Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Spy Next Door Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 20.2 GB
Film Size: 16.1 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: AThe Video
The Spy Next Door comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks very good in high-definition and is an easy upgrade when compared to the included DVD copy of the film. The film is one which I have very few complaints about the high-def presentation, but there are some issues which I thought were worth mentioning.

As a whole the film looks great, most shots feature an impressive level of clarity and detail. Colors are rich and give the presentation a nice pop throughout. However, there are some scenes in which black levels looked rather weak and perhaps the film’s lower encode size could have had a bit to do with this.

The film features a pleasing level of grain throughout which luckily was not given the wax museum treatment by applying DNR or edge enhancement. Lionsgate has provided a very pleasing video presentation that while not stunning is definitely good. 7.5/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the only audio option included. Optional subtitles include English, English SDH and Spanish.

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track included on the disc is definitely an impressive one. Dialogue is presented front and center and is clear like most new release films. The film is a family film, but it also features plenty of action throughout. The action sequences features great amount of surround use, featuring a fantastic sense of direction and clarity as well.

The track is definitely impressive in all aspects, but I can’t say I am surprised. Lionsgate has always been great especially when it comes to lossless mixes on Blu-ray. Like almost any of their releases, the mix may be more impressive than you expected and stands out among other live action family films on Blu-ray. 9/10.

The Extras

Disc 1:

Jackie Chan: Stunt Master and Mentor (10:15) (HD)
The cast and crew talk about working with Jackie Chan and how they all learned/gained skills from him.

Adventures in Acting with the Kids of the Spy Next Door (11:10) (HD)
The three child actors from the film talk about how they started acting and tips they have for those who want to become actors.

Blooper Reel (3:16) (HD)
This is a blooper reel which also plays while the credits roll.

Also From Lionsgate (4:15) (HD)
See previews for other Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases, these also play before the menus.

Bookmarks
Save your favorite scenes and return to them later via the bookmarks option.

Disc 2:

DVD copy of the film.

The extras included on this release are certainly good, but I do wish more behind-the-scenes footage was included to be honest. The extras are semi-informative and the feature with the kids is cute. Lionsgate has included a DVD copy of the film which I think is smart. This is definitely a movie kids will want to watch in the minivan or maybe even their own rooms, and it makes the choice to go with the Blu-ray version that much easier. 5/10.

The Movie
The Spy Next Door is not something I saw theatrically, but the trailers made the film look like this would be a cute family film. When the film started I almost didn’t want to watch, the opening title with the cheesy music and effects just made it look like a cheap action movie.

However, once we get past the first 5 minutes I found myself much more impressed by the movie. Jackie Chan is the leading actor of the film and is always likeable despite his lack of acting skills. Jackie Chan plays a spy named Bob Ho who is in a relationship with his next door neighbor Gillian. The two don’t really have great chemistry, but it is fine enough.

Their relationship is great but the problem is that Gillian has three children, all three who have a major dislike for Bob. Gillian finds herself in an emergency and needs to be with a loved one in the hospital, leaving Bob in charge of her three children while she is away.

Bob hasn’t told Gillian about his job but had intended to tell her before. Another spy asks him to check out a file which he sends to Bob’s home computer and the action begins from there. There are people who Bob works with who have deceived everyone are in search of the file which Bob has.

The kids quickly find themselves involved in the chaos as they all connect with Bob at the same time. The film’s script isn’t genius but for a kids film it definitely works. The child actors in the film are actually very good and they all fit well as a family.

The movie is definitely predictable like almost any family film, but it has a great message of family and love that kids will likely take in. The movie is one which is definitely for kids and one which I think critics judged a bit harshly. What people need to remember is that movies like this were not made for adults; it is made for those with children. That isn’t to say an adult can’t enjoy it, I think those watching it with their children will find it cute and not a bad film to spend an hour and a half on.

Overall I really enjoyed The Spy Next Door and the children who watched it as well definitely approved. The movie is bigger on the action, but girls will likely find the movie to be a lot of fun as well. The movie is far from perfect, but I do think it makes for a more than solid family film. 7.5/10.

