Weeds: Season Two

Featured In Issue 123, September 2007

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Craig Zisk, Bryan Gordon, Lev L. Spiro, Tucker Gates, Chris Long & Christopher Misiano
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Sometimes what appears is not always what is. And this is certainly the case with Nancy Botwin (Parker), a seemingly normal widowed mom living in the cookie-cutter suburbia of Agrestic. But instead of being, let's say, a secretary or florist, she is the neighborhood pot dealer. And her life is further complicated when she realizes her new boyfriend is a DEA agent. Hmmm... Well, one thing for sure, she is the one to call if you're in need of some homemade brownies. (Jack Kelley)

Special features on Disc One include commentaries on three episodes ("Corn Snake," "Cooking With Jesus," and "AKA The Plant"), three trivia tracks ("Last Tango In Agrestic," "Mrs. Botwin's Neighborhood," and "Crush Girl Love Panic"), an MILF gag reel, a ten-minute Conrad's Grow Room featurette, Huskeroos Commercials available in English or Spanish, the top five Cream Of The Crop weed choices featurette (five minutes), and the trailer. On Disc Two, you will find commentaries on four episodes ("MILF Money," "Bash," "Yeah. Like Tomatoes," and "Pittsburgh"), three trivia tracks ("Must Find Toes," "Mile Deep And A Foot Wide," and "Yeah. Like Tomatoes"), the Jammin' Nation musical performance, an A thru Z weed terminology segment (Slangin' 101), the four-part Little Boxes Montages, and a visually informative Tools Of The Trade in five-and-a-half minutes.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD is generally soft with poorly defined fine details. Colors often look plugged-up and undefined and shadow delineation is undeveloped. Colors also tend to bleed, giving images a blurry halo. The H.264 AVC-encoded Blu-ray Disc can look very good, with well-balanced contrast, solid black levels, and vibrant colors. Details are not as crisp as on the best high-definition releases though, and can often look downright soft. Fleshtones look slightly pink as well. It does look significantly better than the DVD. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is typical of a television series, with a heavy use of the front three screen channels, with very little phantom imaging around the room. Dialogue sounds spatially coherent, but it is not as articulate as the better releases. The Blu-ray Disc includes an uncompressed 7.1-channel linear PCM and a 5.1-channel Dolby Digital Surround EX™ encoding. The uncompressed encoding doesn't add much over the Dolby encoding, although dialogue does sound slightly more refined. The mix still heavily favors the front three screen channels. (Danny Richelieu)