Season Two of Once Upon A Time, ABC’s drama about classic fairy tale characters living in modern times is now available on Blu-ray. This 5 disc set includes all 22 episodes in glorious hi-definition. This is why TV on DVD/Blu-ray has been invented. I’m the first to rail against ABC Tv’s flakey scheduling for breaking a lot of shows. Serialized TV programs like Once Upon A Time, Revenge, Scandal are meant for binge watching. I admittedly have a very short attention span and I lose interest when I only get 1 or 2 episodes every one or two months. So with Once Upon a Time I bailed on Season Two after Episode 7 last year.
Earlier today, I reviewed NBC’s entry in the new Fairytale wars Grimm. Now it’s time for me to look at ABC’s far superior concept Once Upon A Time. Both Grimm and Once Upon A Time are Crime Procedurals set in the world of Fairytales. While Grimm’s conceit is the fables are all “figurative” the folks over at ABC took a more literal approach.
This review going to be relatively quick. Last year seemed to be the year of the Fairytale. In the last 12 to 14 months we’ve had several major motion pictures based on Fairy tales, a bunch of new popular comics based on modernizing Grimm’s Fairy Tales and on TV we have Once Upon A Time on ABC and NBC’s entry – Grimm.
Season One hit Blu-ray last week in a really nice package but it loses a couple of grade points because of its incredibly stupid use of Ultraviolet digital copy – a service that is garbage in it’s own right. This is why people pirate, because studios constantly find ways to screw customers and make things harder than necessary.
I’ve spent the past three – four weeks having weekend Marathons, I’m up to season four watching Disney’s recently release Lost Blu-ray sets. I’m not a huge fan the show, I first discovered it on DVD a few years ago, watched the first season in a single weekend marathon and enjoyed it, but never got around to watching the Season Two DVD set. That’s not to say that I don’t like the show, I do, I just don’t love it. The only way I would put up with a show like this is to watch it in big 8 episode chunks. Especially season two where I had to put up with Michael screaming Walt! every few minutes. Walt!
I have to say Disney Home Video has done a fantastic job on their recently released Lost Blu-rays, if, for no other reason than their way cool SeasonPlay option that gives you the ability to pick up your viewing where you left off whether you take the disk out or not. One of the things I’ve been complaining about lately is how the Java BD breaks the caching on most Blu-ray players, namely my PS3. Walt!!! Whenever I accidentally hit the stop button (which is frequently) on the PS3’s crappy remote control my place is completely lost and I’m stuck going through 10 minutes of startup crap before I can even fast forward to my last spot. Well the folks at Disney have figure out a way around this with SeasonPlay. Walt!!!
From Joss Whedon, the creative mastermind behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, comes the provocative Dollhouse, a sexy, suspenseful thriller starring the stunningly talented Eliza Dushku. As an “Active,” the mysterious Echo (Dushku) serves as an unwitting agent of Dollhouse, an illegal underground organization that provides its elite clientele with programmable human beings. Actives receive personality imprints, allowing them to temporarily become anyone or anything—the perfect burglar, lover, spy, or assassin. Now, with the FBI and her own shadowy past closing in, Echo must face a rogue Active who will stop at nothing to bring Dollhouse down—forever.
“Dollhouse” Season One includes intense and stunning supporting performances from Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Rushmore), Harry Lennix (State of Play, Across The Universe), Amy Acker (“Angel”), and Tahmoh Penikett (“Battlestar Galactica”). The Blu-ray and DVD includes all 12 original episodes and tons of bonus features including the never-before-seen standalone episode “Epitaph One,” the original unaired pilot “Echo,” deleted scenes and seven making-of featurettes. The Blu-ray will be available for a suggested retail price of $69.99 U.S. / $89.99 Canada and the DVD will be available for $49.98 U.S. / $69.98 Canada. Prebook is July 1.
Blu-ray Disc Specs:
The “Dollhouse” Season One Blu-ray is presented in widescreen (16×9 aspect ratio) with English 5.1 DTS HD Lossless Master Audio and English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. Episodes and special features included in the collection are as follows: