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Under the Dome: Season 1 (2013)

Mike Vogel , Rachelle Lefevre  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12,921 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris, Natalie Martinez, Britt Robertson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12,921 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DII0MGI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Under the Dome: Season 1" on IMDb

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Stephen King's popular fantasy-thriller Under the Dome makes a largely successful leap to weekly television series, as evidenced by this first-season set. Overseen by a host of high-profile creative figures, from King himself and Steven Spielberg (both executive producers) to Lost veterans Brian K. Vaughan (credited as series creator) and Jack Bender, Under the Dome expands considerably on King's central premise of a small town in Maine that finds itself cut off from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. Tasked with making order out of this sudden chaos is a cross-section of everyday citizens, including former Special Forces vet Dale (Mike Vogel), newspaper editor Julia (Rachelle Lefevre), newly minted sheriff Linda (Natalie Martinez), and scientifically inclined teen Joe (Colin Ford), as well as Machiavellian used car dealer Big Jim (Dean Norris of Breaking Bad) and his deranged son (Alexander Koch). Tension builds at an agreeably brisk clip over the course of the debut season's 13 episodes as forces outside the dome attempt to break through while residents trapped inside struggle to make sense of their fates while contending with the growing and insidious influence of Big Jim and his son. Expanding the already sizable Dome (one of King's longest written works) into series format has its pros and cons: characters are given more time to develop, and many of the changes made to the book's premise--most notably to several characters and the nature of the dome itself--are mostly positive ones, and the large cast capably handles the material, with Norris and character actors Leon Rippy (Deadwood), Mare Winningham, and Ned Bellamy, all in recurring roles, taking the lion's share of the laurels. On the downside, however, the story feels stretched thin over the course of 13 episodes instead of a miniseries length: certain characters' actions feel shaped by the need to extend their arcs (sheriff Linda and Koch's Junior, for example), and key discoveries that would normally change the direction of the main storyline are left dangling, undoubtedly to be addressed at a later date/season. Dialogue too remains a consistent weak spot, and may put off casual viewers drawn in by the considerable attention and high ratings generated during Dome's initial network run. As it stands, Dome is a good if not great King adaptation--certainly better than most of the TV efforts to translate his work--but the jury remains out on whether it can hold its own over the course of multiple seasons.

Extras on the four-disc Under the Dome set are substantial and vary from behind-the-scenes material to viral content. The show's inception and production is chronicled in several lengthy and detailed featurettes, including the 29-minute "Filming the Pilot," which features interviews with Vaughn and most of the major on- and behind-the-camera talent, as well as numerous moments with King himself. The author is also featured in his own extra, which pairs him with longtime friend and fellow author Michael Connelly for a brief read-through of the book's opening chapter and discussion of the show's expansion of the source material. "The First Season" adds considerable making-of detail for all 13 episodes, while "From Novel to Series" and "The World of Under the Dome" cover writing and casting and location work, respectively. Less compelling is "Joe's Blog," a series of 11 text and video posts generated by Ford's character, while the de rigueur gag reel and deleted scenes are, for the most part, forgettable. Three-plus minutes of promotional spots round out the wealth of supplements. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

Under the Dome, a new 13-episode miniseries based on Stephen King’s best-selling novel, is the story of a small town that is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an enormous transparent dome. The town’s inhabitants must deal with surviving the post-apocalyptic conditions while searching for answers about the dome, where it came from and if and when it will go away.

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431 of 536 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings June 30, 2013
I just finished Under the Dome last month and was not aware a show was coming out. I think I would have enjoyed the pilot more if the book wasn't so fresh in my memory. King's website has a letter from the author regarding his thoughts on the show. He pretty much affirms that the book and show share only a title, some character names, and the town name. He seems to have given his approval. I like the idea that he suggests there will be an alternate ending; something that I don't think will really spoil the rest of the episodes.

However, every character seems to have gotten a major personality, role, and familial relationship overhaul. Some, like Barbie's, are hard for me to digest. Some seem unnecessary. Some seem like they have occurred because the show isn't on a cable network, where excessive darkness and gore would be more acceptable.

I have learned to believe that adaptations should not always be direct translations, but inspired by the original source. I will probably continue to watch the show, but I certainly hope people do not skip the book.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Addicting January 6, 2014
By dave
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Some of the acting is...meh. However, the writers do a good job making it necessary for me to binge watch. Major cliffhanger. The 2nd season needs to come soon.
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210 of 289 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Beginning June 28, 2013
I'm a big Stephen King fan, and although I haven't yet read Under the Dome, the pilot episode makes the television adaptation seem like it might be worth sitting down to watch on Monday nights. The story of course is just being set up in the first episode but has already taken baby steps towards what might (and probably will) happen later on in the series, including the good and the bad characters. The acting is above average, nothing jaw dropping though, and it'll be interesting to see what happens to the small town atmosphere as the show goes on.

