Nip/Tuck: Season Two

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

If beauty is only skin deep then the plastic surgeons in “Nip/Tuck” are in the right jobs. “Nip/Tuck” is one of televisions more adult-oriented dramas, pushing the envelope of what we see on network TV and what should be seen on Cinemax or HBO. That said, it’s also one of the better shows I’ve had the opportunity to peruse on DVD. A show strictly devoted to the simple surgery aspect of things would lose its effect after a while, plus with all of the medical shows on television, it would likely get lost in the mix. What “Nip/Tuck” manages to do is put in all of the graphic scenes and interweaves it with the right amount of drama and humor. For those that missed the First Season, this might be like jumping into the deep end. If you haven’t seen it, get it as it’s a great season and though most of the episodes in Season Two do stand on their own – there is a little runoff from the first season that ties the loose ends together.

For those that don’t know, the show concentrates on two plastic surgeons located in Miami, Florida. Sean (Dylan Walsh) and Christian (Julian McMahon) are the two in question. Sean is the more reserved of the two, he has a wife and two kids while Julian is the party man, constantly seeing how many women he can sleep with and then “…count the minutes until the sun comes up so he can get rid of them”. You have to respect a man who sticks to his morals. This season shows a more human side of both men as Sean and Julian are both turning 40. Sean finds himself with a case of “the yips” and for any golfer out there, you can relate. Julian’s role as a father is a central point of the early part of the season and shows that he does have a heart, albeit it deeply embossed in a cocoon of self-absorption. Sean’s children, namely Matt (John Hensley) is also given an expanded role as he explores his sexuality with Ava (Famke Janssen who guest stars in several episodes). Like it or dislike it and love it or hate it, “Nip/Tuck” is one of the more daring and well-written shows on air today. If you can stomach some of the more graphic scenes dealing with the plastic surgery and get immersed into the plot (like I did) then I can’t recommend this release enough. Look for an interesting palette of guest stars this season as well.

Video: How does it look?

The episodes are shown in a 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer that looks much better than the original broadcast episodes. Certainly the 16:9 transfer helps with the level of detail and the sometimes stylized images look great on the screen. Fleshtones look warm and natural, and the operating scenes seem to retain that “greenish” tint that shows like “ER” have popularized. There is little or no edge enhancement to speak of and on the whole, it’s a very good-looking transfer.

Audio: How does it sound?

Like most television shows on DVD, only a Dolby Digital Surround track is included, but it faithfully reproduces the soundtrack. Dialogue, a key component of any good television show (yes, really), is clean and free of any distortion. While the occasional surround effect does chime in (matrixed, via the surrounds), the majority of the action takes place in the front stage of the speakers. I found nothing really wrong with the way this sounds, as it is pretty much what we’d expect of a television show on disc.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The extras aren’t that plentiful this season, but plenty of deleted scenes are shown for most every episode. You can select them by choosing the scalpel (clever, eh) from the episode title. They’re shown in non-anamorphic widescreen and with no explanation as to why they were stricken from the final cut of the show. Also, on Disc 6 is a brief featurette centering on Julian and his women – three women who play an extended part in his life (and not just his one night stands) with interviews with the actresses who play them.

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