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Lost Girl: Season Two Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English SDH
  • Subtitles Color: White
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: TV-14
  • Run Time: 968 Mins.
  • Discs: 5 (5 x Blu-ray)
  • Digital Copies: N/A
  • Studio: Funimation Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: November 13, 2012
  • List Price: $74.98

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Series
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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The Series

[Rating:4.5/5]

Lost Girl got off to a great start in its first season offering a sublime mix of witty dialogue, innuendo, folklore, and seething sexuality. In season two, the series heats up even more and becomes all the better for it. As the plot thickens, the characters deepen and the threats become even more profound. The love-triangle between Bo (Anna Silk), Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried), and Lauren (Zoie Palmer) becomes even more complicated as the season kicks off with the revelation that Dyson has lost his most precious possession – his ability to love Bo. It’s a consequence of his making a deal to help Bo face off against her mother at the end of Season One. Lauren, meanwhile, has a secret of her own – a girlfriend in a coma she has been trying to cure for years. With a new Ash (Vincent Walsh) now in control of the light Fae and Lauren, it doesn’t seem like she will ever earn her freedom. But the intentions of the new Ash are not the only worries for Bo, Kenzi, and the rest of our Lost Girl friends. A darkness is coming, perhaps the ultimate price for Trick (Richard Howland) using his blood to rewrite history again. With Bo having visions of killing Trick and the greatest threat the Fae have ever faced resurfacing to wipe them all out again, the Light and Dark must forge an uneasy alliance. One that Bo gets the jump on when she decides to take on a Dark Fae boyfriend of her own. All of these things make season two of the series darker, sexier, and more thrilling than the first in every way.

Personally, I thought they couldn’t do it, but the creators managed to break out of the somewhat repetitive slump that the series was in early on to make the series even more fascinating to watch. Making it steeped in traditional folklore certainly helps to keep things interesting. One never knows what sort of creature Bo and her one-liner equipped sidekick Kenzi will come up against next. In the second season alone they face off against the legendary Russian witch Baba Yaga, a nain rouge and a selkie. The core of the series, however, remains the great chemistry between Bo and Kenzi. It anchors each episode with a wonderful sense of humor and a sisterly bond that makes the perfect template for the writers’ superbly crafted dialogue.

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

Lost Girl is shot in high definition with the Panavision Genesis HD camera using Panavision Primo lenses and it arrives on Blu-ray in an AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement. The transfer is clean with only some very slight digital anomalies like posterization. Video noise is present but it is very mild and filmic in appearance. Detail is strong offering lots of textural information in clothing and on skin, blacks are generally deep, though not quite inky, and shadow details are nicely nuanced.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

An English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) mix is the sole audio track offered for Lost Girl. It provides clean dialogue with lots of ambient effects and a relatively good balance of direct sounds form the front and sound from the surrounds. Dynamic range is rather steady, so nothing spectacular really happens there and low frequencies are good, but far from really weighty.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

A set of production featurettes and interviews are offered to round out this season on Blu-ray.

The supplements:

  • The Making of Lost Girl (1.78:1; SD):
    • Making an Episode (00:06:38)
    • Stunts (00:04:38)
    • Set Design (00:05:10)
    • Wardrobe (00:05:46)
    • Hair/Make-up (00:06:21)
    • Props (00:05:21)
  • Anna Silk Interview (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:02:31)
  • Rick Howland Interview (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:06:59)
  • Zoie Palmer Interview (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:07:24)
  • Blooper Reel (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:07:29)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

Lost Girl keeps heating up and getting better by the episode making us feel all hot and bothered in anticipation for season three’s arrival. What seemed at first like it would be just another run of the mill series has become one of our favorite sci-fi/fantasy crime dramas around these parts. I suggest you give Season Two a go, if you haven’t already.

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Series
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]


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