SUPERNATURAL is one hell of a cool and creepy television series. Genre television series rarely get beyond their first season- that is, unless they are something special. SUPERNATURAL is definitely one of those special shows. Combining elements of past genre shows like THE X-FILES, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and KOLCHAK: THE NIGHT STALKER, SUPERNATURAL puts its own fresh spin on things that go bump in the night, while also keeping the proceedings edgy and hip.
The basic premise of SUPERNATURAL follows formerly estranged brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) who were reunited after their father John (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) disappeared while on a "hunting trip." Of course, for the Winchester clan, no hunting trip is ordinary, since the things they tend to hunt almost never end up mounted on anybody’s wall. As it turns out, something supernatural killed the boys’ mother, when Sam was just a baby and Dean was only a few years older. So, for the last two decades, John had been hunting for whatever killed Sam and Dean’s mother, while at the same time, destroying every other supernatural beastie that he and the boys encountered along the way.
Of course, a new tragedy brings Sam back into the fold, and while he and Dean continue to search for the thing that destroyed their hopes for a normal life, they resume the family business of hunting down the supernatural creatures they encounter. Season two of SUPERNATURAL builds upon the show’s core mythology, with Sam and Dean coming across other individuals who have had a run in with a supernatural creature that claimed the lives of their mothers. During season two Sam and Dean get closer to the evil that they seek, however the two discover that their small successes come with very high price tags.
SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON ($60) comes to DVD in a six-disc set that features the following twenty-two episodes that were aired in the show’s sophomore year: In My Time Of Dying, Everybody Loves A Clown, Bloodlust, Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, Simon Said, No Exit, The Usual Suspects, Crossroad Blues, Croatoan, Hunted, Playthings, Nightshifter, Houses Of The Holy, Born Under A Bad Sign, Tall Tales, Roadkill, Heart, Hollywood Babylon, Folsom Prison Blues, What Is And What Should Never Be, All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1 and All Hell Breaks Loose Part 2.
Warner Home Video has made all twenty-two episodes that comprise SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON available on DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that features the anamorphic enhancement for 16:9 displays. Like the preceding collection, SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON looks pretty terrific on DVD. Image sharpness and detail are quite good for a television production, although some mild softness creeps in here and there. Again, the process work can appear a little softer than the principal photography. Colors come across with a realistic level of saturation, but there are moments that are intentionally de-saturated. Blacks are pretty deep, whites are stable and the level of contrast goes somewhat beyond typical broadcast fare. The film elements from which the episodes are transferred appear very clean, but grain can be a little heavy, which adds a suitable level of grittiness to the episodes. Digital compression artifacts are usually kept under wraps.
All the episodes that comprise SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON come with Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtracks. The mixes are pretty darn good, although their television origins are apparent. As expected, the forward soundstage remains dominant, with the rear channels providing occasional active effects, ambient sounds, and some musical fill. Dialogue is cleanly reproduced and is always easy to understand. No other language tracks are provided for the episodes, but English, French, Spanish and Chinese subtitles are included.
Full motion video, animation and sound serve to enhance the DVD's interactive menus. Through the menus, one has access to standard episode/scene selection and set up features, as well as some supplemental materials that have been spread throughout the set. Two audio commentaries each have been provided for the episodes In My Time Of Dying (executive producer Kim Manners, plus actors Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles) and All Hell Breaks Loose Part 1 (creator/executive producer Eric Kripke, executive producer Robert Singer and writer Sera Gamble). Unaired/Extended Scenes are provided for the following episodes: In My Time Of Dying, Bloodlust, The Usual Suspects and Hunted. On the featurette front, one will find The Episode From Hell: The Making of All Hell Breaks Loose Part II, which provides a look at the season two finale. Next we have The Devil's Road Map: an interactive U.S. map of the urban legends and factoids pertaining to each episode of the series. Jared Original Screen Test, a Gag Reel and a Webisode Gallery close out the supplements.
SUPERNATURAL is one hell of a great horror series- it well written, nicely acted, plus its scary and fun. The episodes look and sound pretty darn sweet; certainly besting your weekly standard definition broadcast. If you are a genre fan, SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON is a must have. Highly recommended.
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