Customer Review

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful drama, 4 Aug. 2004
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: ER: The Complete Second Season [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
Coming from an incredibly successful and superb season one, the second series of ER had some huge shoes to fill - to its credit, it does it well.
Second series - the "sophomore year" - are renowned for failing to live up to the promise of the first year and by and large ER does not fall into this trap. The camera work continues to push boundaries, being inventive and extremely effective in giving a sense of emergency during the trauma scenes, while also heightening the emotion in the other scenes. The acting again is flawless, not only from the six "regular" actors, but also from the supporting cast and guest stars.
Where the second series differs slightly from the first is that there is a far greater focus on the private lives of the characters. While still playing out the dramas within the hospital set, those dramas do not relate to the patients anywhere near as much. Unfortunately this leads to a much more "soap" feel than the previous year, and combined with sometimes instrusive, overly sentimental music cues, and occasionally uneven writing and characterisation (the see-sawing of Carter's character is a good example) this "soapie-fying" of ER is the major downfall of the series.
The DVD set is good value, with some interesting special features including a blooper-reel and some fairly interesting documentaries. There is also commentary on two episodes which were possibly the two biggest exercises in self-congratulation I have ever listened to. When listening to a commentary I like to hear directors' insights and behind-the-scenes information; these episodes instead spend their time praising the effectiveness of shots, editing and script-writing. That said however, there is the occasional piece of interesting information on these directors' philosophy of film, character and actors that you can manifesting itself in ER.
While not quite up to the standard of season one, this is definitely a series to purchase.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

4.4 out of 5 stars (33 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (26)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:
 (4)
 
 
 
£45.99 £11.67
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Reviewer


Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,233,672