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Skins – Volume Two (2008/BBC TV DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C+



So now that the BBC’s hit Skins continues into a second season, what is a hit show with some edge to do?  Well, it becomes a soap opera, which is the total opposite of Larry Clark films like Kids or Bully, but the actors to their credit (along with the writers assisting them) see their character expand and where the show become more melodramatic than it might have first been, the new developments with the characters and (only to some extent) storyline keep the show going.


Of course, co-star Dev Patel is now highly recognizable as the lead in Danny Boyle’s huge critical and commercial hit Slumdog Millionaire (reviewed elsewhere on this site) giving the first two DVD sets a while new curiosity interest and the series overall.  It is always fun to see unknowns in an all-unknown cast go on to bigger things, so the show has that to its advantage.  Those of you who saw About A Boy will even recognize Nicholas Hoult, but the actors were always believable enough in how they were cast to begin with, which is part of its commercial success.  We recommend you start with the first season set just the same.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image once again is good, but a little softer throughout than a new production should be and not the best-looking of the recent BBC productions we’ve been covering.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is once again also not bad, but has no surrounds and is nothing more than a modern-style TV recording.  Extras include five bonus Skins stories, the Christmas Special from the previous season and auditions of interest.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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