Chuck: The Complete Second Season (2008) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Comedy
Warner Brothers || NR - 986 minutes - $69.97 || January 5, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-01-17


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Chris Fedak & Josh Schwartz (created by)
Cast: Zachary Levi, Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Baldwin


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Webisodes
  • PSAs
  • Interview


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Dutch

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.::THE FILM::.

Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) is just an ordinary geeky guy who works at the local Buy More in the "Nerd Herd" department. One day he goes home to notice a message from an old College "friend" Bryce Larkin (Matthew Bomer) who stole his girlfriend from him and got him kicked out of College. Curious, he opens it up (in classic Zork fashion) only to find himself staring, almost paralyzed at the screen as thousands of images pop-up at once on the screen and then... blackout.

When Chuck awakes he finds he able is to see things he was not able to see before - which include gaining a rather lengthy history on certain individuals with criminal pasts. Soon Chuck finds out then a very beautiful woman, Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski), wants to go on a date with him and while he is suspicious he is willing to give it a try simply to break out of his mold. He soon finds out Sarah works for the CIA and another agent, Casey (Adam Baldwin), who has been stalking him works for the NSA. The two departments form a compromise to keep Chuck close by because he holds all the secrets in exchange for not hurting his friends and family.

...and on to season two! We now find that the Intersect is in the process of being rebuilt. Phew. Chuck can go back to his normal, boring life of working at the Buy More and hanging out with his friend Morgan. Well, not really. Casey is given orders to eliminate Chuck as soon as the Intersect is complete but that (thankfully) never happens. And that's just the first episode. The rest of the season has Chuck, Sarah and Casey facing off with people that are either out to check Chuck or try and takeover/destroy the world, in some clever fashion.

Season two really turns up the notch in both comedy and action. Thankfully the character Morgan is toned down a bit as he appeared a bit to cartoonish from the first Season, and Chuck seems to want to take things a bit more seriously as well. This helps progress the series deeper and deeper into sci-Fi/action land (which is not a bad thing). Like "Psych", if you watch "Chuck", you should be able to pick up lots of little nods to other TV Shows/Movies. In one episode (‘Chuck Versus Tom Sawyer’), Chuck needs Jeff, an all-star Missile Command player from the 80's, to play the game until a secret code is given. In another episode, ‘Morgan Buys a DeLorean’. And finally, we get an episode in 3D. Now tell me what series on air can geek things out with Missile Command, DeLorean and 3D? Just one: Chuck.

I'm going to go a bit nuts here and say this season was perfect television. Anything that hampered it in season one was changed, and season two really turns everything up. This is probably one of the best Season of TV I have ever seen.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes an embossed Slip Box (like other Warner BD TV Releases) and a Episode Guide. Everything is presented in SD unless otherwise noted.

Truth, Spies and Regular Guys (21 Minutes; HD) - A look at the cast and crew talking about Season Two. Probably the best feature on the disc besides the Deleted scenes.

Dude in Distress (19 Minutes) - An overview on how some of this seasons action scenes were done.

Deleted Scenes (38 Minutes) - Almost enough scenes to create an episode, these are scenes cut from various episodes due to length or simply not gelling well with the episode. Not a whole lot of gold is here to be honest.

Rounding out the set is a Gag Reel (9 Minutes), Five Webisodes (10 Minutes), Four PSA's with Captain Awesome (3 Minutes) and an odd Interview with John Casey (3 Minutes).

** The first pressing of Season Two also includes a pair of 3D Glasses and the 3D episode. This was a very limited offer, but if you can't find it, don't worry, the effects are not that great.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Chuck: The Complete Second Season” arrives on Blu-ray presented in its original aspect ratio 1.78:1 on 4 discs (50GB). Many were unsure if the quality would be boosted thanks to Blu-ray due to the typically bad look on NBC... but “Chuck” shines through. This Season things look a little bit nicer (bigger budget?), but "Chuck" is still one of the worst looking shows shot in HD on Primetime TV. The Blu-ray captures the essence of how the show does look, so I really can't fault it. Thankfully, Season Three (now airing) looks way better, so it appears Warner finally got some new equipment.

Warner continues to provide only standard Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks for their TV on BD releases and Chuck is no different. Dialog was clear but I found some of the more action-oriented scenes to be a bit underwhelming. Still unsure why they refuse to put lossless audio on their BD TV offerings (considering every other studio does, even shows from the 90s!), but I don't suspect many would even be able to tell the difference given how high the Dolby Track peaks.



.::OVERALL::.

If you enjoyed the first season of "Chuck", there is no reason not pick up season two on Blu-ray. It looks better, has more features, and has 22 awesome episodes that will have you saying "Alright... just one more before I go to bed".