American Horror Story is not your typical television show, and I don’t just mean that by way of it’s content. American Horror Story reboots the series with each season, meaning that the story lines in a specific season come to a full on conclusion at the end of that season. None of the characters or plot lines carry over from one season to the next, making the show more of a mini-series than a TV series. The only thing that is familiar across seasons is the actors and actresses in the show. But as I said before, even though they are the same actors/actresses, they don’t play the same characters as they did in the previous season, which I think is actually pretty cool. You get to see each of the performers bring different things to each of the characters they play. It really gives you a look into their skill set.
With that being said, Season 1 of American Horror Story followed the Harmon family as they move into a new house that is haunted by the spirits of those who died in the house before. Season 2 takes us away from Murder House, and into the Briarcliff Mental Institution, where even more strange things are happening.
American Horror Story Season 2: Asylum Blu-Ray Review
American Horror Story Asylum starts off with a bang as we are immediately introduced to a serial killer known only as “Bloody Face” in present day, however the majority of the season flashes back to when Briarcliff was in working order, rather than the rundown ruins we see at the very beginning. A young man by the name of Kit Walker is institutionalized after being convicted of murdering his wife, and being the infamous “Bloody Face” killer. He pleads his innocence, but nobody will listen except a reporter named Lana Winters.
After attempting to seek answers the proper way and being totally shut out, Lana decides to try and sneak into Briarcliff and see what she can find. She’s obviously not as smart as she thinks she is because she is almost immediately discovered and locked up against her will by Sister Jude, the head of the institution. After discovering that Lana had seen some things that could ruin the facility, Sister Jude had no choice but to keep her locked up. And as the season progresses, more and more strange things begin to be revealed. People aren’t who they seem to be, things aren’t as they seem and there’s definitely some supernatural elements that come in to play.
I thought American Horror Story Asylum was a decent follow-up to season 1, but I didn’t enjoy it as much. There were definitely some very weird aspects of season 2 that took me out of it and almost turned me off in general, but I stuck with it till the end. It’s not bad by any means, just a little too out there in some aspects for me; especially compared to season 1.
The video on the blu-ray transfer is excellent. There’s a lot more interesting camera work and coloring this season than last season, so every little detail is easily seen. The show itself has a lot of dark scenes, but everything you need to see, or are supposed to see, is pretty clear and well defined.
The audio on the blu-ray is just as good as the video. Clear and crisp, the audio really immerses you into the show and creates an amazing atmosphere within the spooky halls of Briarcliff.
The special features focus heavily on behind-the-scenes featurettes. They give us a look into the production design, make-up work, as well as interviews with the cast and crew. Throw in a few deleted scenes and that’s about it. It’s a little bit lacking in terms of overall substance, but it’s better than nothing.
Overall, if you’re a fan of show and know you’ll watch it again, then definitely pick up season 2 on blu-ray. Especially with American Horror Story Coven just starting and Halloween coming up. What better time to re-watch this season than now.