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Revenge - The Complete First Season (2012) Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Image“Revenge” was perhaps my favorite new show of last season.  It probably was my favorite my show of any last season.  I certainly look forward to the second season, which is more than I can say for most shows.  However, given the amount of drama that arrived in the first season, I am unsure whether the writers can sustain the interesting dynamics.

“Revenge” is tale of more than just the titular word definition.  It has intrigue and mystery.  There is suspense, which is likely what kept of watching week after week.  The cliffhangers of each episode were just enough to get you excited for the next week but not pissed off about the wait.

Emily VanCamp was one of my favorite actresses years ago during “Everwood.”  Sadly she didn’t have much going for her after that.  “Revenge” is her comeback to television.  And unlike Sarah Michelle Gellar’s return in “Ringer,” it looks like Emily may have another show for a few seasons if we keep our fingers crossed.

For some reason or another ABC is reluctant to release their television series on the Blu-ray format.  “Once Upon A Time” is an exception to that rule apparently.  I don’t get it and I’m sure you don’t either.  So needless to say I was whole-heartedly disappointed in this home video release.  Having watched every episode in HD, the DVD is just a massive letdown.  There are no two ways about it.  Sure the DVD is fine, but it doesn’t hold a candle to even the super-compressed HD broadcast.  It is frustrating to say the least.  I would say hold out for the Blu-ray release, but who know if or when that will ever happen.  So, as it stands, the first season, comprised of 22 episodes is located on 5 DVD discs.  When it comes to DVD today, there are no real differences.  They are pretty standard as far as new titles go.  The black levels, color, artifacts, etc. all appear normal for a DVD release.  Nothing impressive. The audio is bit better than the original HD broadcast.  HD broadcasts have horrendous audio qualities given the number of times the stream is compressed to fit broadcast standards.  So, the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track presents a little bit better dialogue clarity.  The rear channels are not entirely enveloping, but they have their moments.

The DVD set comes with more bonus features than most sets.  There is an audio commentary by creator Mike Kelly and actress Emily Van Camp on the pilot episode.  There are some deleted scenes and bloopers.  “Nolan Ross Exposed” is an puff piece on the character. C “Roadmap To ‘Revenge’” is a basic synopsis of the plots of “Revenge.”  “At Home In ‘The Hamptons’” is a set location piece.  “Haute Hamptons: Femme Fatale Fashion” is a costume piece.  Lastly there are a couple music videos: Christina Perri “Distance” and Angus/Julia Stone “For You.”

I highly recommend the show itself.  As for the DVD release, it is nothing spectacular but gets the job done.

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