Blu-ray Review: DA VINCI’S DEMONS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON

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From Creator and Executive Producer David S. Goyer, DA VINCI’S DEMONS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON stars Tom Riley as Leonardo da Vinci, Laura Haddock as Lucrezia Donati, Blake Ritson as Count Girolamo Riario, Elliot Cowan as Lorenzo de Medici, Lara Pulver as Clarice Orsini and James Faulkner as Pope Sixtus IV and The Prisoner and Gregg Chillin as Zoroaster.

The second season begins as Florence is thrown into chaos in the wake of the Pazzi conspiracy and Leonardo da Vinci must push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome. When the dust settles, friends are buried and rivalries enflamed. While the Medicis go to unthinkable lengths to deal with new threats, da Vinci continues on his quest to find the fabled Book of Leaves and uncover the secret history of his mother. He’ll come to realize that he has lethal competition in his quest — new enemies who may be even worse than the forces of Pope Sixtus.

The second season picks up right where the first season left off. There’s an uprising going on in Florence and Leo sets off on a wild new adventure, still searching for the Book of Leaves and hopefully more info about his mysterious mother. There’s a lot going on in season two so there’s definitely no down time or dragging. We end up watching an uneasy truce formed in Florence simply because a much larger threat is on its way and it’s not just the Romans. As a matter of fact, by the end of season two Florence has been infiltrated by an evil secret society, there’s still the Roman threat, and a new enemy arrives. To top all of this off, the secret about Pope Sixtus is finally revealed but it’s still not resolved. Talk about a cliffhanger!

The scale of the series gets much larger in season two as Leonardo’s search takes him all over the world to South America, Naples, and Turkey. The stop in South America ends up being very interesting when Leo discovers a lost tribe that not only helps him some in his quest but things also get life threatening. Leo surprisingly also runs into a few old “friends” and finds out a little more about his mysterious mother. This stop easily reminded me of something out of an Indiana Jones movie with all of the hidden layers and deadly tricks to getting to the next level. We also get to see more of Leo’s genius at work and amazing inventions during this new adventure.

Okay, this sophomore season was so much better than the first season and I thought the first season was a really good watch. Everything has been taken to the next level here, from the writing and storylines, to Leonardo’s epic adventures and of course the breathtaking locations and amazing special effects. I also think there was more blood in this season and I’m talking some serious brutality. Now let’s get to the characters in this series who are so interesting. There’s so much drama and backstabbing going on, it’s almost like watching an unrated soap opera that includes nudity and human slaughtering. There’s a number of twists and curveballs thrown in this season that includes some shocking betrayal as well as new alliances formed, although I think some of these will be short-lived once the third season arrives.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the cool artwork you see up top and the back includes season two details, some images and list of extras. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high definition release were both crisp and clear. All of the special features are included on the third disc.

Bottom line is, Da Vinci’s Demons: The Complete Second Season not only offered two more episodes than the freshman season but David S. Goyer and his team really took everything to the next level. I would just about say that this season was an epic viewing experience. This Blu-ray releases on March 3rd and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Anchor Bay

Run Time: 10 Episodes on 3 Discs @ 548 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Spanish Mono

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not as many extras included in this second season release compared to the first season, but there are some really nice featurettes here.

  • New Sets
  • Creating the World
  • A Closer Look
  • The Journey Begins: Season 1 Recap

 

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