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Heroes: Season 2  [Blu-ray]
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Manufacturer: Universal Studios
Starring: Jack Coleman, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Masi Oka, James Kyson Lee, Milo Ventimiglia
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5

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Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Blu-ray
Brand: Universal
EAN: 0025195041508
Format: AC-3
Label: Universal Studios
Manufacturer: Universal Studios
Number Of Items: 4
Publisher: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2008-08-26
Running Time: 482
Studio: Universal Studios

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Editorial Reviews:

Rejoin the epic and suspenseful phenomenon as Heroes: Season 2 arrives on Blu-ray Hi-Def! Experience all the new and exciting twists of the astonishing series in this 4-disc set that includes every gripping Season 2 episode. Plus, see what could have been with exclusive bonus features that reveal the untold stories that never aired and an alternate ending to the season finale, where the fate of humanity takes an ominous turn when Peter fails to catch the vial containing the deadly virus.


Spotlight customer reviews:

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Amazing image quality
Comment: I got this as my first Blu-ray disc, I'm impress with the quality, and the content of the series, great extras, but I have been unable to remove the "Bonusview" tag on the corner[..], thanks!

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: The Half-Season Weirdorama - still hope for Season Three
Comment: Shows such as Heroes, Prison Break, Lost are, to a significant degree, reflections of how many of us perceive the world around us during these uncertain and unsettled times:

- larger portions of our lives are influenced or even controlled by high-level entities or organizations who now have the means to implement their agendas
- things are almost never what they seem because hidden forces are at work
- only very few insiders completely understand and control and set the agendas for these all-controlling entities
- we should consider ourselves lucky if we can figure out the who's and the how's that change our world but we may never get to know the why's
- these hidden and mysterious 'powers that be' plot, plan and act globally

Heroes is a near-perfect reflection or expression for our current fears and paranoias and watching it could therapeutically help vindicate and validate them. Heroes reveals that there's a number of humans possessing near-supernatural powers who live secret lives while appearing as normal, ordinary people to the rest of the world. We are 'in the know' now, rigyht? But, wait, these poor gifted souls have no idea where those powers came from and, up until Season One started, they were hardly aware of each other's existence. And this is only the beginning. What we are watching unfold is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma - to borrow someone else's words. Someone or something appears to be working secretly to find all these gifted individuals and 'cure' them of their powers but... there's their parents' generation who seem to have their own agenda and there's some organization or maybe one specific individual up to no good (as we understand 'good') and, apparently, working diligently toward the near-extermination of the human species. Or... will we ever know what that REAL agenda is?

The first season was about getting to know the many 'gifted' characters and preventing a small human nuke from erasing the city of New York. There were lots of stories to be told and, by the time it was over, we learned to know and to care about some of the 'heroes'. Season Two was meant to look one onion-layer deeper into their origins and give us a glimpse of what lays underneath while the human species was about to experience mass near-extinction without realizing it. Sadly, the season had to be cut in half and the makers had to do quite a lot of behind the scenes patching, including a complete 180 of the 'extinction' part to save the plot. What we are left and get to watch is a largely unconvincing picture of our heroes trying to live normal lives and trying to understand their purpose while, of course, making sure that the world doesn't end. What we really get to see, and it is so in part because of the abbreviated season, is a not so compelling story often punctuated with heavy accents of weirdness. Add to this the series makers attempts to introduce AND take sides (and occasionally perform summary artistic justice) on some very specific elements from 'real life' - Katrina, the illegal immigration controversy - and we are presented with a mixture that's compelling enough to watch, even though I did have my occasional and unplanned naps while watching, and makes me want to give Heroes a chance to redeem themselves on Season Three.

I understand the problem the writers' strike posed and we should all be forgiving of some flaws in the plot but, and this may be good advice for the ongoing Season Three, perhaps the makers of this overall good show should be careful not to slip into weirdness for weirdness sake. I noticed a tendency of turning 'the cheerleader' into something that begins to resemble more that old 'bearded lady'. The increasingly frequent killing and 'miraculous' reviving of some of the main characters should be avoided or the overall balance may be disturbed and this entire effort could turn into some form of weirdorama.

