American Horror Story: Coven Blu-ray
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An all-star cast reigns supreme in American Horror Story: Coven, including Emmy(R) winner and two-time OSCAR(R) Winner Jessica Lange*, OSCAR(R) Winner Kathy Bates** and ACADEMY AWARD(R) Nominee Angela Bassett+. The exceptional young witches at Miss Robichaux's Academy are under assault by forces of ignorance and hate. Caught in the turmoil is new arrival, Zoe, who harbors a terrifying secret of her own. Fiona (Lange), a Supreme Witch with unimaginable powers, is determined to protect the Coven, but her obsessive quest for immortality will lead her to cross paths with a formidable voodoo queen (Bassett) and a murderous slave owner (Bates) cursed with eternal life.
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The series is unique in many ways, one of the most extraordinary things is the use of the same cast as different characters from season to season, like a troupe of Shakespearean actors traveling from stage to stage in Old England.
The production values are top notch and the writing is splendid. Of course the acting is simply superb with Jessica Lang and Cathy Bates leading as the headliners to the whole thing.
And anything that takes the genius of David Bowie and Roxy Music and puts it to such apt uses is another cherry on top! Lang's version of LIFE ON MARS is perfect for the lyric; "it's the best selling show".
Personally, I'm not a horror fan. This is tolerable horror for me. I can deal with blood and guts, but I don't like things like Saw, Freddy and Jason, etc.
I love stories about witches, powers etc. If you're a 90s baby, check this out. If you loved The Craft, check this out! You'll be rooting (haha) for the villains one day, hating them the next. Who is a true friend? Who is a true foe? Can people really change and be redeemed?
What's great about AHS series is that they are standalone, this is actually the first one I've seen and I love it the most. This season portrays multi-faceted, powerful women. They really run the world. And it's great. I didn't want it to end; I wish we could have a second season of Coven!
For this season, Angela Basset and Kathy Bates make an appearance in a story set in New Orleans and centered around a coven of witches and the school to train the younger witches. The background mythos is that the coven is descended, for the most part, from the original Salem witches who scattered after the trials and attempted to blend into society while maintaining power in the background. More importantly, over the years the strength and numbers of the coven have been dwindling as the power of the witches has weakened over time.
The story unfolds as the head of the coven, portrayed by Jessica Lange, comes back into New Orleans to reassert her leadership while spending years away, enjoying her power, but shirking her responsibilities. Her daughter, portrayed by Sarah Paulson, has been running the school, and in many ways the coven, for years in her stead. From there, the show explores the growth in power of the younger witches, the desperate clinging to power of the older witches, and a power struggle with Angela Bassett's neighboring voodoo magic.
As with all of the seasons, the story shows flashbacks in "history", while mostly staying in the present and includes top flight writing and acting with an often graphic depiction of both violence and sex. This season, especially, seems to be the finest yet, as the coven background provides an even stronger basis that allows the actors to explore their characters and the writers to introduce a wider variety of conflicts, mystery and magic. Lange seems to revel in the stronger, more assertive character in this season, and the introduction of the talents of Bates and Bassett has strengthened the acting talent even further. Given the focus on the female characters this season, most of the stronger male actors in past seasons aren't part of the mix, unfortunately. The reintroduction of Taissa Farmiga, who was in the first season, works very well in a role that is well suited to her. The other supporting actors and their characters has also been well done, with the depth of the writing showing as a large number of them have prominent roles that vary from week to week.
Overall, I have really enjoyed the entire season, particularly watching the depth of the story as more and more of the mystery is filled in with each episode. If the prior two seasons are any indication, the series will only get better towards the end as well.
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