Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Holliston: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Review)

Directed By: Adam Gree, Sean Becker
Written By: Sean Becker
Starring: Adam Green, Joe Lynch, Corri English
Region A
Release Date: April 8, 2014

The Show
If you aren't familiar with HOLLISTON here is a brief rundown - The horror themed sitcom was created by Adam Green (director of Hatchet, Frozen)  and stars Green as "Adam" and Joe Lynch as "Joe", roommates who work together at a public access TV station and dream of being successful horror filmmakers. The other main characters of the show are Dee Snyder as "Lance Rockett" who is the public access station manager and moonlights as an 80s metal cover band singer. Corrie English is "Corri" Adam's ex-girlfriend and Laura Ortiz is "Larua", Joe's girlfriend. The principal cast is rounded out with Dave Brockie (R.I.P.) as his GWAR persona "Oderus Urungus" who is Adam's imaginary best friend that lives in his closet and gives him advice.

Season 2 really ramped up the guest stars that horror fans will be sure to recognize. From Kane Hodder playing a depressed version of himself because of his exclusion from Freddy vs. Jason, in what is my favorite episode of the series, to Danielle Harris and Sid Haig among many others. The season revolves around Adam and Joe trying to get their slasher film "Shinpads" released and dealing with the various obstacles in their way from The Blob attacking the town, to zombies and maniacal pre-teens. HOLLISTON is a tongue-in-cheek love letter to horror movies, constantly breaking the fourth wall and giving the viewers something to smile about or laugh at.

The 10 episode season (11 if you count the Christmas special from in between seasons 1 and 2) is geared for horror fans, but sitcom fans in general will find that the nature of the show which also lovingly pokes fun at the sitcom format makes for an entertaining show. The show has been described as "Evil Dead 2 mixed with The Big Bang Theory". That is a comparison I can support if only The Big Bang Theory had any clue on the pop culture jokes they were using. Adam Green lives and makes horror movies so his jokes and references are spot on.

The Audio & Video
Image Entertainment gives HOLLISTON season 2 the Blu-ray treatment with a damn fine looking and sounding release. The digital photography looks great with the anamorphic widescreen 1.78:1 transfer. Colors are vibrant, skin tones natural and detail levels are incredibly strong. The DTS-HD 5.1 audio track sounds awesome as well. The mix is full and robust, with the soundtrack and dialogue mixing very nicely. 

The Extras
A pretty full lineup of special features is included on the season 2 Blu-ray including:
-Cast commentary tracks
-Deleted Scenes
-Behind The Scenes featurette
-Blooper reel
-Table Read w/ the cast
-Music video selection

The Bottom Line
HOLLISTON may not see a season 3 with the recent and untimely death of Dave Brockie but if it closes with just the 2 seasons it will be a sad, yet almost fitting way to end our time with the characters. This Blu-ray release is a damn fine showcase of the series and could prove to be the definitive release of the young series. 

HOLLISTON Season 2 is available HERE

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