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Although the WWII era episodes from the season one of WONDER WOMAN will always be my favorites, moving the show to the (then contemporary) 1970’s also allowed for a lot of fun adventures for the Amazonian Princess turned superhero. Still captivated by how good Lynda Carter looked in her Wonder Woman costume, I tuned into the show week after week, just imagining that she would by tying me up with her magic lasso… In its new 1970’s setting, WONDER WOMAN jettisoned most of its first season cast, except for Lyle Waggoner who returned as Steve Trevor Jr., the son of his first season character. In this new format, we find that instead of assisting the military in the guise of Diana Prince, the 70’s made both Steve and Diana government agents, which allowed Wonder Woman to appear wherever she was most needed.
WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ($40) comes to DVD in a four-disc set that features The Return Of Wonder Woman feature length movie, plus the following twenty one episodes that were aired in the show’s sophomore year: The Return Of Wonder Woman, Anschluss '77, The Man Who Could Move The World, The Bermuda Triangle Crisis, Knockout, The Pied Piper, The Queen And The Thief, I Do, I Do, The Man Who Made Volcanoes, Mind Stealers From Outer Space Part 1, Mind Stealers From Outer Space Part 2, The Deadly Toys, Light-Fingered Lady, Screaming Javelin, Diana's Disappearing Act, Death In Disguise, I.R.A.C. Is Missing, Flight To Oblivion, Seance Of Terror, The Man Who Wouldn't Tell, The Girl From Islandia and The Murderous Missile.
Warner Home Video has made WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON available on DVD in the proper 4:3 full screen aspect ratios of their original television broadcasts. For a television series reaching its thirtieth anniversary, WONDER WOMAN looks pretty darn good on DVD. The image appears fairly sharp and rather nicely defined. Colors have some modest variations, but are generally rather appealing and Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman costume comes across vibrantly. Blacks are accurate, whites are clean and contrast is fine for a television caliber production. The film elements appear to be in great shape for their age, with few markings. However, film grain remains noticeable much of the time. Digital compression artifacts are never a bother.
All of the episodes that constitute WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON feature respectable Dolby Digital monaural soundtracks. Most of the background hiss and other audible anomalies have been cleaned up in the mastering process, leaving the episodes with a generally smooth sonic quality. Fidelity has all the expected limitations, so the music comes across somewhat thinly and some of the sound effects sound canned. Of course, the sound designers never anticipated that this show would someday be viewed on expensive home theater systems with high fidelity speakers. Voices are cleanly reproduced and the dialogue maintains complete intelligibility. No other language tracks are provided, but English, French and Spanish subtitles have been included.
Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene/episode selection and set up features, as well as one rather nice extra. Revolutionizing a Classic: From Comic Book to Television features actress Lynda Carter and members of the comic book industry, in an eleven-minute program that fondly looks back at the show and how the comic book was adapted to television.
WONDER WOMAN: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON provides a whole box of eye candy and comic book fun. If you are a fan, this set is really worth checking out. Recommended.
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