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DVD Reviews:  C.S.I (Crime Scene Investigation) Season 2 (boxed sets 2.1-2.12)


The Final Say!

Feature Score:
9/10
DVD Extras Score
8.5/10


Reviewed by Tory Favro
Distributed by:
Imagine Entertainment
Running Time: 497 Minutes

After the critical success of Season One, C.S.I. is back for it's second season with a vengeance. Same as last time, this boxed set of episodes thrilled me with it's clever stories and brilliant acting.

For those not in the know, a C.S.I. is a Crime Scene Investigator and these good folks get evidence from the crime scene to try to help police solve all manner of wrongdoing, the ultimate whodunnit scenario. The C.S.I. team are the nightshift in Las Vegas headed up by Gil Grissom (played by William Peterson). The thing I like about C.S.I is that the members of the team are not infallible and in fact we get to see the problems that they have to encounter in their daily lives and the way those problems affect their work solving crimes.

One thing to realise is that these shows are not for the faint of heart. If you don't like blood, then this is not for you as there are quite a number of scenes where murders are reenacted so consider yourself warned in advance. The special effects are sensational and certainly illustrate the ways that the crimes are perpetrated.

I personally think that the entire disc is brilliant with all the stories as strong as each other. That said however, I do have a favourite and that is Scuba Doobie Doo which is episode five on the second disc (there are three in this boxed set). I'm not going to tell you exactly what happens, however get ready for some powerful imagery when you see a scuba diver's body found hanging in a tree in the middle of a bush fire. This one is really clever and you'll be surprised at all the twists and turns that it takes. The same can be said for the rest of the episodes, however it was the imagery of the diver in a barren wasteland, something that so strongly did not belong, that got to me.

Episodes on this disc are as follows:

Disc One
Burked (42.12)
Chaos Theory (41.54)
Overload (42.03)
Bully for You (41.08)
Disc Two
Scuba Doobie Doo (40.35)
Alter Boys (42.32)
Caged (42.25)
Slaves of Las Vegas (42.35)
Disc Three
And Then There Were None (38.53)
Ellie (40.59)
Organ Grinder (39.52)
You've Got Male (42.15)

Ultimately this boxed set is well worth the investment for the simple reason that you will quite easily be able to watch it more than once. I found that with episodes I believed myself to be familiar with, there would always be little things that I missed along the way. The stories are all solid, as are the actors taking part in the show. Highly recommended and I can't wait for the second part of season two!

Video

The disc is shown in 16:9 widescreen and looks great from start to finish. The grain problems evident in the first season have practically disappeared and the end result was wonderful. I am happy with the quality of the video on this release.

Audio

We're looking at Dolby Digital 5.1 surround and it doesn't really need it for this type of show. All channels are used, though we are looking at a remixed 2.0 for the DVD. The music for the show travels nicely through all channels and gunshots and other thud effects sound great through the subwoofer.

Extras

The extras on this set are brilliant and well worth watching for fans of the series. Of special interest is the Cast and Crew feature on the second disc. It runs for roughly thirty seven minutes, and gives very good insights into the second season and where they are headed with both the story and character development.

Audio commentaries are interesting although a bit sparse at times considering that the episodes run roughly 40 minutes each and you want a constant flow of info. Don't let this put you off however, they are worth the watch.

We are also taken behind the scenes of CSI and given a walkthrough the set which will be of great interest for fans and just curious folk. All said and done they are a well rounded set of extras that enhance an already great release.

C.S.I Season 2 Boxed Set 1 Features

  • Cast & Crew Feature

  • Behind the Scenes of C.S.I

  • C.S.I Set Walk Through

  • Executive Producer, Director & Cast Member Commentaries for Episodes 2.1, 2.6 & 2.10

  • The Who "Who are You" Music Video

  • Trailers

 

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