Monk: Season Two (2003)

Genre(s): Comedy / Crime / Drama / Mystery
Universal || NR - 671 minutes - $59.98 || January 11, 2005
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2005-01-17


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

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Andy Breckman (created by)
Cast: Tony Shalhoub, Bitty Schram, Ted Levine, Jason Gray-Standford


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Minds Behind "Monk"
  • Disher Character Profile
  • Stottlemeyer Profile
  • Precinct Tours


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I'm a big fan of Monk since it started. Although the show isn't all too mysterious (the crimes aren't hard to solve), but the character of Monk makes it entertaining to watch as he puts togther the clues to solve another crime. Also, the blueprint for each episode rarely changes either, although they do add depth to the character of Monk with him trying to find his wife's killer.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The four disc set only has four features (one per disc). There's nothing else, unfortunately. Like the "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (Season 5) that I reviewed , there are only character profiles which tend to be boring and obvious. Here it's no different.

Now, I did appreciate the quick (only 4:30) history lesson on "Monk", The Minds Behind "Monk". There are interviews with creator Breckman and star/executive producer Shalhoub. Breckman created Monk using the Sherlock Holmes mold with Monk being Sherlock, Sharona Watson, etc.

Discs two and three has character profiles of Disher and Stottlemeyer which lasts around three or four minutes. These mini-featurettes has entire interview with the respective actors, Gray-Standford and Levine who fills us in about their character, the character's aspirations, etc. Who cares? I understand Disher is a doofus, he's good for a different type of comedy relief (versus Monk), but other than that, worthless. I realize that Stottlemeyer tends to be stone cold at times by why? This is filler material.

Lastly, on the fourth disc is a two minute tour by Jason Gray-Standford who walks around the police station, makes some comments, looks through his desk drawers (revealing a line cheat sheet) and sits behind Stottlemeyer's desk and wonders what it would be like for his character to be captain. Whoopi-doo. By far, this is the worst of the bunch.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For the sound of a TV series, leave your surround sound off. I tried using mine and while it sounds fine, I just assum use the regular TV speakers since it's only Dolby 2.0. Now, I was surprised to find that the picture is actually widescreen (more and more shows are being shot that way, I guess), which looks very good. For that alone, I have raised the rating...



.::OVERALL::.

"Monk" is not a DVD you're going to buy for the features, you're buying an entire season because you like the show. Of course, if you haven't seen it yet, I'm sure you'll have plenty of opportunities on the holidays when the USA Network has a Monk-a-thon.