Technically speaking, the show continues to be first-class. Clearly, gifted professionals were at work putting Heroes together. The acting is consistently good and the characters we knew from Season One do not disappoint. The jury is still out on the couple of new additions but, it seems, the makers are pretty good at killing those who prove themselves not to be up to the standards.

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The Blu-ray edition has a couple of gee-whiz features bundled together under something called U-control, I believe. It's not a lot of control but, at the push of a button, a little picture-in-picture windows open in the lower-right area of the screen and you can see and hear the director, producer and the various actors chat about what's taking place on the main screen at the time. From time to time, little post-it notes can be made to appear on the screen, providing information on specific characters. The 'control' part is quite limited. The picture-in-picture window, for example, is in a fixed location and of a fixed size. The post-it notes can be made to appear on the screen, when available but they disappear whenever they disappear and they can't be brought back by the viewer and the viewer can't make a specific post-it to appear at any given time.
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There are a couple of interesting extras. The story of Takezo Kensei is very well done and is providing some useful background that helps understand what Hiro's quest appears to be about. Another 'news report' on the mysterious inventor of the Internet does not seem to be directly related with the events shown on Season Two so, I assume, it was meant as a Season Three teaser.

Oh, and one more weird detail. There seems to be no good reason for this to be a 4-disk set. The first 8 of 11 episodes AND lots of extra are packaged on the first 2 disks. Then... Disk 3 has only 2 episodes and Disk 4 has one episode plus of few more minutes of 'extras'. Was this done so that it could justify a higher retail price?

Overall, I am granting this show 4 stars because I am rounding up the 3.5 I feel it truly deserves and I am rounding the star count up because I hope for a great Season Three rebound which may be happening as I am writing this review but I won't know it until the next 'season' bundle is released next year because I don't watch these shows on TV.


Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Blu-Ray Remains the Best Way to Watch Heroes (Truly Underrated!)
Comment: Season Two, regardless of the writer's strike, remains high quality entertainment. Like many others, I was hesitant going in. What with all the excessive negative feedback. Not that this Season wasn't without its fair share of flaws, but most of which was rather minor compared to it's newfound strengths.

For those coming hot off the heels of Season One, hoping for more of the same but with tons of new characters, you're met halfway. Several of the new characters are surprisingly well developed and have gone on to become some of my favorite characters: Alejandro, Elle, Maya, and Monica. However, due to the considerably shortened length, many of the returning characters feel far too alien. Not enough screen time perhaps? For this very reason, many of the present struggles can be hard to relate to. More often than not, you feel as if Nathan and pals could've used that extra time. Maybe introduce a few more conflicts, and then you would have some excellent character development. No matter. Due to the writer's strike, none of which was possible. Still, going in, it was nice knowing many of these problems. Helped to appreciate more of the talents at work behind these scenes.

Now, the strengths. As mentioned earlier, the new characters are a breath of fresh air. Each trial shows something new; something special. That something is what really shines through, reminding you of just why you started watching Heroes in the first place. Probably the best aspect Season 2 has going for it. Granted, these stories still have a few problems here and there, but, for the most part, they are pulled off exceptionally well. There is a downside, however. If you find you are unable to relate with even but one character, the first several episodes will become laborious. In the case this happens, hold out. Try to find something worth liking, because the payoff that comes next is infinitely more rewarding. Seriously, you will hate yourself forever if you miss the return of "The Company Man."

Recall for a second, about halfway through the first season of Heroes the special effects extravaganza known as "The Company Man" struck a chord with audiences everywhere, changing the face of dramas forever. Well, I never thought I would be able to say this, but it seems lightning has struck twice. Cautionary Tales comes out of left field; full of raw, emotional, power that has quickly become one of my favorite episodes ever. Even better than Company Man. This is the episode I will remember Season 2 for for years to come. The Bennet family strikes again! Hopefully Season 3 can achieve much of the same success found here in this episode, but with the way the Petrelli war seems to be playing out this may be the last time the Bennets will be able to answer the call. This is one episode you cannot afford to miss!

