Burn Notice: Season Two (Blu-ray)
Directed by Matt Nix et al
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:11080pAVC codec
Running Time: 690 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 English
Subtitles: SDH, French, Spanish
MSRP: $ 59.99
Release Date: June 16, 2009
Review Date: June 24, 2009
Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) used to be a spy and a very good one. Then, one day he learns he’s been burned by some unknown governmental agency and is now blacklisted from the secret service. Dumped in Miami with no job or references, he must find undercover and black ops work as best he can calling on an ex-girl friend Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar) and a former fellow spy Sam (Bruce Campbell) to assist in a variety of capers to put yogurt in his refrigerator and a roof over his head. Adding to his difficulties as he works his cases and attempts to learn who was behind his unfair dismissal from the service is his interfering mother Madeline (Sharon Gless) who happens to live in Miami and expects her oldest son to drop everything he’s doing whenever she needs to talk.
Season two begins with the mysterious operative Carla (Tricia Helfer) dangling the carrot of information about his burn notice above Michael’s head. But information comes with a price, and Michael must participate in a series of undercover operations for Carla and her associates in order for him to garner the facts of his case. Michael’s work with her and his ongoing attempts to find out about Carla constitute a running storyline that continues from episode to episode straight to the end of the season. Otherwise, each program offers an open-and-shut operation that Michael undertakes as part of his pseudo-private eye occupation. These capers, whether he’s posing as a safe cracker, hitman, playboy, or drug dealer, always feature one of the show’s most charming signature motifs: Michael’s voiceover narration offering a “Spy School for Dummies” running commentary on how to adapt undercover operative methodology to the everyday world.
Michael Westen is a career making role for actor Jeffrey Donovan, and he plays it for all it’s worth. He can be rough or gentle as the part calls for, and he pulls a range of nifty accents out of his dialect drawer that are fit for all occasions. Gabrielle Anwar gets the most out of demur-on-the-surface/tough-as-nails underneath gun happy girl friend Fiona while Bruce Campbell steals most of his scenes as the happy-go-lucky Sam, eager to engage in Michael’s schemes but just as content to kick back with a brew or mojito in hand. Sharon Gless’ perpetually chain-smoking mother is oftentimes more an irritant than an asset with her whining, demanding ways (she spends the season premiere complaining ad nauseum about a burned up coffeemaker), but Seth Peterson makes appealing recurring appearances as Michael’s ne’er-do-well younger brother Nate.
Here are the sixteen episodes from Season Two as contained on the three Blu-ray discs in the set. Names in parentheses refer to the participants in that episode’s running commentary.
1 - Breaking and Entering
2 - Turn and Burn
3 - Trust Me
4 - Comrades
5 - Scatter Point
6 - Bad Blood (Bronwen Hughes, Ben Watkins, Rashad Raisani, Matt Nix, Rob Benedict and Method Man)
7 - Rough Seas
8 - Double Booked (Tim Matheson, Jason Tracey, Craig O’Neill and Matt Nix)
9 - Good Soldier
10 - Do No Harm
11 - Hot Spot
12 - Seek and Destroy
13 - Bad Breaks (a bank robbery with Michael as jinx is my favorite episode of the season)
14 - Truth and Reconciliation
15 - Sins of Omission
16 - Lesser Evil (Matt Nix, Bruce Campbell and Michael Shanks)
In all, there are twelve deleted scenes spread over the three discs with each show containing deleted scenes having its own menu button to screen them. All deleted scenes are in 480i.
“Nixin’ It Up” is the 14-minute behind-the-scenes featurette detailing the production of the episode “Do No Harm” written and directed by series creator Matt Nix. He comments on the seven day shooting schedule, how he directed the actors, what it was like shooting on location in Miami, how he storyboarded the action sequences, and even drops a few hints about what’s upcoming for Season 3. This is in 480i.
There is a longer than usual 10 ¼-minute gag reel that offers a few good chuckles. It’s presented in 480i.
“Boom Notice” is a silly 8 ½-minute satire on the show with the program’s sound team adapting their jobs to the “burned spy” premise of the show. It’s in 480i.
There are 1080p trailers for Pink Panther 2 and 12 Rounds.
Edited by MattH. - 7/1/2009 at 01:06 pm GMT