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Victorious: The Complete Second Season (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

March 11, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Enjoyable, fun and crazy! If you enjoy Nickelodeon’s “iCarly”, definitely check out “Victorious: The Complete Second Season” featuring 12 fun episodes!

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DVD TITLE: Victorious: Season Two

DURATION: 12 episodes (Duration: 312 Minutes)

DVD INFORMATION: Full Screen Format, Dolby Digital (English Stereo), Closed Caption

COMPANY: Nickelodeon/Paramount

RATED: G

RELEASE DATE: March 18, 2012

Directed by Steve Hoefer, Adam Weissman

Series Written by Dan Schneider, Jake Farrow, Matt Fleckenstein

Producer: Sean Gil, Joe Catania, Bruce Rand Berman

Associate Producer: Aline Robey, Irene Oncley, Erin Braun

Executive Producer: Dan Schneider

Music by Michael Corcoran

Cinematography by Mike Spodnik

Edited by Nancy Morrison, Andrew Hirsch, Patricia Barnett

Casting by Krisha Bullock, Leslie Zaslower

Production Design by Harry Matheu

Set Decoration by Jason Howard

Series Costume Design by Kristin Dangl

Starring:

Victoria Justice as Tori Vega

Leon Thomas III as Andre Harris

Matt Bennett as Robbie Shapiro

Elizabeth Gillies as Jade West

Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine

Avan Jogie as Beck Oliver

Daniella Monet as Trina Vega

Michael Eric Reid as Sinjin

Eric Lange as Mr. Sikowitz

Lane Napper as Lane

Season 2 of Victorious shines even brighter as the students re-audition for their spots at Hollywood Arts, get ready for their first-ever prom, and drive a giant cupcake through the streets!  Put your hands together for more music, more drama, and hilarious behind-the-scenes bloopers!

In 2010, from the executive producer of “Drake & Josh”, “iCarly”, “Kenan & Kel” and “Zoey 101″ came a new Nickelodeon series titled “Victorious”, starring actress/singer Victoria Justice (known for her role as Lola Martinez on “Zoey 101″) as Victoria “Tori” Vega.

“Victorious” focuses on Victoria “Tori” who has been accepted at Hollywood Arts High School, after taking her sister Trina’s (played by Daniella Monet) place in a showcase. While Trina is known more for her drive to become an actress, her sister “Tori” has talent that she is not too conscious about and now trying to fit in her new school.

“Victorious” features the following characters:

  • Tori Vega (played by Victoria Justice) – Tori is a normal high school teenager who didn’t know she had much talent until she was discovered and now taken into the prestigious Hollywood Arts High School.  She has since become a big heart of her group and participating in many activities.
  • Trina Vega (played by Daniella Monet) – Tori’s older sister who doesn’t have much talent, is seen as unusually weird, vain and very outspoken.
  • Andre Harris (played by Leon Thomas III) – Andre is Tori’s musical partner and good friend.  An accomplished musician and dancer, he is often helping out Tori with her problems and working with her in creating songs.
  • Robbie Shapiro (played by Matt Bennett) – Robbie is often seen as the unusual nerd because he hangs out with a dummy named Christopher Cane.  As many think he is an expert ventriloquist, he talks to his dummy as if it’s a real person and it appears his dummy has a mind of its own and treats Robbie badly.
  • Jade West (played by Elizabeth Gillies) – Jade is Tori’s viral and gets very jealous when Tori usurps her in auditions or affects her events.  Jade is also into dark things and likes seeing people in misery.  She hangs out with the group but often seen mocking Tori.  Tori is dating Beck.
  • Cat Valentine (played by Ariana Grande) – Cat is a naive girl and her mind is often in lala land.  She is a good singer but often surprises her friends because she’s often in her own world.
  • Beck Oliver (played by Avan Jogia) – The cool member of the group that is dating Jade.  He is often the person that has to calm Jade down when she is bad.

Other Characters:

  • Mr. Sikowitz (played by Eric Lange) – A hippie teacher at Hollywood Arts High School.
  • Lane (played by Lane Napper) – The logical minded adult at Hollywood Arts High School.
  • Sinjin (played by Michael Eric Reid) – A student who does the lighting and helps out the group during their performances.  Often seen trying to get closed to the girls and often rejected.

With the DVD release of “Victorious: Season Two”, included are 12 episodes featuring Tori Vega as she continues to embrace her musical and acting talent at Hollywood Arts High School.  Watch as the rivalry between Tori and Jade starts to heat up.  What happens when a guy that Tori likes, uses her?  And what happens when the students at Hollywood Arts tries to win a Ke$ha contest?

It’s another crazy, fun and entertaining season of Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”.

“Victorious: Season Two” features the following episodes (spoilerless summaries):

Note: Episodes listing on this DVD is not going by episode series #, but is going by production code #.

