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NYPD Blue - Season 2


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Originally broadcast in 1994, the second season of NYPD Blue was disrupted by the departure of star David Caruso (Detective John Kelly) after just four episodes, under apparently less than amicable circumstances. He was ably replaced as Detective Sipowicz's partner by Jimmy Smits as the smoother Detective Bobby Simone, and the series managed not to miss a beat.

More streamlined and downbeat than its predecessor, Hill Street Blues (also created by Steven Bochco), NYPD Blue continued second time around to mix near-the-knuckle detective work to foil New York's scummiest with more character- and relationship-based drama. Although it's regrettable that its ethnic minority characters, such as Lieutenant Fancy, are increasingly marginalized here, the series is more comfortable--and even has fun--with regular characters such as the nervy Detective Medavoy and his on-off paramour Donna Abandando. Andy Sipowicz's simmering, tough-nosed recovering alcoholic is increasingly and amusingly put to the test in a number of situations, including: a murder investigation in a gay bar; being sung to at his own wedding by Nic Turturro's Detective Martinez; and a love scene in the shower in which we experience the dubious pleasure of seeing his bare rear.

New female introductions, such as the strong but sympathetic Detective Lesniak, also helped to shake up the series with a much-needed estrogen boost. There's also fun to be had in spotting a number of guest appearances by up-and-coming actors destined to make it in their own right such as Richard Schiff and Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) and Debra Messing (Will & Grace).

The DVD set contains a number of extras, primarily a one-hour documentary in which the cast and crew discuss the series episode by episode, the self-congratulatory mood broken only by some subtle digs at departing star David Caruso (apparently, he walked straight off the set following his final take into a waiting limo without any farewells). There's also a small piece paying tribute to the music of theme-writer Mike Post and an item covering the relationship between Sipowicz and Assistant DA Sylvia Costas, in whose marriage this series culminates. --David Stubbs


Special Features

  • 22 episodes on 6 discs: Trials & Tribulations, For Whom the Skell Rolls, Cop Suey, Dead and Gone, Simone Says, The Final Adjustment, Double Abandando, You Bet Your Life, Don We Now Our Gay Apparel, In the Butt Bob, Vishy-Vashy Vinny, Large Mouth Bass, Travels with Andy, A Murder with Teeth in It, Bombs Away, UnAmerican Graffiti, Dirty Socks, Innuendo, Boxer Rebellion, The Bookie and the Kooky Cookie, The Bank Dick, A.D.A. Sipowicz
  • Featurettes: Season Two: A Season of Change (57 min.), Wedding Bell Blues (7 min.), The Music of Mike Post (7 min.)
  • Script-to-screen comparisons: "Sipowicz Meets Simone," "Sylvia Meets Simone," "Simone and Sipowicz Bond"

Product Details

  • Actors: Jimmy Smits, Dennis Franz, James McDaniel, Nicholas Turturro, Sharon Lawrence
  • Directors: Andy Wolk, Charles Haid, Daniel Sackheim, Dennis Dugan, Donna Deitch
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, Box set, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2003
  • Run Time: 1078 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (666 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YGRR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,482 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "NYPD Blue - Season 2" on IMDb

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By StevenJM VINE VOICE on June 18, 2004
Format: DVD
Recalling the depature of David Caruso, it seemed at the time that NYPD Blue was a lost cause. But just when things looked bleak, along comes Jimmy Smits to put his stamp on the show and help take NYPD Blue to a whole new level.
The turnover is handled superbly (and explained on the commentary for the episode "Simone Says" by David Milch) with Bobby Simone crossing out Kelly's name on the locker and writing in his own while the always excellent Dennis Franz (Andy) complains to the Lieutenant that this just can't possibly work out after one "how ya doin'?"
The entire set is great with the last episodes of John Kelly leading off the season. The set is packaged well and includes a few extras and insightful commentaries.
Why NYPD Blue RIP at the top? Because the idiots at Fox did not make enough money on the release of seasons one and two and appear in no hurry (and probably unlikely) to release any other seasons! Disappointing to say the least. There should be someone to complain to.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ron Gijzen on August 7, 2004
Format: DVD
I found this on "tvshowsondvd.com", dated 7/01/2004:

They often say, "No news is good news," but that's not the case when it comes to DVDs. If a studio has been releasing a show on DVD and then you don't hear anything about a subsequent season, the assumption is that the sets were selling poorly and no further sets are planned. When Fox removed the January 13th listing for season 3 from their consumer site, things were looking grim for the series. We all assumed the worst: that Season 3 wouldn't be released.

Earlier today we got some good news from Fox; they plan on releasing the set, they're just looking for a good time to do so. With the TV-on-DVD schedule becoming crowded, Fox wants to find a release date where the title will get good exposure and sell enough copies so they can continue releasing the series. We don't know when that'll be, but we wanted to bring NYPD Blue fans some good news, since our previous news was rather depressing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nelson on February 13, 2004
Format: DVD
NYPD Blue is one of the best police dramas ever made! What really impresses me is David Caruso is on the first 4 episodes of the 2nd season. It is sad that he left the cast after the 4th episode of season 2, but I found Jimmy Smits to be a very good replacement! The acting is just like real police detectives on this show. This show and "The Shield" are the two best police dramas ever made in my opinion. I highly recommend both of these DVDs if you are a big fan of police shows!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ticked Off on August 25, 2005
Format: DVD
I bought boxed sets one and two for my husband for Christmas last year. It had been a while since either of us had seen the early seasons of this show as they've never been repeated here in the UK since their first run.

We were quickly drawn back into the world of the New York detectives and spent a series of blissful nights enjoying revisiting all the moments we'd half forgotten. The series still holds its own against more recent examples of the genre, and certainly hasn't lost anything in the years since it was first shown. Gritty, poignant, dramatic and with charismatic characters you love and love to hate.

The special features on both sets were impressive - interesting and informative. Although I rapidly got tired of hearing them diss David Caruso, much as he seems to have deserved it with his obnoxious behaviour on set. Some of the interviews overlapped, but that seems to be common on most DVDs out there. For all that, I wasn't disappointed by the features, which is often the case, and found them well worth watching.

Enthralled with these, I blithely went online intending to order season three there and then. And to my dismay found it was nowhere to be found. Had never been released. I confess I don't understand this decision. Were it to be released tomorrow I'd snap it up.

Hopefully the rumours that it might finally be released for this Christmas will be true. It would make my gift buying for hubby so much more simple!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jess Rankin on February 27, 2005
Format: DVD
I just bought Season 1 and 2 on DVD last week! I watched both of them and am wanting more... Where's Season 3, 4, 5...??? Does anyone know if they are planning on releasing the next seasons? I agree with the other post, the show is ending in 2 days. It would be a fitting and ideal time to release the next season. The execs really could have marketed it and advertised it on the final show's commercials.

But, anyways, these two DVD sets (1 & 2) are worth buying!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Evans on January 21, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I got into NYPD Blue thanks to a recommendation from my son. I'm now watching it 15 years late! The first series was brilliant, with Kelly and Sipowiz making an unmatched team. So when Kelly leaves shortly after series two started, I was anticipating the worst. Forget it - new cop Simone is terrific and the second series has just the right balance of gritty New York cop stories, a bit of love interest to keep thinks moving along, characters with real depth and acting of the very highest order. It has also stood the test of time very well. I bought my DVD used from an Amazon recommended supplier for a very low price. It is indistinguishable from new. Sorry I came to the NYPD party late, but it's well worth waiting for. I've already got Series 3.
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