The Blu-news Summary
The Spy Next Door is a cute family film with a good video presentation and impressive audio track. The extras are not amazing, but they are enjoyable. Overall the Blu-ray release is ‘Recommended’ to those with children.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Disney Parks Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 21.1 GB
Rating: TV-G
Region: A
The Video
Disney Parks comes to Blu-ray with three specials, each with a 1080i AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. While I do have to note that I wish the encode sizes for each episode were a bit bigger, I still find myself very pleased by the high-def image on this release.

The release is in 1080i rather than your typical 1080p transfer, like many concert releases though it is very possible that the content was filmed in 1080i to begin with. Other signs that point to a natural 1080i source can be seen on this Blu-ray release.

There are jaggies throughout, but are not very noticeable unless paused. Due to compression and possibly lower end high-def equipment you may also notice a bit of crushing at times. While the release may sound like it has a few issues, I actually didn’t expect the Blu-ray release to look as good as it does.

Yes there are flaws, but viewing the film on even my high-def projector setup was very entertaining and the high-def upgrade is instantly clear. Filming a lot of what was filmed on this release is not easy; particularly at the fast speeds many of the rides tend to be which impressed me.

Colors are generally very vibrant, with very few moments that felt a bit duller. Seeing the Disney Parks in high-definition is amazing, the image really sucks you in. Those who have been to the Disney Parks before will quickly begin to relive memories and those who haven’t will quickly feel the need to go.

The release is not one which compares to a film or even many concerts on Blu-ray, but this behind-the-scenes look at the Disney Parks certainly looks good for specials which I believe aired on the Travel Channel. If you take pause frame by frame the release may be a tad disappointing, but those just enjoying the presentation will likely have few complaints about this high-def release.

My biggest complaint is the encode sizes (as mentioned) which cause crushing, but it really isn’t noticeable even on the fastest of rides. However, I think the equipment used to film could be partly to blame. The quality is definitely better than that which you would see broadcast on an HD television channel, but it also doesn’t compare to a film.

The Blu-ray release does have its issues, but all it takes is a quick comparison to the DVD to find yourself even more satisfied than you may already be. The quality difference between the DVD and Blu-ray format are huge and I definitely find myself extremely pleased by the upgrade the Blu-ray disc provides. The limitations only become noticeable when paused and analyzed, but when in motion they look truly great and impress. 8/10.

The Audio
A 2.0 Dolby Digital audio track is included, no subtitle options are included. The specials are not really something that you would need high-def audio for or surround use to be honest. The narration of each special is presented nicely, although rather dull compared to that found on a lossless mix.

The dialogue provided in the specials is very easy to understand as there is nothing happening in the surround speakers to even slightly overpower. This is your typical television special mix, it does the job but it never impresses. Whether it had a 5.1 or lossless DTS-HD Master Audio mix, I don’t think it would improve the content provided in a significant way. I have no complaints, but I also have nothing to commend audio-wise. 5/10.

The Extras

Disc 1:

Walt Disney’s Apartment (1:55) (HD)
Learn about Walt Disney’s apartment built on Main Street and get a look inside for the very first time.

King Arthur Carrousel (1:20) (HD)
Learn about the carrousel restoration and updating the technology.

Disney’s Resort Hotel (3:40) (HD)
A quick look at the new features at Disney resort hotels, learn about the value resorts.

Tips for Travelers (1:31) (HD)
This includes a few quick tips about Disney’s Magical Express as well as other options for those staying at a Disney resort.

The Disney Dream (2:23) (HD)
This is a sneak peek at the Disney Dream, a cruise ship opening in 2011.

Disney Dream AquaDuck (1:02) (HD)
Go on a virtual ride on the Disney Dream AquaDuck, a very cool waterslide on the upcoming Disney Dream cruise ship.

The Haunted Mansion (2:25) (HD)
See what’s new and updated at The Haunted Mansion.

Goofy’s Barnstormer (2:23) (HD)
A feature about Goofy’s Barnstormer, a thrilling ride for young children which helps them transition to more intense rides like Splash Mountain.

Catastrophe Canyon (3:29) (HD)
Go behind-the-scenes of Catastrophe Canyon.

Disc 2:

DVD Copy of the episodes

Digital Copy of the episodes
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media. See the main menu of the DVD for instructions on how to redeem.

