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Manhattan: Season 1

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 4/2/15

This is a very good dramatic series that takes place during World War II. A group of scientists and their families are in the Nevada desert, trying to build an A bomb to end the war. It's a very exciting soap opera. You really get to know al of the people and their relationships, and the pressures in their lives. They take a page out of history and really make it come alive. There are plenty of shocks and surprises--bombs both figurative and literal. These people are working for the army, yet they're more like prisoners, and treated badly by the military.

One thing I really like is that they make sure everyone has a distinctive look so that you don't get confused between the different characters. That can be a problem with shows that take place back when all of the men had short hair and the women all looked similar.  They also took great care to make the characters distinctive, so we get to know them fairly quickly.

The show has many very fine actors, like Olivia Williams ("Dollhouse"), Ashley Zukerman ("Terra Nova") and John Benjamin Hickey ("The Good Wife"). It's just a really superb show. You really don't want to miss this one. I'm sorry I didn't get to watch it on WGN America, but now I'm very happy to have the DVD! I look forward to the second season.

There are many great DVD extras that tell you all about how the show came about, and also some information with historical context to help you out. It's a great DVD for any adult or anyone who admires fine drama. It's not for kids because of the violence (not that there's a ton of it) and sexual situations.



Bring home WGN America’s bold new drama Manhattan: Season One, on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD April 7th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Featuring strong performances by Rachel Brosnahan (TV’s “House of Cards”) and Michael Chernus (TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”), Manhattan: Season One, provides “a cleverly imagined portrait of the men and women who were at the center of that peculiar sovereignty” (Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times).

Set against the backdrop of the mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb, Manhattan follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.

Blu-ray and DVD bonus materials go behind-the-scenes of the set, fashion, history and “making of” Manhattan with multiple featurettes and also include select episode audio commentaries with the cast and crew.  All 13 episodes of Manhattan: Season One, will be available as a 3-disc Blu-ray and 4-disc DVD set for the suggested retail price of $49.97 and $49.98, respectively.


·       “Ground Zero: Bringing the Bomb to Screen” featurette

·       “P.O. Box 1663: Creating a City that Didn’t Exist” featurette

·       “‘Now I Am Become Death’: J. Robert Oppenheimer” featurette

·       “Recreating an Era: ‘Manhattan’ Costume Design” featurette

·       Select episode audio commentaries with Cast and Crew 

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