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Dukes of Hazzard:Complete Second Season
Warner Bros. // Unrated // January 25, 2005
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Review by Ian Jane | posted February 4, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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The Series:

This second season of The Dukes Of Hazzard ran in 1979 through 1980, and this time out the show spiced thing up a bit with a couple of notable guest stars, and also ran into some 'rotating lawman' issues with Rosco left the show for a few episodes. That's why you'll see various players in various law enforcement roles in the later half of the season. Add to that the fact that a few episodes are shown out of sequence and you can see how it might get a little tricky to keep all the lawmen of Hazzard county straight, but hey, it's all in the name of fun.

Here's what happens this time out for Bo, Luke, Daisy, Uncle Jesse, and the rest of those loveable hillbillies from Hazzard county…

Days Of Shine And Roses Boss Hog and Uncle Jesse both used to run moonshine. After checking out some old film footage of them in action, they two elder Hazzard citizens get into an argument over who was better. A competition ensues, and as usual, Boss Hog is willing to cheat to win.

Gold Fever Some con men from Texas find their way into Hazzard where they decide to store it in Boss Hogg's bank. The bank gets robbed and the Duke Boys are framed by the crooks as the culprits so that they can cash in on the insurance they took out on their deposit.

The Rustlers Brett Halsey (who was in a whole bunch of Lucio Fulci films) guest stars in this episode as Dunlap. Bo and Luke head out to visit the Tulliver's at their farm where they find that the horse who lives there isn't very fast. Boss Hogg gets word and plans to use the horse in a fixed race so that he can cash in on the winnings.

The Meeting Black Jack Bender and his gang of crooks rent the jail from Boss Hogg for $10,000.00 so they can hold their meeting there in relative safety. Bo and Luke get word of what's going on and find a large stash of weapons laying around town. They've got to work fast to get the Feds in to stop these crooks before it's too late.

Road Pirates Boss Hogg invests in a batch of stolen television sets but before he can take possession of them, the truck that's carrying the load of loot is hijacked. The Duke boys get framed for it, as usual, and they are forced to prove their innocence.

The Ghost Of General Lee A pool hustling due steals the General Lee and when Rosco goes after them, they drive it into a pond. Rosco thinks it was Bo and Luke behind the wheel and he tells Boss Hogg that they're dead. Boss Hogg figures he can tell everyone they tried to steal his watch as they're not around to defend themselves, and he can get the insurance money. The Duke boys, not dead at all, catch word of this plan and decide to teach Hogg a lesson.

Dukes Meet Cale Yarborough Race car driver Cale Yarborough plays himself in this episode, where he's testing out a new supercharger. The Dukes have him head on into Hazzard for Cooter to help him out, and Boss Hogg decides to work with Cale's enemies, the Jethro Brothers, to steal the supercharger and frame the Duke's for it.

The Hazzard Connection Augie owns the local derby and he hires the Dukes to deliver some cars for him. The local authorities see this and figure the Dukes are involved in a car smuggling ring. The Dukes set out to bust the smuggling ring and prove they had nothing to do with it.

Witness For The Prosecution The FBI have got a big time racketeer up on charges, and Boss Hogg is the key witness in their case. Unfortunately for Boss Hogg, the slime-ball has put snipers around town to take care of Boss Hogg should he decide to testify. Thankfully, Uncle Jesse and the Duke Boys are around to handle things for the Feds.

Granny Annie A local Hazzard artist known as Granny Annie pays the Duke Boys in counterfeit bills. Seems that Granny has been running off some funny money in her spare time. Boss Hogg hears of this and wants the plates for himself so he can sell them to Big Jim, and then the Oak Ridge Boys show up and make everything better by playing at the local bar.

People's Choice The lovely and talented TC Rogers is running against Boss Hogg for administrator in Hazzard County. The Duke Boys are her campaign managers, which makes perfect sense when you think about it. Boss Hogg, of course, doesn't like to lose so he's going to cheat his way to a win unless the Duke's can help TC out.

Arrest Jesse Duke! Boss Hogg and a group of lady car thieves hang Uncle Jesse up to dry when they frame the poor man for stripping down a car along the side of the road. It sure looks like Jesse did it, but the new deputy and Boss' nephew, Hughie, isn't so sure.

Duke Of Duke The Duke boys have an English cousin named Gaylord who arrives from England to take over some property that was left to him in a will. Unfortunately for poor Gaylord, there are a whole lot of property taxes owing on that lot, and Boss Hogg is hoping to pick it up for a song at the public auction.

The Runaway Suzy Holmes, daughter of the well to do C. J. Holmes, is crossing the county line to escape from her dad and his thugs who plan on marrying her off to a man she doesn't love. The Duke Boys are going to help, but then Uncle Jesse gets kidnapped. Alls well that ends well though, and Daisy gets herself her new jeep in this episode, which she names Dixie.

