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  • The Real L World: Season Two

    Posted in: Disc Reviews by David Annandale on October 21st, 2011

    Overall
    Film
    Video
    Audio
    Extras
    (out of 5)

    It’s willing suspension of disbelief time, folks, as this reality show chronicles the soap-operatic lives of a group of young lesbians. Cari and Kacy want a baby – will they find the appropriate sperm donor? Romi and Kelsey are are having trouble with their sex life. Whitney is having all sorts of girl trouble, while Sajdah (whose name oddly does not end with “y” or “i”) is seeking her first relationship.

    And on and on and on we go. Can eyes glaze and roll at the same time? You’ll find out before too many minutes of this season have passed. Who the hell is this show aimed at? The flashes of nudity and coupling, not to mention the box cover art and uniformly attractive cast (I’m sorry, subjects) smack of catering to male fantasies, but is that audience going to sit through the oversharing psychodramas? Is anyone? (Apparently, I guess, since this is the second season.) Years ago, there was a moment in House where the titular doctor announces that he’s off to his office “to watch The L Word with the sound off.” I keep thinking of that line in connection with this show. It feels like nothing more than comic fodder for another program’s punchlines.

    Video

    This is not a show designed to deliver eye candy – at least, not as far as the cinematography is concerned. The transfer does well, though, providing a perfectly clear picture with strong, natural colours. The aspect ratio is 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, and what grit there is to be seen on the screen is deliberate.

    Audio

    A little less impressive. The music sounds fine, and the dialogue is clear enough, but there is so little surround, the show might as well be in mono. True, this is not a Michael Bay film, so one shouldn’t expect elaborate sound design, but it’s been a while since I actually heard static emerging from the rear speakers, and that does happen sometimes here.

    Special Features

    Episodes 1 & 2 of The Borgias: Cool. A nice taste of a really good show. Go out and grab that box set instead of this one.

    Final Thoughts

    I simply can’t buy what I’m being sold here. Nor should you.




    Posted In: 1.78:1 Widescreen, Disc Reviews, Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital Mono (Spanish), DVD, Gay/Lesbian, Showtime, Television

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