Westworld: Season Two 4K UHD Blu-ray Review
Westworld: Season Two features a star-studded cast led by Golden Globe winner Ed Harris (A Beautiful Mind), Golden Globe and Emmy® nominee Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler), and Golden Globe nominee Thandie Newton (Crash) along with Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), James Marsden (X-Men Days of Future Past), Tessa Thompson (Creed), Indgrid Bolsø Berdal (Chernobyl Diaries), Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim), Fares Fares (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Hemsworth (The Reckoning), Katja Herbers (Manhattan), Louis Herthum (Longmire), Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside), Talulah Riley (Inception), Rodrigo Santoro (300, The 33), Angela Sarafyan (American Horror Story), Gustaf Skarsgärd (Vikings) and Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope).
Studio: HBO Studios
Release Date: December 4, 2018
Run time: 619 minutes
Audio: Dolby True HD 7.1 mix; Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 6 BD
Season 1 featured nice storyline, where the viewer could see where things are going, but could not guess why or how. Narrative was clear, and though timelines were mixed on couple levels, it remained inside borders of good taste.
Season 2 featured episodes and characters with no real purpose. Also, unnecessary backround stories and a feudal japan -road trip which takes total 2 episodes while giving nothing. Human characters support and attach emotionally to hosts, even though they see them butchering humies in front of their eyes. The worst is the narrative. A single episode may feature scenes happening on more than 4 time-levels. Consider a film about “how was your week”, and every scene is from different weekday and features different character. With a twist that the viewer is not told where and which weekday the scene takes place. The result is a whole mess. Also, some of the scenes have little or no value to story.
Movie Quality: 9/10
The print is presented in 2160p/UHD with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The filming in ‘Westworld’ takes us back to the time period of the western just really showcasing that era, yet also we are in present day era. This is one of those films that shows how much picture quality is beautiful in UltraHD. From the colors to the details, your jaw will drop if you look for some of the superb details. Colors are vibrant providing an excellent looking picture. Flesh tones are natural and accurate looking. Blacks look inky. Details are where this film shines the most with the camera even panning away in many scenes. Not once did I feel like I was at a loss for details making this a very strong presentation. For a film set as a period piece, this western really shine through.
Print Quality: 10/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 and Dolby Atmos mix. This is a very atmospheric and immersive sounding film. The rears provide quite a few times where sound effects panned across the speakers. There are many scenes that are outside which also take advantage of the soundfield providing some dynamic sound. The soundtrack shines through so ever beautifully in this film as Tarantino is at his best with the soundtrack used in the film.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- Paved with the Best Intentions: The Evolution of the DELOS Corp.
- Violent Delights Have Violent Ends
- Bring Yourself Back Online
- Reflections on Season Two – Dolores, Teddy and Bernard
- Of Love and Shogun – Maeve, Hector and Lee
- Journeys and Technology – Stubbs, Logan and Clementine
- The Buzz: On the Red Carpet
- Return To Westworld
- Creating Westworld’s Reality
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: An Evocative Location
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: Fort Forlorn Hope
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Delos Experiment
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: Shogun World
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: Inside the Cradle
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: Chaos In The Mesa
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: Ghost Nation
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: Deconstructing Maeve
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Valley Beyond
- Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Drone Hosts
Special Features: 8/10
I’m super excited for season 3 but I hope so badly it doesn’t spiral out of control and lose the philosophical aspects they explored and questioned in the first season because that would really ruin the direction this show is headed in.
Overall Rating: 7/10