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Modern Family: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Region: A(Region-Locked)
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 528 Mins.
  • Discs: 3 (3 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • Blu-ray Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • List Price: $59.99

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Series
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Series

[Rating:4.5/5]

ABC network’s progressive and  insanely funny series following the misadventures of the three branches of the Pritchet family, Modern Family, continues its funny look into multicultural, metrosexual domestic life in its second season. The family is headed by the patriarch Jay (Ed O’Neil) who has remarried a sexy Columbian woman, Gloria, (Sofia Vergara) much younger than he, with a tween son who is more like a thirty-something banker than a kid. His daughter Claire (Julie Bowen) is married to Phil (Ty Burrell) With two teenaged daughters and a tweener son, while Jay’s son Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) is in a relationship with life partner Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and the two of them have an adoptive Vietnamese baby daughter.

With its odd circumstances, the characters interactions with each other and lots of misunderstandings that make Three’s Company and I Love Lucy look straightforward, Modern Family is another sort of “show about nothing” in the vein of Seinfeld and Arrested Development, only this one is solely focused on the absurdity of the domestic life of real people.

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Modern Family is captured in high definition and it looks it. It arrives on Blu-ray in a clean and crisp progressive 1080p/24 AVC encodement from 20th Century Fox that shows good detail, vibrant colors, and strong contrast. Video noise is minimal, flesh tones are natural, and the image looks far better than any ABC broadcasts.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

While the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack has good clean, natural sounding dialogue with occasional directionality across the front, the surround channels are rather quiet making for a boring mix overall.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3/5]

There are deleted family interview segments, and deleted and extended scenes on each disc in addition to quite a few behind-the-scenes featurettes.

The supplements provided with this release:

  • Deleted Family Interviews (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • “Strangers on a Treadmill” – table read (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Mitch’s Flash Mob (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Imagine Me Naked – Music Video (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Gag Reel (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Modern Family Holidays (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Waiting for Oprah (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • Chatting with Steve Levitan (1.78:1; 1080p/24)
  • At Home with Modern Family (1.78:1; 1080p/24)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

After its second season, this sitcom still shows lots of potential with plenty of room to grow. If Modern Family continues this trend, it may really hit its stride in the third or fourth season. Even so, I found season 2 to be rather enjoyable to watch.

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Purchase Modern Family: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Series
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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