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Good, but not as good as the televised original
on March 10, 2005
I was glad to get my DVD set of the second season (I bought the first season when it came out in October), but I noticed that some of the remastering was done very poorly.
I didn't notice the music changes, although the final episode where "School's Out," featuring the cast playing the instruments and singing the vocals, which is supposed to play in the closing credits isn't there. I think they couldn't secure the music rights for it (stupid music industry -- don't they realize this is a profit stream for them?). Miami Vice and In Living Colors had similar problems with their DVD editions.
I would like to see Johnny Depp do an interview (although I know he hated the show and has spoken out against it) or Peter DeLuise do an interview (Holly Robinson Peete, Steven Williams, Dustin Nguyen, and Stephen J. Cannell did interviews on the season one DVD set). Perhaps Patrick Hasburgh or Steve Beers (the co-creator and executive producer, respectively) or Kim Manners (who directed lots of episodes) could give interviews.
It was great to see Brad Pitt (who is a superstar today and did many notable films, including Thelma & Louise and Fight Club), Pauley Shore (who went on to do comedy films and was an MTV VJ at one point), and Christina Applegate (who went on to her own FOX-TV show, Married With Children, as the infamous Kelly Bundy) before they made it big in their respective projects.
The acting was done well and I am told that the first two seasons are the best. The third and fourth seasons, the plots falter because Patrick Hasburgh (a co-creator) left the show (some say in a political dispute with the Fox Network) and from that point on, Johnny Depp became more disenchanted with the show veering away from social justice issues to become a showcase for pretty faces.