“Dallas”: The Complete Second Season is another solid year of great drama and some fantastic acting most notably from the late great Larry Hagman who unfortunately only had a few episodes before his passing. The DVD released by Warner Brothers has some good bonus material and the audio/video transfers are both well done.
“Dallas”: The Complete Second Season
Warner Bros. | NR – 636 min. – $39.98 | February 11, 2014
Season Overview: J.R. Ewing (LARRY HAGMAN), one of the most iconic television villains of all time, takes his last breath under very suspicious circumstances, but not before stirring up a season’s worth of Texas-size trouble. J.R. deviously guides his son, John Ross (JOSH HENDERSON), in stealing the family business from Christopher (JESSE METCALFE) and Bobby (PATRICK DUFFY), while the ladies take their own sides. Sue Ellen (LINDA GRAY) runs for governor, Ann (BRENDA STRONG) takes aim at her ex, Harris (MITCH PILEGGI), and Pamela (JULIE GONZALO) and Elena (JORDANA BREWSTER) prove that being beautiful and fighting dirty sometimes go hand in hand. Plus, Elena’s brother, Drew (KUNO BECKER), and Ann’s long-lost daughter, Emma (EMMA BELL), add their own agendas to life at Southfork. Even though J.R. and his Stetson are laid to rest, he’s still calling the shots, bequeathing a legacy he calls his “masterpiece,” which leaves the normally unshakable Ewing family in shock.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5
The 4-disc set is contained in a standard DVD case and comes with a side-sliding matted slip cover. Inside is an episode guide.
“Dallas”: Fashion File 201 (2:54) is an interview conducted by Jordana Brewster with the costume designer discussing the wardrobe, including Brewster’s bikini, and accessories for the second season.
“Dallas”: Fashion File 202 & 203 (2:36) is more of the same but more on the shoes and dresses.
Deleted Scenes (12:56) – ‘Battle Lines’, ‘Venomous Creatures’, ‘Sins of the Father’ and ‘False Confessions’
Extended Cut of ‘J.R.’s Master Piece’ (51:27) – This is a longer version of the goodbye episode to the J.R. Ewing character and his mysterious death (as actor Larry Hagman passed not long before). This cut also includes a commentary with writer/producer Cynthia Cidre and Episode Director/Executive Producer Michael Robin.
“Dallas”: Fashion File 204-206 (2:51) finds the costume designer showing some of the wardrobe for upcoming episodes to Brewster.
Deleted Scenes (8:26) – ‘Trial and Error’, ‘Blame Game’ and ‘The Furious and the Fast’
“Dallas” at Paley Fest 2013 (30:04) has the cast onstage discussing the second season and their characters.
“Dallas”: Fashion File 207-209 (3:04) is Jordana Brewster back with the costume designer going through more pieces of wardrobe choices.
Deleted Scenes (7:28) – ‘Ewings Unite!’ and ‘Let Me In’
The Battle for Ewing Energies: Blood is Thicker Than Oil (11:42) goes over the complicated family matters and conflicts within the Ewing’s and how they often have the same goals especially after J.R.’s death.
Memories of Larry Hagman: A Cast and Crew Tribute (9:41) looks at the life of Hagman, spanning 30+ years between the two series, what he brought to his fellow cast mates.
One Last Conversation with Larry Hagman (7:02) is the final interview conducted with the veteran actor.
“Dallas”: Fashion File 210-215 (4:12) is some more behind-the-scenes concerning the costume designs.
“Dallas”: Fashion File Overview (4:00) is an all around coverage of the costumes with the designer as she talks about the wardrobe in season two.
Deleted Scenes (3:48) – ‘Guilt by Association’ and ‘Legacies’
VIDEO – 4.0/5
“Dallas” rides in on DVD presented in its original television 1.78 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio and like most modern series it looks really good with bright colors and minimal amount of the normal pixilation for standard def.
AUDIO – 4.25/5
The Dolby Digital 5.1 track offers up nice audio for the famous theme music which encompasses the surrounds while dialogue is relegated to the center channel and ambient noises for the rear channels.
OVERALL – 4.0/5
Overall, “Dallas”: The Complete Second Season is another solid year of great drama and some fantastic acting most notably from the late great Larry Hagman who unfortunately only had a few episodes before his passing. The DVD released by Warner Brothers has some good bonus material and the audio/video transfers are both well done.