The second season still shows a strong connection to the Robert Altman film, with the movie’s closing credits narration, for instance, still being used, and the first episode still finding it necessary to let us know who the characters are. At the same time, while still following traditional sitcom patterns, the series is also clearly pushing against that envelope.
The soundtrack is the original mono. The sound reproduction is clear and unmuddied, and th…re is no distortion.
The picture, like the sound, is as good as you could expect for a decades-old television series. The print quality is beyond reproach, the grain is minimal, the colours are warm and the contrasts fine. Very nice blacks as well.
The menu is basic, and there are no special features to speak of. There is one nice touch, though, and that is the option of turning off the laugh track, which was always an unnecessary annoyance on this show.
The show, of course, is a known quantity, and the transfer to disc looks and sounds good. Eliminating the laugh track is, however, virtually the only thing that distinguishes this from a solid VHS release.
Special Features List
- Optional laugh track