Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete and Final Second Season (2008)

Genre(s): Drama
Buena Vista || NR - 560 minutes - $39.99 || August 18, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-09-01


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Craig Wright (created by)
Cast: Peter Krause, Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, Lucy Liu


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 4 Un-aired Episodes
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

The Darlings - a family who seems to own nearly all of New York. They are well known for not only their money, but the scandals they have been involved in. Tripp (Donald Sutherland) and Letitia (Jill Clayburgh) are the head of the family with their five children. The oldest is Patrick (William Baldwin) who plans on running for Governor of New York all while having a transgendered Mistress on the side; Karen (Natalie Zea) who has been divorced three times and currently engaged and in love with Nick George; Brian, who is a Reverend all while having a love child he is hiding and then we have Jeremy (Seth Gabel), who is known to get into mischief.

They all have to be taken care of and that's where Nick George (Peter Krause) enters the picture. Due to his father’s death, Nick becomes the family lawyer and trusted confidant - much like his father before him. He deals with any and all issues that come up and he soon learns that money can solve just about anything - except bringing his father back. Suspicious arise and Nick sets out to find who killed his father - is it one of the Darlings or someone else?

Yet another Sophmore show that didn't survive a full season on ABC. In one swoop, ABC canceled "Dirty Sexy Money", "Eli Stone" and "Pushing Daisies". Sigh. With a 9 month break between the last episode of Season One and first of Season Two fan's didn't stick around. Not only that, they actually scrapped (no, not the un-aired episodes on the DVD set, but actually ones shot that they decided not to use and go a different direction with the show) 3 episodes of the show (!) which is pretty much unheard of. So if you were captivated by Season One should you even bother with the final 13 episodes? No. It leaves far too many questions and not enough answers.

Season Two introduced several new characters, but most were gone by the time the finale episode had aired. After her previous show was canceled, Lucy Liu ran over to this ABC show where she played a love interest for Jeremy, liaison for Simon Elder, and evil lawyer who tries to get Leticia sent to jail for the death of Nick's father. Are things Dirtier, Sexier and, uhh, Monier (an actual tag line for the show) this year? No. They tried their best to turn up the drama but failed.

When the final minutes of the show air we finally learn the fate of Nick's father - which will only serve to piss you off if you stayed with the show for two seasons. What a disappointment.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Be advised - this set included the final 3 un-aired episodes as well as the unaired Thanksgiving episode with the return of Samarie Armstrong. So in total 4 un-aired episodes.

Directing the Darlings (11 Minutes) - This shows us how Director Jamie Babbit directs various cast members through an episode.

A Total Knockout (8 Minutes) - Follow a day on set with Natalie Zea. This included back patting on how wonderful and beautiful she is. Puke.

Dirty Sexy Crafty (9 Minutes) - Umm... this is a featurette about the guy who cooks and serves food the cast. Who thought this was a good idea?

Finally there is a Gag Reel (2 Minutes) and a handful of Deleted Scenes (8 Minutes). Not a single thing about how the show ended so abruptly.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Dirty Sexy Money” presents all thirteen Season Two episodes in 1.78:1 on 3 DVDs. I don't know what happened, but this looks worse than Season One. It’s a grainy, compression-filled mess. I'm baffled to be honest.

ABC Studios has included a standard English Dolby Digital 5.1 track for all episodes. This tends to be a bit more active than some of the other TV on DVD shows I’ve reviewed with the sound having a nice pop to it when any music came up. Dialog is clean and easy to hear.



.::OVERALL::.

I really love weekly soap operas, but things went really wrong in Season Two. Maybe had the show not been canceled the momentum could have been gone on... but what's left is a mess. Wait for the eventual 'Complete Series' set instead.