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Fringe: Season 1 (+ BD-Live) [Blu-ray] (2009)

Anna Torv , Joshua Jackson , J.J. Abrams  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Kirk Acevedo
  • Directors: J.J. Abrams
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 8, 2009
  • Run Time: 1272 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,222 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MS7IBS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,165 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fringe: Season 1 (+ BD-Live) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Blu-ray exclusive: Fringe Pattern Analysis: Take a closer look at six select scenes with experts who evaluate with notes, photos and diagrams

BD-Live: Enhanced features including exclusive writer-producer commentary

Featurettes on the series' genesis and casting, the real science behind it, and the visual effects

Fringe: Deciphering the Secrets: Sidebars on every episode

Dissected Files: Unaired scenes

The Massive Undertaking: Docupods on selected episodes

Unusual Side Effects: Gag reel

Roberto Orci's Production Diary

Gene the Cow montage


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Teleportation, mind control, astral projection, invisibility, precognition, spontaneous combustion, reanimation: these are among the peripheral sciences--or "pseudo-sciences," as one skeptic puts it--examined during the first season of Fringe, a Fox network TV drama debuting on Blu-ray with the full first season (twenty episodes) offered on five extras-laden discs. The notion that those phenomena could have a genuine scientific basis is intriguing enough. But co-creator J.J. Abrams (whose bulging resume as a director, writer, and producer includes Lost, Alias, and the 2009 Star Trek feature film) has even more on his mind. Along with the weird science, the series features a multi-agency task force investigating related acts of terrorism that may very well add up to a threat of unimaginable global proportions; people who are exactly what they appear to be (i.e., insane) and others who are anything but; plot twists galore; family drama, interpersonal relationships, corporate evil, cop chases... There's a lot in play here, and while it doesn't always hold together (and like any new series, it takes a while to hit its stride), Fringe is rarely boring, and never less than impressively ambitious.

The pilot introduces us to the main characters, principally FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, good but not great in the show's central role) and others on the task force brought in to investigate some gross goings-on aboard a jumbo jet (a "self-eradicating, airborne toxin" reduced everyone to blood and bones). Seems this is but one part of "The Pattern," a series of synchronous, similarly shocking events that unfold as the show progresses; in subsequent episodes, lots of people are killed in graphic fashion by all manner of horrors, including scary monsters (slugs as big as a football, teethed parasites that can crush your heart), a gas that freezes a busload of passengers "like insects trapped in amber," people so radioactive they can literally make your brain boil... it goes on. Helping Dunham and the rest of the force figure it all out are scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (an appealing John Noble), who's spent the past 17 years locked up in the loony bin and whose research may be responsible for some of the crimes we witness, and his son-babysitter Peter (Joshua Jackson). As for the "fringe" element, Dr. Bishop and other, less benign geniuses jump-start a dead man's brain, photograph another victim's cornea in order to access the last thing she saw before death, connect Dunham to her boyfriend so she can experience his memories of the incident that left him comatose, use high-frequency vibrations to enable bank robbers to pass through a solid vault wall, and much, much more. As for where and how all of this ends up, let's just that enquiring minds will have to hang in for the long, complicated run.

High-definition bonus features are many and varied; among the best are "Deciphering the Scene" (brief explications of key scenes in every episode) and "The Massive Undertaking" (detailing how certain special effects sequences were pulled off). Exclusively on Blu-ray are expert scene analysis and BD-Live writer-producer commentary. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Teleportation. Mind control. Invisibility. Astral projection. Mutation. Reanimation. Phenomena that exist on the Fringe of science unleash their strange powers in this thrilling series, co-created by J.J. Abrams (Lost, Alias), combining the grit of the police procedural with the excitement of the unknown. The story revolves around three unlikely colleagues – a beautiful young FBI agent, a brilliant scientist who’s spent the last 17 years in a mental institution and the scientist’s sardonic son – who investigate a series of bizarre deaths and disasters known as “the pattern.” Someone is using our world as an experimental lab. And all clues lead to Massive Dynamic, a shadowy global corporation that may be more powerful than any nation.

