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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, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Denis O'Hare
  • Directors: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Bradley Buecker, Craig Zisk, David Semel, Jeremy Podeswa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • 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: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,048 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ADQPB50
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,945 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "American Horror Story: Asylum" on IMDb

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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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126 of 147 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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64 of 75 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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40 of 49 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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98 of 128 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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59 of 79 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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41 of 56 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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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Had reservations, enjoyed it a lot! October 20, 2012
By ADOLF H
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*SPOILER FREE REVIEW*

I loved the first season a lot, every episode was on my must-watch list (the atmosphere it created, the pacing, the details, the way it weaved this intricate web of characters), it was honestly one of the most innovative and original shows on television.

So I went into this episode with reservations, worried that the creative spark and magic that the first season had was just a fluke...

But oh my god. It was amazing. They introduced a new cast of characters, and an extremely chilling new location, and I seriously thought this was just as good as the season 1 premiere. It was horrifying, titillating, mesmerizing, suprisingly sexy, and such an engrossing story.

If you're liked the first season, you'll love this. And if you haven't watched the first season of American Horror Story, go watch it, you won't regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This story keeps me wanting more. Looking forward to watching the next season.
Published 20 hours ago by carol hampton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
breathtakingly wonderful!!! Give me chain smoking hooker nuns any day!!
Published 2 days ago by nurse student
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted
Its twisted and really good!
Published 2 days ago by William & Adrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good series
Published 2 days ago by German J Garzon
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, a wild departure from the first season
A great story, a wild departure from the first season, and horribly depressing. Yet it has one of the best scenes in all of television of late -- where Jessica Lange and the... Read more
Published 3 days ago by DogDaze
4.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely loved the first season and was eager to drive right ...
I absolutely loved the first season and was eager to drive right within the story of season 2. While not as good as the first season, season 2 was definitely worth the watch.
Published 3 days ago by Deanna Fuller
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series!
Published 3 days ago by Moss
1.0 out of 5 stars Why do I subject myself to this series?
Acting is good. Story is stupid.
Published 4 days ago by jaci
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good show
I am not one to follow television series. However, I cannot get enough of this one. Really good all around.
Published 4 days ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this! Took a few episodes to get me hooked but loved it.
Published 5 days ago by RRoseland
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