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  Castle Rock: The Complete First Season

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 1/6/19

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this post. The opinions I share are my own.

This is a very good show. It's both a mystery and a slow-burning horror show. You don't have to have seen or read any Stephen King before to understand what's going on with the show. It's fairly self-contained, from what I can see. However, if you have, you will enjoy several references to past King stories set in and around the town.

André Holland plays Henry Deaver, a former resident, now a death row lawyer, who returns to town when one of the Shawshank prison guards calls him about a boy they found in a cage underneath the prison.  The prison warden (Terry O'Quinn, who narrates the story) killed himself, and a new warden (Anne Cusack) has taken over. She doesn't know what to do with the boys, but she's trying not to let the information about him get out, or ruin her new job.

There are many layers of secrets here, slowly unraveling, which makes it a very good story. I don't usually like shows that are very slow, but this one is not TOO slow, just slow enough to make you keep watching more. It has many interesting characters. Just like any Stephen King novel.

The press release below calls it a "psychological thriller," but you know there is some supernatural stuff in the show as well. It really wouldn't be a Stephen King story without it. But don't expect it to be like "American Horror Story." This is a good, subtle type of show, not an in-your-face kind of horror.

The DVD has a Blu-Ray version as well as regular, 4K Ultra HD. It looks really good on my new 4K Ultra HD RCA TV that I got for Christmas! The DVD set has some great extras, too, that you should enjoy. See below....

MORE INFORMATION:

ORIGINAL NEW SERIES FROM

STEPHEN KING AND J.J. ABRAMS

CASTLE ROCK: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON

IS SET FOR RELEASE ON DIGITAL OCTOBER 15, 2018 AND

4K ULTRA HD™, BLU-RAY™ AND DVD

JANUARY 8, 2019

FROM WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT

Release Includes All 10 Season One Episodes Plus Bonus Content

BURBANK, CA (October 2, 2018) -- Welcome to Castle Rock, the small rural town carved out of the deepest woodland in Maine, in which many of acclaimed, best-selling author Stephen King’s most-loved works of fiction come to life. This forgotten little town is now the setting of one of television’s newest original series, Castle Rock. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Castle Rock: The Complete First Season on 4K Ultra HD™ ($44.98 SRP), Blu-ray™ ($29.98 SRP) and DVD ($24.98 SRP) on January 8, 2019. Consumers will be able to own all 10 episodes of the horror series’ exciting debut season along with exclusive bonus features. The 4K Ultra HD™ release will include Blu-ray as well as a Digital Copy of the series. The Blu-ray™ release will feature a Digital Copy of the series.

The first season of Castle Rock, from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, will be available to own on Digital October 15, 2018. Consumers can enjoy all 10 episodes in high definition and standard definition (retail $24.99/$18.99) along with never-before-seen bonus content.

From Stephen King (Mr. Mercedes, It, 11.22.63) and J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Westworld, 11.22.63), Castle Rock is a new psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse. Castle Rock, which first premiered on Hulu, is an original story that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of Stephen King’s best loved works, while weaving an epic saga of darkness and light that’s played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. Castle Rock has been picked up for a second season on Hulu.

The first season of Castle Rock follows Henry Deaver (André Holland, American Horror Story), a Death Row attorney who returns to Castle Rock, Maine, his hometown, after he receives an anonymous phone call from the infamous Shawshank State Penitentiary. The call is about a nameless young man (Bill Skarsgård, It) who is found locked in an underground cage that’s located in a long-abandoned cell block beneath the prison. Upon his discovery, the mysterious young man, with a sinister and unnerving presence, whispers Henry’s name. Curious about how and why someone left this boy imprisoned, Henry is drawn into the case and attempts to help him. But there are reasons why “The Kid” was imprisoned.  And reasons why he should never be set free. 

Permeated with a sense of foreboding and dread, the haunting small town of Castle Rock is not willing to let Henry leave. Aside from now having to deal with the strange young man found in the prison, Henry is faced with the fact that his adoptive mother (Sissy Spacek, Carrie), who lives in Castle Rock with retired Sheriff Alan Pangborn (special guest star Scott Glenn), is struggling with the onset of dementia. Reluctantly, Henry stays to figure out just who “The Kid” is and how he wound up imprisoned under such appalling circumstances.  

In addition to Holland, Skarsgård and Spacek, the series also stars Melanie Lynskey (Two and a Half Men) as Molly Strand, Jane Levy (Suburgatory, Shameless) as Jackie Torrance and recurring guest star Terry O’Quinn (Lost) as Shawshank’s Warden Dale Lacey.

Castle Rock is a riveting and compelling psychological thriller based on elements of Stephen King’s most iconic works, beautifully shot and acted by an all-star cast,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. She added, “We’re thrilled to release this exciting new series in stunning 4K UHD with HDR in addition to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital – all with newly created bonus content to take consumers deeper into the making of the show.  This is a release that both hardcore Stephen King fans and more general genre enthusiasts will want to add to their collections.”

Castle Rock is based on characters and settings created by Stephen King. The series was created by Sam Shaw (Manhattan, Masters of Sex) and Dustin Thomason (Manhattan, Lie to Me) who serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Ben Stephenson (Westworld), Mark Lafferty (Genius, Manhattan, White Collar) and Liz Glotzer (The Good Fight, The Shawshank Redemption). The series is from Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Stephen King is one of the world’s most prolific authors, having published over 50 books in an illustrious career that spans more than 40 years. His works have been adapted for theatrical motion pictures and television more than 50 times.

10 One-Hour Episodes:

 

1.      Severance

2.      Habeas Corpus

3.      Local Color

4.      The Box

5.      Harvest

6.      Filter

7.      The Queen

8.      Past Perfect

9.      Henry Deaver

10.  Romans

Bonus Material:

·         Blood on the Page (New Featurette)

·         A Clockwork of Horror: Merging the styles of Stephen King & J.J. Abrams (New Featurette)

·         Inside the Episode: Severance

·         Inside the Episode: Habeas Corpus

·         Inside the Episode Local Color

·         Inside the Episode: The Box

·         Inside the Episode: Harvest

·         Inside the Episode: Filter

·         Inside the Episode: The Queen

·         Inside the Episode: Past Perfect

·         Inside the Episode: Henry Dever

·         Inside the Episode: Romans

About 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™

The Ultra HD Blu-ray showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.  

For the complete 4K Ultra HD experience with HDR, a 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player and a high-speed HDMI (category 2) cable are required.

Digital

The first season of Castle Rock will be available to own on Digital on October 15, 2018. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray & 4K Ultra HD discs for redemption and cloud storage.

 

The Basics

 

Castle Rock: The Complete First Season

Street Date:

January 8, 2019

SRP:

 

$44.98 (4K UHD)

$29.98 (BD)

$24.98 (SD)

Running Time:

550 min. approx. (feature)

55 min. approx. (enhanced content)

Configuration

             4K UHD: 2 BD-100s + 2BD-50s +

                 Digital Copy

             BD: 2 BD-50s + Digital Copy

             SD: 3 DVD-9s

Aspect Ratio:

16x9 Widescreen

Audio:

             4K UHD: English 5.1

             BD: English 5.1 DTS Audio

             SD: English 5.1 Audio

Subtitles:

4K UHD: English 5.1 DTS Audio

            BD: English, French,

            DVD: English, French and Spanish

 

The Credits

 

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.


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