Under the Dome: Season 1
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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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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.
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?Read more ›
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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The story is good and it keeps my interest episode to episode. I like Steven Kings movies and this is based on one of his stories. Read morePublished 5 minutes ago by Vincent G. Riggio
This semi drama with a major reflection of sci-fi. Characters are a littl malo dramatic. But after first season the surprises keep on coming and leaving you wondering where and... Read morePublished 3 hours ago by My Dear Avalon
Despite its unlikely premise and a few loose ends in its plot details (notably, gasoline and auxiliary generators seem to be in unending supply), this series will engage your... Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Richard A. Lawhern
Good character development, and it's very addicting. If you like Revolution and The Walking Dead, you'll love this!Published 1 day ago by Robin Hary
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