NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
When I reviewed season one of NIP/TUCK, I stated the series has a highly addictive quality, which I compared to addictive quality that some celebrities claim for cosmetic surgery. Season two of NIP/TUCK is even more addictive than the first and I would have to put it in the same league as nicotine or even crack cocaine. At the core of this highly addictive show are doctors Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), two of Miami’s best cosmetic surgeons, plying their trade amongst beautiful people, as well as those who want to hold onto to their youth, and those who want to wear their inner beauty on the outside.
Although friends and business partners for years, the personal lives of our two central characters remain wildly divergent. Sean McNamara is a family man, whose marriage rises and falls with the tide, yet he still yearns to do something more with his talents than just sucking the fat out of the asses of rich women and injecting it into other parts of their anatomy. On the other hand, Christian Troy remains single and fairly well devoted to a hedonistic lifestyle, which he can amply afford, thanks to he chosen profession and the clients that pay handsomely for his services. Season two of NIP/TUCK sees both character hitting their forties, with each facing their own personal demons and ever continuing mid-life crisis. During season two, a past indiscretion involving Sean’s wife Julia (Joely Richardson) seems to have ramifications for everyone, while Sean’s son Matt (John Hensley), continues to emulate Christian more and more. Also added to the season two mix is Famke Janssen as Ava Moore, a self styled life coach, whose own personal life could use more than a bit of coaching. The season two cast of NIP/TUCK also includes Jessalyn Gilsig and Roma Maffia.
NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ($60) comes to DVD in a six-disc set that features the following sixteen episodes that were aired in the show’s sophomore year: Erica Noughton, Christian Troy, Manya Mabika, Mrs. Grubman, Joel Gideon, Bobbi Broderick, Naomi Gaines, Agatha Ripp, Rose & Raven Rosenberg, Kimber Henry, Natasha Charles, Julia McNamara, Oona Wentworth, Trudy Nye, Sean McNamara and Joan Rivers. As with season one, the themes explored the second season of NIP/TUCK remain rather adult in nature, plus the show is fairly graphic in its depictions of cosmetic surgery, not to mention that series also features adult language, strong sexual content and some nudity.
Warner Home Video has made all sixteen episodes from NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON available on DVD in a 1.78:1 widescreen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. Like its freshman DVD release, NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON looks very, very good on DVD. In general, the image appears sharp and nicely defined. Colors are warm and well saturated, while the flesh tones are always appealing. Blacks are accurate, whites are clean, plus the series lighting and contrast levels do go beyond the flatten look typically found in the broadcast medium. The film elements from which the episodes are transferred appear clean, although a bit of grain structure creeps in here and there throughout the episodes. Digital compression artifacts are fairly well concealed.
All the episodes that comprise NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON come with Dolby Digital 2.0 channel soundtracks that decode to standard surround. In general NIP/TUCK is pretty much a talky drama, so there is little need for a 5.1 upgrade, as most of the sound remains locked in the forward soundstage anyway. There are occasional directional effects; but the show’s musical component is the only real sonic element to make significant use of the outlying channels. Sound quality seems fine for this type of television production and fidelity is more than respectable on the musical passages. Dialogue is crisp and always understandable. No other language tracks are provided, but English, French and Spanish subtitles have been included.
Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard episode/scene selection and set up features, as well as the supplements that are included with the set. Deleted scenes are scattered throughout the release and are available in the episode menu from which they were deleted. The sole featurette, Recurring Pain: Three Women And Their Man is a nearly nine minute program that examines three of the dysfunctional women in the somewhat dysfunctional life of Dr. Christian Troy.
NIP/TUCK is a positively addictive television series that literally can get under a person’s skin. Presentation-wise, Warner has done usual great job with NIP/TUCK: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD collection, so if you are a fan, this is another must have. Recommended.
reviews are Copyright © 2005 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied
or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.