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Blu Ray Review: The Originals: The Complete First Season

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The Originals: Season 1 [Blu-ray]

Synopsis:
Ready to get sucked in? Just in time for the Season Two premiere on The CW, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group will release The Originals: The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack on September 2, 2014. Season One is also available to purchase on Digital HD. Averaging nearly 3.1 million viewers weekly, The Originals is The CW’s #2 show among Adults. Fans can feast on all 22 one-hour episodes from Season One, plus over two hours of gripping extras — including commentary, the 2013 Comic-Con panel, the 2014 PaleyFest panel, featurettes, and deleted scenes. The Originals: The Complete First Season will be priced to own on DVD at $59.98 SRP and on Blu-ray Combo Pack at $69.97 SRP.

Review:
As a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, I was surprised that The Originals is just as good, if not better, than it’s predecessor. Starring Joseph Morgan as Klaus and Daniel Gillies as Elijah, the two Original, immortal brothers are incredibly complex and fascinating characters. Klaus returns to New Orleans, but he’s been gone a long time. And a lot has changed. With a rich history and lore, New Orleans is the perfect setting for this incredible series. The Originals was easily one of the best new shows this year. Once you start, you won’t be able to miss an episode.

Special Features Include:
– Pilot Commentary
– 2013 Comic Con Panel and 2014 PaleyFest Panel
– Featurettes
– Deleted Scenes
All 22 One-Hour Episodes:
1. Always and Forever
2. House of the Rising Sun
3. Tangled Up in Blue
4. Girl in New Orleans
5. Sinners and Saints
6. Fruit of the Poisoned Tree
7. Bloodletting
8. The River in Reverse
9. Reigning Pain in New Orleans
10. The Casket Girls
11. Apres Moi, le Deluge
12. Dance Back from the Grave
13. Crescent City
14. Long Way Back from Hell
15. Le Grand Guignol
16. Farewell to Storyville
17. Moon Over Bourbon Street
18. The Big Uneasy
19. An Unblinking Death
20. A Closer Walk with Thee
21. The Battle of New Orleans
22. From a Cradle to a Grave

Blu-Ray Review: Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season

Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season

Synopsis:
Falling Skies – TNT’s alien-invasion saga from DreamWorks Television, TNT Productions and executive producer Steven Spielberg – returns to Blu-ray™ and DVD with its complete third season. The two-disc Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray™ and three-disc DVD set will include all 10 episodes from the action-packed drama’s third season, as well as more than two hours of special features including “Warrior Poet: Creating the Character and Emotion of Cochise,” “Karen: The Overlord Next Door,” behind-the-scenes features, all episodes of “2nd Watch Hosted by Wil Wheaton” and much more. Additionally, the Blu-ray release will also be available for Ultraviolet Digital HD download.

Review:
Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, and the rest of the cast return for this exciting third season. With the arrival the Volm, humanity just may have a chance at fighting the alien invaders and retaking Earth. But within the human settlement there’s a traitorous spy at work.

This third season is another incredibly intense and action-packed storyline that shouldn’t be missed. Easily one of the best shows on television, Falling Skies packs in a fantastic cast of believable and interesting characters, unpredictable and suspenseful stories, and mysterious and illusive aliens. I can’t say enough good things about this exceptional show. And this blu-ray set has a nice lineup of interesting featurettes for fans of the show as well.

Blu-Ray Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Sixth Season

Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Sixth Season Blu-Ray

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE SIXTH SEASON BLU-RAY includes all 26 episodes, numerous commentaries, deleted scenes, featurettes, promos, gag reel, and the new three-part documentary “Beyond the Five Year Mission – The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation”

The sixth of seven seasons starts with the second part of one of my favorite episodes – “Time’s Arrow.” Featuring Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan in the 1800s, the crew of the Enterprise tries to rescue Data as a nosy Samuel Clemens gets in the way. James Doohan revisits the Enterprise in the classic episode “Relics.” Q returns in “True Q” to test a new Q. Worf and his son get stuck in the Old West in the holodeck in the humorous “A Fistful of Datas.” Picard gets captured and tortured by the Cardassians during a secret mission in “Chain of Command” Parts 1 and 2. And that’s just the first half of the season. This was easily one of the strongest seasons, with just about every episode being a solid story that I have watched numerous times.

