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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
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.