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  • Actors: Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez
  • Directors: Ron Underwood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 810 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EN5I3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,821 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Sam (Bret Harrison) is a slacker whose world turns upside down on his 21st birthday when he learns that his parents sold his soul to the Devil (Ray Wise). Forced to be Hell's bounty hunter, Sam, with the aid of his goofball friends, must track down evildoers and send them back where they belong.

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Sam (Bret Harrison) is a slacker whose world turns upside down on his 21st birthday when he learns that his parents sold his soul to the Devil (Ray Wise). Forced to be Hell's bounty hunter, Sam, with the aid of his goofball friends, must track down evildoers and send them back where they belong.

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You really like the guy and root for him.
Barry
Well, I didn't think this series was scary or gross; but has great humor, fantastic characters that all work well together and a good story line.
K. Smith
Sam must spend the rest of his life as the devil's bounty hunter, capturing escaped souls from hell.
The Wickerman

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Alison Munin on August 27, 2008
Format: DVD
Sam Oliver (played by Bret Harrison) turned 21 and strange things started happening. After a visit from someone claiming to be The Devil, his parents finally confessed to him that before he was born they made a deal with the Devil and sold Sam's soul because Sam's dad was dying and wanted to get better. So while he's on this earth, Sam must go to work for the Devil as his bounty hunter, catching escaped souls and returning them to hell. These are bad guys, people who got sent to hell for a reason and escape to wreak havoc once again. Sam agrees, first because the Devil threatens his mother if he doesn't do it, and second because it gives his nowhere slacker life purpose (he works in a Home Depot type store) and he tells himself he's doing a good thing getting these baddies back where they belong. The work is plenty dangerous, but he does it with the help of his best friends and fellow slacker work buddies, Sock and Ben.

That's the basic premise for the start of the series, Sam has a girlfriend Andi that works with them and at first is unaware of his other job, and they have a jerk of a boss who's a funny character named Ted, a bit of a tool himself. Oh, and Sam captures escaped souls in vessels, which are common household items the Devil gives him for each grab: a dirt devil handvac, a toaster, a scyth, bubbles, anything really. When the soul has been captured, they get dropped off at a portal to hell which is anyplace that feels like hell on earth, in this case, the DMV. A DMV worker named Gladys collects the vessels and sends them south, she happens to be a demon, horns and everything.

The mythology comes in the second half, when we begin to discover that what Sam's parents told him may not be true. That's when things really get interesting.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Weaver on August 26, 2008
Format: DVD
Highly recommended! This show is for anyone who was a fan of the comedic side of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Angel.' The angst and brooding darkness of 'Buffy' and 'Angel' was cautiously emerging near the end of the season, but this show is clearly a comedy with dramatic moments, not the other way 'round.

Critics and viewers unanimously loved the 1st episode written and directed by Kevin Smith of 'Chasing Amy' and 'Clerks' fame. Some critics and viewers however felt that later episodes relied too much on a formulaic 'demon of the week' main storyline centered on the antics of the cast to capture the demon, while interesting secondary storylines were given short shrift. By the end of the first season this was remedied by making the secondary storyline the capturing of the demon and allowing the main storyline to focus instead on character and plot development. Also introduced were multi-episode arcs while keeping most episodes stand-alone. By the season finale the consensus was that the series was now living up to the promise of the pilot.

I am NOT stating that I perceived any of these so-called difficiencies, but I am mentioning them so that any potential buyer who has heard of these supposed shortcomings understands that by all accounts the show had clearly hit its stride by the end of the season. If you see a drop-off in quality, rest assured it is quickly resolved. Many hardcore fans of 'Buffy' and 'Angel' forget the serious growing pains and shortcomings of the 1st seasons of each of these shows in light of the greatness that followed. Those shows were given a chance to find the right pace and tone and certainly so should 'Reaper.'

I truly love this show and anyone I recommended the show to who tuned in quickly became a rabid fan.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By amadock on August 28, 2008
Format: DVD
This show is scary and funny, charming and alarming, silly and thought-provoking. Awesome Devil (Ray Wise of Twin Peaks), cute sweet hero (Bret Harrison most recently of The Loop), funny characters, nice Scooby vibe among the friends. Mostly fun, but with serious story arcs related to demons, paternity, damnation, and heroism. I can't wait for the DVDs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By qtvxzplr on September 8, 2008
Format: DVD
This show is hilarious and original from the very first episode on. It has some unevenness in the storyline, like Sam's vanishing little brother, but overall the quality of acting and writing is consistent. Ray Wise is a riot as the devil: slippery and charming, with some great one-liners. The boss at the Work Bench, Ted, is a perfect portrayal of a petty tyrant still working through his high school issues. Also great from late in the season are the gay neighbors when Sam moves out of his parents' house: no spoilers, but there is something strange about these two. Sam is a little too gullible to be believable sometimes (can he not remember that he's talking to the DEVIL?), but that might be part of why he's so likable. I also got tired of the whole Sam and Andi "will they ever get together?" storyline, but whatever. The real gem of the show is Sam's friendship with the impossibly nice Ben and the impossibly outrageous Sock: they are laugh out loud funny. I promise you, you will laugh out loud for real, especially as they struggle with various "vessels." In the season finale, when Sam had to ride on Sock's shoulders because his feet weren't allowed to touch the ground and Sock was running down the road as fast as he could (not very fast), I thought, "This show had better be back next season, and it had better be out on DVD." And I didn't even have to make a deal with you-know-who.
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Reaper returns March 17 with season two!
I really hope "Reaper" gets picked up for a third season. It's one of the best shows on the CW.
Jan 31, 2009 by Francesca Sanders |  See all 4 posts
Is this coming on Blu Ray?
That is what I would like to know as well. They released Smallville and Supernatural in blu-ray but not this show.
Dec 20, 2008 by Mr. X |  See all 3 posts
can anyone actually review the dvd..not the show!?!
There are five discs, commentary for the pilot episode by the producers/writers, deleted scenes and funny outtakes. Not a boatload of extras (would have liked more commentaries) but well worth it for the episodes alone.
Dec 10, 2008 by Alison Munin |  See all 2 posts
Reaper return moved up to March 3rd at 8 pm Be the first to reply
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