This season is a must-buy for Next Generation fans. This remastered blu-ray edition was worth the wait with plenty of new deleted scenes and other extras.

Disc One:
Episodes:
• Time’s Arrow, Part II
• Realm of Fear
• Man of the People
• Relics
• Schisms
Special Features”
• Archival Mission Log: Mission Overview Year Six (SD)
• Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Relics” – NEW
• Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW
– Time’s Arrow, Part II
– Relics
• Episodic Promos
– Promo #1 (SD)
– Promo #2 (SD)
– Promo #3 (SD)
– Promo #4 (SD)
– Promo #5 (SD)
Disc Two:
Episodes:
• True Q
• Rascals
• A Fistful of Datas
• The Quality of Life
Special Features:
• Archival Mission Log: Bold New Directions (SD)
• Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Year Six: Production (SD)
• Archival Mission Log: Departmental Briefing Profile: Dan Curry (SD)
• Deleted Scene (HD) – NEW
– True Q
• Episodic Promos
– Promo #1 (SD)
– Promo #2 (SD)
– Promo #3 (SD)
– Promo #4 (SD)
Disc Three:
Episodes”
• Chain of Command, Part I
• Chain of Command, Part II
• Ship in a Bottle
• Aquiel
• Face of the Enemy
Special Features:
• Archival Mission Log: Special Crew Profile: Lt. Cmdr. Data (SD)
• Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW
– Ship in a Bottle
– Face of the Enemy
• Episodic Promos
– Promo #1 (SD)
– Promo #2 (SD)
– Promo #3 (SD)
– Promo #4 (SD)
– Promo #5 (SD)
Disc Four:
Episodes:
• Tapestry
• Birthright, Part I
• Birthright, Part II
• Starship Mine
• Lessons
Special Features:
• Archival Mission Log: Select Historical Data (SD)
• Audio Commentary with Ronald D. Moore and Mike & Denise Okuda on “Tapestry” – NEW
• Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW
– Tapestry
– Birthright, Part II
• Episodic Promos
– Promo #1 (SD)
– Promo #2 (SD)
– Promo #3 (SD)
– Promo #4 (SD)
– Promo #5 (SD)
Disc Five:
Episodes:
• The Chase
• Frame of Mind
• Suspicions
• Rightful Heir
• Second Chances
Special Features:
• Archival Mission Log: Inside Starfleet Archives: Sets and Props (SD)
• Audio Commentary with James L. Conway and Jonathan West on “Frame of Mind” – NEW
• Deleted Scenes (HD) – NEW
– The Chase
– Rightful Heir
• Episodic Promos
– Promo #1 (SD)
– Promo #2 (SD)
– Promo #3 (SD)
– Promo #4 (SD)
– Promo #5 (SD)
Disc Six:
Episodes:
• Timescape
• Descent, Part I
Special Features:
• Beyond the Five Year Mission – The Evolution of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD) – NEW
– Part One: The Lithosphere
– Part Two: The Biosphere
– Part Three: The Noosphere
• Gag Reel (HD) – NEW
• Episodic Promos
– Promo #1 (SD)
– Promo #2 (SD)

Blu Ray Spotlight: Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4

Star Trek: Enterprise Season 4 Blu Ray

Synopsis and Disc Details:
Packed with hours of newly produced special features, relive the final adventures of Enterprise NX-01’s heroic crew in high definition when STAR TREK®: ENTERPRISE—SEASON FOUR on Blu-ray debuts April 29th from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

A special highlight to the collection is “In Conversation: Writing Star Trek Enterprise,” an exclusive, 90-minute writing staff reunion special. The compelling discussion includes series creator and executive producer Brannon Braga, along with Mike Sussman, André Bormanis, David Goodman, Chris Black, Phyllis Strong, and Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, all detailing some of the series’ most fascinating behind-the-scenes stories. Plus, fans will receive special insight on the creation of the final episodes of STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE with a newly produced, four-part documentary “Before Her Time: Decommissioning Enterprise,” which includes more in-depth interviews with the cast and crew.