The extras on the release are great and add even more value to the release, they are all extremely enjoyable and provided in high-definition. The additional DVD and Digital Copy is a nice addition that I am sure many will enjoy. The Blu-ray release also includes a very nice embossed Blu-ray slip cover. 7.5/10.

The Specials

Disneyland Resort: Behind the Scenes - The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, is the first in the family of Disney Parks that now span the entire globe. Despite its relatively small footprint, Disneyland Resort boasts an incredible variety of attractions, entertainment, and experiences. Your journey starts on Main Street and takes you on classic attractions like The Matterhorn Bobsleds, It’s a Small World, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Then take an exclusive look into the future of Disney Parks with a sneak peek at Disney’s California Adventure.

Ultimate Walt Disney World - Do you crave speed? Adrenalin? Ultimate fun? Then follow us on a journey as we explore the ultimate thrill rides at Walt Disney World Resort. Experience a flight into space, a thirteen story elevator plunge, a high speed coaster that travels in the dark and another one that actually travels backwards! If you’re looking for the best thrills Disney has to offer, then Ultimate Walt Disney World is it!

Undiscovered Disney Parks - Think you know Walt Disney World? Think again. Beyond the theme parks, beyond the mouse – we’ll show you how Disney Parks can make your vacation magical when you want an alternative to rides, restaurants, and souvenirs. This program takes you to the unknown sites and attractions, as our cameras get off the beaten path. At Disneyland in Anaheim you can “Walk In Walt’s Footsteps” and discover secret spots that Walt Disney himself visited. At Walt Disney World in Orlando, learn how to surf, make and ride your own roller coaster, go on a private safari, and drive a real race car.

I love Disney Parks, wherever you go you are in for a great vacation with your family. Each special is almost an hour in length and are surprisingly informative. We not only get to see some of the fan-favorite rides, but we also get to go behind-the-scenes of so many rides and closed-off areas.

Those who haven’t been into Disneyland Club 33 (a member only area in Disneyland) will get a look inside and the many things they offer that isn’t available elsewhere in the park (such as alcoholic beverages). We go inside Walt Disney’s apartment on Main Street and the candle at the window is explained.

We get also get a sneak peek at new attractions and changes to already present attractions. The sneak peeks are very cool and it actually makes me want to go back to a Disney Park soon. I learned a lot about one of my favorite places and I think most viewers will really love this release as well.

Disney Parks is fantastic for anyone interested in learning more about the parks or learning more about their favorite attractions. A lot about the parks is covered in the included three specials which run just under three hours. The quality of the content is terrific and definitely some of the best specials I have ever seen regarding Disney Parks. I wish more specials were included on the Blu-ray release, but I definitely loved what was included. 9/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Disney Parks includes some fun and informative specials, featuring great video presentations and decent audio presentations. Extras on the release are great and definitely add to the overall package. Disney Parks on Blu-ray is ‘Highly Recommended’ to those who love Disney Parks and ‘Recommended’ to those who have never been or want to learn more about them.

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Celine: Through the Eyes of the World Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 38.2 GB
Film Size: 37.7 GB
Region: ABC
The Video
Celine: Through the Eyes of the World comes to Blu-ray with a 1080i AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The documentary concert film looks great in high-definition and if you have seen a concert on Blu-ray, you probably have a good imagination of what to expect.

While the cameras clearly aren’t the quality of those used to shoot a major motion picture, they are quite great, capturing plenty of detail throughout. The film features plenty of concert footage, but plenty of non-concert footage as well which is great.

Colors on the release are strong, vivid and really keep the presentation popping. Detail is also great and much improved from the DVD release (Which I also received to compare), but think concert detail and not film detail. The images provided in the review don’t give the presentation justice and look much better in motion.

Overall I was very impressed by the video presentation. The video isn’t demo level material, but it still features so much to love and impress even the most casual of viewers. Those planning on sticking with the cheap DVD are definitely missing out as the presentation looks MUCH better in high-definition. 9/10.

The Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track and 2.0 PCM audio track are included. Optional subtitles include English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish and Thai.

As mentioned, the film is a mix of both concert footage and behind-the-scenes/personal life footage. When a concert scene takes place, the film’s surround speakers definitely wake up and engage the viewers with an undeniable high quality and often good surround use moments.

