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RIZZOLI & ISLES:
THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

As I stated in my review of season one, TNT’s RIZZOLI & ISLES is definitely one of the most enjoyable cop dramas airing on basic cable television. The series is an utter delight that benefits greatly from the undeniable talents and delightful chemistry of actresses Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander. The fact that both leading ladies are very easy on the eyes is another feather in the cap of RIZZOLI & ISLES. Adapted from the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen, RIZZOLI & ISLES mixes a good dose of humor into the (all too familiar) police procedural formula, yet the series has found the perfect combination of each, something that brings audiences back to their televisions week after week. Perhaps the thing that makes RIZZOLI & ISLES special is how the series character driven focus allows Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander to play off one another in regards to their best friend/odd couple relationship.

For those who have never seen the show, the premise of RIZZOLI & ISLES finds Angie Harmon in the role of Boston homicide detective Jane Rizzoli, who comes from a working class Italian-American family, which includes her younger brother Frankie (Jordan Bridges), who has also joined the Boston P.D., and her mother Angela (Lorraine Bracco), who constantly worries about her children’s chosen professions. Jane is the also best friend of medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles, with whom she works closely on homicide investigations. Maura is the adopted daughter of a wealthy family, who sometimes lacks finesse when dealing with other people, due to a sense of brutal honesty that is sometimes about as blunt as being hit in the head with a baseball bat. Despite their decided differences, Jane and Maura are as thick as thieves, which greatly benefits their working relationship, even if they occasionally don’t see eye to eye on the minutia. The cast of RIZZOLI & ISLES also features Lee Thompson Young and Bruce McGill.

RIZZOLI & ISLES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ($40) comes to DVD in a three-disc set that features the following fifteen episodes that were aired during the show’s sophomore year: We Don't Need Another Hero, Living Proof, Sailor Man, Brown Eyed Girl, Don't Hate The Player, Rebel Without A Pause, Bloodlines, My Own Worst Enemy, Gone Daddy Gone, Remember Me, Can I Get A Witness?, He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother, Seventeen Ain't So Sweet, Don't Stop Dancing, Girl and Burning Down The House. Complications arise across season two, as both Jane and Maura have to deal with family issues that sometimes become part of the investigations in which they are involved. Look for John Doman as Maura’s biological father Paddy Doyle and Jacqueline Bisset as her adoptive mother Constance Isles. Michael Massee also puts in a couple of appearances as Jane’s nemesis "Doctor" Charles Hoyt.

Warner Home Video has made all fifteen episodes that comprise RIZZOLI & ISLES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. Season two offers pretty much the same standard definition video quality as was found with season one; hence, the episodes look better than on cable, appearing fairly crisp and offering nice definition. Colors display a good level of saturation, while the flesh tones are attractive. Blacks appear sufficiently deep, while the whites are crisp. Again, contrast and shadow detail are just fine for a television level production, rendered at standard definition. The episodes generally appear free from blemishes and the level of grain is fairly minimal. Digital compression artifacts keep a fairly low profile.

All of the episodes that constitute RIZZOLI & ISLES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON come with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. Season two offers more of the same in regards to the audio. Talky cop dramas are not big on the sonic dynamics, so it should come as no surprise that the RIZZOLI & ISLES episodes competent, but generally unremarkable soundtracks. With the focus on dialogue, the sound designs are front and center meat and potatoes, with occasional snippets of action that goes to the outlying channels, being the gravy. Overall the fidelity is good; the music sounds fine and sound effects are reasonably convincing. Dialogue is easy to understand. No other language tracks have been included on the disc, 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 some extras. Featurettes and other programs include the following: The Production Of Rizzoli & Isles, which looks at the process of creating an episode from beginning to end. Some Unaired Scenes and a Gag Reel close out the extras.

As I stated above, RIZZOLI & ISLES is definitely one of the most enjoyable cop dramas airing on television. Warner's DVD presentations of the episodes are solid. Recommended.

 
RIZZOLI & ISLES: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON 


Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Second Season (2011)

ENHANCED FOR 16:9 TELEVISIONS 

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


 

 

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