Ally McBeal-Season 2-Part 2-Episodes 13-23 (1997)
|Year Of Production||1997|
|RSDL / Flipper||
Multi Disc Set (3)
|Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||2,4||Directed By||
Twentieth Century Fox
Lisa Nicole Carson
Portia de Rossi
Shawn K. Clement
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||Full Frame||
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||None|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.33:1||Miscellaneous|
English for the Hearing Impaired
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
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.
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.
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.
|Surround Channel Use|
No extras to speak of. None at all. Not even an interesting title menu.
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!
Ally McBeal is starting to grate by now.
The video is fine for 1990s TV.
The audio is very good.
|DVD||Yamaha DVR-S100, using Component output|
|Display||Sony 76cm Widescreen Trinitron TV. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD Player, Dolby Digital and DTS. Calibrated with THX Optimizer.|
|Amplification||Yamaha DVR-S100 (built in)|
|Speakers||Yamaha NX-S100S 5 speakers, Yamaha SW-S100 160W subwoofer|