During behind-the-scenes footage surround use takes a step back, but is present from time to time. However, the quality of dialogue captured and the effects surrounding definitely come through about as clear as one could expect. I never found anything difficult to understand and nothing ever felt overpowered.

The audio mix really is well balanced and I was honestly impressed by that. Celine Dion has her Las Vegas show ‘A New Day’ on Blu-ray which does sound even better, but having an exclusive arena to perform in every night probably helped as they obviously have the best to work with there.

The mix definitely does its job (and well). I can’t say the concert is reference material, but I don’t think many viewers or audiophiles will find themselves disappointed by the 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio mix included. 9/10.

The Extras

There are no extras included. 0/10.

The Concert Film
Celine: Through the Eyes of the World is part concert, part documentary film. We follow Celine as she travels to places all over the world as well as see her perform all over the world. Whether you love Celine Dion or absolutely hate Celine Dion, there is no denying her world-wide appeal and amazing vocal talent.

The documentary portion of the concert is surprisingly engaging and informative as we see her interact with the people of different countries. We really see her at her best and her worst, happiness, sadness, excited and exhausted.

We see how big of an artist she is all over the world as she fills up stadium after stadium. We go behind-the-scenes of her preparation for a concert as well as other non-concert related events. We see her dedication to her fans, signing as many autographs as she can before leaving her hotel or leaving a store.

We see what a genuine person Celine Dion is, not caring about what the cameras capture. We see her without makeup quite often looking pretty awful, but that doesn’t seem to matter to her. While the woman does come off as creepy at times, she is who she is and I respect that.

The only downfall I would have about the documentary/concert film is the length which comes close to the three hour mark. Celine Dion has a voice which I think is phenomenal, but ballad after ballad can get old especially for those who aren’t the biggest of fans.

Fans of the singer will find much to love about this concert release as she includes fan favorite numbers and a very fun behind-the-scenes look of her concert and life. Those who aren’t fans of the singer will likely find a lot to enjoy about the film as well actually, just fast forward through the music moments if it annoys you.

Overall I am very impressed with the high quality of the film, surpassing my expectations much more than I anticipated. This is very much like Michael Jackson’s This Is It, except they have much more material to work with. Unfortunately the runtime and a few dull ballads knock this one down just a bit, but I still found plenty to love about it. 9/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Celine Dion: Through the Eyes of the World is a great film that I think runs a bit too long. Regardless, the quality of the editing and footage is amazing throughout and definitely compares to that of Michael Jackson’s This Is It.

The Blu-ray release is great, featuring impressive video and audio presentations. The three hour film doesn’t have any bonus features, but all the behind-the-scenes footage you need is in the movie. Overall the Blu-ray release is a ‘Must Own’ for the fans and easily ‘Recommended’ to everyone else.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Extraordinary Measures Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 30.3 GB
Film Size: 23.8 GB
Film Rating: PG
Region: ABCThe Video
Extraordinary Measures comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film is distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and was produced by CBS Films. The movie isn’t a stunner in high-definition, but there is definitely plenty of upgrade to be found.

There is a glow and light layer of grain that is present throughout the movie, very much like a soap opera on day-time television in high-def. I can’t say that I love the look; it actually makes the film look like it was lower budget produced for basic cable special.

The film looks quite similar to The Box on Blu-ray. There is a glow and grain to it, but behind it all there can be an impressive level of detail and clarity. The film’s colors are on the warmer side, but never really stand out. Black levels however stay strong throughout.

Extraordinary Measures may not make for a visual treat, but it certainly is a respectable transfer. The upgrade from DVD believe it or not is also quite impressive; I wasn’t sure how big of a difference there would be as the Blu-ray felt a bit limited at times. I am pleased to say that the upgrade brought from the Blu-ray release is worth the investment. 7.5/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the only audio option included. Optional subtitles include English and English SDH.

To be honest I wasn’t expecting much out of this lossless mix, the film just isn’t one which I thought would lend itself well to an impressive surround mix. While the mix is far from reference, it is certainly better than I anticipated as far as surround-use goes.

Dialogue is key point to the film and is presented front and center, crisp and clear. The film’s effects while front heavy at times are given time in the surround speakers. The mix also does a pretty good job at creating environment to each scene, whether it is a quiet indoor scene or open outdoor scene. The mix won’t amaze, but it was definitely better than I expected for a non-action filled drama. 8/10.

