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In Living Color - Season 2

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Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Keenen Ivory Wayans. It's hard to count how many stars got their start on In Living Color , but this second season collection boasts quite a few-Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Damon Wayans and many more. 26 episodes on 4 DVDs. 1991-92/color/5 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

To label In Living Color "the black SNL" is to not give this groundbreaking sketch comedy its props. Like its late-night counterpart, In Living Color pushed the envelope with sketches that remain in questionable taste ("Fashion Tampons"). It also presented its share of TV show, movie, and commercial parodies. But its racially charged humor that tackled race relations and subverted cultural stereotypes was something 1990 TV viewers were not used to seeing, especially in prime time. Among the most potent sketches featured series creator Keenen Ivory Wayans and brother Damon as the Brothers Brothers, two oblivious Toms who, in one sketch, act as spokespersons for the Arizona Tourism Commission in the wake of that state's controversial decision not to recognize Martin Luther King's birthday. In another, they are allowed to join an exclusive, all-white country club after proclaiming themselves to be followers of "Jesse" (Helms, not Jackson, about whom they profess to have never heard). Flunking all standards of political correctness is Damon's Handi-Man, the world's first handicapped superhero. "James" Carrey's skeletal Fire Marshall Bill and Damon's the Head Detective join the show's stable of breakout characters (Homey D. Clown, Vera De Milo, the flamboyant Men on Film, and homeless man, Anton). Kim Wayans's Grace Jones and Kelly Coffield's Andrea Dice Clay also make welcome returns. Other memorable characters include David Alan Grier's tell-it-too-much-like-it-is blues singer Calhoun Tubbs, and Coffield's Velma Mulholland, a nifty bit of pre-Pleasantville special-effects wizardry in which Damon's blind date turns out to be a quintessential dame right out of a black-and-white 1940s movie.

Episode 26, a "best of" compilation, serves as a representative introduction to the series and season. A bonus "Appreciating In Living Color" segment on disc 4 puts the series in cultural context. Unlike another Fox network sketch-comedy series, Mad TV, In Living Color has been lamentably missing in action on the syndication circuit, so for those who have never been "Colored," and especially for fans of current critics' darling The Chappelle Show, these 26 bracing episodes will be a revelation. Plus, it's fun to watch force of nature Carrey come into his own, and even try out a few moves that would bring him fame and fortune in his own feature films (in episode 18, he mutters the immortal, "All righty then"). --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park, Tommy Davidson, David Alan Grier
  • Directors: Matt Wickline, Paul Miller
  • Writers: Damon Wayans, Adam Small, Barry Douglas, Becky Hartman Edwards, Buddy Sheffield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 587 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002PYTD2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,280 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In Living Color - Season 2" on IMDb

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131 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Michael Stouffer on October 19, 2004
This release should be titled, "In Living Color: Season 2 (Edited and Modified for Your Viewing Displeasure)". The cheapos at FOX apparently didn't want to pay for certain music rights involved in the skits so they either replaced the music or cut the skit all together (as is the case with The Jim Carrey Vanilla Ice skit). What an underhanded move by Fox. I consider this false advertising. It's not Season 2. It's MOST of Season 2, MODIFIED. I LOVE "IN LIVING COLOR". This review is based on this DVD RELEASE ONLY. I am very disappointed and would advise others to avoid purchasing. Maybe FOX will get the message and do a re-release, but don't hold your breath. I've really lost respect for Fox and its Home Entertainment Division. They could have, at the very least, acknowledged the modifications on the DVD packaging.
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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Twiddles42 VINE VOICE on January 8, 2005
I will NEVER buy ILC season 2. Not until Fox re-releases it, unedited. (and maybe gives a coupon for those who had bought it.)

Anybody who's kept up on my reviews, for better or worse, would know that I find nothing worse than editing - especially when they don't bother to say on the packaging. Television is supposed to be art. To chop it up and remove pieces, regardless of excuse, is no better than me going to the Louvre to paint over the Mona Lisa's nose with pea green paint or, worse, an advertisement for Tootsie Rolls in the nostrils.

I'm hoping season 3 will be full and unedited.

It's a shame; the show itself was not only funny at the time; it's held MUCH of its humor that many skit or sitcom shows have managed to lose over time. That is extremely rare, to say the least.

