Release Date: Available On Blu-ray & DVD June 7, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Following the wildly successful first season of Rick and Morty, in season 2 we find that Rick is still living with his daughter Beth’s family and causing more trouble than ever. And this time, the whole family is dragged into Rick’s intergalactic adventures, as he faces new threats and mysteries of his secret past are revealed. Can the family survive Rick’s insanity and all the chaos the universe throws at them?
The second season of the popular Adult Swim animated series ‘Rick and Morty’ rejoins everyone’s favorite pair of galaxy traveling grandfather and grandson. Get ready for more hilarious excitement, galactic adventure and downright offensive behavior as Rick and Morty continue their journeys throughout the galaxy and its colorful planets and inhabitants, finding themselves in even more questionable and deadly scenarios than ever as they encounter everything from deadly alien assassins to a real life purge and plenty more. Now strap yourself in and get ready for some hilarious and uncensored insanity with ‘Rick and Morty: Season Two’ on Blu-ray.
The sophomore season of ‘Rick and Morty’ only improves on every fantastic element of the previous season, delivering more laughs, unique characters and (believe it or not) even escalating the levels of disturbing and offensive it manages to accomplish. Not only it is it a significant improvement over the fantastic debut season in the more familiar aspects, its fearlessness in expanding and taking chances is refreshing and the latest season introduces some recurring aspects and even some shockingly human and emotionally powerful moments which one might not initially expect of a series like this and it truly brings this goofy series to an impressive new level which is quite welcome. Fans of the first season who may not have had the opportunity to catch the second season as it aired Adult Swim will definitely want to at least rent a copy of the set in order to experience the episodes uncensored and bleep free and those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of this series at all will definitely want to give it a whirl if you are at all a fan of adult oriented animated comedy, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Fellow fans of this hilariously original animated series for adults will almost surely want to make certain to pick up a copy of ‘Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season’ on Blu-ray to add to your collection. The Blu-ray release quite delivers gorgeous high definition video presentations and uncensored (bleep free) lossless audio presentations on every episode from the second season in addition to hours of solid bonus content including both ‘Audio Commentary tracks with Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Ryan Ridley and more’ as well as ‘Animatics’ for each episode in the season and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below), which should easily make this one a must own for many fellow fans of this inventive and hilarious series.
Overall, fellow fans of the series will likely want to make certain to pick up a Blu-ray copy of ‘Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season’ to add to their collections in order to relive the superior sophomore season of this continually impressive animated series time and again, and (just as with the first season release) once again entirely uncensored. Those who appreciate adult oriented animated programming such as ‘Archer’ or other relatively similar titles who may not have yet had the pleasure of ‘Rick and Morty’ will definitely want to make sure to check it out, it’s without a doubt one of the best animated comedy programs for adults currently on the air and a series you definitely won’t want to miss out on.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the season two episodes. The video presentations look pretty solid and deliver sharp, vibrant and colorful presentations on every episode of the sophomore season, yet some may be mildly disappointed with the decision by Warner (or Turner) to use the relatively outdated VC-1 encoding method as opposed to the more common AVC method. Nonetheless the video presentations hold up in nearly every way aside from some mild banding which can be occasionally noticeable throughout yet in no way detracts from the overall viewing experience. Overall, these are more than capable high definition video presentation that should generally please the fans.
The Blu-ray release features an uncensored lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on all 10 Season Two episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks sound fantastic and contribute even more fun to the experience of the series, utilizing all five available channels quite consistently in order to send the music or any number of space and/or action related auditory effects such as spaceships and plenty more whizzing throughout the various speakers, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are solid 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtracks that should easily thrill the fans, both with the quality of the audio presentation as well as the refreshing lack of beeps courtesy of the uncensored presentations.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season’ includes a number of fantastic and enjoyable extras. Included on the release are ‘Audio Commentary tracks on every episode with Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Ryan Ridley and more’, in addition to ‘Guest Commentary’ tracks on 3 of the episodes. We are additionally treated to ‘Animatics’ for every episode of the season, plus a bonus ‘second attempt animatic’ for the season premiere (running approximately 22 minutes each), along with ‘Deleted Animatic Sketches’ (approximately 2 minutes combined), and ‘Rick and Morty Season 2 Premiere Party Featuring Chaos Chaos (approximately 43 minutes) which features their entire live performance at the premiere party.
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Disc Rating: 8.5/10
‘Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season’ Arrives on Blu-ray & DVD June 7, 2016 from Adult Swim & Warner Bros. Home Entertainment!
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