Plot: What’s it about?
Fred Sanford (Red Foxx) and his son Lamont (Desmond Wilson) run a small time junkyard in Watts, where business is slower than slow. But Fred doesn’t mind and as long as he can drink a little and spend time with his son, he remains a happy man. Although he lost his wife Elizabeth and he is advancing in the years, he battles off a constant wave of “big ones,” or heart attacks he uses to make Lamont feel bad. Of course, after fifteen or so of these heart attacks, Lamont has caught on and he ribs his dad right back. Lamont has dreams of leaving the junkyard and making more of himself, but whenever he prepares to leave, his love for his father keeps him there, though he is not resentful. And without fail, the two find themselves in all kinds of mishaps and adventures, such as a wild house party to recoup gambling losses, a clash with an uptight maid, an encounter with the dream lottery numbers, the ins & outs of insurance fraud, and even more, as Fred & Lamont get into one pickle after another. But will Lamont ever be able to leave the junkyard and will Fred’s “big one” ever arrive, or will these two simply have to put up with each other for the long haul? Find out the answers to those and other questions, as we explore all twenty-four episodes from the second season of Sanford and Son.
If you don’t like Sanford and Son, I’d just as soon give you one across the lips, you big dummy. Yes, Norman Lear’s classic television series Sanford and Son has arrived on DVD, this time with the show’s second season in tow. I had some concerns about future seasons being released, but I assume the debut season sold well, as this second season was issued in short order, so let’s hope the rest appear soon. I’ve seen every televised episode of the series and have loved every second of it, so I am very pleased to now own more episodes on DVD. I think this second season is more consistent and hilarious than the first, but of course, some of the elements remain the same and we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Red Foxx (Harlem Nights) is simply excellent as Fred, the cantankerous, but lovable junkyard “coordinator,” while Desmond Wilson (Full Moon High) is also terrific as Lamont, Fred’s son with big dreams to leave the junkyard behind. The series is consistently humorous, as Foxx and Wilson play off each other to perfection, especially whenever Foxx’s Fred begins to have yet another heart attack. This is a wildly entertaining series and this season is loaded with memorable moments, so don’t hesitate to nab this release. I should mention however, that one episode has been cut by a few minutes, but the remainder of the episodes are presented in the intended, uncut versions.
Video: How does it look?
The episodes are presented in full frame, as intended. These look on par with those from the first season, so I’ll conserve keystrokes and port over my comments from that review. The episodes are shown in full frame, as intended. As expected, the image here is rather dull and soft, but if you’ve watched the reruns on television, then you should know about what was in store with this release. The prints looks solid however, as once the credits end we have a fairly clean looking transfer, though detail is flat and you can tell this is a television show from about three decades ago. The colors are stable, but never too bright, while contrast is even handed, but never too impressive. Even so, the images come across as well as the reruns and usually even better, so I think fans should be pleased here.
Audio: How does it sound?
These episodes don’t just look the same as their season one counterparts, they also sound the same, so here are my comments from that review. The audio is not too remarkable, but then again, this is a mono option from a 1970s television show, so we shouldn’t expect miracles. I didn’t hear much in terms of hiss or other age related flaws however, aside from a handful of minor instances. The music (by Quincy Jones) comes through well, though as is often the case with mono, seems kind of thin, while the various sound effects are as well presented as we could expect. The main element here is dialogue, which is clean and clear at all times, no problems in the slightest there. This disc also includes subtitles in English and Spanish, should you need those.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This release contains no bonus materials.