Sons Of Anarchy – Season Two (2009/Fox Blu-ray)
A- Sound: A- Extras: C Episodes: B+
I can not
sing the praises of FX and their many wonderful series enough. When it comes to drama, torment, action and
sheer depth Sons of Anarchy has
it. Now blasting onto Blu-ray is Sons of Anarchy: Season Two to deliver
a level of excellence that is usually reserved for full length motion pictures
and big budget HBO series. The gritty
series that chronicles the life of a biker gang returns to treat audiences to
another chapter in the life of The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. If viewers thought this was simply a crew
throwing back the occasional beer and getting into a tussle here and there,
they better think again. Sons of Anarchy is deep, dark and
gritty as it shows one clubs path in life as they make new wounds and cut open
past scars to deliver one sensational tale.
Each episode feels epic, as guns blaze, motorcycles rumble and words
flow like a soliloquy from Shakespeare.
Any preconceived notions you may have about ‘motorcycle gangs’ or Sons of Anarchy should be thrown out
the window as this “high-octane thrill ride” peels away the dirt and debris to
express a world where loyalties are tested and there is no escape.
who missed Season One of Sons of Anarchy, Season Two is not the place to start. This high tension action/drama has an ongoing
storyline with crucial character development that can only be fully appreciated
from the beginning. Each episode feels
like a cliff hanger that leaves the viewer hankering for more; for that reason
I will attempt to not deliver any spoilers.
The series continues to explore the internal struggles of the Sons of
Anarchy (SAMCRO) as the power struggle between the head of the club/co-founder
Clay (Ron Pearlman of Hellboy) and
his step-son Jax (Charlie Hunnam) battle over the path of the club. Clay had gotten the club mixed up in son
darker doings, of which Jax does not approve.
father helped create the club and Jax feels that the path SAMCRO has taken is
well outside of what his father intended.
Season One had Clay igniting
the flame of misdeeds that had the club mixed up with the ATF; with Jax
following behind to pickup the pieces before it was too late. Season
Two has the aftermath of Season One to
clean up, now adding Ehtan Zobelle (Adam Arkin) to the mix as his League of
American Nationalist hate group sets their sights on the club. The battle between LAN and SAMCRO comes to
head as the LAN wants SMACRO out of the gun peddling business; as they
distribute to minority gangs without a second thought. The hate within the group may destroy them
internally before external forces have a chance; so mending the wounds of the
fallen is the only way to save SAMCRO from self destruction.
is purely amazing as it utilizes comedy, action, drama and unbridled violence
to propel this epic tale forward. With
so much good television on today it is hard to imagine what else is to come,
but for now we have Sons of Anarchy.
technical features on this set are amazing.
The picture throughout each episode features a 1080p AVC @ 23.55 MBPS MPEG-4
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition presentation that demonstrates an amazing
crispness, a vibrant array of colors and solid framing blacks. Like the series itself the picture quality is
sharp and bold. If it wasn’t for the
digital noise in some darker sequences the picture would be nearly
perfect. The sound is a 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio that completely delivers with booming bass, splendid directionality and
crisp, clean, clear dialogue. The
soundscape is immense and whereas not in line with the biggest blockbusters it
is very nice; offering up plenty of atmosphere to surround you in action.
extras are somewhat weak as they offer a featurette entitled ‘The Moral Code of the Sons of Anarchy’
that gives a bit of history behind the club, ‘Sons of Anarchy Roundtable’ featurette that delivers about 40 minutes
of Kurt Sutter answering fan questions, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reels and one other
item. The best feature in the extras are
the 3 audio commentaries with the cast/crew that offers plenty of insight,
trivia, emotion and laughs.
- Michael P. Dougherty II