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Falling Skies Season 2 Blu-Ray

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Release date [North America] June 14, 2013

Release date [UK] July 8, 2013

Release date [Australia] June 19, 2013

Release date [Germany] October 25, 2013

Release date [France] October 16, 2013



Definately one of the summer hits of the last few years. Although the show has been criticized a lot, perhaps deservedly in some ways, Falling Skies continues to draw in good numbers for TNT and that's why it's been renewed for a fourth season. This is season 2 however, it's definately better, storywise, than the first season but still flawed.


Season 2 got a new showrunner, Remi Aubuchon, the writing was better, more clever twists on familiar genre tropes. The characters were stronger, better dialogue and a new recurring character in the name of Terry O'Quinn (Lost), although only for the last two episodes. This and more helped season 2 becoming better than it's first. I personally enjoyed the second season more also mainly because of better and exciting stories, the second season was much more interesting, the characters got a chance to grow, more depth and less corny dialogue.


The PQ has improved a bit on the first season, although it's not a leap forward, it's still a definate imporovement. The Complete Second Season's 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation is more polished than its problematic VC-1 encoded first season counterpart, if only a bit. Whether that's due to differences between the VC-1 and AVC codecs, improvements in the series' source, a bump in budget, or more tender loving care isn't really clear. Also the SQ is better than it's first but again it's not a big improvement, dialogue is clean, clear and precisely prioritized, despite some chaotic battle scenes that render a few lesser quips and cries unintelligible, and dynamics are especially notable, thanks to a slightly less generic, more atmospheric soundscape. 


In the special features department, also a slight improvement it seems regarding the quantity of extra's, see for an overview below. See below for the details.


Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:


  • Two-disc set (2 BDs)
  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • UV digital copy [US release]
  • Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1; French: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles NA/UK: English SDH, French, (Latin) Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch 
  • Packaging : Standard BD Case with Slip
  • Region Code : Region A, B [C untested but it is WB.]


Special Features:


  • Audio Commentaries: Four commentaries are available. "Worlds Apart" with co-executive producer/director Greg Beeman, writer Mark Verheiden and actor Noah Wyle; "Homecoming" with Beeman, Wyle and executive producer Remi Aubuchon; "Molon Labe" with Aubuchon, Wyle, and writers Bradley Thompson and David Weddle; and "A More Perfect Union" with Beeman, Aubuchon, Thompson, Weddle and Wyle.\
  • One Page at a Time: Writing the Second American Revolution (HD, 21 minutes): "Bigger, badder... it had to move faster!" The writers, showrunners and cast discuss developing, penning, producing and realizing the second season, as well as giving fans more bang for their buck.
  • The Fans' Perspective: Touring the Set (HD, 9 minutes): The producers take a busload of worldwide contest winners on a tour of the Falling Skies set, where they meet actors, FX crewman and other team members.
  • The Skitter Evolution (HD, 10 minutes): The VFX team eagerly take to "blowin' up Skitter heads" in this behind-the-scenes featurette for the second season's fourth episode, "Young Bloods."
  • 2nd Watch: Episode 20 (HD, 31 minutes): Star Trek: The Next Generation's Wil Wheaton hosts a 2nd Watch roundtable with key members of the Falling Skies cast and crew, centered around the season finale, "A More Perfect Union."
  • Terry O'Quinn is Manchester (HD, 2 minutes): Meet Lost's O'Quinn in this much too short character quickie.
  • Team Skitter (HD, 3 minutes): Then meet the Skinners, or rather the people in the suits.
  • Creating the Crawlies (HD, 1 minute): A rapidfire creature feature...ette.
  • Designing the Spaceship (HD, 1 minutes): Yet another one-minute BTS promo.
  • Season 2 Animated Trailer (HD, 1 minute): A Dark Horse Comics-produced preview.
  • Season 3 Preview (HD, 2 minutes): A brief look at the series' third season.

Season 1

Release date [US] June 5, 2012

Release date [UK] August 12, 2012

Release date [Australia] October 3, 2012

Release date [Germany] October 5, 2012


Last year Falling Skies was an unexpected succes! The tv show got a second season very early on. Although it's not perfect, it did attract to enough people for TNT to decide to grant it a second season.


Perhaps because there is little sci-fi on the tv at the moment that everybody with a sci-fi heart, dived in. It's certainly no "The Walking Dead" in terms of quality but it is entertaining, if you give it a chance. The first season is made up of 10 episodes, it's a 2-disc set, picture quality is not "top of the bill" unfortunately but it's certainly not bad either.


The same with the audio. Regarding the special features, perhaps coud have been more but there are shows released with even less special features. It's a Warner Bros. title and normally this means region free. In this case it's region A & B, probably also C but this has not been confirmed yet.



Extra information regarding the Blu Ray release:


  • Two-disc set (2 BDs)
  • 50GB Blu-ray Disc
  • UV digital copy [US release]
  • Video codec: VC-1
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1; Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Subtitles US/AUS: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese 
  • Packaging : Digipack
  • Region Code [US]: Region A, B [C untested but it is WB.]


Special Features:


Audio Commentaries: Five commentaries are available, among them "The Armory" and "Prisoner of War" with co-executive producer/director Greg Beeman; "What Hides Beneath" with co-executive producer/writer Mark Verheiden and actor Noah Wyle; "Mutiny" with Beeman, Verheiden and Wyle; and "Eight Hours" with Beeman, Wyle and Verheiden.


Falling Skies Panel (HD, 21 minutes): Key members of the cast and crew -- including Noah Wyle, Will Patton, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy and Colin Cunningham -- host a 2011 San Diego Comic-Con panel and answer numerous questions, first from a moderator, then from the audience.


From Pencils to Print, The Dark Horse Comic Book Revealed (HD, 16 minutes): A lengthy look at the Dark Horse Comics "Falling Skies" comicbook, from the series' development to its artwork to its use of lesser side characters.


Animating a Skitter (HD, 4 minutes): A quick trip behind-the-scenes reveals how the visual effects team creates, animates and integrates Skitters into the show.


The Unknown and The Second Mass (HD, 6 minutes): Two brief, purely promotional featurettes.


Unanswered Questions, Season 2 Sneak Peek (HD, 2 minutes): Catch a glimpse of the changes the showrunners have in store for Falling Skies' second season, set to premiere on June 17th.

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