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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Blu-ray Review

The second season of “The Vampire Diaries” is a slight improvement over the uninspired first season.

Elena and the vampire bros. (Stefan and Damon Salvatore) are back for 22 more episodes of the popular CW drama. In this season, the action definitely ramps up from the slower paced season one. Viewers can expect to see plots involving the return of Katherine, Elena and Stefan’s relationship, characters turning into vampires, werewolves, Damon stirring up trouble, a moonstone, a masquerade ball, witches, several character deaths, the appearance of other vampires (namely Trevor, Rose, and Elijah), resurrections, a curse, a Warlock, a ring, deadly bites, Elena’s parents, a surprising turn of events for Stefan, and the villainous Klaus.

After a season of dull action and Joss Whedon rip-offs, “The Vampire Diaries” has developed more of a unique identity in its second season. Granted, season two still suffers from many of the same flaws as season 1 such as the overabundance of overly dramatic and poorly written dialogue and bland characters, but these 22 episodes are far more eventful and better paced than the previous batch. It also helps when you have exciting moments like vampires vs. werewolves (see episode 13) and a couple of appealing characters to boot (namely Damon and Rose). Is the show worth tuning in for on a weekly basis? No, but at least the series no longer feels like a cheap cash-in on the vampire craze.

Summary: Fans of “The Vampire Diaries” will no doubt love this second season and should certainly pick up the Blu-ray or DVD set. Note: Season 3 premieres on Thursday Sept. 15th.

Video/Audio:

The 1.78:1 1080p picture quality is a bit on the fuzzy side, but overall it looks decent. I’m not quite sure if it’s worth shelling out extra money over in place of the DVD set though.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is adequate. Nothing more needs to be said.

Extras:
* Deleted scenes (or scene) from episodes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 13.
* BD-Live capabilities.
* Commentary on episode 7 by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.
* “Second Bite”- A lame gag reel.
* 3 featurettes on werewolves titled “The Myth And The Mystery,” “Building The Beasts,” and “Howling At The Moon.”
* ‘The Perfect Love Triangle: Vampires, Werewolves, Witches”-
* “Her Own Worst Enemy…Elena, Katherine, and Nina!”- Nina Dobrev talks about playing two characters.

September 13, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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