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Heroes: Season 2 (Blu-ray Review)

14 Sep, 2008 By: John Gaudiosi

Four-disc set $69.98 Blu-ray, $39.98 DVD
Stars Milo Ventimiglia, Hayden Panettiere, Masi Oka, Adrian Pasdar, Greg Grunberg, Kristen Bell.

After a mesmerizing first season, “Heroes” hit a sophomore slump last year. Ultimately, the writers strike was probably a godsend, as the producers wrapped up the abbreviated season and had plenty of time to focus on the third season, which starts Sept. 22 on NBC.

The good news is that the first two seasons are available on Blu-ray Disc, so fans can get the best of both worlds in high-definition.

With regard to the first season, the Blu-ray version has all the extras — and there a lot — from last year’s HD DVD version, plus some exclusive new interactive goodies through BD Live.

The second season similarly shines on Blu-ray in both picture (1080p at 1.78:1) and sound (English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1). Even though these 11 episodes lack the intensity and cliffhanging thrills of season one, they look and sound spectacular.

All of the supplemental materials are in 1080p for season two. Universal once again offers video commentary, but this time it’s provided for all 11 episodes, which is refreshing, especially since many of these interviews are entertaining and engaging. Masi Oka and Kristen Bell especially shine in this department.

Rounding out the exclusive content is an extension of the first season’s U-Control “Hero Connections” pop-up feature, which has been renamed but still delivers great snippets about the characters. This collection is also BD Live enabled.

All of the extras from the DVD version of season two are packed into this four-disc set, including several featurettes, plus a fictional documentary called “Takezo Kensei: Sword Saint,” and “Genetics of a Scene,” which takes four scenes from four different episodes and gives an inside look at how they were made.

For fans eager to forget about season two, there’s an eight-minute sneak peek at the third season.

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