Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Blu-ray Review: HOLLISTON - THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON [Image Entertainment]

Holliston: The Complete Second Season (2013)
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The Show


If you are a fan of either Adam Green or Joe Lynch, then you are probably well-aware of their independent sitcom, HOLLISTON, which has aired on FearNet for the past two years. For most part, I am a fan of both filmmakers' work. Some of it I enjoy more than others, but overall, the there's just something about the two guys that I can get behind. When I started listening to their podcast, The Movie Crypt, I realized what I love about them; their complete and utter honesty and their willingness to open up to their audience. This is also the defining thing that sets HOLLISTON apart from the glut of subpar sitcoms on television.

You see, there is a nugget of truth in every episode of HOLLISTON. In fact, many of the episodes are spawned from Green and Lynch's own struggles to become filmmakers while maintaining control of their art and doing things their own way. Sure, the show is silly, and even fantastical, at times, but there is an underlying heart to the project that I can't help but love. And this is coming from someone who was rather skeptical of HOLLISTON during its first season.

I admit, I couldn't quite pin down my feelings for the shows first run of shows. However, Season Two completely turned that around for me, and I found myself realizing just how much I enjoy what HOLLISTON is doing. In fact, after watching Season Two, I went back and revisited the first batch of shows, and I found that I liked them a lot more than I previously had.

Not only does HOLLISTON have a good deal of heart to it, but it's also obvious that the cast and crew have a great time making the show. The ensemble at work here is spectacular, and while Green and Lynch aren't always the greatest actors, they are constantly improving. SEINFELD proved that you don't need every character to be played by an amazing thespian; it's the group and their chemistry that is really important, and that's what HOLLISTON has found. Co-star Corri English is adorable and funny as Adam's ex-girlfriend who still has a place in his circle, and Laura Ortiz, who plays Joe's girlfriend, steals almost every scene she's in. When the four of them are together, it's magic, and things that might seem hokey on other shows just work here.

Throughout this season of HOLLISTON, we get the requisite horror references, the iconic guest stars, the self-referential humor, and everything else that we've come to expect from the show. We also get some huge progressions in terms of character development long the way. I really dug the character arcs this season, and I can't help but hope that Green and Lynch can manage to find funding for a third season because I think they will only continue to improve the show, which might honestly be my favorite sitcom on television at this point. In fact, I found myself binge-watching the episodes here, and the rewatchability factor is high on all of them.

For HOLLISTON fans, this is a no-brainer. However, for other folks who enjoy Green and Lynch's work, but who might not have been sold on the series initially, I recommend giving this second season a shot. Dig into the episodes, listen to the duo's podcast, play the commentaries, and maybe you will find yourself growing to love the show as I have.

Somebody please let these guys make Season Three.

Show Score

4.5/5

The Blu-ray

Image Entertainment brings HOLLISTON's complete Season Two to Blu-ray in wonderful package with great extras.

Video Quality (4.5/5)

It may be a sitcom, but HOLLISTON looks great in HD. The 1080p image on this disc is nothing short of great, with loads of detail and an overall impressive presentation. It's almost perfect, and certainly better than it has ever looked before.

Audio Quality (4/5)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track on the disc does a great job at accompanying the on-screen shenanigans. Again, it's a sitcom, so don't expect to be blown away, but what we have here is a nice and clear audio track that makes good use of the surround channels and delivers on pretty much every account.

Extra Features (5/5)

There are a slew of special features included on this Blu-ray release. While deleted scenes and whatnot are fun, the real backbone of the set is the behind-the-scenes stuff; including the fantastic commentaries that are available for just about every episode. Honestly, this Blu-ray set is worth a purchase JUST for those commentaries. Fan-freaking-tastic.

  • Commentaries with creator/Writer/Director/Star Adam Green, Director Sean Becker, Executive Producer/ Star Joe Lynch and Star Laura Ortiz
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Making of
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Bonus Music Videos

Final Thoughts


HOLLISTON looks and sounds great on Blu-ray, and the Season Two disc features a bunch of wonderful special features. The season itself is a huge step forward for the show, and the commentary tracks that are available on-disc are absolutely fantastic and worth the price of admission alone.

Highly Recommended!

Blu-ray Score

4.5/5








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