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I love police procedurals- they are my favorite type of television programming. As there are so many police procedurals currently airing, it is difficult for them to differentiate themselves. As I stated elsewhere, with so many police procedurals currently in production, each show needs a gimmick to make it unique- and stand out from the rest of the pack. BONES strips away the flesh and blood of a crime, and places the investigation firmly in the hands of forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel). Given the unfortunate, but appropriate, nickname of "Bones," our forensic anthropologist works out of Washington’s Jeffersonian Institute on difficult cases brought to her by the FBI, where she and her team reconstruct crimes from the human remains that are literally little more that bones. For these difficult cases, Dr. Brennan is (for the lack of a better term) partnered with Special Agent Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz), that is, when the investigation requires her to deal with the living. Other members of Dr. Brennan’s forensics team include Angela Montenegro (Michaela Conlin), who specializes forensic facial reconstruction, Dr. Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne) the resident entomologist and Zach Addy (Eric Millegan), who starts out as Dr. Brennan’s assistant, but achieves his doctorate during the course of the second season. Season two of BONES introduces the character of Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor), Dr. Brennan’s new boss, with whom, she doesn’t always see eye to eye.

BONES: SEASON TWO ($60) comes to DVD in a six-disc set that features the following twenty-one episodes that were aired in the show’s sophomore year: The Titan On The Tracks, Mother And Child In The Bay, The Boy In The Shroud, The Blonde In The Game, The Truth In The Lye, The Girl In Suite 2103, The Girl With The Curl, The Woman In The Sand, Aliens In A Spaceship, The Headless Witch In The Woods, Judas On A Pole, The Man In The Cell, The Girl In The Gator, The Man In The Mansion, The Bodies In The Book, The Boneless Bride In The River, The Priest In The Churchyard, The Killer In The Concrete, Spaceman In A Crater, The Glowing Bones In The Old Stone House and Stargazer In A Puddle.

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment has made all twenty-one episodes that comprise BONES: SEASON TWO available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. The episodes look great on DVD, easily besting a SD broadcast, but still coming up a little shy of HD. For the most part, everything appears crisp and the picture delivers a solid television production level of detail. Colors are well saturated, plus one will find the flesh tones to be appealing. Blacks appear accurate, and the whites are completely stable. Contrast goes slightly beyond your average television production, plus the dark scenes produce more than respectable shadow detail. Additionally, the dark scenes can appear grainy, but the episodes generally appear very clean and free from blemishes. Digital compression artifacts keep a low profile.

All the episodes that comprise BONES: SEASON TWO come with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. The sound design for the episodes is crisp and precise, thanks to the 5.1 encoding, which allows for placement of active effects during key moments. However, since BONES is a talky crime drama, the sound is confined to the forward soundstage much of the time- the center channel to be more precise. Ambient sounds and musical fill comprise most of what one will hear in the outlying channels, except for the afore mentioned key moments. Fidelity is very good for a television production; the music sounds great, especially the theme by The Crystal Method. Dialogue is crisp and always easy to understand. A Spanish language track has also been included on the DVD, along with English, French and Spanish subtitles.

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 some supplemental materials. Running Audio Commentaries have been included on the following episodes: The Glowing Bones In The Old Stone House and Stargazer In A Puddle. Deleted Scenes with optional commentary are provided for Mother And Child In The Bay, The Girl In Suite 2103, The Headless Witch In The Woods, The Man In The Cell, The Girl In The Gator, The Boneless Bride In The River, The Priest In The Churchyard and The Killer In The Concrete. Featurettes include The Memories In The Season (sixteen minutes, cast & crew favorite moments) and Visceral Effects: The Digital Illusions of Bones (thirteen minutes, special effects). A Gag Reel closes out the extras.

BONES is an enjoyable police procedural (with its own effective gimmick) that is set to enter its third season. Fox’s DVD collection looks and sounds great. If you are a fan, you won’t have a bone to pick with Fox over the quality of the presentations. Recommended.



Bones - The Complete Second Season



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