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Broadchurch Season 2 DVD Review

Broadchurch Season 2 DVD

Sophomore slump.

In its second season, the British crime drama “Broadchurch” returns for another 8 episode series. The season picks up where season 1 left off with Joe Miller on trial. However, that isn’t entirely the main focus of the season. This time around the central mystery is known as the Sandbrook child murder case. Aside from those two plotlines, expect plenty of drama involving Ellie (a PC/DS), Alec Hardy (a DI turned Training Officer), the Latimer family, and many other troubled community members of Broadchurch.

When season 1 debuted, “Broadchurch” became a global hit as people couldn’t get enough of the police procedural/whodunit mystery. With season 2, the show maintained its massive popularity, but the overall opinions were decidedly split down the middle. Many fans who were floored by the season 1 conclusion felt cheated by the season 2 finale. Furthermore, the central mystery that captured a nation in season 1 was significantly more gripping than what season 2 offered up.

Personally, I never understood the passion for the show to begin with. Yes, it’s an efficient TV series that is well shot, well directed, and well acted (with the best performances coming from David Tennant and Olivia Colman), but as a crime drama, it’s all rather absurd. After seemingly every character lies, harbors secrets, cheats, and is generally untrustworthy, it’s hard to care about the miserable people in this miserable town. If I wanted to watch a fresh small town mystery series, there’s only one show I need to see- “Twin Peaks.”

Going back to the storylines in the second season, it’s abundantly clear that “Broadchurch” needs to move on from several of these storylines including the one involving Joe Miller. If creator Chris Chibnall wants to win back disappointed fans, he should take the upcoming third season in an entirely new direction.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The series is supremely well shot and looks great even on DVD, but I’m a little surprised there isn’t a Blu-ray release considering how popular the show is.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Surprisingly, this track is a little on the flat side, but it still does the job.

Extras:
* eone trailers.
* 32 minutes of deleted/extended scenes.
* 5 segments with David Tennant and Olivia Colman talking about series 1 and 2, Chris Chibnall, promotion, and West Bay, Dorset.
* Interviews with Jodie Whittaker, Andrew Buchan, Eve Myles, Charlotte Rampling, Chris Chibnall, and Marianna Jean Baptiste.
* “The Making of Broadchurch” contains interviews, episode clips, behind-the-scenes footage, location shooting, discussions about various subjects, etc.
* “Success and the Series 2”- A featurette about season one’s success and the second season.
* “The Latimers”- A featurette about the Latimers characters.
* Andrew Buchan and Jodie Whittaker chat about the Latimer house set.
* Producer Richard Stokes gives his thoughts on David Tennant and Olivia Colman.

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May 25, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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