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MAGIC CITY The Complete Second Season Blu-rayBlu-ray
Dec 28 2013 04:36 PM | Timothy E in DVD & Blu-ray Reviews
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- Distributed By: N/A
- Video Resolution: 1080P/AVC
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Audio: English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, Spanish 1.0 DD (Mono)
- Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
- Rating: Not Rated
- Run Time: 6 Hrs. 61 Min.
- Package Includes: Blu-ray
- Case Type: Fold-out Digipack
- Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
- Region: A
- Release Date: 11/05/2013
- MSRP: $54.99
The Production Rating: 3.5/5In season 2, Ike Evans(Jeffrey Dean Morgan) continues to run and operate the glamorous Miramar Playa Hotel in Miami Beach circa 1959. Ike’s empire still is built precariously on moral compromise, as the financing for the hotel came from his silent partner Ben “the Butcher” Diamond(Danny Huston. Ike’s son Stevie(Steven Strait) is continuing his ill-advised affair with Ben’s trophy wife Lily(Jessica Marais). Ike’s wife Vera(Olga Kurylenko) continues to drift away from him in her pursuit of stardom even while Ike is trying to get rid of his silent partner Ben the Butcher before the Butcher gets rid of him.
All 8 episodes from the second and final season are included on this 3 disc set. This second season aired on Starz in 2013. Although it is not rated, Magic City takes advantage of its premium channel location to include some nudity and bad language, as it chases the same demographic that has made successes of other gangster genre series like The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.
Video Rating: 4.5/5 3D Rating: NA
Magic City Season 2 appears on Blu-Ray in 1080p in its 1.78:1 aspect ratio as originally filmed and broadcast on Starz. The vibrant colors of Miami Beach have been toned down for dramatic effect by the producers, which is most apparent with skin tones especially appearing with what is best described as a blue push on the cooler end of the color spectrum. Blacks are solid as they should be, with excellent shadow detail and contrast. These Blu-ray discs provide an excellent video presentation of the series that certainly surpasses its appearance on cable television, even in high definition.
Audio Rating: 4/5The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 tracks provide nice dynamic range. Ambient sounds, music, and sound effects create an immersive atmosphere for Magic City. The sound mix has dialogue always appropriately audible over music and special effects with generous use of the center channel.
Special Features: 2/5The special features, located on disc 3, include all of the following in high definition:
The Gamble for Havana(3:05): This featurette has writer/creator Mitch Glazer talking about the behind the scenes battle happening in season 2 at the Miramar Playa Hotel.
The Criminal Element(4:47): This featurette has Mitch Glazer talking about the shady characters inhabiting the series.
Tales from the Underbelly(4:59): This featurette focuses more on the welcome addition of James Caan to season 2.
Magic City Style(1:51): Costume designer Carol Ramsey talks briefly about the wardrobe styles used in the series.
The Music That Makes Magic(5:52): This featurette demonstrates the music selections that enhance the period atmosphere of the series.