Las Vegas: Season Two (2004)

Genre(s): Comedy / Crime / Drama / Mystery
Universal || NR - 1030 minutes - $59.98 || September 13, 2005
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2005-09-17


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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

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Gary Scott Thompson (created by)
Cast: James Caan, Josh Duhamel, Nikki Cox, Vanessa Marcil, Molly Sims, Marsha Thomason, James Lesure


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Gag Reel
  • VIP Access Only


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

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

"Las Vegas" is the latest show -- especially in the wake of the success of CBS's "CSI" franchise -- to take place in sin city. This time they mix in some mystery, a good looking cast, recognizable guest stars nearly on each episode, and plenty of cleavage (always a good thing in my humble opinion).

Ed Deline (Caan) is the president of operations at the Montecito Casino where, along with his crack crew including security personnel Danny McCoy (Duhamel) and Mike Cannon (Lesure), casino hostess Sam Marquez (Marcil), along with Mary Connell (Cox), Delinda Deline (Sims) and Nessa Holt (Thomason). So, Deline's crew take on the everyday challenges facing the casino such as murders, kidnappings, and just all around scandal...

Catching only a few episodes during the first season, I never really got into the show for some reason. It has interesting scene transitions (uber quick zoom-ins), fairly simplistic/easy to follow storylines (though there are a few that goes on a deeper level - more later on that), recognizable guest stars and do I have to mention the ladies? Anyways, "Las Vegas" one of the few guilty pleasure shows that I actually can admit to enjoying. For instance, I'm one of the seemingly few holdouts for reality TV (I loathe "Survivor", "The Real World" -- or any other MTV "reality" show).

But I digress, "Las Vegas" is actually a very entertaining show and even through some of eye-rolling moments (actors appearing as themselves, a personal pet peeve of mine) or illogical plot developments/procedural issues (casino personnel allowed onto a crime scene? Indeed), it still remains sharp and fun from episode to episode. Also going for "Vegas" is a good cast headed up by veteran actor James Caan along with rising star Josh Duhamel and all the other beautiful people... Doesn't hurt to watch the likes of Nikki Cox, Vanessa Marcil or Molly Sims every week.

Some of the more interesting episodes include "Have You Ever Seen the Rain", the season premiere, which finds McCoy back from his mission in Iraq and isn't quite the same (for good reason, of course). Other episodes are fun, though others tend to be too simple such as the episode, called "Can You See What I See", where Ed decides to switch everyone's job. Not to say it's a bad episode, more of a pointless one than any of the others.

As far as the "Uncut and Uncensored" goes, aside from a few questionable words networks might stay away from ("nads" could be one of them), I didn't notice anything that was outrageous. Also, there were only (by my count) three episodes that were extended so in total, this is all a marketing gimmick (as many "unrated" versions of some films are).

If you haven't checked it out yet, "Las Vegas" is a very good show worth watching a few times, a show which keeps things interesting and allows you to kick back and relax.

This season features guest appearances including: Sylvestor Stallone, George Hamilton, Alec Baldwin, Jay Mohr, Dean Caine, Dave Foley and Jon Lovitz as well as musical groups The Pussycat Dolls (meow), Duran Duran, The Polyphonic Spree and The Black Eyed Peas.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Universal's TV box sets of late have been disappointing to say the least. Shows like "Monk", "Magnum P.I." and the recently released "House" have very little to offer in terms of special features (thankfully the picture and sound transfers are very good). But what's more disappointing is "Las Vegas: Season One" offers three commentary tracks with creator Garry Scott Thompson and a variety of the cast (Josh Duhamel, Nikki Cox, Molly Sims, Marsha Thomason, Vanessa Marcil), as wells as a couple featurettes... Why oh why did they cut back on season two?

The only feature "Las Vegas" season two has (that even pertains to the show) is a 15-minute gag reel. I usually enjoy most of these reels and this is no different. It's fun to the cast members, whom you've been watching over the span of 20+ episodes, flub their lines or play pranks on each other. This is definately unrated as it contains major vulgarity (the f-word is used in a span of a few minutes). This reel includes both this season and the first season.

The other "feature" is a VIP Access which is merely something you'd see on the Travel Channel or something. A member of the Palms Casino takes us on a tour of the hot spots in the casino including the restaurant and the suite the "Real World" yahoos stayed in (not a fan of that franchise). Dumb, pointless though harmless... I guess.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

The TV box set boasts the standard Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound which in this case is worth using as there are quite a few cameos from musical groups like The Black Eyes Peas and The Pussycat Dolls. The dialogue comes from the center speaker with some background noises spread through the others. The picture looks crisp and, unlike the broadcast, it's is presented in the almighty widescreen format. Like newer films, a TV show on a major network should have good transfers all around, and this one does.



.::OVERALL::.

There are some shows which are downright depressing to watch (even though they might be good) or even too heavy-handed with double-crosses or triple-crosses, "Las Vegas" is simply a good guilty pleasure one can watch on a slow afternoon. Sure, there are the heartaches and the typical "will they or won't they get together" plotlines, but because these actors are so charismatic (even through their annoyances/flaws), it's easy to go along with it.

Despite the lack of features, "Las Vegas" season two is indeed worth buying if you enjoy this type of thing. This is one TV box set I will certainly watch again and again.