Party Down-Season Two (2009) (NTSC)

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Released 2-Feb-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Comedy Main Menu Audio-for 2 episodes
Outtakes-Behind the Scenes
Featurette-promo
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2009
Running Time 275:23 (Case: 271)
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Bryan Gordon
Fred Savage
Rob Thomas
Studio
Distributor
Starz Encore Ent.
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Starring Adam Scott
Ken Marino
Megan Mullaly
Case Amaray-Opaque-Dual
RPI $29.95 Music None Given


Video (NTSC) Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 480i (NTSC)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits Yes

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Plot Synopsis

     Cult cable comedy Party Down returns for its second and final season. Our review of the first season can be found here. This low-budget gem follows a group of hopefuls, wash-outs and never-was actors, comedians and screenwriters as they begrudgingly make ends meet as minimum-wage wait-staff working for party catering company "Party Down". The comedy is heavily improvised around fixed-story scripts.

     By and large this series continues with the same formula as the first season, the only change being that two of the episodes this time don't actually revolve around a catered event but focus exclusively around the core team of characters (one being their own little party at Steve Guttenberg’s house, the other being a company picnic). Following the events of the first season finale, the team dynamic has altered somewhat. Henry (Adam Scott) has taken over managing the crew and previous manager Ron (Ken Marino), now down-and-out after the failure of his life-dream business venture, has returned to the bottom of the ladder. In place of Jane Lynch and Jennifer Coolidge, who had moved on to bigger and better-paying things (the show has earned somewhat of a reputation as the parking lot for popular comedy bit-part actors on their way to bigger things), Megan Mullaly joins the cast as Lydia, seemingly bipolar mother of a budding child actor.

     As with the first season, the minor celebrity cameos abound. This season sees the return of JK Simmons, Joey Lauren Adams, Kristen Bell and Jane Lynch (whose first season character is on her way to marrying a sugar daddy on death's door). Also popping up are Steve Guttenberg, Paul Scheer, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Loretta Devine and Dave "Gruber" Allen. Season two readily lives up to the bar set by the first season and is consistently fun. Sadly, this is the final season of the show due to the departure of Adam Scott to the far less amusing Parks and Recreation.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     The show is presented in its original 1.78:1 aspect ratio, 16x9 enhanced, in NTSC video. The NTSC video will mean that the video will be unplayable on some older televisions.

     The video is identical in quality to that found on the first season set. The show looks to have been recorded digitally and transferred flawlessly to DVD. Whilst the picture is not as stylish or carefully composed as many of its peers, the video looks quite natural and is easy to watch. The image is sharp. The colours palette is bright and quite eye catching. There is a good level of shadow detail in the image. There is no sign of compression artefacts or aliasing in the image and no sign of film artefacts at any point.

     Both discs in the set are dual layer disc, with layer breaks only occurring between episodes.

    There are no subtitles available on this disc.

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Audio

     The show is presented with a single English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224 Kbps) stereo audio track.

     The audio is pretty basic but effective enough. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times. The dialogue is at a good level in the mix and is well synchronized to the video.

     There is not much in the way of music in the show save for jazzy between scenes filler.

     There is no surround or subwoofer usage.

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Extras

     A consistently amusing, heavily improvised sitcom, set in the LA party catering industry.

     The video and audio are decent. The extras are barely worth mentioning.

R4 vs R1

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

    The Region 1 and Region 4 editions are virtually identical, right down to NTSC formating.

Summary

    A consistently amusing, heavily improvised sitcom, set in the LA party catering industry.

    The video and audio are decent. The extras are barely worth mentioning.

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Thursday, May 05, 2011
Review Equipment
DVDSony Playstation 3, using HDMI output
DisplayOptoma HD20 Projector. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderPioneer VSX2016AVS. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials.
AmplificationPioneer VSX2016AVS
Speakers150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub

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