There is a smattering of grain about the image but this is nothing at all distracting. Some exterior shots exhibit glaring and shots of the outsides of buildings can suffer from hazing and occasionally bright shimmering. Edge-enhancement makes itself apparent, though again, I did not find this at all distracting, even on a large screen. Detail is fairly well captured - the reflections on Grasso's glasses, for example - and the image is consistently stable throughout the entire season, with all episodes passing muster and none falling below standards that I noticed.
Overall, this is a nice, crisp and warm transfer that is very pleasing to view. Better than the first season, to be sure.
The survivors of the show explain the snowballing effect of bad scheduling (going head to head with Friends didn't help), diminishing ratings and the low-attention span of the American viewing public - despite the change of format from one huge case to three smaller ones - for Murder One's cruel denouement. They are wistfully pragmatic about the sad inevitability of the outcome and this comes across convincingly - very little in the way of the standard pap here, folks. There's a nice mention to show-stealer Pruitt Taylor Vince too, from all concerned. There are a lot of clips from the show playing throughout the featurette, but they often have the contributors talking over them with fact, trivia and anecdote, so you don't get the feeling that the mini-doc has been merely padded out. Which is nice.
So, despite the brief running time, I feel that this is a bonus definitely worthy of your time. Just a shame that there couldn't be a bit more in the way of extras. Or another entire season of Murder One, for that matter.
Murder One was a great show. We'd all seen legal dramas before, with all the last-minute evidence, knife-edge verdicts and convoluted character-play given due process and their appropriate day in court, but Bochco's revolutionary storytelling enabled us to become more immediately embroiled within each and every case. As with the first season, the writing is brilliant, the acting terrifically assured right across the board and, more importantly perhaps, the moral conundrums given a sly tweak that allows vast swathes of murk and intrigue to convincingly play out within the drama, clouding the integrity of one and all. Still a bold move, folks. Anthony LaPaglia is tremendous. He had a hard act to follow, but he sure managed to stamp his own claim on the proceedings with style and presence. A true shame that Murder One, itself, was sent down after this second run. But, at least, you can savour it here on DVD.
Fox' s release has a pretty decent performance, AV-wise, although it is woefully lacking with regards to extra features. The featurette is good but, on its own, it amounts to little more than being a post-script to a show that has long since died. But, as with the pioneer season, it's the show that comes first, therefore I have no hesitation in recommending Season 2 wholeheartedly.
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