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SUPERNATURAL:
THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

SUPERNATURAL is one hell of a cool and creepy television series. Genre television series rarely get beyond their first season- that is, unless they are something special. SUPERNATURAL is definitely one of those special shows. Combining elements of past genre shows like THE X-FILES, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, SUPERNATURAL puts its own fresh spin on things that go bump in the night, while also keeping the proceedings edgy and hip.

The basic premise of SUPERNATURAL follows formerly estranged brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) who were reunited after their father John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) disappeared while on a "hunting trip." Of course, for the Winchester clan, no hunting trip is ordinary, since the things they tend to hunt almost never end up mounted on anybody’s wall. As it turns out, something supernatural killed the boys’ mother, when Sam was just a baby and Dean was only a few years older. So, for the last two decades, John had been hunting for whatever killed Sam and Dean’s mother, while at the same time, destroying every other supernatural beastie that he and the boys encountered along the way.

Of course, a new tragedy brings Sam back into the fold, and while he and Dean continue to search for the thing that destroyed their hopes for a normal life, they resume the family business of hunting down the supernatural creatures they encounter. Season two of SUPERNATURAL builds upon the show’s core mythology, with Sam and Dean coming across other individuals who have had a run in with a supernatural creature that claimed the lives of their mothers. During season two Sam and Dean get closer to the evil that they seek, however the two discover that their small successes come with very high price tags.

SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ($60) comes to Blu-ray in a four-disc set that features the following twenty-two episodes that were aired in the show’s sophomore year: In My Time Of Dying, Everybody Loves A Clown, Bloodlust, Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, Simon Said, No Exit, The Usual Suspects, Crossroad Blues, Croatoan, Hunted, Playthings, Nightshifter, Houses Of The Holy, Born Under A Bad Sign, Tall Tales, Roadkill, Heart, Hollywood Babylon, Folsom Prison Blues, What Is And What Should Never Be, All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1 and All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2.

Warner Home Video has made all twenty-two episodes that comprise SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON available on Blu-ray Disc in 1.78:1 wide screen presentations that have been encoded onto the disc with the VC-1 codec. Like the previous seasons released in high definition, SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON features generally excellent 1080p presentations that perfectly rendered the series mildly stylized visuals. For the most part, the episodes appear very sharp, nicely textured and provide plenty of fine detail. Sure, some mild softness does creep into the image in places, but it doesn’t detract from the overall presentations. Colors are rendered a realistic level of saturation, but there are moments that are intentionally de-saturated. Black and whites are on the money. Contrast has been given a bit of a stylized push, while shadow detail is good for a television level production. Of course, there are intentional moments where blacks are imperceptible, which heightens suspense. Grain/video noise is in keeping with the show’s intended look and remains rather noticeable, which enhances the grittiness of the show’s visual design.

All the episodes that comprise SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON are presented on Blu-ray Disc with 5.1 channel Dolby Digital 640kbps soundtracks. Again, my preference is for lossless soundtracks, but the standard Dolby Digital gets the job done. The mixes are pretty darn good, but make the necessary concessions to broadcast. As expected, the forward soundstage remains dominant, with the rear channels providing occasional active effects, ambient sounds, and some musical fill. The rock music influenced soundtracks sounds pretty solid. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. French, Spanish, German and Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 channel tracks are also encoded onto the disc. Subtitles are available in English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch and Portuguese.

The interactive menus allow one access to the standard episode selection and set up features, as well as, as well as the supplemental materials. Three episodes include running Audio Commentaries have been provided In My Time Of Dying (executive producer Kim Manners, plus actors Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) What Is And What Should Never Be (creator/executive producer Eric Kripke) and All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1 (Eric Kripke, executive producer Robert Singer and writer Sera Gamble). Unaired/Extended Scenes are provided for the following episodes: In My Time Of Dying, Bloodlust, The Usual Suspects and Hunted. On the featurette front, one will find The Episode From Hell: The Making of All Hell Breaks Loose Part II, which provides a look at the season two finale. Next we have The Devil's Road Map: an interactive U.S. map of the urban legends and factoids pertaining to each episode of the series. Jared Original Screen Test, a Gag Reel and a Webisode Gallery close out the supplements.

SUPERNATURAL is one hell of a great horror series- it well written, nicely acted, plus its scary and fun. The episodes have been really nicely upgraded to high definition thanks to this Blu-ray release. SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON is a must have for fans. Highly recommended.

 
SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON 


Supernatural: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]

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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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