Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Crime / Drama
Sony || NR - 615 minutes - $49.95 || March 16, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-03-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Vince Gilligan (created by)
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Select Episode Commentaries
  • Multiple Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Music Video
  • Photo Gallery
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French

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.::THE FILM::.

Due to the Writers Strike back in 2007/2008, season one of “Breaking Bad” was cut short. Only seven episodes would air, and season two was an entire year away. Season one dealt with Walt (Cranston), a chemistry teacher, finding out he has lung cancer and possibly only a few months to a year to live. When he takes up his brother in-law Hank's (Norris) offer to join him in a ride-along (Hankis a D.E.A. Agent), Walt discovers the money that could be made by making meth and selling it. Out of pure luck, he finds out a previous student of his, Jesse (Paul), is a meth dealer and Walt recruits him to help move his home-made goodies. The two quickly form a business relationship and Walt hides the fact he is creating a very 'clean' version of Meth from his pregnant wife and son. The season ends with Walt and Jesse making an agreement to have Tuco buy meth in bulk.

Well, finally, the show came back and picked up mere seconds where Season One ended with Walt (Cranston) and Jesse (Paul) making an exchange with drug lord Tuco (Cruz) beating the crap out of one of his own 'foot soldiers' for making a snide remark questioning Tuco's intelligence. After the brutal beating, Walt and Jesse decide to get on their way and produce more meth for their new employer, when Tuco blocks them in and requests Walt to help him since the 'foot soldier' is dying. Well, let's just say things don't work out very well and Walt and Jesse fear for their lives (and family) because Tuco may want to silence them before they tell someone what really went down.

I really don't want to spoil much of the season, so I will just mention Season Two deals with Walt becoming more of a 'bad-ass' in the drug community, becoming almost a father figure to Jesse, dealing with his wife possibly finding out what he has been hiding, killing a whole bunch of people, getting a crew together, watching Jesse go down a very dark path, and Walt finding out some possibly very good news. If I said anymore, it would truly ruin all the surprise and shock all 13 episodes have to offer. The ending will leave people on the edge of their seats, guaranteed.

Cranston, wow. If you've seen "Malcolm in the Middle", you might know him as the goofy father who somehow managed to get nominate over and over and never taking home a win. But that all changed for him when Cranston finally walked away with a much deserved Emmy win (for both season one and two!). Any thoughts of dimwitted Hal selling meth was destroyed in the pilot episode and going forward through season two it's hard to imagine him playing anyone else.

"Breaking Bad" is one of cable's finest TV Shows. If you have not seen it, I urge you to go out and pickup seasons one and two on Blu-ray. It's a more 'adult' version of Weeds with none of the crap attached to it.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The show is packaged in a slightly thicker 3 disc Blu-ray case that includes an Episode Guide (!) and a car decal. It mostly contains material in SD, so I will make a point to point out what's presented in HD.

Keep in mind each disc shows ALL the features the second season has to offer. If you pick one that's on a different disc, it will ask you to swap it out for the correct one (and automatically start playing said Special Feature). I'm going to group some together of the stuff together to make it easier to read.

Commentaries on the Following Episodes: Seven Thirty-Seven; Better Call Saul; 4 Days Out; ABQ – Typically with Creator Vince Gilligan, Actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul and the rest are various other actors/writers

Deleted Scenes (~10 Minutes) - Some of the scenes are very quick snips (20 seconds), others are a minute or so long. It's usually cut dialog or very small scene extensions and they all seem very much like they were cut for time.

Inside Breaking Bad (~40 Minutes) - You don't see this often on a TV series, but each episode comes with a 3-4 minute discussion on the characters, plot and general focus of how they wanted each episode to take. Very interesting stuff.

Short Behind the Scenes Featurettes:

The Cast of Season 2 (3 Minutes) - The cast talking about how much season two will rock.

What's in a Name? (2 Minutes) - Short look into each character.

Making of "Negro y Azui" Music Video (2 Minutes) - Self Explanatory.

The Tortoise Scene (3 Minutes) - The most explosive scene yet...

A Look Ahead (2 Minutes) - Showing how the characters change throughout the season.

The Special Effects (3 Minutes) - Showcases some of the various techniques implored throughout the season.

The Props (5 Minutes) - A look at the various props used in the film like beans, meth, teddy bears etc.

The Sets (4 Minutes) - The crew takes you through some of the sets created for season two.

Locked in the Trunk (2 Minutes) - One of the more frightening scenes early on.

Inside the RV with Aaron Paul (3 Minutes) - You don't think they shoot in an actual RV, right?

The Crew (3 Minutes) - The most important thing to keep the show going, this looks at the Crew getting an episode together.

The set also includes some longer featurettes:

Cop Talk with Dean Norris (10 Minutes) - A comical look with Dean Norris who play's Hank talking to real cops about various "issues" like Cop Stuff, Chick Cops, Donuts and Stakeout.

Breaking Bad Webisodes (23 Minutes; HD) - Six Webisodes are included and tell a very small story that may or may not have anything to do with Season Two. Interesting, yes, but not really required viewing.

An Interactive Guide to ABQ - Very interesting look into how each episode is broken down into Acts and Parts, and this allows you to visit various 'points', read the storyboard and then view the scene. It would take a good hour to fully explore everything offered here.

Also included is a Season One Recap (2 Minutes), a Sneak Peek at Season Three (2 Minutes; HD) which is just a scene from the season three premiere, "Negro Y Azui" Music Video (2 Minutes), "Better Call Saul" Commercial (1 Minute; HD), Gag Reel (4 Minutes; HD), Walt's Warning (3 Minutes), Photo Gallery and a BD-Live Portal. I think that's everything.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Breaking Bad” season two is presented in 1.85:1 (MPEG4) on 3, BD50 Discs. Talk about a tough one to grade. The show goes from a perfect 5/5 to a 2/5 within seconds in various episodes. It's all very well intended, but hard to judge because one moment we get a crystal clear shot of Walt with beads of sweat pouring down his bald head and the next is a grainy mess filled with white speckles. Again, all very well intended but it still makes it hard to give it a proper score. Taking that into consideration, this is how the show was meant to be seen and for the most part, it's pretty damn perfect.

Sony has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Lossless track for this release. Wow, for a show that is very dialog driven they sure to bring in the rear speakers a lot. From trailer crashes - to gun shots, explosions and squished heads, you can really appreciate how well this show sounds. Probably one of the best for a Cable Network show I've heard on Blu-ray yet.



.::OVERALL::.

If you've somehow missed this show, run out and pickup seasons one and two on Blu-ray now. I watched both in a matter of a few days and can't wait until the third season premieres. It's gripping, entertaining, funny, and each episode really leaves you hanging. Packed with hours of features and pretty damn good audio and video, this is a must buy.