Featuring all 22 episodes from the final season of the series, STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE stars Scott Bakula, Jolene Blalock, Connor Trinneer, Dominic Keating, Linda Park, Anthony Montgomery and John Billingsley, and follows the thrilling adventures of the first Earth-built vessel capable of breaking the Warp 5 barrier.

Disc One:
•Episodes
o Storm Front, Part I
o Storm Front, Part II
o Home
o Borderland
•Special Features
o Deleted Scene on “Storm Front” (SD)
o Extended Scene and Script Gallery: Original Editing on “Home” (SD)
o Archival Mission Logs:
o Enterprise Moments: Season Four (SD)

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Blu-Ray Review: Star Trek: Enterprise – Complete Third Season

Star Trek Enterprise Complete Third Season

Star Trek: Enterprise – Complete Third Season Blu-ray

Synopsis:
After a surprise attack on Earth leaves over seven million people dead, Captain Jonathan archer (Scott Bakula) and the crew of the Enterprise swear to find those responsible – the Xindi. Taking off into the uncharted region known as the Delphic Expanse, the crew of the Enterprise must hunt down the Xindi and stop them from enacting their ultimate plan: the total destruction of humanity. Along the way, they travel to the year 2004 to prevent a bioweapon attack, fend off the mysterious Sphere-Builders, and even meet their own descendants due to a wormhole mishap – all leading up to a desperate race back to Earth to prevent its destruction.

Review:
Season 3 of Enterprise introduced the much-disputed Xindi storyline. Some loved it. Some hated it. Personally, I enjoyed it at first, but thought it dragged on way too long. The Xindi themselves were a fascinating set of races to learn about – so many diverse aliens that came from one planet – who became unique villains.

Standout episodes were: “North Star” when the Enterprise discover a Human settlement in the Delphic Expanse that seems to be stuck in the Old West. “Similitude” – when Trip is injured and falls into a coma, a clone is created as a last ditch effort to save him. “Carpenter Street” – when the crew travels back to 2004 to stop a Xindi attack. But the vast majority of the season is spent on the Xindi and their superweapon. I actually missed several of these episodes when it was originally on air. So it was nice to go back and catch up. Though, it still felt like the Xindi storyline went on too long. I prefer the standalone episodes of the earlier series. But I still enjoy and appreciate this cast and their chemistry. The good outweighed the negative aspects of the show. So, I gladly watch it again and again. This blu ray edition offers a variety of special features detailed below. I’m a sucker for outtakes and deleted scenes. And I enjoyed the Archival Mission Logs for Connor Trinneer and the Xindi Saga begins. A couple of the featurettes are in HD as well.

Special Features:
Archival Mission Logs:
– The Xindi Saga Begins
– Enterprise Moments: Season 3
– Enterprise Profile: Connor Trinneer
– A Day In The Life of A Director: Roxann Dawson
– Behind the Camera: Marvin Rush
– Enterprise Secrets
– Outtakes
– Photo Gallery
– NX-01 Files 7, 8, 9
Commentaries
Deleted Scenes
In A Time of War (HD)
Temporal Cold War: Declassified (HD)

DVD Review: Crossing Lines

CROSSING DVD (1)

Crossing Lines Season One

Synopsis:
Crossing Lines is NBC’s new action-packed global crime drama. The series taps into a unit mandated by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate cross-border crimes and ultimately bring global criminals to justice. “Crossing Lines” is set in the world’s most exotic locales, where an elite team of eager cops work to solve the most notorious international crimes.

Through globalization, many countries have been opened and barriers removed to ensure easy trade, travel and cultural diversity. However, this openness has given opportunities to criminals looking to exploit the system and ultimately threaten our global safety. As Europe has become a “safe house” for criminals eluding law enforcers, a special kind of law enforcement team is needed to handle specific ongoing crimes on a global level. “Crossing Lines” is the story of one such team, made up of five international cops, headed by Captain Daniel. The team – comprised of individuals who have little in common – must learn to live and work under the most dangerous and potentially deadly conditions. Housed in an unused storage section underneath the ICC, this mismatched team faces bureaucratic, jurisdictional and cultural obstacles while traversing continents in pursuit of justice.

