Homeland Season 2 Blu-ray Review
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continues to break new ground as one of the best television
series currently airing: there's little to suggest the series is
as each episode packs in a bunch of story, which keeps things
interesting for this
acclaimed dramatic achievement. Produced for TV through Showtime, the
season arrives on Blu-ray just in time for the third season premiere on
2 picks things up shortly following the events that
concluded the debut season. For those of you who haven't seen the first
yet, read the rest of the review with some basic caution: there are
Mathison (Claire Danes) has not exactly been at her
full working capacity as the CIA laid her off and she was put into
therapy after almost everyone thought she had gone off the deep end
bipolar episode and after she made massive accusations against former
prisoner-of-war Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), who became a
front-runner as a
political candidate and whom she correctly identifies as being involved
terrorists as someone working against the United States government.
the CIA comes to her with a request: someone has
identified themselves as having important intelligence about a
being planned, but they will only talk to their former contact, Carrie.
reintroduced into the world of the CIA without being re-hired but some
top-class work ultimately presents Carrie with a new way back into the
into the CIA. With the help and support of Saul (Mandy Patinkin),
former mentor and a father-like figure, the two continue to work to
America from terrorism. Yet the stakes are always high for the
I am almost flabbergasted
by how brilliant this series is. I say almost because in some way I can see how something this brilliant is
possible, considering the huge array of talents involved in its
there is a part of me that is continually astonished by the amazing
direction, performances, music, editing, location-scouting, make-up,
and just about every element you could possibly think of that goes into
creation of this show. This series manages to surpass virtually every
expectation one can have for quality television.
are a few series that have managed to impress me as
much as Homeland has done. This is
literally one of the best examples around as to why some call our
television age the true golden age of TV. It joins the ranks of
television series that far outrank the average fare you might find at a
multiplex, because series like this continue to demonstrate how
storyline arcs and developing characterizations make for some of the
way, it's a bit like combing the best of literature
with the best of cinema into one swell scoop of creativity. A truly amazing cinematic exercise has all of
the qualities Homeland has but with a
short run time to condense a story down into: you might get a novel but
might also feel like it's bee condensed into a short-story form when
to a TV production. Not only that, television can feel like a series of
well-written novels when done right. The possibilities for expansion
development outweigh most expectations. And when fully utilized, as
created with determination and skill demonstrate, you can't get much
year the series managed to become a critical darling
and the winner of six Emmy's for its debut season outing. For season
two, it managed
a win for Claire Danes, who brought home a second Best Actress award
performance as Carrie Mathison. Danes performance as the lead
Carrie, continues to be one of the central reasons to tune in the
great performance ranks as one of the finest ever seen on television.
brilliant series is one of the few genuine must-see series
currently on air and it remains both entertaining and fascinatingly
complex in its
storytelling. The series is arguably one of the finest creations in the
landscape of television. The characterizations and the writing is
uniformly brilliant, and
it's easy to see why it's garnered so much acclaim: it really is that
a show. For fans looking to discover more of Homeland following its first
season outing, this second season set will be well worth your time.
arrives on Blu-ray with a rather impressive AVC encoded transfer which
the show in 1080p High Definition, and with an average bit-rate of 20
This is certainly an impressive looking series with brilliant
well-reproduced on the home media release. The colors impress and
clarity, and overall PQ is notable with a clean, fluid, and worthwhile
5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio presents
the series with a lossless audio mix that adds extra surround activity,
ambiance, and bass reproduction. The show has good sound quality for a
series. The dialogue is clear and easy to understand.
are provided in Spanish,
French, and English SDH for the deaf and hard of hearing.
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Border: A Prologue to Season 3 (2
min.) is a brief piece that is meant to be viewed as an
intro of sorts before the third season begins.
Super 8 Film Diary by Damian Lewis (11
min.) is essentially home-made footage by a cast
member, Lewis, who has also added his own narration.
to the Homeland: Filming in Israel (8
min.) examines the filming done in Israel for the
beginning episodes of the season.
(approx. 5 min. total) are spread across the three Blu-ray discs and
a glimpse at a few of the deleted moments from Homeland
Choice: The Making of the Season Finale (15
min.) is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the
second season's finale episode.
easily one of the best series
on television. There are few television shows with so many great
acting is incredible. The direction, writing, and production qualities
remarkable. If this series can keep up it's incredible high-quality, I
little doubt that the series will eventually be considered as one of
greatest achievements in American television history. This is must-see
television and the Blu-ray is worth owning with it's amazing PQ/AQ and
assortment of extras. Homeland:
Season 2 is a set well worth owning for series fans.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema, and a student who aspires to make movies. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.