Nip/Tuck: Season 2 DVD Review
PictureNip/Tuck is presented in a slightly disappointing 1.77:1 aspect ratio anamorphically enhanced widescreen transfer. I say disappointing because - for a drama about perfection that has been filmed to look shiny, clinical and stylish - the transfer needs to be crystal clear and it simply is not. The detail is pretty good but there is some very noticeable edge enhancement that just should not be present on such a recent and polished production. Thankfully it still looks pretty good, with no grain and an excellent colour scheme of rich and vibrant tones reflecting the sun-drenched coastal setting and solid blacks.
SoundThe main track is similarly slightly disappointing - merely a Dolby Digital 2.0 effort. Come on, despite stereo being the norm for TV productions it would be nice to get a little special treatment here. After all, it is not only a drama that is all about looking good, it is also filled with some excellent audio tracks (that are played by the surgeons during their operations) and some innovative score usage, all of which would have sounded superb swamping your living room from all angles. There are so many classic Eighties and Nineties tracks that they stick on the B&O stereo in the clinic that it is simply criminal not to have them presented in all their glory. As TV show presentations go though, this is perfectly acceptable, with decent dialogue representation and a bit of power to the frontal array from the louder events of cars smashed and glass breaking but nothing particularly special to write home about.
ExtrasThere are deleted scenes for ten of the sixteen episodes in this season, totalling over forty minutes of extra footage. These include a few throwaway scenes expanding on the patients from individual episodes, more of Christian's custody battle, the trouble in the aftermath of Julia's revelation, more of the disturbed life(-destruction) coach, Ava and a little more about the serial rapist. All of them are worth briefly glancing over but few should have been kept in.
We also get a single featurette, entitled Recurring Pain: Three Women and Their Men, which spends nine minutes looking at the main loves of Christian Troy. Each of the three women in question are discussed in turn by members of the cast and crew (including the actresses who portray them) and these women are Gina (Jessalyn Gilsig), Kimber (Kelly Carlson - looking just as spectacular off-screen) and, oddly, Mrs. Grubman - a slightly out-of-place addition to this featurette. It is a moderately fluffy extra that is worth a quick look but does not really offer a great deal of extra depth into either the characters or the show itself.
VerdictFor user information we use Bitrate 1.4 to scan the disk for the video bitrate, which also calculates the average bitrate. Below is a graph illustrating the bitrate of the disk, including the average bitrate reading. This disks averaged at 5.55 Mbps.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £37.19
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