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The River: Season 1 (2012)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: G (General Audience)
  • 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 (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007G4X7VC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,292 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 22 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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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Drama Unlike Any Other March 29, 2013
The River, which premiered in 2012, centers on a search-and-rescue operation for Dr. Emmett Cole, a TV show host known world-wide that went missing somewhere in the Amazon. With his son and wife leading the search party, they make it to the Amazon, only to encounter something beyond explanation. Like Dr. Emmett Cole says at the end of every episode on his show The Undiscovered Country, "There's magic out there."

Produced by Orin Peli and Steven Spielberg, The River is a terrifying and imaginative drama that goes outside the box. With the recent hits of the "found-footage" sub-genre in horror, ABC brought in a TV show with the same formula of filming, but with a cast, plot and visuals that are delivered spectacularly. Joe Anderson was great as Lincoln Cole, the son of Emmett, but it was Thomas Kretschmann who stole the show as Kurt, the mysterious bodyguard who protects the crew as they traverse the Boiuna. Sadly, for some stupidly annoying reason, the network decided to can the series (like a lot of phenomenal shows including Firefly, Daybreak, and Invasion). With a season of only 8 episodes, the writers were able to create something extraordinary, but leave a great many questions unanswered as the show was canceled. Like Lost, The River takes us to a place we know nothing about, and the rules of reality are broken. This show isn't for everyone, but anyone who appreciates thrillers, mystery, sci-fi/fantasy and supernatural dramas, this show is perfect. Hopefully, someone gets a campaign started to bring the show back for one more season because there is still plenty of room to answer and bring to light questions and answers. Kickstarter right now is doing well with bringing back TV shows, so let's get The River back for at least one more season of 13-14 episodes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Effective nonsense July 10, 2012
This could have been a great series if the storyline and characters were solid and stuck with their original plan, however, along the way an adulterous wife Tess (Leslie Hope) and indifferent son Lincoln (Joe Anderson) become driven to find a man (TV celebrity Dr. Emmit Cole) whom does not wish to be found, nor evidently, understood. In the first sight of tragedy or death, most normal people would flee back to civilization and open a route to and fro, or at least bring back more strength in guns, or personnel, to find the missing man. Instead, we get flighty characters that stay in an indigenous place ABC obviously depicts as a boogiemans paradise, and natives which appear more African than South American, that when given the opportunity, do not serve up the lost Americans, and others, with beans and jungle pork. At least in "Welcome To The Jungle" (2007), the jumping camera manages to show body parts and human sacrifices of the sexually charged and stupid young.

Note the Blair Witch method of the face on the tent on disc 2. I did like the stories of the dolls, the ghostly kidnappers and the evil spirit, whom seemed to be only a "jeanie in a bottle" and tossed overboard, there are some notable horrors here, but as Bruce Greenwood gets more maniacal and his ever searching wife wants her mentally deranged family glued back together, I began to not care for these people anymore. Blinded by some reaction to a jungle chemical, its incredible how these people are convinced to linger on in a place where they are completely clueless where it ends and the pretty lone blonde daughter, Lena (Eloise Mumford) forfeits her opportunity to leave and remain with this insane venture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So much potential...
Published 8 days ago by Damien
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Its an okay seriers.
Published 14 days ago by Evelyn Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show
What a great show, too bad they canceled it.
Published 14 days ago by Steve Bystrak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it. what happened? if a show doesn;t take off istantly, it's gone!
Published 24 days ago by hacktress
5.0 out of 5 stars This show should return
I know it'll never happen, but my heart will continue to wish that it would. The River was really picking up pace and finding its ground just as it ends.
Published 1 month ago by Alaina Asbury
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 4 months 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 6 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 8 months ago by Joe's House of Toys
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit or miss niche
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... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jes
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
Fantastic show, too bad it had to compete with dancing with the stars.. I hope another network picks it up
Published 9 months ago by jgray
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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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