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The River: Season 1 (2012)

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2012
  • Run Time: 344 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007G4X7VC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,930 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Magus" Audio Commentary -- With Executive Producer-Writer Michael Green, Executive Producer Zack Estrin, And Director-Producer Jaume Collet-Serra

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Embark on a thrilling journey as Oren Peli, director of Paranormal Activity, and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg, bring chilling legend and lore to life. Paranormal thriller The River follows the story of world famous wildlife expert and TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood), host of the beloved series The Undiscovered Country. After Cole goes missing deep in the Amazon, his family, friends, and crew set out on a haunting and treacherous adventure to find him. Led by his wife, Tess (Leslie Hope), and estranged son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), the rescue mission will lead them deep into the unexplored regions on the Amazon River. A place where nature is cruel, magic is real, and nothing is what it seems. Uncover the ancient secrets of the Bouina in the heart-pounding first season of ABC's The River, and dive even deeper into the mystery with never-before-seen bonus features. The shocking truth is waiting to be discovered. If you dare...

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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
In the primetime TV landscape, the usual program options have become increasingly formulaic, predictable and safe. With more than half of all network dramas being variations on the crime procedural, something that bucks the trend really has the potential to stand out. Even riskier is trying to adapt a horror offering within the strictures of regular TV in an era when audiences seem to clamor for more explicit and graphic thrills (see FX's delightfully loopy and crazed American Horror Story for something that really pushes the boundaries of conventional fare as it has much more freedom on cable). So I commend ABC executives for greenlighting the interesting eight-part experiment by filmmaker Oren Peli (who made a name for himself with Paranormal Activity). He shares the creator credit for this show with Michael R. Perry (he was also a writer on Paranormal Activity 2), a TV veteran who has dabbled in the horror genre before penning episodes of the underrated and short-lived "American Gothic" and Chris Carter's "X Files" follow-up "Millennium." While not always perfect, therefore, "The River" certainly has the distinction of feeling different and that's undeniably a good thing.

The idea behind "The River" is a good one. Bruce Greenwood plays a popular TV naturist who disappears while on an expedition in the Brazilian wilds. He and his crew are presumed dead. His wife (Leslie Hope) and estranged son (Joe Anderson) put together another documentary crew in an effort to find, and hopefully rescue, the missing men. Trying to piece together what happened through found footage, this new team faces increasingly strange and deadly obstacles the deeper they go.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspensful, intriguing and different May 22, 2012
Don't believe the negative reviews. This is a suspensful series that needs to be explored in more depth. There is nothing out there like The River, including Lost, which I was a huge fan. I hope this series is picked up by another network that is willing to give it more time to develope.
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4.0 out of 5 stars for fans of lovecraft and other influences. March 20, 2012
look i get that this show is familiar. but what i find the most intersting about this show is it's use of tropes in new ways. the best thing to me about this show is that it's typical horror t.v. monster of the week use doesn't preclude the progress of the search. it all has connection and keeps your interest. some eps. are better than others but the adult reaction with the colorful language and behavior for me makes this one of the better shows on t.v. i especially enjoy the relationships of the characters. this show keeps the viewers interest and to me it's better than celebrated shows like american horror and walking dead. why? because it seems to be less using the form of the genre while respecting the predicesors of horror. kind of in the way battlestar galactica did in the early millineum. i recomend this show for watchers looking for more depth in their scfi. especially if you are a reader of lovecraft and alan moores swamp thing - american gothic. it's everywhere if you open your eyes to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit or miss niche November 2, 2013
By Jes
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The River is a niche "series". One of those you'll love it or hate it type of thing. And, I quoted "series" because it says season 1, but it is basically a closed story arch with a cliff hanger. So, while there is an opening for a follow up season, or more than one, if they don't carry on, it still ended fairly well.

The short and ugly of this product is this:

1. Wild life expert, and film crew, lost in Amazon.
2. Expert's family, with film crew, head to Amazon to find lost people.
3. Hand-held, shaky cam mixed with fixed angle security cam, occasional clips from earlier periods of time.
4. Various legend and and folklore of the Amazon touched upon.
5. Some questions just won't be answered, so... be ready for that.
6. Deaths do occur, but gore and bloody effects are minimal at most.

If you enjoy suspense, supernatural, or lost footage type films, give it a shot. It is surprisingly well done for a "series" designed for cable t.v..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great show October 16, 2013
By jgray
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Fantastic show, too bad it had to compete with dancing with the stars.. I hope another network picks it up
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY IS THERE NO SEASON 2 ?!?!?!?!? September 6, 2013
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so I saw this advertised on the chiller channel and it looked really good but I missed the first two weeks or so of it coming on that channel so I bought it since it was so reasonably priced. the first episode got me hooked!!! and the last episode left me wanting more. I gotta say I never watch shows like this but the way it was shot and the setting made me get interested in it in the first place. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. but it was really good, I googled around to see if there was a season 2, but all I saw was about it getting canceled from the channel that originally aired it which I think was abc? not sure, but Im very disappointed that there is no follow up season, you can only conclude from the ending that they never was able to leave and all eventually died. which with the ending they left us with it coulda been so much more if they had a season 2. so yes this is a good show, but because there is no season 2 and an open ending makes me sad to have watched it, I guess thats because I cant stand movies or shows that leave you with no real ending. I must add the way this was shot made for an even more unique experience. either way Im glad this show was made and I watched it, I just wish they would had made a season 2.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if you are a fan of "found footage".
I like this series and wish it had not been cancelled. I'm a sucker for the Paranormal Activity series so the found footage feel and that fact that you have to suspend all... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome show! Great special effects! Very likeable cast and a great...
I am so sad that this show ended prematurely. On the flipside, this show can still be entertaining for a weekend marathon of quality tv. Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. Rexroat
4.0 out of 5 stars Spielberg, bring back another season!!
Here I am a year and a half later, wishing this show would continue. It was edgy, suspenseful, full of a little South American and Amazonian flavor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joe's House of Toys
1.0 out of 5 stars A BOMB!
Idea good, a few clever special effects and sets...otherwise, a bomb in every sense of the word. Either the "actors" (more correctly "line repeaters")couldn't act or they received... Read more
Published 6 months ago by CherryCats
5.0 out of 5 stars excellant show !!!
I really liked this show !!!! Wish they did another season leaves you hanging on how they would get out of the river. Read more
Published 6 months ago by michele labrie
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SHOW!!!!
I had watched this show on TV and loved it!!! I was very excited to see that it was DVD!!! Now I can watch it again!!!! Thanks!
Published 10 months ago by Sandra Rathbone
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Emmit Cole was hilarious
Dr. Emmit Cole was much like a certain TV celebrity in real life. I really enjoyed this entire series and found the characters to be adaptable and never boring.
Published 11 months ago by J. Untinker
5.0 out of 5 stars differant
I found this very compelling and differant cant wait for the second series to be available I just know I will enjoy it just as much if not more
Published 11 months ago by shona
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
this is a great thriller its a shame it was cancelled so early
from the beginning until the end it will have you hooked
Published 12 months ago by Phillip Fensom
4.0 out of 5 stars The River Season 1
The River was thoroughly enjoyable because it is something different to the usual series. Can't wait to see Season 2 to see what happens next to the characters. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mandy-Lee Hope-Johnstone
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One season then cancelled...but still willing to milk DVD sales.
Nice observations. It fits in with the whole concern about quarterly returns and leveraged buyouts. There's no sense of or concern with continuity, only today's numbers. And I thought DVDs were where the $ was.
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