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 "Being Human Season 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

Being Human Season 2 (Blu-ray)

Synopsis

What happens when a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost decide to live together?  Being Human explores that very question.  Vampire Aidan and werewolf Josh decide to rent a house together in Boston.  And why not, they're good friends who work in the same hospital.  They quickly discover they have a third roommate, the recently murdered Sally.  They want to try and live normal lives and they almost succeed but many forces, both natural and supernatural, stand in their way.  Aidan has to deal with the never-ending challenge of vampire politics; Josh tries in vain to find a cure for his curse (infecting his girlfriend in the process); and Sally discovers a new obstacle nearly every day.  Season Two brings Aidan to the top of the hierarchy as he is made second to Mother's impetuous daughter who is elevated to Leader of Boston.  Josh meets werewolf twins who revel in their condition and cause even more chaos in his life.  Sally has to deal with a split personality that turns her into a ghost killer.  It's all a day in the life as they try to Be Human.

Specifications

  • SyFy
  • 2012, Color, Not rated, 9 Hrs 32 mins (13 episodes)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath and Sam Huntington
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

With the proliferation of supernatural monster-themed shows on TV, it's hard for any one of them to stand out.  Being Human does so by virtue of a unique plot, superb writing, and top-notch acting talent.  I really appreciated the balance between light and dark humor that pervades every episode.  Some pretty serious stuff happens to our heroes but they still manage to throw in a perfect one-liner at just the right moment.  Even though it's on SyFy, the action can get fairly bloody and the love scenes steamy; so I'd say this is an adult show for sure.  If you're a fan of vampires and werewolves, give Being Human a try.  You won't be disappointed.

Technical

The image quality is a noticeable improvement over Season One.  Color is warm and saturated with natural tones.  Sharpness is superb with no apparent edge enhancement.  My only beef is the slightly elevated black levels.  Darker scenes never quite reach black; dropping down to a dark gray instead.  Dimension and pop are well above-average.  Of all the TV show Blu-rays I've watched lately, this one stands above the rest.

Audio is also excellent with a lively DTS-HD Master Audio encode.  There is a fair amount of surround information present, but the sub is under-utilized.  Dialog is well-mixed and clear without any chestiness or sibilance.  Overall, it doesn't get much better.

Extras

Bonus features total a bit less than two hours and include a making-of featurette, footage from Comic-Con 2012, and a five-minute interview with the producers and principal actors.