Narcos Season Two Blu-ray Review

Check out Lee Weber’s review of season 2 of Netflix’s series Narcos about US DEA Agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, who are tasked with capturing drug lord Pablo Escobar.”

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

93

Details:

Studio and Year: Netflix/Lionsgate – 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 525 minutes
Genre: Drama, Biography, Crime, Drama

Disc Format: BD-50 (3 Discs)
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
Starring: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook
Created By: Carlo Bernard, Chris Brancato, Doug Miro
Music by: Pedro Bromfman
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 5th, 2017

“The hunt for Pablo is on.”

My Take:

When I received Narcos Season Two I wondered how to approach the review as I had yet to see Season One. I had heard great things but time never permitted me to get going on the Netflix show. I was a week out from hitting CEDIA and stressed, not sleeping too well, so I decided to give it a go and watched Season one in a few days. I enjoyed it and was surprised at how well it was made.

Narcos Season Two is still narrated by DEA Agent Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and follows he and his partner Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) as they hunt for Pablo Escobar after his prison break. Unfortunately, where the first season was packed with story, this one seemed to take a slower path to the inevitable demise of Escobar, milking the plot for all that it was worth. It was still as intense and superlatively acted, even down to the supporting roles, and as well produced and filmed. Fans of Season one have most likely already seen this, but for those yet to both seasons they come highly recommended and are easy to binge.

Parental Guide: 
NR- language, drug use, violence, and adult content.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based on a comparative made against other high definition media/Blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 94
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Narcos Season Two comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate featuring 1.78:1 1080p AVC video with an average bitrate of 22.8 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 Mbps.

Narcos Season Two is the perfect mix of gritty and ultra defined with its many close-up shots showing off the finest of facial details. Colors are natural even if a bit saturated and the shows many dark scenes are an absolute reference for blacks and shadow detail. The show also had moments where it had a depth of field that showed a high separation between foreground and background images. Never did I notice any compression based issues and was extremely pleased with this presentation. The Lossless DTS-HD MA track is also of the highest caliber, with dynamics and depth that are instantly noticeable. Gunshot concussion to perfectly mixed atmospherics makes this a perfect companion to the reference video.

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Andrés Baiz, Executive Producer Eric Newman, and Actor Wagner Moura
  • (HD) Deleted Scene
  • (HD) Unredacted: Declassifying Narcos Season 2 – Featurette (20 Min)
  • (HD) UV Copy

Final Thoughts:

Narcos Season Two, though not as great as season one, is still captivating and edge-of-your seat. Well written, filmed and acted, with reference A/V, Narcos is a no brainer. Fans of films like Traffic and Sicario will be into it. My only gripe is I would have liked Lionsgate to give us more special features.

Lee Weber
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