Revolution

Season One

 

Revolution : Complete Season 1

Created for television by Eric Kripke

Written by Eric Kripke, Paul Greelong, David Rambo, et al

Production Design: Doug Meerdink

Photography: David Moxness & David Stockton

Music: Christopher Lennertz

Editing: David Eisenberg, Vikasj Patel & Anthony Pinker

Produced by Athena Wickham & Robert M Williams Jr.

Directed by Jon Favreau, Charles Beeson, Steve Boyum, et al

Sept 2012 - June 2013

 

Featured Cast:

Billy Burke

Tracy Spiridakos

Elizabeth Mitchell

Giancarlo Esposito

Zak Orth

Daniella Alonso

David Lyons

J.D. Pardo

Tim Guinee

Graham Rogers

Anna Lise Phillips

 

Production:

Television: Bad Robot & Warner Bros.

Video: Warner Home Video

 

Video

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Resolution: 1080p

Codec: AVC

Disc Size: Dual-layer 50 GB x 4

Episodes: 20

Avg. episode runtime: 43 minutes

 

Audio:

English DTS-HD MA 5.1 + Dubs in Portuguese, French, Spanish & Japanese

 

Subtitles:

English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian, Japanese & Danish

 

Extras

An In-depth look at the Revolution pilot episode (14 min.)

• Revolution Cast & Creative Team at the 2013 Paley Festival (27:40)

• Creating a Revolution featurette (20 min.)

11 Deleted scenes

Gag reel

NBC.com Webisodes

• UltraViolet digital copy of all 20 episodes

 

Presentation:

Amaray Blu-ray case: BRD x 4

Street Date: September 3, 2013



Warner Press Release:

BURBANK, CA (June 6, 2013) - Fans are "powering up" to own one of the most-watched new shows of the 2012-2013 season as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) gets set to release Revolution: The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack September 3, 2013. With its first season, Revolution broke out as a hit amongst critics and fans, landing a top spot as TV's #1 new show with Women 18-34 and Men 18-49 and averaging 12.6 MM viewers per week! Revolution: The Complete First Season includes all 20 action-packed episodes from Season 1 and is available to own for $59.98/$69.97 SRP. The release includes over 90 min. of bonus content including two featurettes, a gag reel, deleted scenes, and bonus webisodes. The Blu-ray Combo Pack contains an additional 30 minutes of bonus features and includes the Blu-ray and standard DVD editions of the release, plus an UltraViolet digital copy of all 20 episodes.


Set-up

In this epic adventure thriller, a family struggles to survive in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of overgrown cities, treacherous militias and heroic freedom fighters, fifteen years after every single piece of technology - computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights - had suddenly blacked out...forever. A swashbuckling journey of hope and rebirth, Revolution is seen through the eyes of a strong-willed young woman, Charlie Matheson, who has lost members of her family in the blackout's tragic aftermath, but has gained a new family and a new purpose. Together, with a rogue band of survivors - including her secretive mother Rachel and formerly estranged uncle Miles, an ex-marine and militia leader - she sets out to overthrow the dangerous Monroe Militia (led by the volatile Sebastian Monroe), restore the power - and balance of power - and ultimately re-establish the United States of America.


Created by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), and executive produced by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek, Alias), Bryan Burk (Star Trek, Fringe, Lost) and Kripke, Revolution stars Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga), Tracy Spiridakos (Being Human), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Zak Orth (Nurse Jackie), David Lyons (ER), Daniella Alonso (Friday Night Lights), Graham Rogers (Memphis Beat), JD Pardo (The Twlight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2), Tim Guinee (Iron Man 2), and Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost). Revolution is produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television.


"We are thrilled to release Revolution: The Complete First Season on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack this fall," said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. "As a breakout fan favorite, we cannot wait to share this series with fans, both old and new, to deliver the excitement that has garnered tons of buzz throughout the year."


