Home video now has more of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Fanning Out

Season 2 of award-winning Hulu drama is on DVD and Blu-ray

For those who wonder what the craze surrounding “The Handmaid’s Tale” is all about, there’s even less reason not to know for themselves now.

Season 2 of the acclaimed, award-winning Hulu series makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut Tuesday (Dec. 4) … and for viewers who don’t subscribe to the streaming service, the set will come as completely new, unless they’re familiar with the Margaret Atwood novel on which the show is based.

Even then, the sophomore round of the drama expands on the original tale, as the pregnant Offred (played by Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss) tries to ensure that the society of the dictatorship-driven Gilead will be less oppressive for her forthcoming child than it has been for her.

The cast members also include fellow Emmy recipients Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd as well as Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel and Max Minghella. Marisa Tomei, Cherry Jones, Bradley Whitford and Clea DuVall are among guest stars in the second season, which also took Emmys for single-camera editing and production design. And listen closely, and you’ll hear the voice of Oprah Winfrey.

Two “making-of” documentaries are included in the home-video edition, and interviews given by “The Handmaid’s Tale” actors have demonstrated how passionate about – and committed to – the material they are. As a result, the show is the sort of signature program for Hulu that “House of Cards” and “Stranger Things” have been for Netflix, and that “Transparent” has been for Amazon Prime Video.

Not surprisingly, a third season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is coming, and any rounds beyond that will have more Atwood writing to draw upon (if so desired): The author will publish a sequel, “The Testaments,” next year. How its developments might fit into the series remains to be seen, but in any event, there still is much more of the “Tale” to tell.

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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