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"Diagnosis Murder: The Complete Second Season
Wayne Klein
Studio: Paramount/CBS Home Video
Genre: TV-Series
Special Features: None

This entertaining medical mystery series began as a spin off from "Jake and the Fatman" in 1993. The central character, Dr. Mark Sloan, was played by much beloved actor Dick Van Dyke. His charisma and talent were definitely an integral part of the appeal of this show, but the wonderful supporting cast and solid writing shouldn't be overlooked either. Dr. Sloan worked at Community General Hospital (a fictional hospital set in Los Angeles), but he also worked as a police consultant. His son, Detective Steve Sloan, provided a personal connection to Dr. Sloan's sideline as a consultant and, interestingly enough, was played by Mr. Van Dyke's real son, Barry Van Dyke. I feel that their real-life relationship went a long way towards making their on-screen performances comfortable and realistic. ---

Image & Sound:

Well the operation was a success but the patient died. Seriously, "Diagnosis Murder" suffers from the same compression issues that dogged the previous set and the image quality is so-so at best with plenty of video noise and compression artifacts in the way of digital grain. Audio sounds decent. ---

Special Features:

That's like asking a doctor if they can bill you for the co-pay; it's possible it might happen SOMEDAY but not likely. Here we get nothing as with the first season.

Final Words:

Somebody needs to talk to a malpractice lawyer about this transfer. "Diagnosis Murder" makes you wonder about the training that the people who did this transfer had--was it at a decent American instituion or one of those fly-by-night schools? Your luck of getting a decent transfer with the next set is about as good as finding a good practioner with his medical training at a no-name medical school--not likely.


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