The Extras

MovieIQ
Connect to real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie. You must have a BD-Live connected Blu-ray player to use MovieIQ.

Deleted Scenes (9:22) (HD)
Nine deleted scenes are included and are presented in high-definition.

Meet John Crowley (4:35) (HD)
Meet the real John Crowley (played by Brendan Fraser in the film) and his wife as they share their story.

Extraordinary Measures: The Power to Overcome (10:43) (HD)
The cast talks about the inspiring story of the Crowley family as well as working on the film. There is a nice amount of behind-the-scenes footage thrown in as well, which I enjoy.

Previews (HD)
High-def trailers for available and upcoming Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases.

BD-Live Portal
Download the latest trailers for upcoming Sony Pictures theatrical and Blu-ray releases.

The extras on this release are nice, but definitely lacking. It would have been nice to get a bit more behind-the-scenes footage and perhaps an audio commentary from the Director or cast. This is also a release that probably should have been packaged as a combo pack release rather than a standalone Blu-ray release. 4.5/10.

The Movie
Extraordinary Measures is based on the true story of John and Aileen Crowley (Who can be seen in the bonus features). They are like most parents, who would do anything for children. Their children are not like most children however, two of which have been affected by Pompe’s disease.

The film stars Brendan Fraser as John Crowley, Keri Russell as Aileen Crowley and Harrison Ford as Dr. Robert Stonehill. John’s kids are past the typical life expectancy of a child diagnosed with Pompe’s disease which makes him more and more desperate to find a cure/medicine for his children.

He finally refers to Dr. Robert Stonehill who has a development theory for a Pompe’s disease treatment, however he lacks the funding. John quickly promises to come up with an immense amount of funds to help fund the developments and the film really takes off then.

The movie is definitely a touching one and something that I am sure would be difficult for anyone to go through. The movie pulls at your heart-strings for the sick children, hoping they live long enough to receive treatment.

While the story is cute and touching, I can’t help but feel a bit underwhelmed by the film as a whole. The film is the first produced from CBS Films and perhaps that is why we at times get a made-for-television feel for the film. I also was not a fan of the blackout scene transitions in the film, almost as if they were made so any scene could be cut just in time for commercials.

The movie is one that I would definitely recommend worth watching, but replay value may definitely vary from viewer to viewer. The movie could have been better, but I do think the actors involved did the best that they could with the material. I liked the movie, but I definitely think it could have been better executed. 7/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Extraordinary Measures is a good but flawed film. The Blu-ray release features a pleasing video presentation and good audio mix. Extras on this release are good but more should have been included. Overall the release is ‘Worth A Look.'

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True Blood: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray Review

Disc 1 Size: 28.1 GB
Disc 2 Size: 38.6 GB
Disc 3 Size: 38.2 GB
Disc 4 Size: 39.1 GB
Disc 5 Size: 37.2 GB
TV Rating: TV-MA
Region: ABCThe Video
True Blood: The Complete Second Season brings all 12 episodes to Blu-ray with 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentations. Like the previous season on Blu-ray, the high-def image is stunning. Each episode features an extremely impressive level of detail and clarity throughout, the upgrade is just amazing.

Colors are extremely rich and fit nicely among the inky black levels. There is a thin layer of film grain present throughout the episodes, which is very welcome and actually adds to the look of the show. Everything about the video presentation is impressive and I definitely think it is one of the best looking shows on Blu-ray.

Those planning on going the DVD route should be warned, there really is no comparison to the Blu-ray release. The Blu-ray release easily improves upon the good looking DVD release, but once you see the Blu-ray release it will be impossible to go back. The video presentation is truly shocking at times, sometimes it looks like you are looking through a window and not a television screen as the amount of detail can be profound. I’m very impressed by the high-def quality of True Blood: The Complete Second Season. 10/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless option provided for all twelve episodes. Other audio options include a French 5.1 DTS Digital Surround track and a Spanish 2.0 DTS Digital Surround track. Optional subtitles include English SDH, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Nederlands.

The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track included for each episode is fantastic and perhaps even more impressive than the first season on Blu-ray. Surround use is very active and definitely helps immerse one into the show. Dialogue is generally crisp and clear, but there are a few moments in which dialogue cracks ever so lightly, likely due to the way it was recorded.

