SRP $49.99 1.78:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 SONY

SONY has released the 2nd season of "BREAKING BAD" separately but at the same time as "Season one." Anyone who has seen the 1st season of this incredible series, will be excited to find the 2nd season is every bit as good and contains even more episodes(13) than the 7 making up season one. 

Walter and Jesse must contend with new challenges and dangers in this season, all developing as a result of their drug enterprise becoming a major aspect of their lives, and the inherent challengers to its success.  No longer safe in working with a druglord, the duo seek out other ways to grow their business with safety and bigger returns. Walter is also finding himself spending more than he expected, just in keeping alive, rather than building the savings for his family which was the reason for this dangerous, immoral endeavor to start with.

While all characters are developed further in this season, due to the level of character depth achieved in season one, stories are free to become even more intriguing here. As intense as this season becomes, it still  manages to remain poignant and even, occasionally funny, albeit in a darker tone.  For those fans of the series, never-the-less concerned about its main character's involvement in the illicit drug trade, season two offers a fair amount of introspection with Walter, as he deals, literally and continuously with life and death, living alternate lives and the growing concerns of his family, unaware of his illness and business.

SONY has provided the correct 1.78:1 aspect ratio for this AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release of this 1080p blu-ray.  While still far from achieving "reference quality," SEASON TWO does boast a much more impressive level of detail than was achieved in "SEASON ONE."  While still exhibiting a dark look, contrast is also improved, with deeper black levels, ensuring detail is better retained, rather than becoming swallowed by shadow as in much of season one. Fleshtones are much more natural as presented in this release than on the previous season. 

SONY has provided another great DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix for this season, just as impressive as what was achieved with SEASON 1. Completely immersive from beginning to end, surround effects, discrete effects, music and bass play an integral part, without ever overshadowing the dialogue-heavy episodes.  Seldom has a cable or tv series ever come close to achieving the kind of reference quality presentation accomplished with this lossy mix.

Having almost double the episodes offered in "season one," this season also offers many more supplements.  Deleted scenes for select episodes, various featurettes and more are presented in 480p.  A music video and theatrical trailers are presented in in 1080p. There are a few commentaries as well, and the one for "Seven Thirty-Seven," is particularly entertaining and insightful.