Miami: Vice (1985) - The Complete Second Season

Genre(s): Action / Drama / Thriller
Universal || NR - 1122 minutes - $59.98 || December 20th, 2005
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2005-12-20


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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 &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Anthony Yerkovich (creator)
Cast: Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas, Edward James Olmos, Saundra Santiago, Olivia Brown, Michael Talbott, John Diehl


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    No Features


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Synopsis (from the DVD back cover): In this electrifying Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning second season, Vice cops Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Rico Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) are back in their sleek Ferrari pursuing every ruthless criminal under the relentless Miami sun.

In all honesty, I had never seen a single episode of "Miami Vice" in my life. With the upcoming summer release of the Miami Vice feature film (from the show's executive producer, Michael Mann), I wanted to see why a show that was only on for 5 seasons (1984-1989) was so popular... It didn't take long to figure out why with the two hour season premiere that takes Detectives Crockett and Tubbs to New York, pursuing drug lords and infiltrating a drug ring. What took me by surprise in this episode (called "The Prodigal Son") was that it goes beyond just the undercover work and actually expands on these characters, characters I might add I know nothing about, and yet know enough to keep me interested through not only this episode, but subsequent ones as well.

Beyond "The Prodigal Son", other episodes actually expand on the interesting supporting characters, sometimes leaving the two leads as the supporters for the 45 some-odd minute of the show. In "The Dutch Oven", we find Detective Trudy Joplin in an ethical bind; she's back with an old beau with a drug dealing friend. What's she to do? She can make a huge bust, but in order to do so, she's using a man she might love. "Bushido" has Lt. Martin Castillo remembering the past as an old war buddy, Gretsky (Dean Stockwell), comes back into town with both the CIA and KGB after him. I bring these two episodes to show that the show goes beyond the leads and takes chances. Today, it seems the countless crime shows on (like the CSI spin-offs) play it safe with the characters. Although, in the case of the CSI's, these shows have intriguing plotlines, but any character development is lost. So, I appreciate a show that expands on all its characters and doesn't use them merely as a crutch.

While the other episodes are good, the season premiere is by far the best and is a showcase to why season two garnered many nominations and some wins (including a Globe for Don Johnson).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Sadly, there are no special features included... How about a commentary or two? Maybe some cast interviews? Just a thought.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Unlike other shows of the 80s, "Miami Vice" offers a resounding audio musical mix in Dolby Digital 5.1, presenting the songs of the time clearly through all the speakers. At the end of the season opener, Phil Collin's "Take Me Home", plays like a track on a regular CD. The vocals, however, come straight from the center speaker as does other sounds outside. And I don't mind that as the music is really what many people seem to remember the show for.

The picture is presented in the standard full screen and is fairly clear, save for a few scratches and/or dust particles. I do think it looks better than most shows from 20 years ago that currently rerun on TV Land.



.::OVERALL::.

From what I've seen in this season of "Miami Vice", it's a show that unfortunately only lasted 5 seasons (though I've heard seasons 3 - 5 steadily declined), and although on the surface the stories might get repetitive, the writers continually expanded on these characters.