True Blood is a very intense show and I actually enjoyed it even more with the lossless mixes included. The mixes can be creepy and downright chilling. The mix also features fantastic direction as we hear effects travel throughout the surround speakers. I’m very impressed, although it does fall a bit short of reference level. 9/10.

The Extras

On All 5 Discs:

Enhanced Viewing (Available on all 12 episodes)
An in-episode viewing mode which includes the following features for all 12 episodes:
Character Perspectives – Learn more about what’s going on straight from the mouths of Hoyt, Pam, Karl and Steve Newlin.

Flashback / Flash Forward – Move through time in the world of Bon Temps. Flashback to relive pivotal moments or Flash Forward to reveal the significance of a certain scene.

Pro / Anti-Vampire Feeds – Receive news updates and information from both organizations throughout the episode and decide which camp you support.

Hints/FY – Don’t miss a beat with these FYI trivia facts and show hints and clues.

Disc 1:

Commentary on Episode 2 “Keep This Party Going”
By Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette) and Michael Lehmann (Director).

Disc 2:

No audio commentaries included.

Disc 3:

Commentary on Episode 7 “Release Me”
By Raelle Tucker (Writer) and Michael Ruscio (Director).

Commentary on Episode 8 “Timebomb”
By Stephen Moyer (Bill), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric) and John Dahl (Director).

Disc 4:

Commentary on Episode 10 “New World In My View”
By Ryan Kwanten (Jason) and Sam Trammell (Sam).

Commentary on Episode 11 “Frenzy”
By Rutina Wesley (Tara), Alan Ball (Writer) and Daniel Minahan (Director).

Disc 5:

Commentary on Episode 12 “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’”
By Anna Paquin and Michelle Forbes (Maryann).

Commentary on Episode 12 “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’”
By Alexander Woo (Writer) and Michael Cuesta (Director).

Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light (12:15) (HD)
These were available online at the Fellowship of the Sun website, but are included in high-definition on this Blu-ray release.

The Vampire Report: Special Edition (23:50) (HD)
I believe these were available online while the show aired as well; it’s an entertaining fake news report regarding vampires.

The extras on this release are certainly great and I love that more work went into the bonus features this season than last season. Fans of the show will have plenty to sink their fangs into, but I do wish more behind-the-scenes footage was included. Overall though, the features are terrific. 8/10.

The Season
I loved season one of True Blood, I loved the cast, the story, everything about it. It is safe to assume that I was extremely excited for season two to debut on HBO. The season starts off directly after the end of the first season where we see what appears to be a dead body in a vehicle.

Many of the mysteries from Season 1 are now known and with season 2 we learn even more about the background of the characters as well as meet new characters in the Human/Vamp world of Bon Temps. This season we also learn more about the ‘Fellowship of the Sun’ church, which takes a stand against vampires.

Another welcome character this season is Maryann Forrester, played by actress Michelle Forbes. We quickly realize not everything is right with this woman and we learn about her past relationship with another True Blood character favorite.

When the season finale aired on HBO I have to admit I was slightly disappointed by how underwhelming it felt, really wrapping up in the first half of the episode. Now that I have revisited the season several times already on Blu-ray, I have to say the finale works much better when watching the last couple of episodes back to back (which most will due to the anticipation of what is going to happen next).

I can’t say much else as I don’t want to spoil it for those who have yet to see this season. All I can say is that the season is definitely great and some may enjoy it even more than season one. Those who have yet to see either season, pick them up on Blu-ray now. Please be aware that the show is rated TV-Ma and features graphic nudity (season 1 especially), but perhaps that will be even more reason to pick up the show.

True Blood is one of my favorite shows and I didn’t expect it to be at first, however after just one episode you will find yourself hooked, wanting to know what happens next. The characters (and the actors who play them) are all fantastic and the story is well-written. True Blood makes for must-see television that is actually better on Blu-ray. 10/10.

The Blu-news Summary
True Blood: The Complete Second Season features a fantastic video and audio presentation. Extras are also fantastic, just leaving a bit to be desired. Overall the Blu-ray release is a ‘Must Own’ for fans and ‘Highly Recommended’ to all others.

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