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Revolution: The Complete First Season

Score: 97%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Warner Brothers Home
                  Entertainment

Region: A
Media: Blu-ray/9
Running Time: 857 Mins.
Genre: Sci-Fi/Action/TV Series
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio English 5.1
           Dolby Digital, Spanish 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish


Features:

  • Revolution Cast and Creative Team at the 2013 PaleyFest - Blu-ray Exclusive
  • An In-Depth Look at the Revolution Pilot
  • Creating a Revolution
  • 5 Webisodes
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Ultraviolet Copy
  • Both DVD and Blu-ray Discs

What would happen if, all over the world, the lights went out and they couldn't be turned back on? Thatís the question that Revolution: The Complete First Season asks as it chronicles the lives of a group of people following a worldwide blackout. It tells the story mainly through the lives of the Matheson family, who seem to be intertwined with this blackout, specifically Ben (Tim Guinee) and Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) Matheson, their two children, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Danny (Graham Rogers), Benís brother, Miles (Billy Burke, the Twilight series, but don't hold it against him), and his closest childhood friend, Sebastian "Bass" Monroe (David Lyons). Brought to us by Eric Kripke (Supernatural), J.J. Abrams (Lost) and Jon Favreau (Elf), Revolution flips between time periods, both before and after the blackout, to tell the story of how it all came about, who was responsible, and what they are trying to do to fix itÖ or use it for their own benefit.

Following the blackout, things got pretty difficult. Militias arose, nations crumbled, and people simply did what they could to survive. Some 15 years post-blackout, the remainder of the Matheson family is living an agrarian life when their peaceful village is disrupted by a group of militia led by Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito), who has been seeking Ben Matheson for a very long time. Following a scuffle where Danny tries to prevent the soldiers from taking his father, Ben lay dying and Danny is spirited away by the group as the next best thing to his father. Charlie returns to the village from a walk to discover her brother gone and her father dying in her arms. He tells her to go to Chicago and find his brother, Miles, in order to get Danny back. So begins Charlie's journey, not only to recover Danny, but to become a strong and independent woman and eventually, a freedom fighter.

Along for the ride is Aaron Pittman (Zak Orth), a former Google millionaire, now a school teacher for the village, but someone to whom Ben secretly entrusted a mysterious silver pendant. Benís girlfriend, Maggie, also insists on joining Charlie in her hunt for Danny, even though Charlie resents her presence in their family's life since her mother disappeared and presumably died some 5 year prior. What does the militia want with the Mathesons? Well, the somewhat maniacal leader of the area is Bass Monroe, head of the Monroe Republic, and he suspects Ben and Rachel know a lot about why the power went out and maybe, just maybe, they can get it back on again. As the story progresses, we meet Miles, a roguish man with many surprises. Although initially not interested in this niece he has never really known, when Charlie leads the militia to his doorstep as well, he has to get involved.

What I really loved the most about Revolution was the many, many layers of each character. As the episodes progress, you are often left to wonder who is good and who is bad. As each personís backstory slowly unfolds, you understand the motivation for their behavior and perhaps even gain some sympathy for those characters perceived as evil. Although some are just truly evil.

Revolution: The Complete First Season looks and sounds gorgeous on Blu-ray. Youíll hear every crunch of fist on flesh, every clang of each sword, and every bullet whizzing through the air as if you were there. Although there is a good bit of CG in the show, it all looks quite realistic and there was never a time where I felt like I was obviously looking at CG. Sometimes Blu-ray can bring out the worst in special effects, but it all looks great here. I loved how organic everything felt, as if nature was taking back over the Earth, which was exactly the feeling the show's creators wanted to evoke. Special features include an in-depth look at the pilot by the show's creators, a featurette on the landscapes of Revolution (which vary greatly as the show progresses and we discover other parts of what was formerly America), the cast and crew at 2013 PaleyFest, a gag reel, deleted scenes and 5 webisodes. All of the special features are enjoyable and the webisodes are every bit as great as the show and provide some nice backstory.

While I am barely skimming the surface of Revolution, that is best. Much like Lost, Revolution is a journey you will take with the characters and youíll want to discover each person and mystery for yourself, at just the right time. Revolution is the complete package. It's got comic relief, drama, lots of incredible swashbuckling action, fantastic characters and wonderful actors to portray them, and a story that compels you to keep on watching until the amazing season finale. I can't wait until Season Two premieres in just a few short days. Highly, highly recommended.



-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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