Laguna Beach: The Complete Second Season (2005)

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama / Romance
Paramount, MTV || NR - 367 minutes - $38.99 || August 8, 2006
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2006-08-10


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

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Gary Auerbach (developed by)
Cast: Kristin Colletti, Taylor Cole, Stephen Colletti, Lauren "L.C." Conrad, Alex Murrel, Dieter Schmitz, Talan Torriero, Jason Wahler


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    Disc 1:
  • Episodes 1-8


  • Disc 2:
  • Episodes 9-17


  • Disc 3:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Cast Interviews
  • Laguna Memories
  • Laguna Beach Highlights
  • Laguna Guide to Love
  • Fight the Slide 2005
  • Behind the Season Finale with the Cast
  • Seventeen Magainze Cover Shoot
  • Cosmo Girl Photo Shoot
  • Casting Tapes
  • Previews


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

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.::THE FILM::.

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The following review was written over the course of a 28-minute period in the city of Springfield, Oregon.

The critic, the words and the opinions... are real.

“Laguna Beach” is the popular MTV (pseudo) reality TV series following several rich kids as they deal with life and the dramas that every teenager goes through, only amplified by 100. Personally, I don’t care for reality TV because most of time, it’s anything but. In order to pump up the drama that everyone loves to see, one would suspect producers behind the scenes work their magic to edit things just so, thereby showing us something that may or may not be anywhere near accurate. On the other hand, if it weren’t for that, you couldn’t call this show a “guilty pleasure” either.

This second season begins with our favorites returning to Laguna get reacquainted with old friends and even old enemies. Stephen comes back from San Francisco to find that Kristin may indeed be over him (and acts like a jerk upon their first face-to-face meeting). And while Kristin is still at odds with some of the other girls, this season primarily focuses on new-comer Jason. Starting out -- let me see if I can get this right --, Jason is on the downslide of his relationship with Jessica, followed by a quick “romance” with Alex M. and then finally L.C. after which it all comes full circle as their relationship ends after she catches him kissing... Jessica. Have to say, whether this is scripted or not, it’s pretty damn clever how that circle occurs.

There are, of course, other dramas and relationships that develop outside of Jason and the female Laguna population such as Stephen getting together with L.C., trying to get Kristin back into his life and just the general back and forth nature that non-committal aspect Stephen processes.

I’m not addicted to watching “Laguna Beach” like some, but I must admit that I do find it to be entertaining and more tolerable than some reality TV shows. Is it something that I’m going to get anything out of other than entertainment value? Of course not. It is what it is and that’s a guilty pleasure that would never admit you actually watch.

Episode Listing:
1 - Since You’ve Been Gone
2 - You Can’t Trust Him
3 - It’s Hard to Say Goodbye
4 - More than Friends
5 - Winter Formal
6 - I Hate Valentine’s Day
7 - Get Over Him
8 - What Goes Around...
9 - Cabo, Cabo, Cabo
10 - Lies and Goodbyes
11 - Don’t Hate the Game
12 - Our Last Prom
13 - Boyfriends are Like Purses
14 - The End of the Beginning
15 - I Saw You Kiss Her
16 - Nothing More to Say
17 - One Last Wave



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Any fan will have a good time with these features, giving more insight into these characters (some say cast, I call them what they are).

Deleted Scenes (45:38) - There are 20 deleted scenes that, well, just show the main characters talking more about life, relationships, etc. Since each episode (save for the season premiere) is only 20 minutes each so a ton of footage has to be dumped, so for fans, this is certainly a fun watch.

Cast Interviews (68:55) - Alex M., Taylor, Kristin, Stephen, Jason, L.C. and Jessica all talk about the season that was, their thought after the premiere aired, and the storylines that unfolded. The one I was most interested in was Jason who was semi-honest calling his actions stupid or dumb and regretting dating Jessica and Alex M., with the former being a friend before which is now destroyed. I couldn’t help but think of Colin Farrell, when watching Jason. The others are also interesting as they too explain the relationship dynamics.

Laguna Memories - See home videos and photo albums from various cast members like Kristin, Jessica, L.C., Stephen and others. I actually liked the photo album as it does give a glimpse at these teens before the show came along. The home videos are cute, but watching someone else’s kid isn’t that fun to watch.

“Laguna Beach” Highlights (5:33) - Want a quick recap of the second season? You can catch up on a montages entitled “Girls Are Vicious” and “The Two Triangles”. Together, the two run just over five minutes.

Laguna Guide to Love (11:43) - More of a companion feature to the interviews, cast mates talk about various elements like the most important thing about a relationship or whether it’s OK to lie to a boyfriend/girlfriend, amongst other choice topics.

Fight the Slide 2005 (13:00) - Stephen and Talan take a video camera to their neighborhood where many homes were destroyed from a massive mudslide. Also included is the full version of the benefit that raised more than $23,000 to help those displaced.

Seventeen Magazine Cover Shoot (6:14) / Cosmo Girl Photo Shoot (4:42) - There’s one each for the guys and gals as Kristen goes under the lights while the guys of Laguna do the same for Cosmo Girl.

Casting Tapes (4:20) - See Jessica, Taylor and others chat it up on tape as, I guess, this would be an audition to get on the show. A little less formal as the show, but the aspects of drama remains.

Behind the Season Finale with the Cast (2:40) - An OK featurette, but it would’ve better to show the entire MTV special. Throw-away material.

Also included are various previews for other Paramount and MTV products like “The Hills” season one, “Laguna Beach” season one DVD (if you own this one, why wouldn’t you own that?), All You’ve Got DTV DVD, She’s the Man and MTV’s Teen Fiction books.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Unlike season one, the “Laguna Beach” season two set is presented in anamorphic widescreen 1.78 aspect ratio and looks crisp and clear as the beautiful ocean that Laguna overlooks (you may groan at that, if you like).

The only option for sound is Dolby Digital stereo surround, it does come through fine, and I wouldn’t expect much more considering the genre. I do think something a little more powerful would be nice for the plethora of teen angst, “Dawson’s Creek” music that’s used (especially toward the end of each episode).



.::OVERALL::.

Admittedly, “Laguna Beach” is not a great show but I am embarrassed to say that I do find it to be fun for what it is. The dramatic elements are over the top, the characters sometimes are unbelievably vindictive and I enjoyed nearly every minute of it. If you like reality TV or teen dramas, then this is your cup of java, plus you can go in without ever seeing season one.