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NIGHT COURT:
THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

Even twenty-five years after its debut, NIGHT COURT remains one of my favorite sitcoms. NIGHT COURT always had a goofy, very likable quality, which became more surreal as the seasons progressed, but exploits of the characters usually produced some truly hilarious moments. The basic premise of NIGHT COURT center around the somewhat shabby New York City courtroom, filled with colorful characters that is presided over by Judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson), an oddball judge that loves magic tricks and Mel Torme. How Judge Stone managed to get appointed to the bench is a question that more than a few probably asked. Week after week, the courtroom setting allowed for a series even odder defendants to be brought before said oddball judge. Season two regulars on the NIGHT COURT included John Larroquette as lecherous District Attorney Dan Fielding, Ellen Foley as Public Defender Billie Young, Richard Moll as Bull Shannon, Selma Diamond as matron Selma Hacker and Charles Robinson as court clerk Mac Robinson. Look for future series regular Markie Post making an early appearance as Christine Sullivan.

NIGHT COURT: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ($30) comes in a three-disc set that features the following thirteen episodes: The Nun, Christine And Mac (A.K.A. Daddy For The Defense), Billie And The Cat, Pick A Number, The Computer Kid, Bull Gets A Kid, Harry On Trial, Harry And The Madam, Inside Harry Stone, The Blizzard, Take My Wife, Please, The Birthday Visitor, Dan's Parents, Nuts About Harry, An Old Flame, The Gypsy, Battling Bailiff, Billie's Valentine, Married Alive, Mac And Quon Le: Together Again, World War III and Walk, Don't Wheel.

Warner Home Video has made has made all the episodes that comprise NIGHT COURT: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON available on DVD in the proper full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. NIGHT COURT was shot on NTSC video in the mid 1980ís, so the image quality is far from stellar. However, the episodes are watchable, even if they are rendered a little soft and fuzzy. Colors are decent looking, and are reproduced without too much smearing. Blacks are reasonably accurate; whites are stable, plus contrast looks about as good as one is likely to get from a mid-1980ís NTSC broadcast level video source. An occasion drop out crops up here and there, but it is nothing that ever becomes distracting. Digital compression artifacts usually remain under the radar.

All the episodes that constitute NIGHT COURT: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON come with perfectly fine sounding Dolby Digital monaural soundtracks. Fidelity is suitable for this type of material- a dialogue driven sitcom with a laugh track. The soundtracks are free excessive hiss or any major distortions. Dialogue is fairly clean sounding, plus it is always intelligible. No other language tracks are provided, but English, French and Spanish subtitles have been included.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features. No supplemental content has been provided.

Twenty-five years down the road, NIGHT COURT remains a great sitcom. Warnerís DVD release provides solid presentations, even if the videotape source materials pale in his era of high definition. Fans will definitely want to add NIGHT COURT: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON to their collections. Recommended- and I canít wait for season three!!!

 

NIGHT COURT: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON 


Night Court - The Complete Second Season (1985)

 

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


 

 

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