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 22: Beck Falls for Tori – Tori auditions for a film but finds out later that it is for a stunt double.
  • EPISODE 28: Helen Back Again – Hollywood Arts High School has a new principal and it’s Helen (from “Drake & Josh”) and she wants to redo student auditions at Hollywood Arts. Special Guest: Yvette Nicole Brown
  • EPISODE 26-27: Locked Up (TV Movie) – Tori and the group are invited to perform at Festus’ home country in Yerba, but unknown to the group is that Yerba is a very dangerous country.
  • EPISODE 30: Tori Gets Stuck - Tori and Jade compete in getting a role in the play “Steamboat Suzy”.  Meanwhile, Robbie is rushed in the hospital and the only person that can donate blood is Tori.  Will she jeopardize her role to help him?
  • EPISODE 30: Tori Tortures Teacher - It’s Sikowitz’s 10th year anniversary teaching at Hollywood Arts but as Tori tries to celebrate the occasion, she may be making him more depressed.
  • EPISODE 31: Jade Gets Crushed - Is Andre developing a crush for Jade?  What are these feelings he is having?

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 29: Who Did It Trina? – Trina is hurt during a performance and it may be sabotage.  The members of the group are interrogated by Lane. Special Cameo Appearance by “iCarly” actor Nathan Kress.
  • EPISODE 21: Beggin’ On Your Knees - Tori falls for Ryder Daniels, a popular guy known for using girls at Hollywood Arts High School.
  • EPISODE 23: Ice Cream for Ke$ha - It’s an ice cream contest and whoever can spell Ke$ha will win a special concert at their school. Special Guest: Ke$ha
  • EPISODE 25: Prom Wrecker – When Jade’s performance is canceled due to prom, Jade wants revenge by sabotaging the prom (which Tori is the coordinator of).
  • EPISODE 32: Terror on Cupcake Street - The group are taking part in a cupcake float for a parade, but the float gets stuck in the bad part of town.
  • EPISODE 34: Blooptorious - Featuring the puppet Christopher Cane interviewing the stars of “Victorious” and showcasing their bloopers.

VIDEO, AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Victorious: The Complete Second Season” is presented in full screen, Dolby Digital (English Stereo). The series is shot via Digital and the picture quality is very good on DVD. I didn’t notice any major artifacting or digital noise. But for the most part, fans should be pleased with the video and audio.

There are no subtitles but closed captions are included.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Victorious: The Complete Second Season” comes with the following special features:

  • “Seven Secrets” with Victoria Justice - (22:40) Learn more about the actress who plays Tori Vega on “Victorious”.  Victoria Justice talks about coming from Hollywood, Florida to Hollywood, California and having her own show.  Many more fun facts about the actress!
  • Behind The Scenes - (:54) Behind-the-scenes of the cast of the “Victorious” two-episode special “Locked Up”.

A fun and entertaining series, the second season of “Victorious” has definitely improved since the first season and actress Victoria Justice continues to shine!

When I saw Victoria Justice appearing on “iCarly” last year, I had the feeling that Nickelodeon or even Dan Schneider was planning to use the actress for a new show and I was right. Victoria Justice who had starred on “Zoey 101″ and had short roles in various Schneider-related series has her chance to not just showcase her acting but also singing.

And here we are with “Victorious” season two.  The cast has since gotten better with their chemistry and Victoria Justice is much more confident playing the lead character and more comfortable in her performance this time around.

The episodes are still fun, silly and enjoyable.  I do enjoy the way the writers integrate the characters in each episode and for the most part, the writing has gotten better.  For the majority of this season, “Victorious” focuses a lot on Victoria Justice taking on a variety of roles.  May it be a singer, a prom coordinator, writing her own play, making her own music, there was definitely a great utilization of the lead actress, while the supporting cast also have plenty of scenes as well.

As for parents who are wondering if this is fine for children, for older children, I can say yes as there is no scenes that caused me to rethink of having my own son watching the series. But the series does focus on teenagers and it’s a teen-driven comedy series. I didn’t see any violence but kids who like to mimic what they say on TV, it’s up to parent if they feel that the show is appropriate.

There are some questionable scenes that parents may object to.  One features Cat Valentine accidentally receiving emergency calls on her cell phone and in her naive way, she loves the attention from the calls but doesn’t really call 911 to get them help.  Another scene that parents may not want their children to watch is “Tori Gets Struck” which features Tori donating blood and when Robbie accidentally drops the bag, the blood explodes on both characters.  Definitely something that may freak out younger viewers.

But I personally didn’t find anything wrong with older children watching “Victorious” and they may enjoy the music especially the comedy presented in the series. For the most part, these episodes are safe and are intended for young teens or older children.

And as for the series, this is not a musical show in the sense of shows like “Glee”.  It’s a different type of series that takes on teen issues, friendships and wacky situations.  The show is primarily about Tori Vega and while others may display their musical or acting chops, its a series about Tori and friends. No one breaks out in song or dance unless the situation calls for it but if anyone is doing any singing, it’s Tori Vega and sometimes her very crazy sister Trina.

I found the series to be fun and wacky at times. You have the teen drama, the teen angst and crazy moments, especially when it features ventriloquist Robbie Shapiro and his bad attitude dummy, the spaced out Cat Valentine or Tori’s bratty older sister Trina.  I did notice that this second season featured less of Beck Oliver and shorter appearances by Tori’s sister Trina and the episodes tend to focus on storylines that revolve around Tori, Andre, Jade, Robbie and Cat.