The one qualm I have with the show is the somewhat lacking special effects. For example, the bit where the dome comes down and slices the cow in half looks very poorly done, as well as the plane crash. This might be a big turn off for others, but this is just a small one for me, since I would rather have the show focus on the plot and characters than making the most believable effects possible.

Others have complained about the show not staying true to the book, and from a quick look at the Wiki article for the book, this seems to be true. But remember that The Shining, one of the most popular King adaptations, strays far from the book, and is considered a great horror film. It is disappointing if a film or series doesn't try to mimic the source, but there are times when the movie or series takes on a life of its own, in a positive way. It'll be interesting to keep up with this series and see how it progresses later on.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good bones, bad handling April 24, 2014
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Great idea, but not adapted well for small screen. Characters and their actions soon became too unbelievable for me to be willing to suspend my disbelief beyond 4 episodes. Not horrible, but not worth spending much time with to me. Seems like this is the way most Stephen King stories end up when they get converted to TV or movies. :-( .
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158 of 220 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed September 19, 2013
By Brett
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This show Started out great, and seemed to have some potential. Then ended with a terrible finale that leaves you more angry than intrigued about having to wait for the next season to start. Very disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really Wanted to Like This One April 23, 2014
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I saw the previews & was really looking forward to it. Unfortunately I just couldn't get into the show. I gave it a fair run but the hook just wasn't there. What exactly is the point to this show? I think one of my biggest annoyances was that I felt like they were trying to get all their Hollywood bases covered under the dome. The show struck me as if they were trying to cover every demographic & stereotype in one show. You have your bad boy mercenary, the nosey old lady, the stand up always do the right thing guy (in this case girl), personal tragedy, people losing their minds, town tragedy, the town secret, personal secrets, murder, our interracial couple (though that's only implied) where we have the black man with the "healthy" white girl, our star crossed lovers (in this case it turns stalker crazy), the psycho rich kid, our homosexual couple with their rebellious daughter, our geek, our stoners, our ditzy high school girls, the girl just trying to get out of the hell hole little town, government conspiracy or aliens, drugs, the psychic seizures, and I'm sure we would have seen the bad boy murderer fall for the wife or vice versa at some point. Did I miss anybody or anything? Now lets throw all this under one invisible dome. Seriously? I don't know if I should be offended or amused. I lean more towards offended, I can't stand stereotypes.

I thought this was going to be a good mystery but from the episodes I have seen it is really just about the drama. The only one really trying to figure it out is the little kid running around with his map & graphing stuff. Everyone else is dealing with their own drama. Also, how realistic is it that NO ONE on the outside is trying to communicate with them? I know the government has issues but I can't see them ignoring them completely.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining December 22, 2013
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Enjoyed the show, could have done without a bit of the twisted drama in the beginning, but gets better. Kind of like Lost. Hopefully it will end with more clarity then that show did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Stephen King but OK
Decent acting and interesting enough, but typical Steven King....Good guy, bad guy and poor suffering soul who always gets the short end of the stick.
Published 2 hours ago by Barbara L. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome series
Published 3 hours ago by T. Squires
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Kinda cheesy but we're having fun watching it.
Published 6 hours ago by Edgar E. Cayce
3.0 out of 5 stars not sure how well I like it yet or not
Just getting into it, not sure how well I like it yet or not. It's about a small town that a dome covers over it all.
Published 10 hours ago by Autumn
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but filled with Blood, Guts and Gore Galore!
Way way too bloody and dismembering for me. The plot was intriguing and the acting good. I so wanted to like this because a friend recommended it. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by Marta W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show.
I like the suspense, the unexpected outcome of the episodes. I also like that the concept is something new. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Kgradias
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I love this show! AMAZON NEEDS TO PUT MORE EPISODES I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!
Published 12 hours ago by Anna Szydlo
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent "Filler" Series
It's an interesting premise. It's a nice "filler" show while you wait for your other top shows to come back for new seasons. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by ishakur
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Too early to give it 5. Only in 4 episodes
Published 14 hours ago by Nicholas Garstecki
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Gets REALLY cheesy really fast.
Published 14 hours ago by Lusatian
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Cliffhanger. 100% "explosion and/or someone about to die" cliffhanger. Sorry if this information comes too late.

If you've been burned by George Martin, the Dome will burn you again.
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