Critical Press:

Boston Herald

One of the most intriguing series of fall, NBC’s sci-fi drama “Revolution” depicts either your worst nightmare or your most cherished dream: technology on strike. Every electronic device — from iPhones to airplanes to automobiles — goes dead in a blink. The world is off the grid. No one can explain this seemingly global science fail. Jump 15 years into the future, the government has fallen- and local militias rumble over territory. As middle-aged folks struggle to adapt to this new Dark Age, the younger generation has only vague memories of what it was like to be plugged in. And in this suspenseful show from J.J. Abrams (“Lost”) and Eric Kripke (“Super-natural”), they have more than enough reasons to fear the lights coming- back on. “Revolution” is the first TV series to take inspiration from “The Hunger Games” franchise. – Mark Perigard

 

The New York Times

In a blink of a second, all the power goes out inexplicably all over the planet. Cars don’t drive, planes don’t fly, computers go blank and darkness snuffs out streetlights, Kindles, refrigerators, television sets, dishwashers, iPads and hair dryers. That’s the flashback. The story mostly takes place 15 years later, in Chicago, now a rotting, lawless hellhole, and those who fled the anarchy of the city live in primitive farming communities.

“Revolution” comes with a pedigree. J. J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Trek”) and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) are among the executive producers, and the creator is Eric Kripke, whose credits include “Supernatural.” And the pilot, at least, is engaging and suspenseful and doesn’t reveal what caused the world to go black. Ambitious setups like this don’t always hold up, but “Revolution” has the potential to be a more disciplined “Lost” — not necessarily more plausible but with any luck less preposterous and pretentious. . . Doomsday chic echoes modern anxieties, of course. But a global wipeout also offers viewers a more childlike fantasy: a society that is modern and recognizable except that firearms either don’t work or are so rare that people have to resort to the knife, sword and crossbow. . . Fighting back is a theme that has special resonance these days. “Revolution” shares that rebellious spirit. The only difference is that here the struggle takes place in the dark.  – Alessandra Stanley

 

Slate

Revolution will most directly remind the audience of two recent flops that otherwise would have soon disappeared from memory—Terra Nova (about people from the future roughing it in the prehistoric past) and The Event (about nobody-ever-figured-out-what). Lonely rebels struggle against shadowy conspiracies and shady narrative logic. Fight scenes arrive with such a programmatic regularity that you could set your watch by them—and then watch the seconds tick away while wondering why it should be that TV’s squarest network (CBS, home of Hawaii Five-0 and Abrams’ Person of Interest) airs its most roundly satisfying action sequences. – Troy Patterson

 

Image: 9

It is no secret, I imagine, that Blu-ray offers more than subtle improvement in image and sound quality as compared to TV broadcast or any number of streaming options. Compression is less, so artifacts are fewer. Blacks are deeper, noise is not an issue, shadow detail and color contrast is more available.

 

Audio & Music: 9/7

Even better is the audio quality since now we not only get righteous surround but, more important, uncompressed audio, courtesy DTS-HD Master Audio that reveal environmental and ambient subtleties and crisper dialogue as well as solid, deep whacks and explosions where needed.

 

Extras: 6

Among the bonus features that Warner offers for this Blu-ray, three have substance: In Creating a Revolution Series creator Eric Kripke, production designer Doug Meerdink, costume designer Roland Sanchez, and members of the cast talk about the production design that created this future world.  Jon Favreau directed the pilot episode that convinced NBC to order up the rest of the season. Favreau and Eric Kripke discuss what made that episode special. And, for nearly half an hour, Erik Kripke, J.J. Abrams and cast hold forth and answer questions at the 2013 Paleyfest in Beverly Hills.

 

Recommendation: 7

As noted on PayeCenter.orgRevolution depicts a “place imagined in detail so haunting in its evocation of the lost past, so romantic even in its bleak present, it’s impossible to remain unmoved by it all,” wrote the Wall Street Journal’s Dorothy Rabinowitz. The battle between light and dark is fought on one side by the Mathesons—including Katniss Everdeen–inspired Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and her Uncle Miles (Billy Burke)—and on the other by Sebastian Monroe (David Lyons) and smiling-cobra Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito, who “takes custody of the show whenever he steps on screen,” per Time’s James Poniewozik). Revolution was co-created by uber-auteur J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Supernatural’s Eric Kripke. Image and Audio quality are top drawer, so if you want to catch the series at its best, this new Warner’s Blu-ray is the way to go.

 

Leonard Norwitz

© LensViews

September 8, 2013

 

 

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