Cast: Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris
Release Date: December 4, 2018
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
In Season Two, viewers are welcomed back to Westworld, where the puppet show is over and the newly liberated “hosts” are coming for humankind. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) takes charge, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is on a mission and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is back. Chaos takes control in this dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness, the birth of a new form of life and the evolution of sin.
Please Note: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
Newcomers to ‘Westworld’ are strongly encouraged to consider starting at the beginning due to the show’s serialized nature and various continuing story elements within. You can find our review of the first season’s Blu-ray release below!
The second season of the HBO series ‘Westworld’ returns viewers to the park following the massacre and game-changing events that concluded last season. With the hosts now becoming fully aware of their reality and intended purpose within the park, they begin to embark on their own chosen paths, some for love and others for revenge; while certain hosts begin making steps toward far grander and more dangerous goals. The sophomore season of ‘Westworld’ (subtitled ‘The Door’) brings viewers another complex, enthralling and moving season of television that’s not to be missed and never takes the easy route or holds its punches along the way. Inspired by the Michael Crichton film of the same name and created for television by the talented pair of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the series also features a spectacular cast that includes Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Tessa Thompson, Simon Quarterman, Luke Hemsworth, Ed Harris and Anthony Hopkins along with more.
‘Westworld Season Two: The Door’ delivers another complex, intriguing and just downright mesmerizing season of phenomenal television with a powerhouse cast that in no way loses itself during its sophomore run. Expanding upon the mythology and storylines introduced in the first season and opening the scope in a massive way, allowing us glimpses at more than one additional world the park has to offer while also serving up another brain-twisting mystery that will have your mind working overtime trying to put together the pieces alongside Bernard. With things only going from bad to worse and the overall danger drastically increasing with the park’s hosts now fully aware and unchained from their loops and limitations, ready to enact whatever path they choose. The sophomore season introduces some new and fairly important characters to the mix, while still concentrating heavily on those key individuals that were front and center last season and taking each of them to new and unexpected places and therefore allowing us to glimpse these unique characters in a different light. Just as with the show’s debut season, Season Two is gorgeously crafted and detailed with a plot, overall adventure and internal mystery that won’t have everyone instantaneously jumping to the correct conclusions like so many other shows, truly requiring your unequivocal attention in order to stay on top of things. Anyone that enjoyed the first season will definitely want to try and make a point of checking out ‘Westworld Season Two: The Door’ at your earliest convenience if you haven’t already had the pleasure; it’s another breathtaking and complex batch of episodes that fellow fans of this continually impressive series won’t want to even consider missing out on.
Overall, ‘Westworld Season Two: The Door’ is another engrossing, moving and simply phenomenal season of television that expands on the world we were introduced to in the first season while additionally taking most of the events and characters we know and switching things up in a big way as these violent times without limitation quickly force everyone human and host alike to decide where they stand and who they really want to be. The Blu-ray release of ‘Westworld Season Two: The Door’ is definitely highly recommended. Fans who already own the first season box set on Blu-ray will almost surely want to make a point of picking up the sophomore season on Blu-ray as well whenever possible and shouldn’t be disappointed at all with the release once they do. The Season Two collection once again provides fans with a gorgeous, thick and sturdy set for this 3-disc Blu-ray collection that features satisfying high definition video and audio presentations on all ten episodes, along with a number of worthwhile extras that take you deeper into various aspects of bringing this marvelous show to life. Chances are it will make another definite must-own for the fellow fans that are likely to find themselves wanting to repeatedly revisit the series.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Westworld Season Two: The Door’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the sophomore season’s episodes. These video presentations look rather fantastic altogether and provide sharp, clean and colorful presentations on every episode, with no notable faults to be uncovered throughout. They hold up remarkably well even during the various darkly lit, fast moving and heavily populated sequences, never resulting in anything occurring on screen becoming negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are highly capable high definition video and audio presentations that should have no trouble satisfying fans of the show that were pleased with what last season’s Blu-ray set had to offer.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 10 Season Two episodes. These multichannel soundtracks deliver crisp, clean and often quite aggressive audio presentations on each episode of the season. They frequently take full advantage of all five available channels in order to immerse the viewer within the marvelous score, along with sending plenty of nature elements, gunshots, water and other audio activity throughout the various speakers whenever appropriate, and never conflicting with any dialogue or other audio elements that might be occurring simultaneously. Overall, these are wonderful 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that perfectly compliment the series and should not disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Westworld Season Two: The Door’ includes some entertaining and informative extras in the way of numerous Behind the Scenes Featurettes that include interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage, reflective discussions and more. The Featurettes include: ‘The Truth Behind Delos’ (running approximately 13 minutes in length), ‘These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends’ (running approximately 11 minutes) along with a batch of ‘Bring Yourself Online’ discussions Hosted by Leonardo Nam and Ptoleny Slocum’: ‘Reflections on Season 2’ (approximately 15 minutes), ‘Of Love And Shogun’ (15 minutes) and ‘Journeys and Technology’ (15 minutes). We are also treated to even more Featurettes within ‘Creating Westworld’s Reality’ including: ‘The Drone Hosts’ (approximately 3 minutes), ‘An Evocative Location’ (3 minutes), ‘Fort Forlon Hope’ (5 minutes), ‘The Delos Experiment’ (6 minutes), ‘Shogun World’ (13 minutes), ‘Inside the Cradle’ (5 minutes), ‘Chaos in the Mesa’ (5 minutes), ‘Ghost Nation’ (3 minutes), ‘Deconstructing Maeve’ (3 minutes) and ‘The Valley Beyond’ (12 minutes).
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Disc Rating: 9/10
‘Westworld: Season Two: The Door’ is Now Available to Own on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from HBO & Warner Bros. Home Entertainment