Review:
William Fichtner plays Carl Hickman, a former New York cop and a brilliant detective. Marc Lavoine is Louis Daniels, the head of this new team of international cops based in Europe. Donald Sutherland plays Michel Dorn, an inspector in the International Criminal Court and confidant of Daniels. And the rest of the team consists of German policeman Sebastian Berger (Tom Wlaschiha), Italian Europol sergeant Gabriella Pession (Eva Vittoria), Irish detective Tommy McConnel (Richard Flood), and French detective Anne-Marie San (Moon Dailly). The characters slowly develop throughout the season. Thankfully, Hickman gets most of the focus as his character is the most interesting and complex. But the others have their dark sides and secrets as well. The cast and their chemistry is what first drew me in to this series. There are a lot of crime dramas on TV, but this quickly became my favorite. For those, like me, who enjoy science fiction, there’s even a tech guy (Berger) with gadgets that are futuristic and unique.

Crossing Lines was a surprising and fantastic new series that shouldn’t be missed. Based in Europe, this diverse team gets to travel across borders to hunt dangerous criminals. The stories are gritty and intense. And with only 10 episodes in the first season, it’s over too quickly. Unfortunately, it aired this summer and no one I talked to had ever heard of it. The marketing was terrible here in the US. Thankfully, it was more popular overseas and is picked up for another season. Though there is no news when/if NBC will air it here in the States.

Blu-Ray Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 and Unification

Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 5 and Star Trek: The Next Generation “Unification” Blu-ray

Synopsis:
Set in the 24th century, the exploits of the U.S.S. Enterprise continue with STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIFTH SEASON. STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIFTH SEASON BLU-RAY features all 26 episodes of the fifth season, remastered into stunning, crowd-pleasing high-definition.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – UNIFICATION BLU-RAY is a feature-length presentation of the fan-favorite, two-part epic adventure from the series’ fifth season. Over 25 million viewers tuned into the original airing of the episode, making it one of the most-watched of all seven seasons of the series. In the episode, Leonard Nimoy reprises his iconic role as Spock as both he and Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) venture on a heroic mission in an attempt to unify the Vulcans and the Romulans.

Along with audio commentary and an exclusive deleted scene, the STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – UNIFICATION BLU-RAY includes the exclusive documentary, “From One Generation to the Next.” This newly produced special featurette takes fans behind the scenes at the making of the classic two-part episode and the introduction of Spock to the 24th century saga of the hit series.

Review:
Season 5 was another fantastic season with some of the most memorable episodes. “Darmok” – when Picard and an alien are trapped on a planet together without the ability to communicate (and Ashley Judd’s debut). “The Game” – (guest starring Judd again) when the crew all becomes addicted to a VR game. “Ensign Ro” – introduces new character Ro Laren, and giving us a deeper knowledge of the Bajorans. “I Borg” – a powerful episode where we see a Borg (Hugh) learn a sense of individuality, then is used to infiltrate the Borg at great risk to himself. “The Inner Light” – when Picard lives an entire lifetime on an alien world as a way to pass on the alien culture. And, of course, “Unification” Part 1 and 2 – Sarek passes away, and Picard learns that Spock is on Romulus teaching Vulcan philosophy to the Romulans. “Unification” as a standalone movie on blu-ray was a good choice. It’s easily one of the best episodes of the entire series. And the interesting packaging alone is worth the purchase for a collector like me.

Gene Roddenberry passed away during this season, and this season 5 blu ray set offers a documentary tribute that touches on the impact his death had on the show and the cast and crew’s memories of Roddenberry.

I’m very glad I waited to collect the seasons of TNG until they were available in high definition. These blu ray sets have been outstanding. And these latest releases are a must-have for any fan.

Special Features Include:
Episodic Promos
Audio Commentaries
Deleted Scenes
Gag Reel
In Conversation: The Music of TNG
REQUIEM: A Remembrance of TNG
Archival Mission Logs:
– Mission Overview Year
– Departmental Briefing Year 5: Production
– Departmental Briefing Year 5: Visual Effects
– Memorable Missions
– A Tribute to Gene Roddenberry
– Intergalactic Guest Stars
– Alien Speak