Release date [US/Canada] september 3, 2013
Release date [UK] September 30, 2013
Release date [Australia] September 25, 2013
Release date [BNL] TBA
Release date [France] December 11, 2013
Release date [GER] TBA
Last year Revolution's first season was heavily promoted. A new series from the hands of JJ Abrams (Alias, Lost, Star Trek) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural). An apocalyptic series in the vein of The Walking Dead, without the zombies. I personally think it's a shame the story takes place 15 years after the black-out, why so much time, why not 3, 5 or perhaps 10 years. It's not believable seeing the same characters played by the same actors with 15 years in between and hardly seeing any age difference. Revolution starts out strong, and it kept me interested the rest of the season also, although the stories became smaller, more family drama type stores instead of the larger issues of how the black-out happened and how to "turn" the lights on again.
Revolution was also too clean-cut, too safe, perhaps predictable at times, not like "The Walking Dead". One of the reasons is of course the network it's showing on. The Walking Dead is on a cable network where much more is allowed regarding violence and sex. On NBC the guidelines are way more strict so it's hard to tell a apocalyptic story with those boundaries. What didn't help either was the long break after the 10th episode, a lot of viewers did not come back. Towards the end of the first season the focus thankfully turns back to the larger issues.
As I said earlier I did had a problem with the 15 years between the black-out and the setting of the show. I had a problem with the fact that there was almost no age difference between Elizabeth Mitchell's Character 15 years in the past and the present, which was also the case for the other actors. That's mainly why I would have preferred a shorter period like 5 years or so. Revolution is a flawed series perhaps, sometimes toe-curling dialogue, has it's share of plot holes, but it's still entertaining, I enjoyed the first season although I admit it's not in the same league as apocalyptic shows like The Walking Dead or even Straczynski's Jeremiah.
Most of the characters are likeable, Charlie Matheson began as a very annoying girl in the first 6-8 episodes, she really wasn't fun to watch. Luckily she was the one who changed a lot over the course of the second part of the first season. She began as a wining, nagging girl but grew into a no-nonsense woman who fights as mean and tough as her uncle. I liked Myles from the start, a bit of a rough character, a bit anti-social, not really a nice guy.
Zak Orth character is also one of my favourites, he's not a guy who you'd think want to join the search and rescue mission for Charlie's brother, no hero type. Captain Tom Neville steals the show with his character, not just evil..but mostly. His son is not yet been very interesting, he's mostly background noise till now. I really had to get used to Elizabeth Mitchell's character, Rachel. I had a hard time liking her at first, can't really explain why. It's getting better though.
Nora is not hard to like, though and beautiful woman, who reluctantly agrees joining the rescue mission but keeps on going. Charlie's brother Danny wasn't that interesting either but he at least he made a lasting impression at the end of the first season. Finally the bad ass General Monroe, he's quite crazy, not a likeable character at all.
Revolution does look stunning on Blu-ray, it's near perfection. Warner delivers another pristine 1080p/AVC-encoded television presentation that's as crisp and clean as its faux-grit digital source allows. Revolution: The Complete First Season rarely disappoints. Fans will be more than pleased with it's Blu-ray debut. Finally TV shows are getting the same kind of PQ release as the movies already get. The SQ is also quite good but as good as it looks! Regarding the special features, it's not a huge pile of features but still enough to sit an extra hour of Revolution, 3 features, webisodes, a gag reel and some deleted scenes. No commentary tracks unfortunately. I have to say though, I have absolutely no idea why Warner insists on adding the complete series on DVD as well, pointless to me, except perhaps to give them to a friend or a family member but that leaves you with a big box which is not even filled half.
Extra Information regarding this Blu Ray Release:
• Revolution Cast & Creative Team at 2013 PaleyFest (HD, 28 minutes): In this Blu-ray exclusive, key members of the Revolution cast and crew participate in a PaleyFest Q&A panel, answering questions about the series, its characters and storylines, its performances and writing, its visual effects, and its post-apocalyptic world and mysteries.
• An In-Depth Look at the Revolution Pilot (HD, 14 minutes): Executive producers J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness, Super 8), Eric Kripke (Supernatural) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Swingers), as well as several members of the cast, sit down to discuss the genesis of the series, the pilot, the goals of the show and the various elements that made its first season a ratings success.
• Creating a Revolution (HD, 20 minutes): Kripke, production designer Doug J. Meerdink, costume designer Roland Sanchez and other Revolutionaries delve into the series' production design and aesthetic, from props to sets to locations.
• Webisodes (HD): "Miles Paid Me a Visit," "Some Days You Just Want to Lay Down and Die," "You're Going to Find Ben Matheson," "Private Jacob Wren, You Are Arrested for Treason!" and "What If I Am Trying to Turn the Power Back On?"
• Deleted Scenes (HD): Deleted scenes are included for "No Quarter," "The Plague Dogs," "Sex and Drugs," "The Children's Crusade," "Kashmir," "The Stand," "Ghosts," "The Song Remains the Same," "Home," "Clue" and "Children of Men."
• Gag Reel (HD, 2 minutes): A standard collection of outtakes.