Ally McBeal-Season 2-Part 2-Episodes 13-23 (1997)

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Released 7-Jun-2005

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1997
Running Time 336:00
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (3)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Jace Alexander
Daniel Attias
Arvin Brown
Mel Damski
Studio
Distributor

Twentieth Century Fox
Starring Calista Flockhart
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Greg Germann
Lisa Nicole Carson
Peter MacNicol
Jane Krakowski
Vonda Shepard
Portia de Rossi
Lucy Liu
James LeGros
Regina Hall
Julianne Nicholson
James Marsden
Case ?
RPI $44.95 Music Shawn K. Clement
Elton John
Danny Lux


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
French
Dutch
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     I really have said all I can say about Ally McBeal - see my review of the first half of the Second Season.

    The release has split Season Two into two parts - this second half has eleven episodes, spread across three DVDs.

Disc One

Disc Two

Disc Three

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfers across all twelve episodes were all of similar quality and appearance.

    The transfer is presented in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and is not 16x9 enhanced.

    The transfer is not even close to reference quality and has a grainy appearance but is still watchable. It is a clear but not particularly sharp image.

    The colours were bright and clear at all times throughout all episodes. There was some colour bleeding but this wasn't a major issue.

    There were few MPEG artefacts. There was some aliasing.

    In summary - a fair TV transfer.

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Audio

    There is a single English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track to listen to.

    The dialogue was clear and easy to understand, with little distortion and no audio sync problems.

    Music has always been important to the show and the pop songs that punctuate the episodes are heard to good effect.

    The surrounds and subwoofer were not engaged.

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Extras

    No extras to speak of. None at all. Not even an interesting title menu.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    DVD reviews of any of the Ally McBeal seasons on Region 1 are hard to find and it seems that it is currently unavailable from most of the big stores. Go for the Region 4 for the moment!

Summary

    Ally McBeal is starting to grate by now.

    The video is fine for 1990s TV.

    The audio is very good.

    No extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Scott Murray (Dont read my bio - it's terrible.)
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Review Equipment
DVDYamaha DVR-S100, using Component output
DisplaySony 76cm Widescreen Trinitron TV. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.
AmplificationYamaha DVR-S100 (built in)
SpeakersYamaha NX-S100S 5 speakers, Yamaha SW-S100 160W subwoofer

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