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Outlander Season 2 Collector's Edition- Blu-ray/UV
'Outlander' follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
-Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (23.00 Mbps)
-Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
-Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
-English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
-English, English SDH, French
-6-disc set (5 BD, 1 DVD)
-UV digital copy
The Season Two Amazon Exclusive Collector’s Edition Includes:
- A Collectible Box
- A 32-page book with photographs and behind-the-scenes sketches
- An exclusive sneak peek from Book 9, Diana Gabaldon’s forthcoming book in the Outlander series
- A bonus disc with 20 minutes of exclusive added value content
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I went into Outlander knowing about the books but not having read them, so what I knew ahead of time was vague at best. It made for a very fun viewing of the first season, and I downed all sixteen episodes in three days about two weeks prior to season two’s start. So unlike everyone else the summer before, I didn’t have long to wait and wonder how and if season two could live up to one. And, not having read the book it was based on, I knew even less about what to expect.
Imagine the longest and most satisfied sigh of contentment/relief you can. IF I had been worried about season two not living up to season one, I was more than reassured.
It was so, so good. In some ways, it was even better.
Season two begins and it is very much its own entity. It is a continuation obviously, but it also has its own stories, settings, characters, and general flavor, so that it really is almost like starting at ground zero. In a way this is great.
The bulk of the season’s plot in the front half is set in France and centers on Claire and Jaimie determined to quash the Bonnie Prince’s ill-fated rebellion. I have seen some complaints about season two not being such a lovey dovey season for Claire and Jaimie in France, and while this is somewhat true, it’s also understandable. Now that Claire has chosen to stay in the eighteenth century, it’s time to see what her marriage is really made of. With that comes the real trials and tribulations of being a couple and making two lives work together. Added to that is the weight of their mission and the lives of their loved ones and the future of Scotland as a whole. They should be stressed. But even better, it’s rewarding to see them work on their issues and figure out how to lean on each other as a team. Because they are going to need each other, as the glittering court of France is full of just as much gossip and backstabbing as one would expect. The minor intrigue we saw in season one is magnified for season two with assassination attempts, spies, betrayal, hidden messages, and the ever-present question of who to trust. It’s not the popular opinion, but this was my favorite section of season two because I adore the time period in France, but also because I liked the cloak and dagger feel to it. I loved seeing Jaimie and Claire's cunning tested, and loved trying to see if I could guess who was really their friend and who wasn't. As always the costume design is stellar, but it really shines during the France arc. Even the opening credits are redressed with the lyrics sung partially in French. J'adore!
Eventually the story does move back to Scotland, but I don’t want to spoil how or why. New characters appear, old characters return, and hidden motivations are revealed. All the while the story hurtles toward the fateful clash at Culloden and whether or not history can be changed by two people. Also new to season two are scenes set much further into the future. They sort of frame the entire season the way you would see in a book or a film, and ultimately they give the season a very unified feeling of being tied together. That and the hour and a half season finale—which felt like a film all its own—was so very satisfying in both how good and upsetting it was. I wouldn’t say it ends on a cliffhanger, but I do wish I had season three to hand right *now*. As soon as I finished it, all I wanted was to rewatch the entire show, seasons one and two, again.
On to this particular packaging of the season. I realize not everyone will feel compelled to spend the money on a collector’s edition. I myself am choosey as to which shows/movies get such treatment. Here’s the thing. I love Game of Thrones and have rewatched the seasons multiple times. I only own season one on dvd, and it was a black Friday sale to where I paid eleven bucks for a bare bones edition. Outlander I knew would be different. I dropped over six times what I spent on Game of Thrones on the ultimate collector’s edition because I wanted the extra scenes, the quality of blu ray, the soundtrack, the commentary by actors and the directors, the documentaries on costume and location. I’ll do it again when this edition comes out because I feel both the show’s quality and my own investment in rewatching it, merit it. To me, Outlander carries itself like a massive film. I don’t mind paying for something like that. Hopefully later I’ll be able to comment on how lovely the packaging really is, as well as how good the extras are. We’ll see. That and I am notorious for wanting my sets to match. It's shallow and petty, but there you go: I want season two to match my season one on my dvd shelf.
Though I think the show has a reputation for it by now, it is important to say Outlander is graphic in both scenes of sex and violence. While I don’t find either gratuitous, some will feel differently. That’s their business. Specific to this season there is violence carried out against a child and that might be enough to turn someone way, so I think it is important to include that.
Like others, I was surprised to see the soundtrack not included. The only reasoning I can think of is this is Amazon's set, so it isn't meant to be exactly the same as the Ultimate Edition Sony released of season one. Whether there will be such a release this year remains to be seen. That said, I agree that the price, as it stands, *is* a bit much considering the lack of the soundtrack. The price on Amazon will most likely come down over time, but I wouldn't pay more for a set with less episodes and extras than I did the ultimate collection.
As a final, final note, I will say I think Outlander was outright robbed for the Emmys. The costumes are amazing, but so are the performances and the writing, and I wish those had been honored. It is just as lavish and well-plotted and performed as other massive period pieces, specifically one who sweeps the Emmys year in and year out.
Included in this Collector’s Edition is Outlander – The Complete Season 2 on 5 discs and a bonus disc. Bonus features include nearly 3 hours of extra content including 8 featurettes, 50 Deleted & Extended Scenes, a Gag Reel & 13 podcasts.
Bonus Features in full:
50 Deleted & Extended Scenes, with introduction by Ronald D. Moore on key scenes
Jamie & Claire: To Hell and Back
From Book to Screen: Discovering the Differences
The Characters of Season 2
Costuming From France to Scotland
Designing the Sets: A Tour de Sites
Outlander Season 2: The Next Chapter
13 Podcasts with Ronald D. Moore for every episode
Kill or be Killed Featurette
Diana Gabaldon Featurette
What I found when I opened the beautiful case was basically a small hardback book with loads of photos and glossy pages of info about the show. At the back are the discs - 5 total. Two snapped onto each page with the fifth in a sleeve. A sleeve. This is the best they could do? Seriously? There is not much I hate more in the way of DVD box set design than having to pull a disc out of a sleeve. Ugh.
Plus, all the bonus features (deleted scenes, podcast commentaries) are all split up onto the 5 discs. So you cannot "Play All" the deleted scenes. You will be switching discs over and over again if you're like me and prefer to binge all the deleted scenes together. Ugh.
And so far my UV download code isn't working on Sony's site. I'll try again on the computer tomorrow but I'm not optimistic. Oh well. How many ways does one need to watch a TV show, after all? *eyeroll*
I would not have purchased this collector's edition if it had not been on sale for 50% off. The packaging (book style) is lovely. Ron's tidbits about the shooting of this season was fun, but brief. The additional images of scene drawings and costume creations was beautifully done. The bonus disc was "eh" The exclusive look at "Bees" was one brief chapter (if Diana knows how to do "brief") or excerpt. The rest of the booklet was excerpts from DIA book itself. If you want more about "Bees" then just follow along Diana's FB page or blog whatever and you can get tidbits periodically. The extra you pay for this collector's edition (at full price) is not worth the extras that you get.
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