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Carnivale: The Complete Second Season
Genre: Drama

Reviewed In Issue 111 (Aug 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Michael J. Anderson, Adrienne Barbeau, Patrick Bauchau, Clancy Brown, Debra Christofferson, Tim DeKay, Clea Duvall, Cynthia Ettinger, John Fleck, Carla Gallo, Toby Huss, Amy Madigan, Nick Stahl, Brian Turk & Ralph Waite

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 5
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Special Features
Disc One includes a Season One recap. There are up-front ads. Audio commentary tracks are found on Disc Three, Episode 6; Disc Five, Episode 9; and Disc Six, Episide 12. Disc Six also includes a 30-minute panel interview with the cast and crew of Carnivale, shot on March 16, 2004 at the Museum Of Television & Radio Festival; a 27-minute Magic And Myth making-of featurette; and four Creating The Scene highlights from the series.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): HBO Video
(Catalog Number): 92659
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $99.98
(DVD Type): Six-Disc Set: DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 636
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2005
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 07/18/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Jeremy Podeswa, Jack Bender, John Patterson, Steve Shill, Tucker Gates. Alan Taylor, Tim Hunter, Rodrigo Garcia, Todd Field, Dan Lerner & Scott Winant
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Ben Hawkins (Stahl) and his cursed blessing are back as the Carniv

DVD Picture:
As with the first season, plenty of brown hues adorn the color palette and provide a complementary setting for the mid-1930s. Hues are complementary to the setting of the story, often appearing understated. Fleshtones are well balanced, and blacks are deep and solid; often warranting a completely blackened viewing environment. For a fantastic reference of the range of light and dark on this DVD, see Episode 9 on Disc Five. Sharpness and details are nicely rendered throughout, while sometimes the picture has a soft appearance. Smearing is occasionally noticed, but rarely much of a distraction. The episodes are not overcrowded on the six discs, so compression anomalies are not a burden. (Suzanne Hodges/Gary Reber)

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