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2 BROKE GIRLS is one of those semi-mindless sitcoms that are fun to watch, but is not likely to be the HOT topic of conversation at the water cooler on the next day. Personally, what I like about 2 BROKE GIRLS is the cute and sassy nature of star Kat Dennings' character, who gets all the snappy, down to earth comedic lines. 2 BROKE GIRLS is a fairly typical working class comedy with the two (odd couple) title characters dreaming of making better lives for themselves... and doing what it takes to make the dream a reality. Set in New York and in Williamsburg Brooklyn to be more specific, 2 BROKE GIRLS introduces us to sassy greasy spoon waitress Max (Kat Dennings), who hails from a poor working class family. The restaurant in which Max works has a tendency to hire waitresses, who are not exactly overly qualified for the position; the latest of which is Caroline (Beth Behrs), a recently impoverished rich girl, living with the stigma of a notorious father who ran a ponzi scheme before being hauled off to jail.

With the government taking every last dime, Caroline comes to the restaurant with little more than the clothes on her back... and no idea how to wait tables. Max takes pity on Caroline, who ends up her roommate. Caroline in turn, takes Max's cupcake baking savvy, and develops it into a dream in which the two will open up a cupcake shop. Of course, the only thing standing in their way is the $250,000.00 startup cost. 2 BROKE GIRLS then plays off Max and Caroline's dream, with the duo seeking ways to raise the money needed to get the cupcake shop open- at the end of each episode, the audience if given a dollar figure showing how much they earned toward their goal of $250,000.00. The cast of 2 BROKE GIRLS also features Garrett Morris as the restaurant's cashier Earl, Jonathan Kite as the restaurant's oversexed cook Oleg and Matthew Moy as the restaurant's owner Han Lee. Look for reoccurring appearances by Jennifer Coolidge as Sophie, the owner of a cleaning business where Max and Caroline sometimes work.

2 BROKE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON ($55) comes to Blu-ray Disc in a two-disc set that features the following twenty four episodes that were aired during its freshman year: Pilot, And The Break-Up Scene, And Strokes Of Goodwill, And The Rich People Problems, And The '90's Horse Party, And The Disappearing Bed, And The Pretty Problem, And Hoarder Culture, And The Really Petty Cash, And The Very Christmas Thanksgiving, And The Reality Check, And The Pop-Up Sale, And The Secret Ingredient, And The Upstairs Neighbor, And The Blind Spot, And The Broken Hearts, And The Kosher Cupcakes, And The One-Night Stands, And The Spring Break, And The Drug Money , And The Messy Purse Smackdown, And The Big Buttercream Breakthrough, And Martha Stewart Have A Ball Part 1 and And Martha Stewart Have A Ball Part 2.

Warner Home Video has made all twenty four episodes from 2 BROKE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON available on Blu-ray Disc in 1.78:1 wide screen presentations that have been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentations of the episodes are a visual improvement over their broadcast counterparts, as they lack the over-compression and artifacts that come standard on my local cable system. There isn't anything here to complain about, as the image appears sharp and clear throughout. Fine details and image texturing are also quite good. 2 BROKE GIRLS comes with fairly conventional sitcom lighting, so the picture appears fairly dimensional. Colors look bright and offer a very nice level of saturation, although some hues seem to run a tiny bit hot. Flesh tones are pretty attractive. Blacks are deep, while the whites are crisp. Contrast and shadow detail are everything one should expect from a production that employs fairly conventional sitcom lighting. The source materials don’t demonstrate any appreciable flaws. Grain/noise levels are quite modest.

All of the episodes that constitute 2 BROKE GIRLS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. No surprises here, the episodes feature conventional, talky sitcom sound designs. As such, much of the sound is locked front and center. Since 2 BROKE GIRLS is a dialogue driven show, one shouldn’t expect much sonic information beyond the center channel anyway. Other than the sounds of laughter and other audience reactions, as well as an occasional sound effect, the soundstage remains fairly under-utilized. The musical component also gets a bit of a spread into the outlying channels, and is the only sonic element to take any kind of real advantage of the lossless encoding. Dialogue is clean sounding and always easy to understand. No other language tracks have been included, but English, French and Spanish subtitles are provided.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features, as well as, as well as the extras. Featurettes and other programs include the following: 2 Girls Going 4 Broke (fourteen minutes) and Alternate Jokes (deleted scenes). An authorization code is provided for an UltraViolet Digital Copy of the episodes, which are just a stream away.

2 BROKE GIRLS is a fun little show that benefits from the sassy attitude of its lead actress/character. The Blu-ray presentation is quite solid and will not garner any complaints. If you are a fan, you can't go wrong with the Blu-ray. Recommended.


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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