Follow That Still Hard Luck Jones is an old school moonshine man who decides to build himself a new still on the Dukes' property. You'd think it would be easy to just tear it down, but Hard Luck stole an APC from Boss Hogg that was full of stolen smokes and Boss Hogg means to set things right.

Treasure Of Hazzard A local history professor enlists the Dukes' help in uncovering an old army payroll box that is buried somewhere in Hazzard. When Boss Hogg hears about this, he plans to find it first and keep the loot for himself.

Officer Daisy Duke Luke screws up and gets his cousin Daisy fired from her job at the Boar's Nest. Grady Byrd, the new Sheriff, decides that Daisy would make a great deputy and when she passes the tests, she gets the job. Too bad her cousins, who mean well, keep getting in her way…

Find Loretta Lynn The sweetest lady in country music appears as herself in this episode where she stops at the Boar's Nest in Hazzard. She winds up getting kidnapped by a trio of bad musicians who hold her for ransom. It'll be up to the Duke Boys to save the coal miner's daughter and make the world safe again.

Jude Emery Jude Emery is a Texas Ranger who asks the Duke Boys to help him find a drug runner who's been hiding out in the thick of a giant swamp. Bo and Luke are eager to help their friend out, but it won't be an easy job.

Return Of The Ridge Raiders Uncle Jesse and the Ridge Raiders get back together to stop Boss Hogg from swindling the money for the senior's center into a private account he intends to use to build a nudie bar.

Mason Dixon's Girls Bo and Luke stop by the bus station and wind up picking up a giant shipment of weed by accident (yeah, right). A private detective named Mason Dixon and his two hot chick associates are after the boys and are going to turn them in for drug running.

R. I. P. Henry Flatt Henry Flatt faked his own death a few years ago to pull off a scam. He shows up at the Dukes' place, and they agree to help him get back on track. Then they find out that Boss Hog intends to dig up the cemetery where Henry was supposed to be buried – if he does this, they'll find out he was never there and then he'll be in deep poo poo.

Southern Comfurts Uncle Jesse's cousin Holly wins big and gets rich fast. She pulls into Hazzard to talk to Jesse about it all and her car gets stolen, with all of her money still inside. Bo and Luke chase down the bandits to save the family fortune.

All in all, this is a stronger season than the first one. The characters are easier to identify with as by now we've started to get to know them a little bit more. The plots are just as outlandish and unrealistic as the first season but the humor works better here, possibly due to some better on screen chemistry from the main stars.

Despite the fact that the show was about a family deeply entrenched in the illegal activity of running moonshine outside the law's reach, there's always a decent moral to the series that managed to be about doing good without actually being heavy handed or preachy and it never missed an opportunity to show Daisy in short shorts. Fun for the whole family.

The DVD

Video:

The show was shot and composed for TV as we all know, so it shouldn't surprise anyone to see it presented here in its original fullframe aspect ratio. As far as the transfers go, it is a mixed bag. Some episodes fair better than others, but a few have got quite a bit of minor print damage present throughout. While this is to be expected on a show that's over two decades old, the real problem is the edge enhancement and the aliasing that is noticeable throughout, giving quite a few scenes a shimmering effect that is mildly distracting. It's not all bad though – print detail is high and colors look good, while black levels remain pretty stable. So while it's not perfect, it is at least watchable and realistically looks as good as I'd figured it would

Sound:

The episodes are presented here as they were originally broadcast, which is in Dolby Digital Mono. There's the odd snap crackle and pop on the soundtrack but overall it is pretty clean sounding. Levels are well balanced and there's a bit of lower front-end action in a few scenes that I hadn't expected but was pleasantly surprised by. Not much to complain about here, really. It's a good mono soundtrack with clear dialogue and well balanced levels. There are optional subtitles available in English, French and Spanish, and an English closed captioning option.

Extras:

There are two main extra features on this release (sadly, no commentary track like there was on the Season One set) – the Extreme Hazzard documentary, and Bo and Luke's screen tests.

The screen tests are pretty much self explanatory – they're not all that exciting, but they are interesting in a behind the scenes kind of way, in that you're getting to see Tom Wopat and John Schneider in the roles that made them famous before they actually had the roles.

The Extreme Hazzard documentary is a series of half a dozen short segments that cover the 25th anniversary Dukes Of Hazzard festival that was held in Tennessee. There are a bunch of cast members on hand as well as some stunt drivers who give an exhibition, car owners, and plenty of fans. This documentary is a lot of fun and it proves that the show still holds a lot of appeal for a whole lot of people.

Final Thoughts:

If you're a fan, you'll be pleased. The Dukes Of Hazzard – The Complete Second Season looks and sounds pretty good overall and while there aren't a ton of extra features, the ones that are on the set are worth checking out. Overall, this set comes recommended.

Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.

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