Greek: Chapter Two (2008)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
Buena Vista Home Video || NR - 517 minutes - $29.99 || December 30, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-12-31


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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): Patrick Sean Smith (created by)
Cast: Clark Duke, Scott Michael Foster, Spencer Grammer, Paul James, Jake McDorman, Jacob Zachar, Aaron Hill, Dilshad Vadsaria, Amber Stevens


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Flashback Episode: And So It Begins
  • Blooper Reel
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

ABC Family has really made a name for itself in the past few years. What was typically a place for re-runs of "America's Funniest Home Videos" has become a small hit with Teens with such shows like "Kyle Xy", "Secret Life of an American Teenager" and now "Greek". I'm glad to see the Cable Networks step-up especially when Network Television has either been utter crap or they refuse to give shows a chance and cancel them after a few episodes.

“Greek: Chapter Two” picks up a short time after the conclusion of Chapter One. Both Casey (Grammer) and Rusty (Zachar) are still suffering from their most recent break-ups but come back to school yet again...thirsty for what might happen next. The rest of Season One deals with even more parties, hook-ups and relations than the previous! Got to play catch-up, especially after the Writers Strike killed the momentum they had.

This "season" we have several new hookups. One of course being Cappie (Foster) and Rebecca (Vadsaria), two characters that you would never think would hookup in Chapter One did so in Chapter Two. At first, it’s just to piss off Casey (Cappie's ex and Rebecca's "big sister"). This plot carries on far too long for its own good.

One of the other annoying things that because of the newspaper article from Chapter One exposing some of the truths about the Zeta Beta Zeta house, a "house nanny" is brought in the help cleanse some of the bag stigmata associated with the ZBZ house. Once again, I found this plot line to stretch out a bit too thin and simply setup what would happen in Chapter Three - a new house forming from Casey's rival.

This Chapter is saved simply because of the acting of many of the up and coming stars. I adore Spencer Grammar (daughter of Kelsey Grammar) and she is the star to be watching. Clark Duke (Dale) is the only actor I recognize from a film (Sex Drive and briefly seen in Superbad) and does a great job as the resident Christian freak.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes an embossed Slip Cover that matches the Chapter One release.

Flashback Episode: And So It Begins (11 Minutes) - A "making of" for this episodes that has interviews with several members of the cast. Basic fluff.

Rounding out this release is a short Blooper Reel (3 Minutes) and *GASP* a Music Video by the Plain White T's.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Greek: Chapter Two” (which now completes the first season) is presented in 1.78:1 with all 12 episodes on 3 DVDs. Like the other recent ABC Family DVD releases, “Greek: Chapter Two” looks stunning up-converted. Colors are incredibly vibrant and blacks very dark. I don't know what Sony did, but these releases look excellent.

Sony has included an English Dolby Digital 5.1 track for this release. Dialog is very clean while rears are frequently empty. This is not a bad thing as the show is so dialog heavy. Besides a few noises here and there, you wouldn't even know you were listening to a 5.1 track.



.::OVERALL::.

While “Chapter Two” may not have been a great conclusion to season one, it’s still a step up from some of the other junk on the network (“Secret Life of an American Teenager”). “Chapter Three” has already aired (which oddly enough was not released to time in with the start of Chapter Four) and I've already seen numerous improvements in that part of the season. Fans will dig this release, which features impressive picture and audio quality... shame we didn't get a ton of special features though.