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Penny Dreadful: The Complete Second Season [Blu-ray]

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 10/21/15

Tastes, or personal preference, is a funny thing. I couldn't tell you why some shows are too depressing, or too gory, or too violent, or just plain too gross for me, and others aren't. Why do I love "Vampire Diaries" and "True Blood" but not "The Strain?" Why do I love this show and not "American Horror Story" or "The Leftovers?"

First of all, I think it has to do with how good the acting is, whether I like the characters, and whether I feel they're sympathetic or not. I really love all of the characters in this series (even the really wicked ones). They're all vulrnable or broken in some way, so I feel bad for them.  Also, I really love Josh Hartnett, so the show would have to be really bad for me not to watch it with him as one of the stars. I also really love Timothy Dalton.

Secondly, although all of these shows have great writing, some of the shows are flawed.  For instance, AHS is partly a comedy so it's written very tongue-in-cheek. They seem to take great relish in showing us the most twisted, disgusting, blood-soaked stories they can imagine (and boy, can they imagine!). I don't like it when there seems to be no hope whatsoever for the characters. It's too depressing. Evil shouldn't win.

That's what's great about this show. Even though the can be really disgusting, and horrible things happen, and the show's heroes go through a lot, there is still always hope.  It's not just all about the gore, either. There is plenty of it, and of sex and nudity, but it works with the type of story they're telling, which is also finely crafted.

It's also just really fun seeing the mash-up of Dracula, Frankenstein, Dorian Grey and the rest. The show may be like a "Penny Dreadful" but it certainly is the opposite of dreadful.

If you haven't watched this show before, do yourself a favor and watch both the first season and this second season. You won't be sorry. Both are great fun and full of wonderful horror, suspense, action, drama, romance and even a little humor.

The Blu-Ray is always good to have. It's high quality video. There aren't a ton of features, but the ones they do have are worth watching.  The show has already been renewed for a third season! Yay!


Coming to DVD and Blu-ray 
Release Date: October 6 

PENNY DREADFUL returns with ten powerful episodes and finds Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own.

Product Information of Penny Dreadful Season 2 DVD

Actors: Josh Hartnett, Eva Green
Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Dubbed: Spanish
Region: Region Free
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
discs: 3
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Paramount
DVD Release Date: 2015

Here's a more in-depth review, with a lot more information.

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