DVD Review: Riverdale: The Complete Second Season

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Riverdale is based on the characters from Archie Comics. The CW’s #1 series was created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, produced by Greg Berlanti, and stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh MurrayMark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Skeet Ulrich, with Mädchen Amick, and Luke Perry. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is also an executive producer, along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater.

Based on the characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale returns with its subversive take on small-town life. Determined to protect the sanctity of his town in the wake of his father’s shooting by the Black Hood, season two of Riverdale finds Archie (KJ Apa) seeking justice…and vengeance. As a civil war brews between the Northside and the Southside, loyalties are divided. Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) relationship enters fragile territory when Jughead decides to join the Southside Serpents and Betty’s long-lost brother Chic returns. Veronica (Camila Mendes) finds her life upended by her father Hiram’s (Mark Consuelos) arrival and his dark schemes for the town’s future. Everyone will have to pick a side, including Queen Bee Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), star-to-be Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), and Reggie Mantle (Charles Melton). Things are never what you’d expect in Riverdale, and that’s especially true as Archie and the gang race to avert a full-on riot and to solve the mystery of the Black Hood.

Riverdale: The Complete Second Season has Archie, Veronica, Betty, Jughead and the rest of Riverdale dealing with a new killer known as the “Black Hood” and the mystery that surrounds the masked figure. Archie has a lot on his plate this season because he’s also dealing with Veronica’s father who is also a shady figure that’s full of surprises of his own and none of them are good. Veronica catches on to how sleazy both of her parents really are and starts to play their own game of greed and manipulation against them. Jughead befriends a gang of Southside misfits called “The Serpents” and even though they’re enemies with the teens from the Northside, they all slowly come together and fight against the bigger threat that’s haunting the small town. Betty ends up meeting her long-lost brother who ends up a little on the disappointing end of things plus she’s also dealing some dark family drama of her own. Last but not least is Cheryl who continues to deal with her ongoing family drama but she’s able to find an outlet (and a friend) that allows her to deal with things a lot better plus she’s becoming a little more likable. Actually I think she’s awesome!

Okay, there’s so much to like about Riverdale and it all starts with the smart writing and thought-provoking stories that each episode delivers and that’s capped off by this talented cast that does such a great job with their characters. Sure, they slip in a little of the Hollywood agenda and even dabble in politics but besides that I enjoyed everything about the second season. Here’s an idea, let’s leave the unwanted politics out of it! Moving on, there’s a lot of suspense, mystery and drama that continues with these teens as well as the parental figures while they try to solve the case. One thing is for sure, this small town has a lot of secrets buried in it. There’s even more action scenes in the second season that range from well-choreographed fights to car races and it all looks awesome on the small screen plus there’s even a “high school musical” episode that pays homage to the horror classic, Carrie. To top this off there’s also some impressive cinematography that gives Riverdale the dark and atmospheric vibe that it sets off and the direction is the best in the game.

The packaging comes with a nice slipcase. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes season one details, some images and list of special features. There’s also an insert inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, more images and series credits. All four DVD discs are numbered and feature the series logo. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Riverdale: The Complete Second Season continues the thrills and chills for this fantastic series plus we get a lot more episodes for this sophomore outing. The second season’s main focus is all about the mysterious killer who’s stalking the small community but there’s plenty of side plots for all of the characters who are dealing with growing pains, family drama and even territory claims. This talented young cast continues to do a great job with these fan favorite characters and they’re supported by a number of veteran actors who play their parents. I really like the writing that stays focused first and foremost on these wonderful characters, their relationships and this latest mystery that has been introduced into the small town. If you’re curious, Riverdale fits right in with fan favorites like Mystery, Inc., Twin Peaks, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew and even Scream because it’s a thought-provoking drama that’s loaded to the max with suspense, betrayal, murder and lots of sex appeal. Everything about this character driven series is extremely likeable and well crafted and just like the first season, the second ends with another shocking cliffhanger. Riverdale: The Complete Second Season is now available on DVD and is also available on Blu-ray at wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 4 Discs / 22 Episodes / 932 Minutes

  1. Chapter Fourteen: “A Kiss Before Dying”
  2. Chapter Fifteen: “Nighthawks”
  3. Chapter Sixteen: “The Watcher in the Woods”
  4. Chapter Seventeen: “The Town That Dreaded Sundown”
  5. Chapter Eighteen: “When a Stranger Calls”
  6. Chapter Nineteen: “Death Proof”
  7. Chapter Twenty: “Tales from the Darkside”
  8. Chapter Twenty-One: “House of the Devil”
  9. Chapter Twenty-Two: “Silent Night, Deadly Night”
  10. Chapter Twenty-Three: “The Blackboard Jungle”
  11. Chapter Twenty-Four: “The Wrestler”
  12. Chapter Twenty-Five: “The Wicked and the Divine”
  13. Chapter Twenty-Six: “The Tell-Tale Heart”
  14. Chapter Twenty-Seven: “The Hills Have Eyes”
  15. Chapter Twenty-Eight: “There Will Be Blood”
  16. Chapter Twenty-Nine: “Primary Colors”
  17. Chapter Thirty: “The Noose Tightens”
  18. Chapter Thirty-One: “A Night to Remember”
  19. Chapter Thirty-Two: “Prisoners”
  20. Chapter Thirty-Three: “Shadow of a Doubt”
  21. Chapter Thirty-Four: “Judgment Night”
  22. Chapter Thirty-Five: “Brave New World”

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include two bonus featurettes, the 2017 Comic-Con Panel, vocal warm ups advice from the cast, a Pop Quiz, gag reel and never-before-seen deleted scenes that are included with each episode on the four discs.

  • Caught Between Two Worlds: The Darkness Inside (18:29)
  • Making the Musical: Riverdale (04:53)
  • Riverdale Vocal Warm Ups (02:10)
  • Riverdale: 2017 Comic-Con Panel (29:31)
  • Riverdale Pop Quiz! (01:38)
  • Gag Reel (04:58)
  • Deleted Scenes


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