L.A. Ink: Season 1, Volume 2 (2008)

Genre(s): Drama
Genius Products || NR - 559 minutes - $24.95 || October 21, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-10-22


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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): NA
Cast: Kat Von D


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Non-Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

[Some portions of this review were taken directly from my original review of Season 1, Volume 1.]

The only reason I watched "Miami Ink" was because of Kat Von D (her personality and looks made her very appealing) and when Kat left the show - due to Ami - I instantly stopped watching. To my delight when I heard TLC was bringing her back with her own show in L.A. I was ecstatic.

The second half of the season takes a slightly different approach from the first. We tend to get a bit more drama with some of the artists which adds a bit more realism to the show. Hannah is unsure if she wants to stay in L.A. anymore because she misses her daughter and makes a decision if she will stay or go back home. Corey continues to be the rock of the place watching over it during Kat's brief absence and Pixy... well, she manages to screw just about everything up. A notable addition to this half of the season is Orbi (Alex Orbison), Kat's new boyfriend who helps Kat try to battle her alcohol addiction.

Aside from some of the personal issues we have the artists, this half tends to incorporate some zany ideas like Kat remodeling her store to have a skate ramp included (really?), debating if she should get a breast augmentation, going in for surgery, and eventually firing one of the crew. Itís a bit more interesting then the first half, so if you enjoyed that, you'll love the conclusion!

Each episode features anywhere from three to five different individuals getting tattooed by the artists. All of these people have a reason as to why they are being inked and TLC makes sure to pick the sappiest people they could possible find. While I understand some people get a tattoo because a loved one died or because of a medical reason, the show tends to air way too many of these stories and turns a show that is supposed to be hip and edgy to, well, a show airs on TLC. I typically forget what channel I am tuned into, but some of these stories just go a bit too overboard.

If you're not into tattoo's the show also follows the lives of all the tattooist that work with Kat and each episode has some sort of "theme" to it whether it be Kat considering getting a breast augmentation or dealing with Corey's family life. It's a good mix of drama and documentary-like show.

This set contains the final 13 episodes from Season 1 (hence being Volume 2).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

"L.A. Ink" is packaged in a slimline cardboard outer case that houses another cardboard case that holds each of the 3 discs in small pockets. Not a big fan of these as they can give the DVD scratches over time the more you pull them out (mine were pristine however).

There are no special features in this volume.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The show is presented in widescreen; however it's put inside of the typical 4:3 image so it looks as if the widescreen image is floating in the middle of your TV screen. Much like with the audio, the picture quality is better then what was aired on standard broadcast.

Genius has included a standard English Dolby Digital 2.0 track. While some may scoff that it's not 5.1, considering the show is simply dialog, there is no reason for a 5.1 mix. The track is very effective in doing exactly what it should be doing - providing excellent dialog that surpasses the broadcast version. A small note... for whatever reason, the theme song "Dancing With Myself" by Nouvelle Vague has been removed from the Season 1 DVD set.



.::OVERALL::.

It's hard not to like Kat and her crew; and the show surprisingly enough does have a high re-watchability factor going for it. With picture and audio quality better than the broadcast version it makes this DVD set an easy pickup for fans. If you've never seen an episode before, tune in to TLC as they often air repeats almost daily.