Narcos Season 2 Blu-ray Review
Season 2 Review
Pablo Escobar goes on the run for this taut sophomore season of Narcos, continuing the bloody history of this drug Don.Originally set to be just a two hour movie, the life of notorious Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar proved so rich and eventful that it was expanded into a 10-episode Netflix TV series; itself met with universal critical acclaim. The show followed Escobar's rise and fall over a period of more than two decades, as his empire grew out of nothing, accruing money and power, running for President, and - when that failed - going to war. His war would see many casualties, as he clashed with dogged CIA agents, determined Colombian government forces, and vicious rival cartels.Season 2 takes a very different approach to Season 1's initially jarring narration-across-the-decades overview of sometimes very big events in Escobar's bloody history, picking up with the once seemingly unstoppable drug lord now on the run from the authorities and the increasingly powerful Calli cartel, finding his friends few and far between and his enemies around every corner. Where Season 1 looked at decades, Season 2 looks at days, and this allows for a more taut, tense descent, with series star Wagner Moura still the driving force behind in the excellent show.
Picture QualityArrow deliver up the second season of the excellent Narcos on a Region B-locked UK blu-ray set, spreading the 10 episodes out over a spacious three discs, and offering a strong physical media alternative for the already impressive "Ultra HD 4K" Netflix streaming show.
Arguably the second season is a grittier than the first, but that doesn't leave it any less impressive
Presented with a 1080p/AVC-encoded High Definition rendition, framed in the show's original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 widescreen, detail is excellent throughout - unsurprising given its 5K digital cinematography - offering up finer observations on the increasingly weathered visages, the textured interior and exterior backdrops, the strong close-ups and the more scenic wider shots. There is a sheen to the whole thing, but the distinctive look works for the piece, whilst the period setting doesn't stop the colours from being vivid, offering strong tones which, while often avoiding too many primaries, still leave a rich palette. Arguably the second season is a grittier than the first, but that doesn't leave it any less impressive, with the presentation handling darker sequences and black levels with aplomb.
Sound QualityThe discs boast an excellent aural accompaniment
The accompanying lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, almost equally balanced between English and Spanish (with English subtitles) dialogue, is also an impressive, rich and rounded offering. Dialogue is delivered with presence and prioritisation, whether in the quieter whispered threats or the louder shouts and screams. Effects absorb the feverishly humid environment, steeped in activity - as if the very streets were alive, like the jungle beyond them - and heavily populated with gunshots, from pistols, SMGs, and rifles, with plenty of LFE encouragement for all of them. The score still gives the feature some added refinement, with its fantastic theme music, and some excellent, sombre, tones underplayed across the backdrop. It's an excellent aural accompaniment.
ExtrasAfter the first season boasted a slew of Commentaries, Featurettes and Deleted Scenes, the second season follows suit, covering all three bases, but vastly trimming them down in quantity. Still, that's ok for a series which arguably has a smaller scope than it's first season.
Blu-ray VerdictThe second season of Narcos charts a tense descent
Arrow's Region B-locked Blu-ray release of the second season of Netflix's outstanding crime series, Narcos, offers it up with excellent video and audio and a few nice extras, leaving it a must-have for fans of the series.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £14.99
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