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285 of 312 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I have dual suggestions for anyone thinking of trying FRINGE. First, definitely watch it. Second, be very, very patient. The show eventually gets very, very good, but it takes a very long time to get there. I have a theory as to why that is. FOX has a tendency to micro manage many of its shows. DOLLHOUSE is an example. After Joss Whedon brought them his initial pilot, they nixed it and asked for a new one, and then dictated that the first several episodes be standalone episodes. And guess what. In the sixth episode DOLLHOUSE became one of the best shows on TV, with multiple delicious plot twists. The weakest part of the series? The first five stand alone episodes. I have not heard similar things about FRINGE, but given that the first half of the season tends to be almost all stand alone episodes and that they are far and away the weakest part of the show, I suspect more FOX interference. FRINGE has been compared to THE X-FILES in many ways, but one way that they are dissimilar is that THE X-FILES standalone episodes were far superior to FRINGE's standalone episodes. So the viewer has to be patient for the payoff for watching the show to come to fruition. But the payoff does finally come. About halfway through the series a "mythology" arc emerges in a most satisfying way, resulting in a string of deeply satisfying and exciting episodes in the second half of the season. At the end of the first year, it hasn't yet quite become a great show, but it shows all the potential of becoming one. But perhaps only if FOX will get out of the way and let them get on with the story.

The show also suffered from internal problems, the main one being casting. I came to like Anna Torv in the lead role of Agent Olivia Dunham, but she remained in many ways the show's weak link.
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101 of 113 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Brainchild of JJ Abrams, this show is loaded with all the vitamins a good series needs: an exciting and innovative plot, along with well-scripted characters. Some episodes are a bit of a fill-out but the overall plot, much like the show Lost, is very interesting and has one at the edge of their seat. Anna Torv is a bit of a newcomer without much experience, but portrays her character very well. John Noble does a cracking job as the somewhat looney Einstein-inspired Dr Walter Bishop. The biggest surprise is Joshua Jackson who's getting a bit of a fresh start in his career with this show. He does an excellent job as the intelligent Peter Bishop, son of Walter Bishop. Another brilliant choice actor-wise is Lance Reddick, known from The Wire (which by the way probably is the best show in TV history).
The main plot? Well, strange incidents are occuring, perpetrated by a mysterious terrorist group using the world as their experiment lab. The events are investigated by the characters named above. As the story unfolds, the motives of this terrorist group start to emerge and the question rises: Who is the real enemy?
Scripted and created by the same guys who wrote the new Star Trek film, this show is the new Lost. It has been picked up for a season 2, and will probably go beyond that. Brilliant stuff.
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146 of 171 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I have dual suggestions for anyone thinking of trying FRINGE. First, definitely watch it. Second, be very, very patient. The show eventually gets very, very good, but it takes a very long time to get there. I have a theory as to why that is. FOX has a tendency to micro manage many of its shows. DOLLHOUSE is an example. After Joss Whedon brought them his initial pilot, they nixed it and asked for a new one, and then dictated that the first several episodes be standalone episodes. And guess what. In the sixth episode DOLLHOUSE became one of the best shows on TV, with multiple delicious plot twists. The weakest part of the series? The first five stand alone episodes. I have not heard similar things about FRINGE, but given that the first half of the season tends to be almost all stand alone episodes and that they are far and away the weakest part of the show, I suspect more FOX interference. FRINGE has been compared to THE X-FILES in many ways, but one way that they are dissimilar is that THE X-FILES standalone episodes were far superior to FRINGE's standalone episodes. So the viewer has to be patient for the payoff for watching the show to come to fruition. But the payoff does finally come. About halfway through the series a "mythology" arc emerges in a most satisfying way, resulting in a string of deeply satisfying and exciting episodes in the second half of the season. At the end of the first year, it hasn't yet quite become a great show, but it shows all the potential of becoming one. But perhaps only if FOX will get out of the way and let them get on with the story.

