Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season is one of the recent Television Blu-ray releases from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, with an August 13th, 2013 release.
The show is a fairy tale drama series that takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine.
The premise is that the residents are actually characters from fairy tales that were transported to the ‘real world’ town and robbed of their real memories by a curse.
The show airs on ABC and was created by some of the writers behind Lost.
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season the Show
Season Two of the show picks up right from where Season One left off – if you haven’t watched Season One you might want to skip this part!
At the end of Season One, the curse was lifted and the characters all now remember who they actually are or were.
Now they have to come to terms with their new environment and relationships after 28 years of believing that they were regular folk.
While the character’s original memories have returned, they are not immediately returned to the fairy tale world.
Additionally the Rumplestiltskin character has introduced magic into Storybrooke, and the fates of the two worlds have become intertwined.
New characters are introduced as well, including Mulan and Captain Hook.
As the season plays out, the characters face various challenges and threats, causing them to lean to the good or evil sides of their characters.
The show has a number of characteristics similar to Lost, where the stories in the episodes bounce back and forth between the ‘real world’ and the fairy tale world.
Also each episode tends to focus around a different character or group of characters to tell their story and dig deeper into their relationships.
Principal members of the cast includes Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Jared S. Gilmore, Meghan Ory and Robert Carlyle.
The show has become a fan favourite with an IMDb score of 8.1/10.
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray Disc
The video on the discs is an AVC 1080p encode at 22.5 Mbps, and is presented at 1.78:1 aspect ratio, filling the HDTV screen.
The show is shot with pretty high production values and quite a number of special effects.
Disney had spaced the 22 episodes out over 5 discs, allowing for a solid bitrate to support a quality image.
Find full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc at the details page for Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season.
The main audio is lossless DTS-HD Master Audio with 5.1 channels – 24 bits resolution at 48 kHz.
The discs are dual layer BD50, with around 48 GB used and are coded for All Regions.
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray Disc – The Bonus Features
There are quite a number of supplemental features spread across the five discs.
Some of the episodes have audio commentaries, including the first episode Broken, Queen of Hearts, Manhattan and The Miller’s Daughter episode.
Good Morning Storybrooke is a spoof morning show with a Storybrooke leaning that also features characters from the show.
There are Storybrooke commercials and even some references back to Lost.
This segment runs 12 minutes or so.
Colin O’Donoghue, who plays the Captain Hook/Killian Jones character, is the focus of the the Sincerely, Hook featurette.
The Hook character is discussed in depth, with comparisons to previous incarnations of the character.
Girl Power covers the female characters in the television show.
The featurette focuses on the strength of the female characters in this re-imagining of the characters.
This is certainly a far cry from the fragile young female characters of fairy tales past.
The writers, producers and cast discuss the kick-ass characters and the motivations behind them.
Sarah Hyland of ABC’s Modern Family narrates the Fractured Family Tree segment, which discusses the convoluted story behind the various characters.
This is a great primer for how everyone is related in the show, as well as how other characters were wound into the story.
It is certainly a complex series of ties between the characters that plays out in just 7 minutes.
This feature is exclusive to the Blu-ray set.
There is also a collection of bloopers and deleted scenes.
This Blu-ray set features Season Play, that keeps track of your progress through the series and prompts you to change discs as you go.
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray – Final Thoughts
Once Upon a Time: The Complete Second Season is an enjoyable television show with rich characters that has become a fan favourite.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has put together an excellent Blu-ray set with a strong presentation and a good collection of supplements.
The retail price is $79.99, or order it right now at Amazon for $50.49, saving 37%!
- Audio Commentaries
- Good Morning Storybrooke: Wake Up with Storybrooke’s Favorite Morning Show
- Sincerely, Hook: Swoon Over the Dashing Killian Jones, AKA Captain Hook
- Girl Power: A High Impact Look at the Series’ Women
- Deleted Scenes
- Fractured Family Tree, Narrated by Sarah Hyland of ABC’s Modern Family: Go Deep into the Roots of the Show’s Twisted Fairy-Tale Family
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