Charmed - The Complete Second Season
Year: 1999 - 2000
Length: 15 hours 54 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: Dolby Digital English Stereo
Special Features: None
Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 USD
The Power of Three continue to charm me in the second season release of Charmed on DVD.
I’m a Charmed newbie. I had only seen two or three disjointed episodes on television until the Season One DVD set came my way. I just had to watch this set all the way through, in order... I’m getting hooked.
The actors have grown into their roles, the storytelling has gotten tighter and more threaded, and the show is just better in season two than it was in season one. While I still find myself comparing the show to one of my all time favorites, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, the show has found a separate and distinct identity for me.
This DVD set contains all 22 episodes from season two, spread over six discs housed in double thinpacks.
Displayed in its native aspect ratio of 1.33:1, Charmed delivers a nice, if only slightly imperfect presentation on DVD.
The set presents us with excellent contrast. Black levels are very good, while maintaining good detail in the shadows. Whites are bright, clean and neutral - and never bloom. Colors are well rendered, with accurate values and saturation.
The episodes could be a bit sharper, but they have an acceptable level of detail for television product. I noticed less in the way of digital noise, aliasing and moire, which I found detrimental in season one.
The Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack offers up excellent frequency response and good channel separation across the front soundstage. The Pro-Logic mode on your Dolby amplifier will produce some ambient sounds in the rear channels, but mostly music reverb. Bass response in the music is nice. For a two channel track, this is good - essentially the same as I heard in season one.
There are none, beyond Paramount’s semi-forced trailers for other Paramount DVD product.
This show is becoming an addiction... and it is well presented in this season two set. If only there were some extras...