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ARCHER:
THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO

For those who may not have seen the series when it airs late night on the FX cable network, ARCHER is a hilariously raunchy and decidedly loopy spy spoof that takes a no holds barred approach to humor. For every moment of every episode, political correctness is thrown out the window, with ARCHER playing as like a dysfunctional version of GET SMART, albeit one written by a witty bunch of sex addicts. Set during an indistinct era that meshes elements of the sixties through present day, ARCHER follows the exploits of a womanizing, self absorbed and hard drinking, secret agent named Sterling Archer, as well as his cohorts from a privately run spy agency known as ISIS. Archer’s controlling, but emotionally distant, mother Malory Archer is the head of ISIS, and she is the kind of self-serving woman, who isn’t above raiding her employee’s 401K funds to finance her spy ageny’s latest operation. Lana Kane is the top female agent at ISIS, and despite having had a long protracted past with Archer, she comes across as the only voice of reason during much of the insanity that surrounds the spy game at ISIS.

Amongst the oddball support staff at ISIS one will find: its recovering sex addict comptroller Cyril Figgis; Malory's wealthy, but slightly unhinged secretary Cheryl Tunt; the overweight, bi-sexual and sexually desperate Human Resources Director Pam Poovey; research department head Doctor Krieger, whose bizarre experiments tend to be of a sexual nature, and whose own personal history smacks of The Boys From Brazil; and finally, is ISIS’ openly gay intelligence analyst Ray Gillette, who would like nothing better than to that see arrogant ass Sterling Archer get his comeuppance. Supporting Archer on the home front is his elderly, put upon and regularly abused manservant Woodhouse, who raised our arrogant spy since infancy, in the absence of his mother, whose own spy career and sexual appetites came first. The regular vocal talent behind ARCHER features H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, George Coe, Amber Nash and series creator Adam Reed.

ARCHER: THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO ($40) comes to Blu-ray in a two-disc set that features the following thirteen episodes: Swiss Miss, A Going Concern, Blood Test, Pipeline Fever, The Double Deuce, Tragical History, Movie Star, Stage Two, Placebo Effect, El Secuestro, Jeu Monegasque, White Nights and Double Trouble.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made all thirteen episodes that comprise ARCHER: THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO available on Blu-ray Disc in 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentations that have been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The 1080p presentations are genuinely excellent for the type of 2D/3D animation featured in the series. ARCHER features a beautiful heavily lined 2D animation style that is augmented with some 3D that looks amazingly good in high definition. Colors are solid and very nicely saturated, although the color pallet isn’t cartoony in nature. Blacks are decidedly inky, while the whites appear crisp and stable. Contrast is truly excellent, or as excellent as this type of animation will allow. The episodes featured on ARCHER: THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO weren’t produced on film, and therefore, is free from grain and print flaws associated with the medium.

ARCHER: THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. The episodes offer the equivalent sitcom sound, with occasional embellishments. Directional effects are scattered throughout the episodes, when the material allows, but in talky sitcom fashion, much of what we hear is front and center. Active sound effects occasionally find their way to the surround channels; however, ambience and fill are what one are most likely to hear coming the rears. Dialogue is very cleanly rendered and the actors' voices maintain a natural timbre. Fidelity is pretty terrific, thanks to the lossless encode. Additionally, the bass channel adds sufficient depth to the material. No other language tracks have been included on the disc, but English, French and Spanish subtitles are provided.

Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the disc's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard scene selection and set up features, as well as some extras. Featurettes and other programs include: Archersaurus: Self Extinction (three minutes), Ask Archer (five minutes), Semper Fi (two minutes), L'espoin Mal Fait (five minutes) and ISIS Infiltrates Comic-Con (thirteen minutes).

As I stated above, ARCHER is a hilariously raunchy and decidedly loopy spy spoof that takes a no holds barred approach to humor. The Blu-ray presentations are first rate. Definitely recommended.

 
ARCHER: THE COMPLETE SEASON TWO 


Archer: Season 2 [Blu-ray]

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


 

 

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