We’ve all been aware for some time now that the S2 discs would be out today. I would encourage every fan to support the show by buying either the DVDs or Blu-Ray (or, ahem, both). So what exactly do you get in the package?
I got the DVDs today, the Blu-Rays were on pre-order and Amazon says they shipped yesterday. So I will describe the contents based on the DVD set. It comes on six DVDs; of course, you get all 22 episodes. The 3-D episode is in both 2-D and 3-D; but the 3-D is hidden in the special features on disc six. Deleted scenes are on each disc. These have all been available on youtube and there are no surprises; but I’m old school enough its good to own them for myself. All the S2 webisodes are here, as well as several tips from Captain Awesome. There is also a feature exploring the mythology of Chuck; and another of John Casey doing a government PSA on how to become a spy. And (I know, its pretty packed) a 20 minute long feature on the action sequences. Finally, there is another gag real. All features are fun and well produced, the gag real in particular is better conceived than S1’s was (Although, there is less new material). Overall, this is a very nice set with a lot of extras.
If you buy from Best Buy, there is also a small Chuck comic as a “free” add in. When I was there today, they were also running a Chuck feature I hadn’t seen elsewhere (I’m sure its available on youtube by now, I mean its been a couple hours, right?). Does Best Buy finally have some marketing tie in with Chuck? It goes without saying that would be an ideal match.
Update 1/9/2010: My Blu-Rays finally arrived yesterday. Some comments; its funny the sleeve is not updated from the DVDs; it still says “all 22 episodes on 6 discs.” Funny, there’s only 4 discs in the Blu-Ray set. All episodes and features are included with one significant exception. Apparently there are different editions in distribution, and they don’t all include the 3-D episode in 3-D. It is not on the edition many of us pre-ordered from Amazon. For future reference, I’ll never do that again. I’ve seen the “deluxe” edition at Best Buy, for cheaper, and it includes the 3-D episode. I’d probably only watch with the dorky glasses one or two more times anyway, but I’m a little annoyed not to have the choice.
Also, they kept the clumsy menu structure from S1 on the Blu-Rays. Not sure why, does anyone really want the discs to autoplay instead of stopping at the top menu first? Unless you really sit down to watch 6 episodes at a time everytime, it isn’t exactly convenient.