The show also suffered from internal problems, the main one being casting. I came to like Anna Torv in the lead role of Agent Olivia Dunham, but she remained in many ways the show's weak link.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the BD set not the show September 10, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
If you're looking at this, I assume you already have interest in this unique show, so I will focus this review on the blu-ray release. First things first, the cover has a cool reflective casing, with two different images. Nice touch considering the content of the show itself. It has the usual flip type case for multiple discs that we've seen in sets like Die Hard and Blade Runner. I actually prefer the flip cases to smaller individual cases. Also has multiple images on the CD's, the cover and the inside, nice touch. That's about it for cosmetics.

There is over 7 hours of bonus features including the bd-live content. BD-live is a very cool feature to have, even if you aren't utilizing it now, you might be in the near future and it includes a single insert with instructions on how to get started.

Special features exclusive on blu-ray include Fringe Pattern Analysis: Take a Closer Look at 6 select scenes with the experts. These are actually really nice, as they focus on select scenes, instead of just some broad behind the scenes generalization that you usually get as an "extra". And also additional writer/production commentary available through bd-live.

Some other goodies:

Featurettes on the show's creation, casting, the real science behind it and a great look at the special effects.
There is the feature of Fringe: Deciphering the Scene Sidebars on every episode, this is an interesting add-on. I thought it was cool.
Disected Files and Unaired scenes are here. Alot of extras involved in indiviual episodes, which I thought was great and any fan of the show will like, as I'm sure we all have our favorites and our "not-so-favorites."

I give this blu-ray set a enthusiastic thumbs up for all the extras. It's appreciated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just awesome...
For those who don't know the X-files series from many years ago, this is pretty much a take-off on that. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by S.P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect show
Great blend of Sci-fi and procedural crime drama. I highly recommend this show if you enjoy shows like Heroes, Jericho, Firefly, etc...
Published 15 hours ago by Douglas S Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding show
Fringe is one of the best and most imaginative stories ever done for television. The acting is superb; especially John Noble's Oscar worthy performance as Walter Bishop and the... Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Stephen K. Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
Yesterday I said I will stop watching because this series is taking over my life, but I cannot I keep looking for what is coming next. Read more
Published 1 day ago by jennyC
4.0 out of 5 stars Walter is a Hoot!
I am enjoying this series. I missed it the first time through but it is fun to "binge" to catch up.
Published 3 days ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Don't know how I missed it!
In this era of being able to watch seasons of shows in a week by streaming I have discovered that I liked shows I didn't think I would, and then some great surprises in shows I... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Scott Weishaar
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but most of the plots are too lame
And most of the actors do not appeal to me. I can see through their act and some of the acting is overdone/ too melodramatic.
Published 4 days ago by Falgun Jariwala
4.0 out of 5 stars Fringe...Real or created scenarios? You be the Judge
Excellent sci-fi series that portrays some of the bizarre anomalies that have actually occurred, as well as some that are more fantasy based. Overall it's an entertaining series.
Published 5 days ago by Marc Lee Rothman Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars LIV IT!!!
I'm a big fan of this show and highly recommend everyone to give it a try...you will not be disappointed!!!👍👽👍
Published 5 days ago by Lop3z
4.0 out of 5 stars do not do this
really like the series I would just like to rate with stars and forgo having to write... in fact because of this I will not rate any more programs
Published 5 days ago by penny1
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Why does the price keep going up and down for Fringe?
The lesson here.. buy it when it's at a price you're willing to pay. The price of any item can fluctuate quite a bit. It's the ebb and flow of demand.
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Overpriced. Bought at Costco for $16.99
costco had them today for 14.99
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Episode 21 not on DVD - Wiki?
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Episode number 31, "Unearthed", which aired chronologically after "Grey Matters", was originally an unaired episode from season one, which explains the sudden reappearance of Agent Charlie Francis, who had, at that point in season two, been... Read more
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Fringe on Blu-ray
Might I interject here and note that while Prison Break was a true Fox title, Fringe is in fact a Warner Brothers Studio title (hence the lossy audio), but it just happens to be aired on the Fox network. So your worries might not be as serious as you thought.
Aug 21, 2009 by Cole Feeser |  See all 14 posts
Subtitles??????
The official site of Blu ray Warner (wbshop.com) talks about several language subtitles (like english SDH, french , spanish...) but they don't appear on the picture on the back cover. If anybody can share info.. Thanks (for french subtitles)
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