In Living Color is special. A cultural influence, no less, as it remains as fresh today as it did in 1990 (unlike many other skit shows...). To neuter it by replacing music soundtracks (while not updating the end credits either) and removing entire skits (namely the Vanilla Ice parody for no apparent reason) crosses the line. Particularly when, as said by others, no word of the atrocity had been mentioned on the packaging!

Now if this set was $20, then I would buy it. But not for $40.

One other note, I want to send a gigantic note of thanks to, for being an invaluable service. In terms of both price and especially with allowing consumer reviews, I turn to first to find out what users have to say about new releases.
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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful By KS on December 26, 2004
I'm sorry but this is not a true representation of the show in 1991. The editing company RUINED it. The original songs from the dances were not the same and have missing skits.
Now that TV on DVD is all the rage these days we don't deserve to pay a lot of money to have these sets so poorly altered.
Anyone wanting to buy the set to have a reminder of how it really was when it originally aired will be disappointed.
I want a refund!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Karl D. Spoolman on October 10, 2004
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This was a great show when it was on TV!!! Why did FOX have to edit it??? I loved the end of Anton's army skit and also miss Jim Carey's Vanilla Ice impression. RELEASE the series UNEDITED!!!!!!! It would absolutely get 5 stars without the editing. At least explain to us why some of the material is changed and WARN us before we buy it!!!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By DGNR8Whammy on October 2, 2004
True fans of In Living Color will notice some differences between this season of episodes as compared to season one and the broadcast run of this series, either on Fox or reruns on FX.

One of the positives of this season is that all of these episodes are as they were when they first aired on Fox, meaning all the sketches are not like the reruns on FX when they cut and butchered the episodes and had all sorts of sketches from all five seasons of the show. The best thing about this is that there is some material that hasn't been seen since it originally aired on Fox.

One of the most serious downfalls of this season is that the most of the original music bumpers have been removed and replaced with generic music. I am surprised that they didn't edit out the special musical guests at the end of the shows. I understand that they would have to pay for the music rights, but this is just sad. They also manupliated the credits of each show, and it is VERY noticeable.

One other downside is that some of the sketches have been altered. 95% are still in tact, but in two instances I have seen where they have been altered. One of the sketches being one where Anton Jackson goes to join the Army. The end of the sketch was cut where he started to sing his version of the "Be All You Can Be" Army song. One other instance involves a jailhouse call with Oswald. It was supposed to be a commerical for AT&T, but they edited over the original music with some more "upbeat" kind of song.

Diehard fans should like this classic collection of episodes, but these suddle changes and alterations are enough to make some upset.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By 80sbaby on November 26, 2005
This dvd was art! Before viewing this, I thought I would never see In Livin COlor again! Altohugh this season lost Kim Coles, Jaime Fox did not join yet, and they omitted some skits like Vanilla Ice parody, it has so many heavy weights:

1. Men On Film ("Two snaps, a twist and a kiss! Stop, can't touch this" - lol)

2. All the Frenchie's ("I'm slick, I'm hip, and all the woman love my ____, gotcha!!")


4. All the Homey The Clowns especially Homey Meets Sally ("White Girl's Off Beat" - after the homey love song)

5. The Snack 'N Shack with the orthodontists("Don't make mama have to spank you!")

6. Lil' Miss Trouble and Parnell

7. Caulhoun Tubbs funeral home ("Fatback had no life insurance. You gonna loose the house and car. - aaahaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! thank you")

8. The skit with the gay choregrapher at the football field ("I'm gonna be your mother, father, sister and your brother")

9. Miss Black USA ("I'm a woman, all woman!")

10. The sexy fly girls, especially the fine Lisa.

11. Cephus & Reesie (one of the funniest Ashford and Simpson like skits. I really loved the Last Request skit of C&R)

12. Fire Marshall Bill (he got funnier on season 3)

13. That poor actress that taught that class ("OUTTA MY WAY, BITCH!!")

14. I Love Laquita with Billy Dee Williams (Williams tried so hard to dance in the closing credits, but the old guy just did push ups)

15. Handi Man sketches

16. Homeboy Shoppin' Network ("I'm bout to go crazy!! Don't do that homeboy!!
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