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Alcatraz: The Complete Series (2012)

Sam Neill , Sarah Jones  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra
  • Producers: J.j. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Jack Bender, Jennifer Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Thai, Spanish, Korean
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B4KVRE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's still got that mystique, Alcatraz. Where else would you build a TV series premise about the closing of a prison that resulted not in the orderly dissemination of the remaining prisoners and staff but an inexplicable opening in the time-space continuum that caused the vanishing of hundreds of people? Alcatraz closed in 1963, so the present-day characters in Alcatraz have their hands full, and their minds blown, when the missing folks begin to materialize in San Francisco. This means the 2012 show's double-humped concept has investigators solving a case per episode--these escapees are still up to their old criminal tricks--but also pursuing the overall mystery of what the heck happened in '63. The presence of genre maestro and executive producer J.J. Abrams can't lick this awkward setup; for instance, even with an eager suspension of disbelief, it's tough to imagine that nobody in this alternate universe would have questioned the mass disappearance of that many Alcatraz-connected people at the same moment. It would help, of course, if the characters were something other than tiresomely stock. Sarah Jones plays the cop with a personal connection to the case (rather refreshingly without a romantic interest), Lost favorite Jorge Garcia is the Alcatraz expert/comic shop owner who joins the investigative crew, and Sam Neill grimaces as the hard-as-nails boss man. The show's distinguishing factors include some striking set design as well as truly explicit violence--none of which was enough to sustain it beyond 13 episodes, at which point it was cancelled. The show was obviously meant to be spun out over a good long spell, so--spoiler alert--the "Finale" ends with a cliffhanger designed for an exciting follow-up. That won't happen, and it's not difficult to see why the thing didn't catch on. Special features in this three-disc set consist of a short gag reel and a 10-minute look at the filmmakers and cast talking about the allure of the original Alcatraz. --Robert Horton

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Alcatraz: Island of Intrigue (featurette): We'll see what attracted the creators to this island and what stories they hope to tell. The cast will discuss what they did to prepare for these roles and share their memories of visiting and working on Alcatraz. Finally, we'll spend some time with the art department to learn how they endeavored to recreate the mood, tone, and mystery of this iconic landmark. Deleted Scenes Gag Reel

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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
While this is a review for the first and, sadly, the only season of J.J. Abrams' ALCATRAZ, this will also be, in part, a rant against Fox Broadcasting and how quickly they forgot their roots.

Let's begin with the review though. First, a quick rundown of the plot: Back in March of 1963, Alcatraz officially closed. All the prisoners were transferred to other prisons. This is the official story, but it's not the way it happened. In actuality, 256 inmates of Alcatraz as well as 46 guards mysteriously vanished and no one knows where... until now, that is. Mysterious and shadowy Federal Agent Emerson Hauser (the terrifically underrated Sam Neill) appears in San Francisco just around the time that our main protagonist SFPD Detective Rebecca Madsen (the talented and lovely Sarah Jones, who doesn't have a lot of credits to her name) loses her partner to a fleeing suspect. Madsen comes into direct contact and conflict with what Agent Hauser is trying to do when two men are murdered in the same day by a man who was one of the vanishing convicts and also looks exactly the same as he did in 1963. Enlisted in the search for this killer is the cuddly, lovable and very intelligent comic geek man-child Dr. Diego Soto (Jorge Garcia aka Hurley from LOST) who is considered to have written the definitive works on Alcatraz and its inmates. Along with Hauser's assistant, Dr. Lucy Banerjee (the talented and lovely Parminder Nagra, who first made a splash as the co-star of BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM and then onto ER), they form something of a secret task force to find the rest of the missing "63's".
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Ghosts of Flesh and Blood... April 27, 2012
Format:DVD
The Fox midseason replacement TV series "Alcatraz" is built around the fascinating premise that the 1963 closure of the notorious federal prison was a cover story for the sudden and unexplained disappearance of the inmates and their guards. San Francisco police detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) becomes involved in the mystery when her partner is killed by a man who is supposed to be dead, one of the missing "63's". Rebecca is recruited into a secretive federal task force run by FBI agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill), formerly an Alcatraz guard and now in search of the former inmates as they resurface in modern-day San Francisco to resume their criminal careers, mysteriously unaged and still fully lethal.

The story is told on parallel tracks, as Hauser, Rebecca, and Rebecca's unlikely partner Dr. Diego "Doc" Soto (Jorge Garcia) pursue the criminals in the present, while their backstories are told in flashback. The hulking Doc, a comic book store owner and expert on Alcatraz, forms a surprisingly effective team with the diminutive but spunky Rebecca, tracking the "63's" while trying to figure out what secrets Hauser might be hiding in his underground command center on Alcatraz. Each show dropped fresh clues on how and why the inmates might have disappeared, and suggest a conspiracy at work. Each show also expands on the separate and somewhat conflicting agendas of Hauser and Rebecca. The series makes full use of its excellent San Francisco and Alcatraz filming venues, including a spectacular "Bullit" car chase scene in the season finale.

"Alcatraz" is something different, part dark police procedural, part science fiction mystery, and all fun. The season finale was a fast-paced and terrifying cliff-hanger; here's hoping the series gets a second season. Highly recommended.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why not more? July 20, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
"Alcatraz" COULD have worked and worked well...I think its only major flaw was that some of the episodes, particularly midseason, felt more like a crime procedural ("hey, another inmate appeared, let's go get 'im") than a surreal mystery. If only EACH ep had given us a bit of the plot points! It seemed like several went by with little more than a tease into the three keys, the '63s, and the sleazy Warden's master plan...and then in the season finale we had major points all dumped at once!

Still and all...this could have been MAGNIFICENT in a second season. I detest Fox for pulling it.

My question is, WHY can this story not continue in graphic novel form?? Hey you producers and writers, if you're reading this, FINISH THE STORY! I want more Senator BadA-- (aka Hauser -- as Sarah Jones so perfectly called him), more Doc, more Becca, more Warden! I wanna know how it ENDS! Bring in Joss Whedon, bring in any of the supremely talented writers and artists working in comics today, and let this continue the same way "Firefly/Serenity" has! At least let us find out what the heck happened!

Kudos to all who worked on this show. It did not deserve the treatment Fox gave it.
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81 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another one bites the dust!!! June 18, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Here we go again! Another good show gets buried alive. Im sure some brain-dead "reality" show will get its slot.

I enjoyed the premise and the mystery of the mass escape of the former Alcatraz prisoners. They suddenly start showing up in 2011-2012 at the same age they "disappeared" nearly 50 years later. Few if any know how or why this is happening and I was ready to wait for the story to unfold but appearently im the only one. The show was over before it got started.

Dear: America
When most tv shows go on air it is a story designed to be told over a 5 year period. It's called "the bible"! Every show has one and that's the norm. Each season has an arc and a goal and in the end all of the arcs add up to the main story. Why aren't we willing to wait for the story? I dont get it.

With all being said I have learned, a long time ago, not to judge a show to harshly on it's 1st season alone. Some shows have scetchy 1st seasons and later turn into fantastic shows some of which I own today.

Im not part of this age of instant gratification "stream everything" generation. In fact I hate the word "streaming"! It's all low quality substandard crap anyway and I prefer to keep what I buy - like Blu-Ray discs for example. I want the best of the best. I looked foward to this show and once again I was robbed by people who dont know good tv when they see it.

FRAK ALL YOU HATERS!!!
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