Heroes - Season One
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Discover the phenomenon that is sweeping audiences everywhere as Heroes: Season 1 comes to DVD! Experience the suspense, mystery, and electrifying twists as this astonishing series follows seemingly unconnected, ordinary people around the globe who discover they have extraordinary powers. As they come to terms with their unique abilities, their risky decisions will affect the futures of everyone around them …and the world. Join their epic journey in this seven-disc set packed with hours of fascinating and revealing bonus features, including the never-before-aired series premiere from show creator Tim Kring.
Arguably the most talked-about television show of the 2006-2007 season, the Emmy-nominated fantasy Heroes gives viewers blends comic book-style adventure with plotting and characters as rich and layered as any graphic novel or drama series. Creator Tim Kring's premise is deceptively simple ordinary individuals in locations around the globe discover that they have, for lack of a better term, super powers, and wrestle with this reality while facing challenges both global (the destruction of New York City, for one) and personal (indestructible cheerleader Hayden Panetierre has family issues serious ones, as the true identity of her adoptive father reveals; Milo Ventimiglia's Peter Petrelli, who absorbs other powers, must overcome his own insecurities). Add to this mix a terrific villain Zachary Quinto's Sylar, who hunts and kills people with extraordinary powers like our heroes and viewers have a riveting series that exhibits an almost-perfect balance of cliffhanger thrills (the action and special effects are truly impressive for a network program) and genuine drama that sets the show apart from most speculative fiction (save, perhaps, the revived Battlestar Galactica, which it compares too favorably). The seven-disc set of Heroes: Season One offers a wealth of extras for fans, who may be familiar with some of them through the NBC.com website, especially the cast commentaries, which are featured on half of the episodes. Kring is featured on the 73-minute uncut pilot episode, which for some viewers, may be even better than the network version; the main difference is the degree of character development, including an entire storyline for D.L. Hawkins that isn't featured in the broadcast version. Also on deck are some 50 deleted scenes from the episodes, several by-the-books making-of featurettes, including coverage of the special effects and stunt work, and a profile of artist Tim Sale, whose illustrations are used for Isaac Mendez's prophetic artwork. Prospective buyers should note that while all of these supplemental features are included on the HD-DVD version of this set, the special Web-connectivity elements are not available here. -- Paul Gaita
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I bought this set about three years ago because I had a crush on Hayden Panettiere and I'm just now getting around to the DVD's...
I LOVE the concept of Heroes, a live action comic book starring a group of real-life superheroes that save the world. The cinematography is absolutely beautiful because it combines gritty, big city, real world interiors and exteriors with the graphic design features that we would typically see in comic books. Heroes had a really unique look that blurred reality and fantasy into one hypnotizing world that held this viewer spellbound. Shame, they couldn't keep it together in later years.
For the ultimate Heroes geek, there's a ton of extras, perhaps explaining the hefty retail price.
It's 16 hours and 49 minutes long with subtitles English,Spanish and French.
After 7 long years,I finally get to see Heroes.I wanted to watch it when it first came out but because I work nights I can't watch any shows that I wanted to watch even until now.Thanks to Xfinity on Demand I can watch any show the day after.Didn't have that when Heroes premiered.If you like superhero movies/shows or if you are just like me who never got the chance to see the show, buy all the seasons.Seasons 1,2 and 4 are in a very good price right now,11-12 bucks.
Season 3 is up to $18 plus and I am patiently waiting for the price to come down before I buy it.I recommend buying the dvd/blu-ray instead of instant video although you can watch it anytime, anywhere in your device.I like the dvd for my collection.Too bad Heroes didn't last five seasons.But then The Cape only lasted one.The only reason standing in any shows way is ratings.It's mind boggling when un-reality shows get more seasons than other shows.Trash tv sells nowadays so it seems.But back to Heroes-"Save the Cheerleader, Save the World!" Love that tagline!
I'm going to focus mostly on the quality of the show in this review, the extras and the quality of the DVDs/HD-DVDs and only touch on the storyline assuming most of you know it or have read about it elsewhere. If not, I have a brief synposis of the plot (avoiding spoilers). You can skip the next paragraph if you have seen the show.
