Plot: What’s it about?
One of the great things about reality television is that there’s most likely a show for your particular interest. Adventurers can watch “The Amazing Race”, for the cannibal in all of us there’s “Survivor” and a few dozen other shows out there for every niche. I have to admit that between my DVD watching, I make time for a few of these shows and wouldn’t you know if – “Projcet Runway” is one of them. The show is hosted by former supermodel Heidi Klum, who I still consider to be one of the most beautiful women on the planet. “Project Runway” is like another favorite show of mine, “America’s Next Top Model” but without the ever-annoying Tyra Banks (see Tyra, it is possible to be beautiful, host your own reality show and not be considered a full-fledged media whore)! Although where ANTM is looking for a model, “Project Runway” is looking for some new designers. Admittedly, reality TV shows aren’t so much about the content, but mainly the casting of odd and eccentric people – folks who will make for good, entertaining television and make you want to tune in the next week.
As the second season started, 16 new designer hopefuls entered and even one familiar face surfaced again. Daniel, the first person voted off “Project Runway: Season One” re-applied and was part of the second season’s cast. Would he again be the first one out, or had he learned something this time around? The cast was full of personalities, led by the uber-sarcastic Santino who had a grand old time doing his impressions of Tim Gunn, one of the hosts of the show. Naturally, the competitions were heated, the commentary scathing and Heidi – pregnant. I will say that “Project Runway” isn’t for everyone. I’m more into fashion than the ordinary guy and though I don’t know how to sew, it is interesting to see some of the designs that this cast comes up with. And just because this isn’t “Survivor”, don’t think that there’s any shortage of plotting and scheming. Trust me, these men and women can get downright nasty! A new season starts soon (hence the timing of this DVD set), so if you can get your fix of season two and then dive right into season three!
Video: How does it look?
Like most television shows, “Project Runway” is shown in a full-frame aspect ratio that’s consistent with a majority of reality TV (part of their allure is that they’re cheap to produce). The images are great, crystal clear and sharp. Granted, they would look better if they were shot in widescreen and we could see just a little more of Heidi, but hey – this is about as good as it’ll get! Colors are bright and vivid and there’s no hint of any flaws in the transfer. These look just as good, if not better, than when they aired on television so you know full well what to expect here.
Audio: How does it sound?
All of the episodes are presented in a good-sounding Dolby Surround mix that is about par for the course. Reality TV shows (and most TV shows in general) don’t really rely on surround sound to offer up more ambiance, they’re dialogue-driven. There’s not a whole lot more to say here, it’s a great track that sounds full and rich just like it does on TV. Nothing more and nothing less.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This season sports a few more supplements than last season’s set. The most notable of the supplements is that all of the episodes (14 in all) are shown in an extened format with never before seen footage added back into each episode. Granted, much of this is Santino mocking Tim Gunn, but there’s some gems here and there. If you’ve never seen the show, then you won’t know what you’re missing. Some outtakes and bloopers are shown (yes, they do have those in “reality TV”) as is Tim Gunn’s blog. Gunn has some rather pointed statements, but it’s entertaining as well. We see the audition tapes of the cast members as well as a “Wear are they now?” featurette (get it: “wear” are they now)? Lastly, we see a casting call for Season Three featuring some more hopefuls and maybe some of which we’ll see when the new season starts. Reality TV is strangely absent on the DVD format, but this one has been done right. It looks and sounds good as well as displaying just the right amount of supplments to warrant a purchase.