Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wahlburgers: The Complete Second Season DVD Review

Reviewed by Allie Schembra
Bring home the Emmy-nominated program when A&E®’s hit series, Wahlburgers: The Complete Second Season arrives on DVD February 17th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Go behind the scenes of one of Boston’s most well-known families with brothers Mark Wahlberg (The Gambler), Donnie Wahlberg (TV’s “Blue Bloods”), Paul Wahlberg, their mother, Alma Wahlberg and family friend Johnny “Drama” Alves. The Wahlburgers: The Complete Second Season DVD includes never-before-seen-on-TV bonus footage and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Show (4 out of 5 stars)
The Wahlberg family is back and more hilarious than last season.  From Donnie on tour with the New Kids to Mark being a movie star to Paul running two restaurants, the family gets through life with humor, love and a deep connection.  This season the viewer is introduced to more siblings, some of the kids and extended members of the family.

While Donnie is juggling touring with the New Kids on the Block (which, admittedly, I loved seeing, since the New Kids were my favorite as a preteen), he’s also dealing with his mother, Alma, his brothers, and his fiancĂ©e, Jenny McCarthy.  Mark, who is based in Los Angeles, helps his family from across the country, takes Nacho and Johnny Drama on his movie’s world premiere in Asia.  Paul is running two restaurants, being a dad, running interference between Alma and the customers.  It’s clear these boys love their mother, but that she drives them crazy.

Throughout the season, the boys take on the challenges of life and handle their family businesses with grace and with tons of fun.  Donnie and Mark still give Paul a really hard time about everything, and this season, we are introduced to more of the siblings, who also give Paul a hard time.  Alma, while still tough as nails, seems to be a little over the top, this season.  What made me laugh was every time Mark or Donnie hung up the phone with her they said “you’ve got to be kidding me…”  I think my favorite part of this season was when Donnie took on a seagull that was bombarding the trash can in front of the restaurant and generally annoying the people trying to get in.

Johnny Drama annoys me.  He seems like he’s only in it for the exposure and for what Mark can do for him.  I understand that they are childhood friends, but he’s a hanger-oner.  He’s whiney and annoying and every time he talks, I want to mute the TV.  I don’t care if he and Nacho are the original “Entourage.”  They are both annoying.  Jenny has some cute parts, but is also ultimately annoying and I really don’t like her.  I was glad she wasn’t in it very much.
Wahlburgers season two consists of the following nine episodes and one bonus episode:
  1. Here’s the Drill
  2. The Great Wahlberg of China
  3. Pranks for the Memories
  4. An American Walhberg in London
  5. Meat the Press
  6. A Cut Above
  7. Guarding Alma
  8. Something’s Fishy
  9. Trading Places
BONUS EPISODE:  4th of July Special
Video (4 out of 5 stars)
Walburgers’ 16x9 widescreen (1.78:1) presentation is really good.  The picture is clear, the colors are bright and there were no visible issues with the picture.  Skin tones, outside and inside scenes were sharp and natural.  
Audio (4 out of 5 stars)
The English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio presentation of Wahlburgers was good.  The sound was even and no volume adjustments were needed.  The dialogue, narrations and interaction between them all was full of humor and sentiment, and like the first season, I loved hearing their stories. 
Extras (2 out of 5 stars)
Like season one, I was disappointed in the special features.  So many deleted scenes were way too many and I still would have liked to have seen more behind the scenes antics.
  • Deleted Scenes – Thirty six deleted scenes adding up to 53 minutes.  Many of them were just extended scenes with parts of it deleted by the time it got to the episode.  They are available individually or as a play all.
Summary (3 1/2 out of 5 stars)
I wasn’t sure that I could love this show any more than I did after season one.  And then came season two.  I found myself cracking up at the pranks they pulled, the things they said, and the things they tried to do.  They still bicker and compete for Alma’s attention, but in the end, they are a family and they love each other.  I can’t wait for season three.  I will definitely be setting the DVR to watch.
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