hate Her, Las Pasiones De Telenovelas, I Heart Betty, Betty Bloops, Deleted Scenes

Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Chapters (8 Chapters per episode), Five-Disc Set

Released: September 9th, 2008

 

 

The second season of "Ugly Betty" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, and the episodes look pretty flawless. Other than some edge halos and noise, there's nothing to complain about. The spotless transfers dazzle, as they look razor sharp. Colors pop right at you and are incredibly vibrant - especially the bright reds - and don't smear. Detail is excellent and fleshtones hit the spot too. Wonderful. Now if they can only bring the series to Blu-ray...

 

All the episodes are mixed in English Dolby Digital 5.1, and are pretty lively. Subwoofer use is okay, but dynamic range is rather good and fidelity is high. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, and there are a few discrete surrounds that make good use of the rears in this season. Probably standing out the most though is the music. The songs and instrumental score are mixed well through the channels, and have a strong amount of power with plenty of "oomph." These are pleasing and satisfying mixes.

Subtitles in English, Spanish and French are on the discs. English closed captions are available through your television. 

 

The fifth disc of the set houses the extras. First is On The Set With Besties is a tour of the Mode set, hosted by actors Becki Newton and Michael Urie. It's fun and fluffy, and there are even some pop-up facts and images to highlight Urie and Newton's ridiculous comments (it runs 6 minutes, 42 seconds). There's also The Suarez Tour, which highlights the set of Betty's house (3 minutes, 37 seconds).

Willhelmina Slater: Love To Hate Her has the main cast and some of the crew mouthing off on one of the series most popular characters, including Vanessa Williams herself. Executive producer Silvo Horta also chimes in on his inspiration for the character, namely Disney villainesses such as Cruella De Ville and the Wicked Stepmother from "Snow White." The near-seven minute featurette also highlights some of the more memorable Willhelmina moments from the past two seasons.

Las Pasiones De Telenovelas are more full-bodied clips of the beloved Spanish soap operas the Suarez family watches, available in Spanish and dubbed English. I Heart Betty (6 minutes, 10 seconds) focuses on Betty's love interests on the show, featuring interviews with Horta, the actors who are suitors and America Ferrera, who does offer some thoughts on her co-stars. Rounding the set out are bloopers entitled Betty Bloops that run nearly five minutes, and sixteen Deleted Scenes (in non-anamorphic widescreen, blah).

 

Fans of "Ugly Betty" and those looking to catch up on the series should be more than pleased with this second season set, featuring 18 episodes from the truncated season (due to the 2007 Writers Guild strike). The episodes look and sound terrific, and the extras - while as fluffy as the show - should entertain die-hard viewers. Recommended.