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The Following: Season 2

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 10/5/14

This is a very violent show, and it's not cartoon violence, either. It's very real-seeming violence. I watched some of the first season, and I did enjoy it, but then I fell behind on watching it and never caught up.

I'm glad to get the 2nd season DVD, and it was not hard to step right back in with the show. It's still a good show, with fabulous writing, action, and acting. The cast, especially Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy, are always really good.

The only thing that bothers me about the show is that it's completely unrealistic. We're expected to believe that somehow this professor is not only a serial killer but inspires others to kill for him. First of all, there are not many people who are good cult leaders, and when they do exist, they don't last very long. Look at Jim Jones, Manson or that Waco guy. Their followers either end up turning on them, or dead, or captured by the police (and the same with the cult leader). Normal, intelligent people don't just become killers for no reason, nor do they follow some other guy that they barely know. Most criminals are selfish and greedy, and in it for themselves, and they tend to be stupid and slip easily. TV often makes the police or the criminals seem a lot smarter and slicker than they are in real life, so we're used to that, but this show just goes way too far. So I have trouble watching it because it's too unrealistic.

As an action show, it does a great job, so if you can get past the unrealism, you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. Like "24", it has tons of action and moves quickly from one shocking thing to another.

The DVD has quite a few great extras. There are many behind the scenes features for several of the episodes, plus one about the show's director, and one about the cult of Joe Carroll, and more. Any fan of the show should enjoy this disk.

Check it out if you like a fun thrill ride but don't mind the violence.

MORE INFORMATION:

The Following the Complete Second Season

 VIDEO CLIPS:

Clip: "Decisions"

Clip: "Dilemma"

Clip: "Get Back to Work"

Clip: "I'm Done"

THE REIGN OF TERROR CONTINUEs As

WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES

THE FOLLOWING: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK & DVD OCTOBER 7, 2014

 

Includes All 15 Episodes Plus Nearly 2 Hours of Bonus Content

Including an Alternate Season Ending!

BURBANK, CA (September 15, 2014) – The highly-anticipated and intensely addictive Warner Bros. Television series The Following will be available on Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD with the release of The Following: The Complete Second Season from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on October 7, 2014.  The spellbinding second season of the suspense thriller captivated over 8.2 million viewers per episode as it followed former FBI agent Ryan Hardy in the wake of a horrific new murder spree.  The Following: The Complete Second Season includes all 15 compelling episodes and will be available to own for $39.98/$49.99 SRP.  The release includes nearly two hours of bonus content including four featurettes, fifteen mini-featurettes, severed scenes, the 2013 Comic-Con® panel and a shocking alternate ending to the season! 

Golden Globe winner/Emmy® nominee Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy (Rome) star in this terrifying thriller from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Scream).  The second season catches up with a healthy and healed Ryan Hardy (Bacon) a year after his pursuit of serial killer Joe Carroll (Purefoy), when he and agent Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) are called upon by the FBI to speak with the lone survivor of a horrific subway massacre, Lily Gray (Connie Nielsen).  Reluctant to re-engage with the FBI, Hardy proceeds with his own investigation and finds a valuable ally in his niece, Max Hardy (Jessica Stroup), an NYPD cop working in the Intel Division.  Hardy’s suspicion that Carroll’s reign of terror is far from over is furthered by his interactions with several complicated individuals, including the enigmatic Luke (Sam Underwood), Mandy Lang (Tiffany Boone) and Carrolls lethal surviving follower Emma Hill (Valorie Curry).  Is there a new cult causing mayhem in the streets?  Or has Joe Carroll escaped death to continue his murderous masterpiece?

We couldn’t be more excited to announce the release of The Following: The Complete Second Season on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & DVD,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Brand Management and Retail Marketing.  “With nearly two hours of bonus content, fans will get to dive even deeper into the heart pounding story and terrifying characters that have drawn them into the series.  And the alternate season ending is sure to leave everyone excited for more.”

Created by Kevin Williamson, who executive produces along with Marcos Siega (Dexter, Damages, True Blood), The Following stars Golden Globe winner Kevin Bacon (A Few Good Men, Mystic River, JFK), Shawn Ashmore (X-Men films), Valorie Curry (Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn Part 2), Sam Underwood (Dexter, Homeland), Jessica Stroup (90210, True Blood), Tiffany Boone (Beautiful Creatures, Southland), with Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) and James Purefoy (Rome, Camelot). From Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television, The Following returns for a third season in early 2015 on FOX.

The Following: The Complete Second Season Blu-ray & on DVD includes all 15 one-hour episodes:

1.      Resurrection

2.      For Joe

3.      Trust Me

4.      Family Affair

5.      Reflection

6.      Fly Away

7.      Sacrifice

8.      The Messenger

9.      Unmasked

10.  Teacher's Pet

11.  Freedom

12.  Betrayal

13.  The Reaping

14.  Silence

15.  Forgive

DVD Standard Features

         4 DVD-9s

         DVD Audio:  English (5.1)

        DVD Subtitles – ESDH, Spanish, French

         Presented in 16 x 9 Widescreen Format

Blu-ray Combo Pack Features

        4 DVD 9’s + 3 BD-50’s

        BD Audio:  1080p Full HD Video, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English

        BD Subtitles - ESDH, French, Spanish

        BD and DVD:  Presented in 16x9 widescreen format

DVD & Blu-ray Combo Pack Features

        Following Marcos Siega (Featurette)

        The Religion of Joe Carroll (Featurette)

        The Joe Mask (Featurette)

        Bonded by a Common Foe (Featurette)

        Inside The Following  (15 mini-Featurettes)

        Severed Scenes

        Season 2 Alternate Ending

        Comic-Con Panel 2013

*Nielsen Galaxy Explorer, Live+ 7 9/23/13 – 4/20/2014

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees, as well as directly to consumers through WBShop.com.


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