Monk: Season Two
Starring: Tony Shaloub, Bitty Shram, Ted Lavine, Jason Gray-Stanford

Technical Specs.
Studio: Universal
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 16
Format: Region 1 (US and Canada)   Aspect Ratio: Animorphic Widescreen (1:78:1)
Launguage: English Dolby Digital 2.0 / Closed-captioned
Subtitles: Spanish / French
Total Program Runtime: 671 min.
Mr. Monk and the Show Review
   
    Are you ready for this? That celebrated, obsessive/compulsive sleuth, Mr. Monk, has returned with sixteen more episodes of puzzling murder! Monk's format is a great mix of classic and modern mystery, with all the style of Sherlock Holmes and the quirkiness of Columbo's "How done it" puzzle solving. Add in some Seinfeld worthy wit, and you've got one of the most original, entertaining shows on television! What I enjoy the most about Monk's second season is that it builds upon the foundation set by season one, taking the opportunity to develop main characters that are as complicated as Monk's challenging mysteries are to solve. However, the series never loses sight of what made it a hit. Each episode is filled with an intriguing mix of drama, mystery, humor, and surprisingly heartfelt emotion. How many other detective shows can claim that? Monk is a truly brilliant program for mystery lovers of all ages. Bring on Season Three!
   
   
Mr. Monk and the DVD Review

Menu Screens:

Main Menu Screen: A straighforward design with options for Episode Index, Bonus Materials, Languages, and Play All. Features incidental background music from the show. Each of the four discs have identical menu screen designs.
 
Episode Index: Each disc lists four different episodes. Highlighting and selecting the still frame over an episode's title takes you to that episode's summary menu, with options for Play and Scenes. Each episode is split into four scenes.
 
Bonus Materials: This menu lists the bonus material for each of the four discs, with only the chosen disc's bonus featurette accessible. 

Languages: Features choices for English captions and Spanish or French subtitles.


Special Features: 

Disc One: The Minds Behind Monk - Running time: 4:36
               A quick peek at the inspiration for Monk's character.

Disc Two: Disher (Jason Gray-Stanford) Character Profile - Running time: 3:05
                Jason Gray-Stanford discusses his character's personality and motivations.

Disc Three: Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) Character Profile - Running time: 4:37
                 Ted Levine discusses his character and wears a funny cap.

Disc Four: Precinct Tours With Jason Gray-Stanford - Running time: 2:12
                A short, uneventful tour of the police precinct set. "Look, here's my desk!"
 

A.J.'s Summation:
    
Okay, all together now... Bonus Materials??? The complete bonus materials add up to only 14 minutes and 30 seconds of featurette style sub-content. There must be more material out there that would not have deprived future Monk DVD releases of bonus features. How about a Season Two blooper reel? Come on, Universal. Throw us a bone, here! And those running times... what ever happened to round numbers? Anyway, unlike someone I could name, I won't obsess about it further.

As for the rest of the package, despite the slim bonus features, Monk: Season Two is a "must have" for fans of the show. In fact, come to think of it, Monk is so good that it doesn't actually need any bonus features. Hey, Universal! Why all the unnecessary bonus features? Let the show speak for itself!
A.J.'s DVD Rating: 3 Compulsive Stars
Review published
January 25, 2005
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