Monk-Season 2 (2002)
Main Menu Audio
Featurette-The Minds Behind Monk
Trailer-Law & Order Franchise, Magnum P.I, Miami Vice, Monk
Featurette-Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) Character Profile
Featurette-Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) Character Profile
Featurette-Precinct Tours With Jason Gray-Stanford
|Year Of Production||2002|
|Running Time||668:37 (Case: 679)|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (4)
|Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Language Select Then Menu|
|Region Coding||2,4,5||Directed By||
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Pan & Scan||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
German Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.78:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
After a very successful first season which saw Tony Shalhoub win both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Adrian Monk, the show returned for a second season. If anything, this second season is better than the first with more consistency and a continuing development of the character into someone who feels more than just his obsessions. All the original significant cast members returned for this second season including Bitty Schram (as Sharona Fleming, Monk's nurse/assistant/partner), Ted Levine (as Capt Stottlemeyer) and Jason Gray-Stanford (as Lt Randy Disher). You can find a more in depth overview of the show's premise in my review of Season One. The main differences between these two seasons are that the theme song has been changed from the original instrumental one to a song by Randy Newman which plays over a new credit sequence.
This second season runs for 16 episodes which are presented across four discs (4 episodes per disc). This program is now in its fourth season in the US, with all the original cast except Bitty Schram who left part way through Season 3. The episodes are:
This series continues the high standard of entertainment set by Series One. Highly Recommended.
The video quality is good but not spectacular. This series is slightly grainier than Series One probably due to extra episodes being included on each disc.
The feature is presented in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio non 16x9 enhanced which is seemingly not the original aspect ratio. The Region 1 release is in 1.78:1 16x9 enhanced. Reviews of that release indicate that this is the correct aspect ratio. As per the site's policy I will remove one star for being in the incorrect aspect ratio.
The picture was reasonably clear and sharp throughout although it was affected by some grain. You would not refer to it as crisp but it is quite reasonable. There was no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was also quite good but not spectacular.
The colour was fine but a little dull, probably added to by the generally dull colour scheme of the show. I did notice some minor spots of cross colourisation. There also seemed to be some minor chroma noise in backgrounds from time to time.
Artefacts were not too distracting but included some minor aliasing and some edge enhancement. The aliasing occurred on the usual suspects such as Venetians and patterned clothing.
There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired and French, German & Dutch. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read but were sometimes summarised.
The layer changes were not noticeable.
The audio quality is good.
This DVD set contains three audio options; an English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s and the same in French and German.
Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync, which is the most critical ingredient of this show.
The score of this series by Jeff Beal consists of a cool jazzy theme and some incidental music, which doesn't stand out particularly. The theme was replaced for Season 2 by a song from Randy Newman.
The surround speakers added some mild atmosphere but little more.
The subwoofer was used occasionally to add bass to the score.
|Surround Channel Use|
The extras consist of some minor promotional featurettes.
The menu included music, and the ability to select scenes, languages and subtitles. Nothing to get excited about.
A selection of 4 featurettes which are all quite short. The featurettes included are
Trailers for Law & Order, Magnum P.I. , Miami Vice and Monk Series 1.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
This series has been released in Region 1 in a very similar format except for the aspect ratio. On that basis Region 1 is the winner here.
The video quality is good but not spectacular. It is slightly grainier than Series 1.
The audio quality is good.
The set has a small set of promotional featurettes as its only extras.
|DVD||Pioneer DV667A DVD-V DVD-A SACD, using Component output|
|Display||Sony FD Trinitron Wega KV-AR34M36 80cm. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 576i (PAL)/480i (NTSC).|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Bose 201 Direct Reflecting (Front), Phillips SB680V (Surround), Phillips MX731 (Center), Yamaha YST SW90 (Sub)|