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'Boondocks - The Complete Second Season'
(Jordana Spiro, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / (2005) 2008 / Sony Pictures)

Overview: Based on Aaron McGruder's comic strip which was distributed in 350 newspapers nationwide, 'The Boondocks - Season 2' begins when Granddad sneaks the boys into the movies to be cheap. Sarah's obsession with Usher after meeting him threatens her relationship with Tom. Riley and Granddad refuse to talk with cops about two local thieves, even after Granddad's car is stolen. Stinkmeaner's spirit possesses Tom and he tries to get revenge on Granddad. Riley joins the basketball team, and the boys fight over who will be boss while Granddad's on vacation.

DVD Verdict: 'The Boondocks: The Complete Second Season' tracks the adventures of two boys, Riley and Huey Freeman, who experience a culture clash when they move from Southside Chicago to the suburbs to live with their irascible grandfather. Huey, a 10-year-old left wing revolutionary, is determined not to enjoy the affluence of suburbia. This attitude is seconded by his 8-year-old brother, Riley, a proud product of contemporary rap culture. Although they torture each other and provoke the neighborhood, the two aren’t any match for Granddad, who is eccentric even by “crazy-ass-old-black-man” standards.

Regina King (Ray) and John Witherspoon (Friday) are among the actors voicing the characters on this wonderfully cynical comedy. Cedric Yarbrough (TV’s “Reno 911”), Gary Anthony Williams (TV’s “Boston Legal”), Gabby Soleil (Johnson Family Vacation) and Jill Talley (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) are also featured in the cast. Guest stars include Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee Mos Def (TV’s “Something the Lord Made”), and amongst a whole host of others, Lil Wayne (Who’s Your Caddy).

"...Or Die Trying", the premiere of 'The Boondocks - Second Season,' seems to have confirmed my fears of a lesser second season. As promised, the move to Madhouse has generated breathtaking animation, and the soundtrack is incredible, but that seems to be it. The story was empty, though there were several funny scenes, and devoid of the profound messages that had become standard in season one.

But, even though this second season didn't really have the same impact as the first, there are still some things to like. A large portion of the episodes hit the mark with their deeper meanings, comedy and action. So it's definitely worth getting. There's a couple of episodes that continue a story from the first season. And I found those to be real good follow ups. The episodes taking shots at BET are included and I found them to be nothing short of hilarious. Anyway, I love The Boondocks for it's take no prisoners style.

This set contains the uncut, uncensored, 15 episodes and I enjoyed this set a lot ... and I'm watching it for the second time in a row right now! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:

Bonus Episode: The Hunger Strike with guest stars Cee-Lo, Donald Faison, Tavis Smiley, Debra Wilson
Bonus Episode: The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show with guest stars Donald Faison and Debra Wilson
Featurette: Behind The Boondocks
Featurette: Trouble in Woodcrest
Featurette: What Niggas?
Featurette: The Playas (Individual Character Profiles)
Minisode: Spider-Man – “ The Party”
Minisode: Married…with Children – “Rock and Roll Girl”
Audio Commentaries by Aaron McGruder
Subtitles: French
Bonus Previews