The Grey’s Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice, had a little trouble getting out of the gates, but things started coming together pretty well in season two. The series started working the entire ensemble, and things moved toward a much more rounded, cohesive, and engaging show.
The cast –Kate Walsh (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Tim Daly (“The Nine”), Audra McDonald (“A Raisin in the Sun”), Paul Adelstein (“Prison Break”), KaDee Strickland (American Gangster), Chris Lowell (“Veronica Mars”), with Taye Diggs (“Rent”) and Amy Brenneman (“Judging Amy”) – work together quite well in a show whose best feature is the fact that it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
From the press release –
Another electrifying medical drama from the creator of ABC’s runaway hit “Grey’s Anatomy,” Private Practice: The Complete Second Season, comes to DVD on September 15, 2009 from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment. Every gripping Season Two episode comes packaged in this multi-disc collection, which also includes exclusive bonus features that go behind the scenes with cast and creator for an in depth look at a unique series.
From Shonda Rhimes, the Golden Globe®-winning creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” comes a standout show about the personal and professional lives of a group of passionate doctors. Featuring steamy storylines and a dazzling ensemble cast, the show stars Kate Walsh reprising her “Grey’s Anatomy” role as Dr. Addison Forbes Montgomery. With Seattle Grace Hospital and all its complications behind her, Addison embraces the sunnier weather and new possibilities of the Oceanside Wellness Group in Los Angeles—but life and love are never that simple.
The 6-disc release is an above-average effort, with a generous helping of special features for fans. Key to the value of the collection are the extended episodes and deleted scenes which are interesting additions, especially considering some of the more controversial issues the series highlighted during season two.
Along those same lines, Patient Confidentiality: Examing Season 2 is an interesting idea in the realm of DVD features, and has Creator/Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes, Executive Producer Betsy Beers and actors Paul Adelstein (Dr. Cooper Freedman) and Amy Brenneman (Dr. Violet Turner) giving the season’s more challenging efforts another look.
Another featurette, Life Through The Lens: The Pictures of Chris Lowell, is perhaps not a special feature that jumps out at you, but it turns out to be a lot more interesting than you think, and is well worth a look. The set also includes the fairly standard blooper reel.
It can be hard to play up a second season of a show, but in many respects Private Practice took on a whole new life, and it’s worth a revisit. While this is not exactly packed with bonuses, it is a solid release, and fans won’t be disappointed.
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