Releases - DVD - The Complete Second Season

Release Information
Studio: Warner Home Video
Announce Date: 5/24/06
Street Date: 9/12/06 (Changed from 9/26 and 9/19)
Closed Captioning: Yes
MSRP: $19.98
Packaging Type: Amaray Case
Disc Configuration: 1) 9-Dual Layer 2) 9-Dual Layer
Run Time: N/A
Contains the episodes: How Long Is Forever, Every Dog Has His Day, Terra, Only Human, Fear Itself, Date With Destiny, Transformation, Titan Rising, Winner Take All, Betrayal, Fractured, Aftershock, Part I, Aftershock, Part II
English, Francais, Espanol

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio - 1.33, Standard [4:3 Transfer]

Sound Quality:
English, French, Spanish

Special Features

Catching Up with...Teen Titans - Get The back story on your favorite group of teenaged super heroes and check out what friends, foes, and fights they have had in Season Two.

Synopsis: Dangerous enemy or lifelong friend? That's the question of Season 2 when Terra, a free-spirited teen with awesome earth-manipulating powers, rolls into town. As a skilled fighter, she makes a powerful addition to the Titans' fight against crime, and as a fun-loving, no-holds-barred hero, she jives instantly with their team chemistry. But the Titans aren't the only ones interested in recruiting the new girl. Robin's archnemesis Slade is on the prowl for an apprentice, and the combination of Terra's volatile powers and personal vulnerability make her a perfect target for his twisted plans. Trusting this newcomer could prove to be a fatal mistake for the Teen Titans! Throughout 13 action-packed adventures from the hit TV series (and Bombastic Bonuses too), this Deluxe 2-Disc Edition is earth-shattering entertainment!

Review: Teen Titans returns for a second season drop on DVD and unlike the previous season, the latter half of this season was not previously available on DVD. With these six new episodes, we get our first DVD look at the final episodes featuring fan-favorite Terra and my personal favorite episode of Teen Titans ever, “Fractured.” And yes, before you have to ask, “Fractured” contains the original intro with Larry singing over it.

The second season of Teen Titans is just a tad bit better than the first season and easily trumps the seasons that came after it. The Terra arc, while predictable, is just as engaging as the Slade/Robin arc from season one, despite being nearly identical. As many fans will attest (and still worship), the Beast Boy / Terra story arc was also touching and generated a lot of positive fan response. You really can’t go wrong with this season and any fan of action cartoons will be in love with the gorgeous colors, visuals and superb fight choreography that this season offers.

Presented in a standard amaray case, the set matches the first season perfectly in terms of appearance. Fun packaging, great disc art and an insert featuring the contents of each disc on each side; menu’s are not animated and feature the shows theme over the main menu.

Video and audio on this release matches the last set as well; audio is nice and strong as expected, but the video does show a lot of compression and a fair amount of interlacing throughout the disc. The compression is nothing new in a show of this style; the backgrounds are detailed and allow for a lot of places for compression to pop up in. The interlacing is all too common in cartoons, so I can’t really dock any points off of this release for the general video errors that we’ve come to expect.

One of the first disappointments of the release is, again, the lack of chapter stops. They really aren’t all that difficult to add in given enough lead time and it’s something I know a lot of people would appreciate. I can only hope that future releases will contain chapter stops of some kind.

Finally, those who were expecting a repeat of the first seasons superb array of special features (especially for a DC Kids release)…well, you’ll be very, very disappointed. The only special feature (sans trailers) on this release is a re-cap of the first and second seasons; this is not, however, what it was initially sounding like. Instead of the creator/cast interviews I had expected, we instead get nothing more than a clip show featuring the episode titles in the bottom left hand corner. Not only is the clip show useless, it’s also completely out of order, making it a rather disjointed refresher of the first season. On top of that, for whatever reason, we’re given a clip show of season two at the end as well, despite having just watched the second season…

And that’s all there is to this release; as with all TV shows on DVD you buy, you buy it first and foremost for the show itself and that is pretty much all you’re going to get from this set. Those expecting more will be disappointed, but those who don’t buy the sets for the bonus features will have no qualms with the set. Here’s to hoping for more from these sets in the future…although with the team disbanded, it will be harder to get a hold of the cast and crew.