Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The-Season 2 (1990)

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Released 1-Mar-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio
Featurette-Best Bits Of Bel-Air
Outtakes-Bel-Air Bloopers
Rating Rated PG
Year Of Production 1990
Running Time 554:26 (Case: 553)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Multi Disc Set (4)
Cast & Crew
Start Up Language Select Then Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 2,4,5 Directed By Debbie Allen
Madeline Cripe
Ellen Falcon
Eddie Gorodetsky
Studio
Distributor

Warner Home Video
Starring Will Smith
James Avery
Janet Hubert-Whitten
Daphne Reid
Alfonso Ribeiro
Karyn Parsons
Tatyana Ali
Joseph Marcell
Ross Bagley
Jeffrey A. Townes
Nia Long
Vernee Watson-Johnson
Jenifer Lewis
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music Quincy Jones III
Tom Jones
Marco Marinangeli


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
French Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.29:1
16x9 Enhancement No
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English
Arabic
Dutch
French
Italian
English for the Hearing Impaired
Italian for the Hearing Impaired
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

By the time the second season of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air had arrived in 1991/1992 the sitcom was starting to build a loyal audience and thankfully the show was starting to come together as a whole. As the first season introduced the characters and location, the second further developed the relationships and character traits. Will and Carlton are trying to make the transition from boy to man. Hilary is given responsibilities in an attempt for her to become independent. Ashley is a moody teenager, struggling to change from child to adolescent; all the while Phillip and Vivian try to maintain a peaceful household.

Some memorable episodes include:

The Mother of All Battles: Ashley is being bullied at school by a classmate and Will tries to help Ashley by teaching her to defend herself while Carlton tries to bribe the bully.

Guess Who's Coming to Marry? Willís aunt is to be married and unfortunately Willís mother Vy forbids the interracial marriage.

She Ain't Heavy: Queen Latifah guests stars as Dee-Dee, a girl who seems to have everything in common with Will. Unfortunately her self image causes Will to place the friendship in jeopardy.

Cased up: The Cosby Show had ended by the time Malcolm Jamal-Warner guest starred as Eric, the pompous lawyer boyfriend of Hilary in this episode. Eric and Will are involved in a minor car accident and Eric sues uninsured Will, who is a minor and therefore Philís responsibility.

All 24 episodes appear on this 4 disc set as follows:

Disc 1:

Did the Earth Move For You? (23:14)

The Mother of All Battles (22:06)

Will Gets a Job (23:09)

PSAT Pstory (23:14)

Granny Gets Busy (23:14)

Guess Who's Coming to Marry? (23:15)

Disc 2:

The Big Four-Oh (23:13)

She Ain't Heavy (23:14)

Cased Up (23:15)

Hi-Ho Silver (22:54)

The Butler Did It (23:14)

Disc 3:

Christmas Show (23:14)

Hilary Gets a Life (23: 16)

My Brother's Keeper (23:16)

Geoffrey Cleans Up (23:14)

Community Action (23:14)

Ill Will (23:14)

Disc 4:

Eyes on the Prize (23:14)

Those Were the Days (23:08)

Vying for Attention (23:13)

The Aunt Who Came to Dinner (23:14)

Be My Baby Tonight (23:14)

Strip-Tease for Two (22:54)

Overall the show has certainly improved since season one as the cast feel comfortable in their roles and working with each other. The show has its balance of juvenile as well as contemporary adult issues such as teenage pregnancy and interracial marriage but overall maintains its lightweight comedy. If you enjoyed the first box set you will certainly enjoy season two.

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Transfer Quality

Video

Picture quality has improved vastly in comparison to last seasonís box set. The show is presented as it was broadcast, in full frame and the colour is bright and vivid with minimal grain. The picture is notably soft but this isnít intrusive as the show looks similar to how it was broadcast in the early 1990s. Overall this is of an average picture quality but certainly not disappointing given that this is a television show and more than a decade old. Subtitles are clear and true to the onscreen dialogue.

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Audio

The main soundtrack for the show is English Dolby Digital 1.0 (192Kb/s). Dialogue is audible and clear with no flaws. As expected such a soundtrack is quite limited in regards to surround sound however being a sitcom and mostly dialogue based the set up is practical. Other than the main theme no apparent music is featured in the season except for an episode where Bell Biv DeVoe shoot their upcoming music video at the Banks residence in exchange for some fast cash for Carlton.

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Extras

Two extra features appear on disc 4 which match the show quite well. The first, titled Best Bits Of Bel-Air, is a montage of clips from the show interspersed with tidbits regarding the era and explanation of some of the subtle jokes regarding U.S. politics (7:58).

The second is a standard blooper reel; some bloopers were featured at the end of many of the episodes (4:09).

R4 vs R1

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

The R4 presentation is identical to the R1.

Summary

The Fresh Prince of Bel Air in season two was starting to find its own ground as a sit-com. The DVD presentation is quite good with limited extras. The release is identical to R1.

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© Vanessa Appassamy (Biography)
Friday, April 14, 2006
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DVDDenon DVD-1910, using DVI output
DisplayPanasonic PT-AE 700. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
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Speakers(Front) DB Dynamics Polaris AC688F loudspeakers,(Centre) DB Dynamics Polaris Mk3 Model CC030,(Rear) Polaris Mk3 Model SSD425,(Subwoofer) Jensen JPS12

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