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Fringe: The Complete First Season (Blu-Ray)
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.]]>
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
I started off not liking it much, but was nudged to continue watching it...and am glad I did. I don't love it, but I continue to like it more the more I watch it.Published 20 hours ago by Mk2
Finally something of good quality for those who loved the X-flies.Published 21 hours ago by K. W. Reeves
Intriguing Scientifically hidden facts regarding our inner unexplored selfs, and how scientific minds use this information to gain status, power and prestige that accompany it.Published 1 day ago by VERNON JOSEPH
I have enjoyed the first season and the video stram was very good quality.Published 1 day ago by Nannie Jane
I love this series Peters psycho dad is funny and is definitely a wierd but interesting storylinePublished 1 day ago by JS Collectibles
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I have a Samsung BD 1500, and the remote that came with that has a "Pop Up Menu" button. So, say you popped in disc 1 and the pilot starts playing. You've already seen the pilot, and want to go to episode 2. Push the "Pop Up Menu" button and a little menus comes up from the... Read More
Sep 11, 2009 by Nathan L. Baker | See all 12 posts
|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.
May 22, 2010 by R. Whorton | See all 13 posts
|Overpriced. Bought at Costco for $16.99||
costco had them today for 14.99
Jan 18, 2012 by debby19 | See all 3 posts
|Episode 21 not on DVD - Wiki?||
Accoring to Wikipedia Notes :
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
Mar 1, 2010 by kzolady | See all 6 posts
|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
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