Saturday, October 14, 2006

Mini-DVD Review: C.S.I.: NY - The Complete Second Season (Oct. 17)

Start spreading the news, we're bringing you another Saturday mini-DVD review! Today we take a look at Paramount Home Video/CBS DVD's C.S.I.: NY - The Complete Second Season. The sophomore season of the third series in the C.S.I. franchise comes to DVD on October 17th.

C.S.I.: NY - The Complete Second Season

C.S.I.: NY - The Complete Second Season (Paramount Home Video/CBS DVD, $64.99)

Perfect for the city that never sleeps, this complete DVD collection includes every shard of brutal evidence, every unsolved murder, and every dangerous secret of CSI: NY Season 2. Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his forensics team face the shocking loss of one of its members, followed by a provocative new addition to the force, Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap). The stakes get even higher when a Miami serial killer strikes in Manhattan and CSI: Miami's Horation Caine (David Caruso) joins the riveting manhunt. Start spreading the news: CSI: NY Season 2 is unforgettable.

My Review: Although I am a big fan of C.S.I. and C.S.I. Miami, I didn't enjoy the first season of C.S.I. New York as much. The show was very dark and cold and filmed in a hard blue light. Starting with the second season, they started to lighten the mood a bit. It worked and made it a more interesting show to watch. The show is still gritty and bloody but not as depressing.

This 6-disc set contains all 24 episodes of the second (2005-06) season. The episodes are featured in Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1) with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio. It has a running time of 17 hours, 19 minutes. Notable season 2 guest stars include Joel Brooks, Lori Petty, Michael Gross, Kelly Hu, Mia Sara, Wayne Knight (Hello, Newman), Rance Howard, Joel Gretsch, Dick Enberg, Eugene Robert Glazer, Michael DeLuise, and Kid Rock. The attractive packaging features a photo of Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes, with a embossed, holofoil outer slipcase.
The inside case is in a book format that you can flip through to get to the discs.
Each disc features a different photo of one of the cast members. The menus are also very stylish and easy to navigate. They have a montage a video clips, with some instrumental music playing in the background. Options are available for Episode Selection, Set Up, Previews (only on Disc 1), and Special Features. On the Set Up menu, you can choose either Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround or Spanish 2.0 Surround. Closed captioning is availble for all of the episodes. As you would expect from such a recent show, the video and audio quality is outstanding. One of these days, I'll get myself a high definition TV to see what I'm missing.

There is an impressive amount and variety of special features included. There are 5 audio commentaries available on the first three discs. Director David Von Acken and Editor Bill Zabala provide commentary for "Summer in the City." Story Editor/Writer Zachary Reiter and Director Scott Lautanen comment on "Grand Murder at Central Station." Co-creator and Executive Producer Anthony E. Zuiker and Writer Elizabeth Devine discuss "Manhattan Manhunt." Story Editor/Writer Zachary Reiter and Director Duane Clark do the commentary for "Bad Beat." Co-Executive Producer Peter M. Lemkov and Director James Whitmore Jr. shared their thoughts on "Trapped." There are five entertaining and interesting featurettes that add up to around 40 minutes.
"Top of the Heap: The Cast and Crew Look at Season 2" (10:02) includes interviews with Co-Creator/Executive Producer Anthony E. Zuiker, Actor/Producer Gary Sinise, and Actors Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, Anna Belknap (who is cute as a button), Hill Harper, and Eddie Cahill. They talk about the changes that were made and how things were lightened up in season 2 to make the show more entertaining. Although the show is set in New York, the bulk of the show is shot in Burbank.
"Rolling with Jamalot" (7:43) includes interviews with Anthony E. Zuiker, Director Jonathan Glassner, Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Stunt Coordinator Norman Howell, LA Derby Dolls Sondra Frame (aka "Tara Armour") and Redjenn Schilling (aka "Red Jenn"), and Eddie Cahill. This was the roller derby episode. They talk about how they shot it in a 17,000 seat stadium, with a limited number of extras. They also show how they did the shots on the roller derby track.
"A New Look From the 35th Floor - CSI: NY Set Tour" (8:28) - Anthony E. Zuiker provides a tour of the new season 2 set. He is very energetic and funny as he shows Mac Taylor's office, the audio/visual lab room, trace labs, break room, the bullpen/Stella's office, coroner's lab, and autopsy room. The set cost them millions of dollars and looks very authenic to me. "Behind-the Scenes "Heroes" (7:34) includes interviews with Writer/Supervising Producer Eli Talbert, Vanessa Ferlito, Gary Sinise, Executive Producer Pam Veasey, and Anthony Zuiker. This episode featured the return of Vanessa Ferlito as Aiden Burns. The b-story was about Fleet Week. They shot some scenes on the Intrepid. "Season 2 Ends with a Bang" (6:28) includes interviews with Melina Kanakaredes, Pam Veasey, Gary Sinise, Anna Belknap, Techincal Advisor Bill Haynes, Anthony E. Zuker, and Supervising Producer/Writer Timothy J. Lea. This featurette deals with the final 2 episodes of the season. They talk about the blowing up the building and about Mac Taylor's military background and the flashbacks.

Overall, this is a very nicely packaged set that any fan of the series will enjoy. The special features were well-produced and interesting. CSI: NY will never be my favorite CSI series, but I've grown to like it and look forward to the new episodes on Wednesday nights. My only disappointment with this set is that they didn't include the first part of the CSI Miami/NY cross-over episode. You'll have to buy CSI: Miami - The Complete Fourth Season to see that one.

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller
(4.5/5 stars)

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Monday, June 24

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the World" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The whole crew heads out to see Toni Braxton live in concert, but just as the show begins, Courtney’s water breaks.

The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Foos Box" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
Gemma and Dave are adjusting to Grover growing up and becoming a teenager, and Marty and Calvin are struggling with different management styles at work. Also, we meet one of Marty’s new employees, Courtney (Skye Townsend), who might become something more.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 24)

Monday, June 24

  • Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building/Mulaney/I'm a Big Girl Now/The Associates) - Martin guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building) - Watch Steve on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
  • Ed O'Neill (Modern Family/Married with Children) - Ed appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Doug Benson (You're the Worst) and Diona Reasonover (Clipped) - Doug and Diona are guests on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Eva Longoria (Only Murders in the Building/Telenovela) and Eddie Murphy (The PJs) - E! News has interviews with Eva and Eddie at 11pm on E!.
  • Alex Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Alex talks about A Quiet Place: Day One on CBS Mornings some time between 7-9am.
  • Jennifer Garner (Party Down/Camping) - Jennifer and her mother Patricia Ann are guests on NBC's Today some time between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
  • David Duchovny (Californication) - David appears on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
  • Keshia Knight Pulliam (Tyler Perry's House of Payne/The Cosby Show) - Keshia is back with a baby update, plus working with Lifetime on the "Stop Breast Cancer For Life" campaign on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
  • Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio/The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton talks about Fox's The 1% Club on a repeat of Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Jane Seymour (B Positive/Modern Men) - Jane talks about Acorn TV's Harry Wild on a repeat of Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
  • Josh Gad (Wolf Like Me/Avenue 5/The Comedians/1600 Penn/Back to You) - Josh is joining Drew and telling her about getting denied from his college's musical theater program and making his return to Broadway after eleven years with bestie Andrew Rannells on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.
  • Tiffany Haddish (The Last O.G./The Carmichael Show) - Tiffany can be heard on the Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM.


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