The many fans of the first season boxed set of “HIGHLANDER” from ANCHOR BAY should be even more pleased with the 2nd season release!
Adrian Paul returns as Duncan MacLeod, one of the good immortals surviving the ages, doing battle with evildoers, and immune from death, with the rare exception of beheading. If beheaded, the victim’s power and enlightenment is transferred to the victor in a lightshow, known as “the Quickening”.
Season two offers much more complex plotlines than the previous season, showcasing a struggle for control within the “watchers” themselves! It’s up to Duncan to stop Peter Horton’s plan to control the group, so as to better destroy all immortals. Much of this season pits the two against one another, but it never feels repetitive. While MacLeod must deal with a fair share of evil “immortals”, the 2nd season also demonstrates further that the world has more than enough mortal evildoers to keep a hero busy, as is the case when Duncan’s girlfriend is killed by a mugger. This event also catapults him into training Richie, another immortal, in sword-fighting strategy, further building allies to fight the villains of the world. .
The 7 disc set includes the following episodes: “THE WATCHERS”, STUDIES IN LIGHT”, “TURNABOUT”, “THE DARKNESS”, “AN EYE FOR AN EYE”, “THE ZONE”, “THE RETURN OF AMANDA”, “REVENGE OF THE SWORD”, “RUN FOR YOUR LIFE”, “EPITAPH FOR TOMMY”, “THE FIGHTER”, “UNDER COLOR OF AUTHORITY”, “BLESS THE CHILD”, “UNHOLY ALLIANCE 1”, “UNHOLY ALLIANCE II”, “THE VAMPIRE”, “WARMONGER”, “PHAROE’S DAUGHTER”, “LEGACY”, “PRODIGAL SON”, “COUNTERFEIT 1” and “COUNTERFEIT II”.
ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT has provided the correct 1.33:1 aspect ratio for this release, and, as with the first season, it looks better than in its original television airings. Again, as was the case with the first season, grainy scenes appear sporadically, but the overall image is solid. There is great detail and contrast is impressive, with deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear natural.
ANCHOR BAY has presented a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for this boxed set, as was the case with the previous season. For some reason, however, the dialogue can be troublesome sometimes. On occasion, the center channel is less clearly defined than surrounding speakers, drowning out some lines sporadically. However, the rest of the mix is excellent, and even improved upon in comparison to season one. The music sounds better than ever, complimented through all speakers, and the bass is a welcome dominant factor during key action sequences.
Each episode offers a variety of extras, including text about specific characters from that episode. Various episodes also include extra footage and bloopers. Adrian Paul offers commentary on two episodes, “THE RETURN OF AMANDA” and “REVENGE OF THE SWORD”. Paul has a great presence and when some of the information may become a bit drab in spots, he helps move the listener right past it to a more interesting comment, with skill and charm.
There is also a featurette and other interviews offered, making an already great boxed set, even more attractive.