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American Horror Story: Asylum (2013)

Evan Peters , Jessica Lange , Alfonso Gomez-Rejon , Bradley Buecker  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy
  • Directors: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Bradley Buecker, Craig Zisk, David Semel, Jeremy Podeswa
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,849 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ADQPB50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,130 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Horror Story: Asylum" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

Step inside a madhouse of horror and experience the chilling new incarnation of TV's most daringly provocative series. The sins of the past haunt the present at the notorious Briarcliff home for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude. Forbidden desire and terrifying evil lurk around every corner...from alien abduction to demonic possession to a skin-wearing psychopath known as Bloody Face. Emmyr winner JESSICA LANGE leads an exceptional ensemble cast, including ZACHARY QUINTO, JAMES CROMWELL and SARAH PAULSON. 'It's genuinely, unrelentingly horrific and creepy' (Time Magazine) and a 'totally addictive' (The Washington Post) show.

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119 of 139 people found the following review helpful
By Nikita
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Season two of the American Horror story anthology is shaping up to be a "wtf" thrill ride. Well, not an edge of your seat roller coaster ride where you pee your pants or barf in your own face, but more like a nervous passenger in the car while your recently immigrated relative drives on 405 with their new license. You might be thinking, well...that doesn't sound pleasant, but to people like me who like this crap, it is very enjoyable. It is nice for once to not know what the hell is going on in advance, what to expect from the characters, to rely on the same song sung by a different singer over and over and over again in television and movies gets old quick. It's usually always the same damn drivel recycled, and thankfully that is not the case with this show.

Having a show where boy meets girl is not the center of the plot is nice as well. I can't recall a series where there is more than one "bad guy" and added to that developed characters you get sympathy for, save for maybe Dexter. Also a new thing is having different "bad guy" types/categories. For example you'll never see a show with zombies AND Psycho serial killers, especially not with Nazi evil scientists and slutty nuns. I mean call me crazy but even Dexter has drawn it's line of bridges it won't cross. This show doesn't care, it walks in the room and lays it's gigantic balls on the table and say's "See this, I'm doing it, because **** You, that's why"

I liked season one, it was completely different from this one, and that is something I also really like a lot. The anthological nature of the series is pretty cool, because honestly with that much chaos you can't keep it up without the show turning to poo.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most disturbing show I have ever watched! November 30, 2012
AHS is, by far, the most disturbing show that has ever been aired on cable and the only show I watch religiously. Even though I spend half the time watching through my hands, I absolutely love it and can't get enough! Wickedly AMAZING!
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this NOW! February 27, 2013
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One of the best shows I've ever seen! Not for the faint-of-heart but soooo addictive. Once you start watching, you will consume the whole series like popcorn. Great acting, great story, don't miss it!
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96 of 125 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Had My Reservations... October 19, 2012
By NateyG
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I was so disappointed to learn that season 2 would not be continuing the Harmon family saga. As such, I came into this episode looking to find fault because surely you can't top what season 1 brought can you?

The fact is that this first episode has curbed some of my reservations, perhaps by bringing back a handful of the beloved first season cast, or maybe because it was a really well written and intriguing story in its own right.

The highlight for me this episode was most certainly Jessica Lange's performance. She seemed to help bridge the gap from old to new by providing a familiar air and a concrete performance, just as worthy of the praise which she received for last season's work.

All in all, out with the old, in with the new.
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56 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jessica Lange Full Tilt-what a marvel November 2, 2012
When Jessica Lange was lured into doing television, Drew Barrymore, who costarred on their first tv venture, said to her, "Just think, now a whole new generation of people have the opportunity to discover you." Indeed. I wonder how many viewers realize they are watching a first rate film actress, who was also one of the great beauties of her day. And boy, is she giving it her all. In this episode, although there are a lot of other events, Lange plumbs the depths of her nun, showing her anguish and guilt underneath her ironclad rule of the asylum. Specifically, the nun killed a child by running her over when she was in her partying days prior to being a nun. The only word for this is WOW.

Not that anyone else is a slacker. We now have a demon nun whom the devil crossed into during the exorcism. Our mad scientist is getting madder and now has Chloe Sevingy in his clutches, apparently long term. There is another attempt at escape by a trio during a wild storm. Plus in the future there is a bloodbath with our original two who opened the season.

If you like the horror genre, this is quite the feast.

note: further along in this season i was delighted to discover the incomparable Ian McShane had been hired to guest star in an episode. He plays a killer in a Santa Claus suit who goes around killing people during Christmas. He manages to make this so blackly comic that I watched it over and over again. He ends up in the asylum and he and Jessica Lange get into a brawl. Now here is an actor who is totally worthy of Lange's talent! Wow!!!!!! I would have paid the whole subscription fee just to see him!
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40 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty Pleasure..! November 30, 2012
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This show is seriously the craziest stuff that I never would have thought would be allowed on television haha! Its so wrong.... but I'm so hooked!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not fun to watch anymore December 6, 2012
By Snappy
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Last season was creepy, but also a lot of fun to watch and there was always an interest in what would happen next. This season is just kind of full of things that make you very uncomfortable (torture, evil Santa, rape, Nazis). Every week, I'm half excited/half disturbed about watching the next episode.In fact, I was just kind of bothered by the fact that there are probably 5 more episodes to watch this season (13 total).I hope next season returns to more ghostly fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely incredible start to finish
I'm actually not a big fan of horror stuff, but this is really so much more. The acting and casting is some of the best I've seen. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by bogmonkey
5.0 out of 5 stars It was amazing!
It was just as good as the first season I love love loved it I finished this one in like a week too!!!
Published 22 hours ago by Maria23ad
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll make it easy!
A must watch! Great story, great acting, interesting, suspenseful, gory, and it makes you not want to wait to see what happens next. AHS never disappoints.
Published 1 day ago by Ney C
4.0 out of 5 stars Second best season ever!
This was better than season 1 and a close second to season two, although many of my friends would disagree. They loved it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by JSav
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fine season
I'm not through the entire season yet; it's excellent, but not quite as good as season one. That's the only reason I'm giving it four stars. Zachary Quinto is terrific. Read more
Published 1 day ago by C. Mayowski
4.0 out of 5 stars very scary
Good scary show. Keeps you wondering what is next. Good cast too. Like the fact that season 1 actors fit right into season 2.
Published 1 day ago by Good Choice
5.0 out of 5 stars American Horror Story: Asylum
I watched Coven on tv but I had never watched the the first 2 series. I have Coven on preorder and I still have to get the first one in the series!
Published 2 days ago by Douglas Gendron
4.0 out of 5 stars good
fun to watch. not as many twists as season one but a bit creepier. nice work to all involved in production.
Published 3 days ago by Kimberly R. Bertholf
3.0 out of 5 stars psychological thrill
Not what I would call a horror story--more psychological but still very good. There were parts that were that were not fully explained even up until the end and it seemed rushed... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jacob WErner
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Wow. Such an incredible series. I was hooked from the jump. Great writing. Intense and scary allthe way through. Twists were nice
Published 3 days ago by B. H.
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