Blu-ray Review “Homeland: The Complete Second Season”

homeland-2Actors: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, Jackson Pace, Morgan Saylor
Directors: Daniel Attias, David Semel, Guy Ferland, Jeremy Podeswa, John Dahl
Number of discs: 3
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Run Time: 629 minutes

Season: 3 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I have to admit, I was not aware of “Homeland” until it cleaned up the Emmy’s last year with six wins.  After that I took an interest in the show.  I watched the first season and enjoyed it but wasn’t going around bragging how much I loved it. “Homeland” though is not the typical type of show that I would watch normally.  It does have a A+ cast though leading with Claire Danes (“My So Called Life”), Damian Lewis (“Life”), Morena Baccarin (“V”). I found the cast to be the main draw for me to keep watching.  It is not that I didn’t enjoy the season, the second season is actually a decent improvement over the first and our characters have development our well. It is definitely packed with great drama, exciting episodes, and smart writing but it is not my cup of tea. The show is already in its third season, which I have to admit does look promising, and no signs of slowing down.

Official Premise: “Homeland” makes its triumphant return after winning six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actress for Claire Danes, Outstanding Lead Actor for Damian Lewis and Outstanding Drama Series. Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Lewis) is now a U.S. congressman, and former CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Danes) has returned to civilian life. But when a new and potentially devastating terrorist threat emerges, Brody and Carrie’s lives become intertwined once again and they resume their delicate dance of suspicion, deceit and desire.

20th Century Fox delivered us with a very sharp Blu-ray presentation.  The 1080p transfer looks quite amazing with its aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The show was shot in HD and it reallu benefits from this aspect. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 is also quite impressive, especially with the dialogue heavy moments of this series. In terms of special features, they really don’t blow me away.  There are a few short deleted scenes on each of the three discs. “Returning to the Homeland: Filming in Israel” is short feature on location shooting. “The Border: A Prologue to Season Three” is another short sneak peak. “A Super 8 Film Diary by Damian Lewis” is a fun feature with a home video feel. Lastly “The Choice: The Making of the Season Finale” looks into the shows cliffhanger ending.

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