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CSI: NY - The Complete Second Season

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
7 out of 10
Extras Rating:
7 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Gary Sinise as Detective Mac Taylor
Melina Kanakaredes as Detective Stella Bonasera
Carmine Giovinazzo as Detective Danny Messer
Hill Harper as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes
Eddie Cahill as Detective Don Flack
Vanessa Ferlito as Detective Aiden Burn
Anna Belknap as Detective Lindsay Monroe
Robert Joy as Dr. Sid Hammerback

Special Features:
24 episodes on seven discs

Audio commentaries with David Von Ancken, Bill Zabala, Scott Lautanen, Zachary Reiter, Anthony E. Zuiker, Elizabeth Devine, Duane Clark, Peter M. Lenkov and James Whitmore Jr. on select episodes

"Top of the Heap: The Cast and Crew Look at Season 2" featurette

"Rolling with Jamalot" featurette

"A New Look from the 35th Floor" - CSI NY set tour

"Heroes" featurette

Season 2 Ends with a Bang

Other Info:
Widescreen
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
Spanish 2.0 Surround
Running Time: 17 Hours 19 Minutes

Synopsis:
"CSI: NY - The Complete Second Season" originally aired in 2005-2006. The following is from the DVD cover:

"Perfect for the city that never sleeps, this complete DVD collection includes every shard of brutal evidence, every unsolved murder, and every dangerous secret of 'CSI: NY' Season 2. Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and his forensics team face the shocking loss of one of its members, followed by a provocative new addition to the force, Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap). The stakes get even higher when a Miami serial killer strikes in Manhattan and 'CSI: Miami's' Horatio Caine (David Caruso) joins the riveting manhunt. Start spreading the news: 'CSI: NY' Season 2 is unforgettable."

"CSI: NY" is not rated.

Mini-Review:
"CSI: NY" has several good things going for it compared to the other "CSI" shows. First off, it is fast paced. From the opening moments you're thrown right into the story and it never lets up until the end. That keeps things from ever dragging out unnecessarily. Second, you're able to jump into any individual episode without having seen any other episodes. However, they still manage to give some characters more personality and running storylines through several episodes. This makes them a little less wooden than some of the characters on other "CSI" shows. Finally, the cast is one of the best of the three shows. Gary Sinise is one of my favorite actors and it's always a pleasure to see him in the show, especially supported by a strong cast. This year adds a new face to the mix with Anna Belknap as Detective Lindsay Monroe.

While standing apart from the other "CSI" shows, it still features what makes all of them appealing. You still have bizarre murder cases, flashy special effects, and dramatic cinematography. Each episode looks like a mini-movie and is very stylish. It keeps that "CSI" look and feel while giving it a New York touch. There's also an interesting crossover with "CSI: Miami" and a guest appearance by David Caruso.

If you're a "CSI" fan or if you love murder mysteries, then this is required viewing for you…unless you have a weak stomach.

The bonus features are spread between several discs which makes them a bit tedious to access. However, what's here should make fans happy. "Top of the Heap" discusses Season 2 in general and the changes made from the first season. "Rolling with Jamalot" goes into the making of the "Jamalot" episode and the roller derby action. "A New Look from the 35th Floor" gives a detailed look at the lab set from the show along with the executive producer. "Behind the Scenes - Heroes" isn't a look at the NBC series, but a look at the second to the last episode of the show. It features the return of Vanessa Ferlito as Detective Aiden Burn in a unique cameo related to the running storyline in the show. Finally, "Season 2 Ends with a Bang" covers the season finale and the big explosion featured in it.

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