As “Victorious” is on its third season, it’s important to note that this is the complete second season of “Victorious” (whereas the first season was released in two DVD volumes).

Overall, “Victorious” is a fun and enjoyable series and with the second season, the episodes continue its fun, crazy hijinks and good music. Victoria Justice has really developed to be a pretty solid actress with a solid voice.  So, I pretty much like how her character has been developed in these last two seasons.  Also, with the other characters itself, although I felt the writers are playing the naivety of Cat Valentine a bit too much and when there are no laughs but silence, it seems quite a bit awkward.  But the acting is much better for this second season, especially as the talent are now settled in.

If you are a fan of “Victorious”, this DVD of “Victorious: The Complete Second Season” is recommended!

Victorious: The Complete Second Season on DVD 3/18!

January 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NICKELODEON’S HIT SERIES
IS BACK WITH A BRAND-NEW TWO-DISC SET

VICTORIOUS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

2-Disc DVD Available Exclusively at Target on March 18, 2012

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jan. 26, 2012 – Tori Vega and the students at Hollywood Arts High School shine even brighter in Victorious: The Complete Second Season.  This set includes all 12 episodes from the second season of Nickelodeon’s hit live-action series Victorious.  Adventures include the gang re-auditioning for their spots at Hollywood Arts, getting ready for prom, a Ke$ha concert and driving a giant cupcake through the streets.  Plus, there’s more music, drama and hilarious behind-the-scenes bloopers included on the DVD!  Also for a limited time, receive $1-Off Nickelodeon Gak or Floam with the purchase of Victorious: The Complete Second Season DVD.  Created by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, Victorious: The Complete Second Season hits shelves exclusively at Target on March 18, 2012, for the suggested retail price of $19.99.

Victorious is created and executive-produced by Dan Schneider, who also created other Nickelodeon hits like iCarly, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, The Amanda Show and Kenan and Kel.  The show follows teenager Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) who attends the prestigious performing arts high school, Hollywood Arts.  From her first day at the school, however, Tori feels out of place among the amazingly talented students, especially mean diva Jade (Elizabeth Gillies, Broadway’s 13).  But with the help of her older sister Trina (Daniella Monet, A Fairly Odd Movie, Nancy Drew) and new friends including the musically gifted Andre (Leon Thomas III, August Rush, Broadway’s The Lion King, iCarly), brooding bad boy Beck (Avan Jogia, Spectacular!), eccentric Cat (Ariana Grande, Broadway’s 13) and lovable but psychologically scrambled ventriloquist Robbie (Matthew Bennett).  Tori realizes that she was born to perform and that entertaining people not only makes her happy but may change her life.  The series, a co-production with Sony Music, features original songs performed by Justice and the ensemble cast.  Since its launch in April 2010, Victorious has been the number-one program in its timeslot on all TV with kids 6-11, tweens 9-14, and teens 12-17, reaching 23.0 million kids, 15.3 million tweens, and 12.3 million teens each quarter.

Victorious: The Complete Second Season Episode Synopses:

Disc 1:
Beck Falls For Tori
After exaggerating on her resume, Tori lands a job as a stunt double.  Her stunt? To fall off a building!

Helen Back Again
When Principal Eikner leaves Hollywood Arts, the school hires a new principal who makes all the students re-audition in order to keep their spots.

Locked Up! (Parts 1 & 2)
Tori scores a free trip to Yerba for everyone, but the vacation goes from bad to worse when the gang ends up in prison.

Tori Gets Stuck
Jade wants Tori’s starring role in the school play. Meanwhile, Robbie gets rushed to the hospital. Is this another one of Jade’s schemes?

Tori Tortures Teacher
The kids take Sikowitz to the theater to celebrate his ten-year teaching anniversary, but something happens that sends Sikowitz into a deep depression.

Jade Gets Crushed
Andre spends time with Jade working on a song and ends up crushing on her!

Disc 2:
Who Did It To Trina?
A big accident on the opening night of Tori’s directional debut sends Lane on a mission to find out what really happened.

Beggin’ On Your Knees
The cutest boy in school wants to perform a duet with Tori, but she finds out some shocking info about him.  Is Tori having trust issues or is this guy bad news?

Ice Cream for Ke$ha
Tori has to be Trina’s assistant for a month, and the only way she can get out of it is by winning a private Ke$ha concert.

Prom Wrecker
Tori rallies the gang to have a prom at Hollywood Arts, but the event ruins Jade’s art project and now she’s out for revenge.

Terror on Cupcake Street
While driving their giant cupcake float to the “Parade Parade,” the gang gets a flat tire in the middle of a bad neighborhood! Help, anyone?

Blooptorious
Christopher Cane, the actor who plays Rex, hosts an in-depth look into the stars of Victorious, and their hilarious bloopers and outtakes.

Victorious: The Complete Second Season Fast Facts:
Street Date: March 18, 2012
Catalogue: 7910988
DVD SRP: $19.99
DVD Running Time: 312 Minutes
Special Features:
·  Seven Secrets With Victoria Justice
·  Behind the Scenes of “Locked Up!”

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