Kring uses multiple characters that represent the next stage in human evolution and together have to somehow saved the world from a horrible event (which is revealed fairly early in the show). There are also two subplots involving the search for a serial killer which is somehow tied into the main plot and a mysterious government agency that is tracking these "ordinary" heroes for its own mysterious purposes.
First compliments to Kring who learned the lesson of "The X-Files" and "Lost"; know where your story is going and clue your audience in early on so they know there IS a pay off but gradually divulge the details over time. As with "Lost" Kring occasionally delves into the back story of these characters but primarily focuses on their journey and the conflicts/collaborations between them. The first season of "Heroes" was virtually flawless with impeccable writing and direction (featuring veterans such as film and TV director John Badham) that featured production values you'd see in a feature film. NBC's gamble with "Heroes" paid off as after Comic-Con the show generated tremendous buzz (the pilot was shown there). Critics responded and in a rare sign of unity so did TV viewers. Here's hoping that the second season doesn't suffer from the sophomore slum that plagued the second season of "Lost". Expectations are high but I suspect that Kring and his team will deliver.
Both the standard and HD version of "Heroes" receive a superb transfer from Universal. The image looks sharp with bold colors and terrific of the surround sound effects as well. While I did have a problem with disc three skipping and freezing, I suspect (and hope) this isn't a symptom of Universal's ongoing manufacturing issues that began to plague the studio at the end of 2005.
First up my only complaint about the show is that there is no chapter placed directly after the main titles. Also, if you watch the individual episodes you are stuck with watching the "previously on `Heroes'" tag at the beginning. These aren't necessary and could have been dropped from the set or, at the very least, have a chapter title place so that you could skip them without having to fast forward through the beginning of the episode.
We get the original pilot which had a substantially different subplot involving a terrorist which was completely cut from the show. While it worked pretty well, dropping it was probably wise given the popularity of the theme with shows like "24". Writer/producer Tim Kring provides a very good commentary track discussing the changes, details of the shooting and changes the network suggested be made and why he resisted on occasion. The unaired pilot runs longer than the final version by about 20 minutes.
We get 12 other commentary tracks a terrific move from Universal which hasn't always provided much in the way of extras for many of their popular series. The bulk of the commentary tracks are very good with various production members teamed with cast in discussing the making of the episode. This happy mix means that we get both technical information on the shoot as well as on-set info and the take by the actors on the development of their characters and the series.
We get deleted/alternate scenes for a lot of the episodes and you can access them for each one individually. A pity that some of these deleted scenes weren't seamlessly branched as some worked adding to the show and most were cut for time constraints (although there was the occasional episode that truly had deleted scenes because they either didn't work or were superfluous
We get five featurettes, a game and sneak peaks. "Mind Reader" is a clever game involving Parkman's ability to reader minds and the old trick of picking a number. The game then picks the number you selected.
"Making of `Heroes'" is a brief but interesting featurette on the genesis, pitch and development of the show featuring plenty of interviews with Kring, the cast and other snippets of the production team. We also find out about where the show is headed and the response to the show at Comic-Con last year.
"Special Effects" features visual effects supervisor Mark Kolpack discussing how they are able to pull of the CGI for the show, make it look real on a TV time frame and budget.
"Profile of Artist Tim Sale" allows us to see the guy who really creates the paintings and drawings of the character Isaac Mendez. This veteran of Marvel comics brings just the right element of pop-art to Mendez paintings and the comic book he writes that ends up being pivotal early on in the show.
The Score" focuses on composers Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman who were members of Prince's Revolution and have collaborated with songwriters Neil Finn (Crowded House) and others. They, in turn, discuss collaborating with Shankar who provides the ethereal vocals for the series.
"The Stunts" shows how many of the key stunts were created, how the actors participated with on-set wire work and when stunt doubles were used.
Overall this is a terrific set from Universal which could be improved by creating some additional chapter stops, eliminating the preview tags for the previous episodes (something you really don't need on DVD but they should be optional in case you do want them). We do get a play all option which is nice and a series of top notch extras that add value to the set. With the show premiering its second season on September 24 of this year, "Heroes" arrives in the nick of time to save the viewer from being puzzled as to what the developments were during season one. Highly recommended.