Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of “Westworld Season Two: The Door”. The opinions I share are my own.
“Adapted from The New York Times bestselling author James Patterson’s novel, “Murder Games,” Instinct follows former CIA operative Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) as he is lured back to his old life when the NYPD seeks his help to stop a serial killer. A notably gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behavior, Dylan’s path takes a turn when he meets tenacious NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Novakovic). Through persistence, Lizzie convinces Dylan to come out of retirement and help catch the serial killer who is using his first book as a tutorial for murder. Helping them catch the killer is Julian Cousins (Naveen Andrews, “Lost”), Dylan’s invaluable CIA partner who rivals him in brilliance and wit, and can get top-secret dirt on anyone, anywhere, anytime. Lizzie’s boss, Lt. Jasmine Gooden (Sharon Leal, Dreamgirls), is glad to see her best detective finally agree to work with someone on a case, since Lizzie has refused every partner following a tragic event one year ago….Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts when it comes to catching a killer. ” – from CBS
Instinct: Season One is now available on DVD and includes all thirteen episodes of the show’s debut season. Series-specific bonus content is limited to a gag reel and some deleted and extended scenes, although the DVD also includes pilot episodes for other CBS series including Bull, The Good Fight, and SEAL Team. You can snag the DVD for $23.02 on Amazon, although (unless you’re super excited about the pilot episodes of the other shows), it’s probably a better deal dollars-wise to go the digital route and get the season on Amazon or on iTunes (both priced at $14.99) for a 35% savings over the hard copy.
“In Season Two [of Westworld], viewers are welcomed back…where the puppet show is over and the newly liberated “hosts” are coming for humankind. Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) takes charge, Maeve (Thandie Newton) is on a mission and the Man in Black (Ed Harris) is back. Chaos takes control in this dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness, the birth of a new form of life and the evolution of sin.” — from Warner Brothers
Westworld Season Two: The Door is now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD. While the season is also available digitally on both Amazon and iTunes, you’ll currently pay exactly the same ($38.99) as you would for the 4K Ultra HD set, so it’s really up to you what the best option is. Bonus content includes three longer specials that run about fifteen minutes each (“Reflections on Season Two”, “Of Love and Shogun”, and Journeys and Technology”) along with a series of shorter “Creating Westworld’s Reality” featurettes for each episode (most between three to five minutes). Those who get the hard copy sets are also treated to two exclusive featurettes, “The Truth Behind Delos” and “These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends” (about twelve minutes each). On Amazon the DVD set is currently priced at $32.88, the Blu-ray set at $32.80, and the Ultra HD set at $38.99. While the Ultra HD set is an additional $6 above the Blu-ray price, the fantastic visuals in the series make this particular title one where it makes sense to put in some extra coin for the HD experience. If you don’t want the two inches of shelf space taken up by having it in disc format, you do have the other options, but this one may be a good choice for the hard copy home library.