Review: Westworld: Season 2 – The Door (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

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

Westworld is based on the film written by best-selling author Michael Crichton. The series was created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Kilter Films. Westworld: Season One – The Maze features a star-studded cast led by Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, along with Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden,Tessa Thompson, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins, Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Katja Herbers, Louis Herthum, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Simon Quarterman,Talulah Riley, Gustaf Skarsgärd, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Jimmi Simpson and Shannon Woodward.

In Season Two, viewers are welcomed back to Westworld, where the puppet show is over and the newly liberated “hosts” are coming for humankind. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) takes charge, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is on a mission and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is back. Chaos takes control in this dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness, the birth of a new form of life and the evolution of sin.

Westworld: Season 2 – The Door picks right up after the shocking events from the first season that left a few key characters dead – including Anthony Hopkins‘ character Dr. Robert Ford. Don’t worry because he still plays an important part this season. The second season’s main focus stays on Doloras (Evan Rachel Wood) who wants to reunite with her father and is hellbent on destroying the human’s world; there’s the ever-evolving Maeve (Thandie Newton) who’s searching for her daughter as well as seeking more revenge; there’s Bernard (Jeffrey Wright) who somehow gets caught up in the middle of just about everything going on inside the theme park and for a good reason because he’s full of secrets; and last but not least is the Man in Black who continues to defy death as he makes his way through the park as well as make a few shocking self-discoveries. There’s all the other familiar faces that play into the mix and each of them has their own continuing stories that intertwine with some of the others. Two of the highlights this season is that we get to see a lot more of the Shogun World and how it has an eerie resemblance of Westworld as well as the Ghost Nation and how it plays into the mix of things. Oh yeah, I can’t forget about the drone hosts because they are just creepy!

The second season has three complex timelines going on all at once (past, present and future) which could get a little confusing at times because we see certain characters in each of these events that slowly come together. There’s a lot more revealed about Doloris, Bernard, Maeve and the Man in Black that kind of lets the viewers know why a couple of them are the way they are. One thing is for sure and that’s the fact that each character comes with multiple twists so just when you think you’ve got it all figured out – you don’t. The hosts continue to rebel against their makers and the guests which means the artifical intelligence inside the theme park is evolving into something else. These hosts can feel pain as well as love and now that they’ve found out what they’ve been put through and how many lives they’ve lived – they want more revenge against the humans. The ultimate goal this season was to locate “The Door” and once it’s finally opened some of the hosts are able to escape to this virual new world that will allow them to start over. 

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These UHD releases all come in black keep cases. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes series details, some images and list of special features. This release contains three 4K Ultra HD discs and three Blu-ray discs. The set also includes an insert that features episodes, airdates and synopsis. Each disc has some grain artwork and features the series logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience Westworld like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast. Also, the 4K Ultra HD discs and Blu-ray discs feature Dolby Atmos soundtracks. 

Bottom line is, I really enjoyed Westworld Season 2: The Door that continues to expand the sophisticated theme park and the mysteries that surround it. There are two things that drive this epic series and that’s the thought-provoking stories and this incredible cast that brings these characters to life. It’s almost like just when you have something figured out a new twist is introduced and the character you thought was human ended up being a host or vice-versa. The freshman season was all about “The Maze” and this sophomore season centered around “The Door” which ended up being a gateway to a whole new virtual world that some of the hosts had been searching for. To go along with the great storytelling are some well executed and extremely violent action scenes plus there’s a lot of blood and gore to go along with it. As far as the special effects go, Westworld uses a mixture of practical and visual and it all looks amazing on screen. All in all, I’d have to say I enjoyed this season as much as I did the first one and I’m totally looking forward to the third season – if we ever get it. Westworld Season 2: The Door is now available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 6 Discs (3 UHD and 3 Blu-ray) / 10 Episodes / 636 Minutes

  1. Journey into Night
  2. Reunion
  3. Virtu e Fortuna
  4. The Riddle of the Sphinx
  5. Akane No Mai
  6. Phase Space
  7. Les Écorchés
  8. Kiksuya
  9. Vanishing Point
  10. The Passenger

Rated: Not Rated

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 5.1

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

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include interviews and discussions with some of the cast and crew, mini-featurettes for each episode, behind-the-scenes featurettes and a digital copy of the season season.

  • NEW Bring Yourself Back Online 
  1. Reflections on Season Two – Dolores, Teddy and Bernard (14:49)
  2. Of Love and Shogun – Maeve, Hector and Lee (15:26)
  3. Journeys and Technology – Stubbs, Logan and Clementine (15:26)
  • The Buzz: On the Red Carpet
  • Return To Westworld
  • Creating Westworld’s Reality
  1. Creating Westworld’s Reality: An Evocative Location (03:23)
  2. Creating Westworld’s Reality: Fort Forlorn Hope (05:32)
  3. Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Delos Experiment (05:59)
  4. Creating Westworld’s Reality: Shogun World (12:58)
  5. Creating Westworld’s Reality: Inside the Cradle (04:48)
  6. Creating Westworld’s Reality: Chaos In The Mesa (05:29)
  7. Creating Westworld’s Reality: Ghost Nation (03:19)
  8. Creating Westworld’s Reality: Deconstructing Maeve (03:31)
  9. Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Valley Beyond (11:42)
  10. Creating Westworld’s Reality: The Drone Hosts (03:23)
  • NEW Paved with the Best Intentions: The Evolution of the DELOS Corp. (12:47)
  • NEW Violent Delights Have Violent Ends (11:18)
  • Digital HD Copy
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