After so much amazing you must be tired out, right? I know it's hard to imagine anything better than Cautionary Tales, but stick around. The final two episodes will wrap up the season remarkably well, answering several questions teased at since the very beginning. Some might even wonder why they didn't bother to mix parts of the ending in with the beginning. Could've helped remove some of the alienating aspects of the opening. While I agree with part of that statement, some parts are better left as is. For example, a lot of Nathan's character development this season was based around not knowing what had occurred to his brother. This made for some relatively deep psychological undertones that helped make him the standout this season. Of course, there were other parts. Like Matt Parkman raising Molly. Those made for some truly emotional scenes.

Despite Season 2's shortcomings, I have become increasingly fond of how much they were able to accomplish in just eleven episodes. A very well rounded eleven episodes I might add. Regardless, some attention must be given to some of its downfalls. First off, Hiro, Kensei, and Yaeko's storyline dragged on for far too long. The arc should have only taken two or three episodes at most. Not enough went on to warrant its appearance in the first seven episodes. On top of that, the romance was hardly convincing. Next, Adam Monroe should have been introduced much earlier, along with Peter's escape sequence. In turn, exposing Elle a bit earlier to the audience. All of this would have went a long way into making the season feel more dynamic.

A few other concerns include Elle's nature, did not seem quite as sadistic as they were trying to make her out to be, and Nikki. Granted, they were able to establish a bit of a connection later in the season, but I just felt not enough was covered to make us believe they were as important as their screen time suggested. Loose cannons if you will. Then again, the implications they leave have proven to be far more interesting.

Finally, there is but one last concern that need be raised: the lack of metaphors. Truly disheartening. Where's the cockroach? Where's the Nikki versus Jessica (Candice)? I miss them. I remember seeing Mr. Cockroach once. Can't remember past that. Will have to see again. Maybe I missed them.

In the end, I was pleasantly surprised by this season. Couldn't be happier, given the circumstances. The Blu-Ray itself is astonishing. Nice use of grain; accents the drama unfolding on screen. Rich colors decorate the world, capturing all the vibrant details from every corner of the Earth. I cannot say enough good things about the Picture Quality, let alone the Audio. Owning this season on Blu-Ray makes it that much better. Of course, you should start with the beginning, if you haven't already. Don't worry, you'll be caught up in no time. It only took me four weeks: including both seasons. Yes, I do have a job and am attending classes. Don't ask me how I did it. Just prepare to sign your life away. Once you see Heroes, you won't be able to think about anything else.

This is one of my most cherished Blu-Rays, along with Season 1. It doesn't get better than this. Both seasons come highly recommended.

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Adrian Pasdar (Nathan Petrelli)
Honorable Mentions: Jack Coleman (Noah Bennet) and Greg Grunberg (Matt Parkman)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Zachary Quinto (Sylar)
Honorable Mentions: David Anders (Adam Monroe) and Shalim Ortiz (Alejandro Herrera)

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Hayden Panettiere (Claire Bennet)
Honorable Mention: Dania Ramirez (Maya Herrera)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Cristine Rose (Angela Petrelli)
Honorable Mentions: Kristen Bell (Elle Bishop) and Ali Larter (Nikki Sanders)

Episodes to Watch For: Four Months Later, Fight or Flight, Out of Time, Four Months Ago, Cautionary Tales, and Powerless

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Heros in all their glory
Comment: Plays perfectly on both my playstation 3 and phillips blu-ray player. See Season 2 with all the detail it was meant to be watched with!

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Heroes: Season 2 bluray
Comment: Excellent show, sound and video are amazing. Very much worth the price paid for it.


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