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The Following: The Complete Second Season (2014/Warner Blu-ray/DVD set)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Episodes: B-

The Following is a hit new TV series starring Kevin Bacon as Ryan Hardy who is an FBI Agent and his attempts to re-capture serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) following the latter's escape from prison. In Season One (reviewed elsewhere on this site), Hardy soon discovers that Carroll has surrounded himself with a group of like-minded individuals, whom he met while teaching and while in prison, and turned them into a cult of fanatical killers, including his right-hand, Emma Hill (Valorie Curry). When Carroll's son Joey Matthews (Kyle Catlett) is abducted by his father's followers, Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore), Debra Parker (Annie Parisse) and the rest of the FBI discover that it is the first step in a wider plan for Carroll to escape custody, humiliate Hardy, and be reunited with his ex-wife Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea). The show is cleverly written and acted and full of great suspense and interesting characters that puts it a grade above other similarly produced shows.

The second season centers on former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and his niece Max Hardy (Jessica Stroup) and their attempts to find serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) following Joe's faked death. After a new group, led by Lily Gray (Connie Nielsen) and her sons Mark and Luke (Sam Underwood), begins to develop and make public statements to lure Joe out of his hiding, Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) is re-recruited in order to find the new potential cult and teams with Ryan and Max to track down Joe and Lily. Meanwhile, Joe is back to his old ways as he, along with his right-hand Emma (Valorie Curry), begin to draw plans to turn a new group of followers to his will. Things take a turn when Joe's ex-wife and the woman Ryan had an affair with, Claire Matthews (Natalie Zea), again enters the picture after Ryan and Joe believed her to be dead.

There are fifteen episodes in this second season including:

1 - Resurrection

2 - For Joe

3 - Trust Me

4 - Family Affair

5 - Reflection

6 - Fly Away

7 - Sacrifice

8 - The Messenger

9 - Unmasked

10 - Teacher's Pet

11 - Freedom

12 - Betrayal

13 - The Reaping

14 - Silence

and finally 15 - Forgive

Sound and Picture on the disc are solid and up to standards, which is no surprise considering how great of a job Warner handles its titles. The image is in 1080p high definition preserving the original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and the sound is a powerful English 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless track that outshines the show's original television broadcast by leaps and bounds. Also on the disc is a Dolby Digital French 2.0 and Spanish 2.0 track and Subtitles in English SDH, French, and Spanish. Total running time for this season is 649 minutes in length.

The DVD transfers are at a high standard for the format but don't quite match the details that the DVD delivers with the visual clarity. The sound is a passable lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track and the transfer is in standard definition.

Extras and plentiful and include:

14 Behind the Scenes Featurettes

4 Featurettes including Following Marcos Siega, The Religion of Joe Carroll, Bound by a Common Foe, and The Joe Mask.

There's also a Season 2 alternate ending, a Sneak Peek at Silence, 2013 Comic-Con Panel, Severed Scenes, and a Gag Reel.

If you are into psychological thrillers then this show may be for you and there's no better way to experience it then through this great release by Warner.


For more thoughts on the first season, try this link:


- James Harland Lockhart V



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