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Under the Dome: Season 1

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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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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


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Product Details

  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 541 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18,614 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DII0MGI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,401 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Under the Dome: Season 1" on IMDb

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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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By dave on January 6, 2014
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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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My family and I loved it. My only problem was after the self imposed mayor had a change of heart, Why did we need another villain like that female. Really guys your over doing the adversity in this flick .
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Nearly all the reviews compare this to the book and theres a reason for that. The book is fantastic, with deep interesting characters that drove a quickly escalating chaos that included some of King's darkest characters.

If you enjoyed the book, prepare for no similarities between it and the series, except for the basic premise of a dome cutting off a town.

I can accept deviations from a book to screen adaptation, and it certainly doesn't kill the movie/series. Jurassic Park is a classic movie in its own regard that deviated much from the book while maintaining a success as a stand alone. But while plot deviations I can handle more or less, completely changing the main characters into unrecognizable people is unacceptable. The entire story was character driven, and without King's characters you're left with CBS' Under the Dome, not Stephen King's. Barbie, Junior, Big Jim, Phil, Rose, Rusty, Julia to name the tops, the book laid out interesting and some deeply disturbing characters, and all CBS had to do was loosely follow their original concepts. But to completely re-imagine each and every one of them in a bland vanilla way, with everyone watered down doesn't add a thing. Read the book, then watch this and try to tell me how the series' character changes improved anything. Literally anything?

How does changing Junior from a murdering, sociopath, necrophiliac out of his mind on a dark rampage against Barbie because of an unknown brain tumor to a handsome teen with an unhealthy attachment to his girlfriend improve his character or the story?
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The TV series has taken liberties with the book because it's been turned into a continuing series whereas the book had a definite end. Some of the changes are dramatic (I'm glad they did not kill off Angie - Britt Robertson is very pleasing to the eyes). But I like them both for there own attributes. It may help that Steven King is involved as a consultant.
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I preordered this "Under the Dome(Limited Collectors Edition Blu-Ray), because I checked and no other store is offering it this way when released right now..Once they are gone, that's it...This is great for Stephen King fans, or Horror Collectors..Even though the show was allowed to be changed from the book, with author King giving his approval..That "Dome Globe" with the bloody hand print is exactly how the show opened...That seen is unforgetable..A few years from now this will be priceless..That's why it's getting 4 stars...(I collect rare horror memorablia)~~~If you actually expected this show or any of the movies adapted from the "Stephen Kings books" to be unchanged you were wrong...None of his books that ever hit the screen big or little are ever the same~~~~~

While I read the book years ago, it was difficult for me to get through and not one of my favorites next to "The Cell"....My husband doesn't read books and so this advertised in the newspapers and he wanted to watch it...Now he is glued, and if we are out I better make sure it's on DVR....Yes the acting is mediocre with some very unknown actors...But for people like my husband who never read the book, he loves that mini-series and finds it fascinating...When he wants to know what parts were changed I tell him..If he doesn't ask, I let it alone..We are both enjoying the show for summer TV and CBS...

Ex: This is a collectible you can't find...Many years ago when Halloween H20, 20th Anniversary edition came out in 1998..When we still had Video stores with VHS tapes..I have the Collectible edition at home with the untouched VHS Tape and the gory Michael Myers Sno-Globe, with the figures, holding a knife, so when you shake it blood drops twirl all around..That's how it came for $24.99..Try looking it up on e-bay..You can't find it anywhere and some of you probably never even heard about it
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