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  Westworld - Season 1 [4K UHD + Blu-ray]

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 11/1/17

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”

This is a really great show on HBO. I record and watch it on my DVR, but it's nice to have this collection as well. I watched the original "Westworld" movie in the 1970's (as well as its sequel, "Future World," which I loved).  The show is a reboot, so it doesn't really have the same characters, just a similar setting. However, they've done a great job of making the series way better than any of the movies.

In this series, the main character is really the theme park, more than the human or robot characters. Anthony Hopkins (Robert) plays the old guy who created the Wild West theme park. He's fighting to keep control of it because it's being taken over by board of directors in the company, Delos, that owns and runs the park with him.

The characters in the theme park are called "hosts" and the paying customers are "guests."  The guests are able to do whatever they want in Westworld, with the hosts.  This includes rape, torture and murder.  The employees in the park fix the hosts when they're damaged and erase their memories.  However, some of the hosts are starting to remember things from their past years of victimization, and it messes things up in the park.

Evan Rachel Wood plays Dolores, one of the original hosts, who's supposed to be a simple country girl.  James Marsden plays a white-hat-gunslinger host who's in love with Dolores and defends her from outlaws.  Thandie Newton is Maeve, the local whorehouse madam host. Jeffrey Wright is excellent as Bernard, who programs the hosts and seems to have a real affinity for them. Ed Harris shines as the evil gunslinger guest who keeps coming back to the park, trying to solve a mystery. He's convinced that there's a maze in the park, and he wants to find the center of it.

All of the actors do a terrific job, but the story is brilliant. Nothing is what it seems. No one is who they seem to be.  The story unfolds at a good pace, and there are many secrets and shocking events. It's a riveting show.  It really blew my mind with the surprises in it. I can't wait for Season 2!

This set is really cool. It comes in a nice metal box. It comes with the usual DVD inserts that lists the episode, but it also has a booklet called "Corporate Guidebook," with many photos. It's a really nice set that not only has regular DVD and Blu-ray, but also digital and 4K UltraHD, which I guess is the latest thing. There are many features, too, so even if you have watched the series already, you can check out all of these amazing little tidbits they offer. It's well worth it.

If you know anyone who likes SciFi, or just great drama, this would make an excellent gift.

MORE INFORMATION:

SCIENCE FICTION BECOMES REALITY AS
WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES

WESTWORLD: SEASON ONE

AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAYTM, DVD AND 4K ULTRA HDTM NOVEMBER 7, 2017

Anticipated First Ever Scripted TV Series to be Released in 4K Resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos® on Ultra HD Blu-ray

Plus All-New Immersive Bonus Features

BURBANK, CA (July 5, 2017) – What happens in a world free of rules, limits and consequences? From series creators Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight films) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies), and produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost, Star Trek) and Kilter Films, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings HBO’s most-watched new series to Blu-ray, DVD and groundbreaking 4K Ultra HD on November 7, 2017. Featuring all 10 episodes from the series’ acclaimed first season, plus immersive never-before-seen special features, including three all new featurettes and a gag reel, Westworld: Season One is priced to own at $49.99 SRP for the DVD, $54.97 SRP for the Blu-ray and  $64.99 SRP for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo-Pack.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack release of Westworld: Season One will contain three 4K Ultra HD discs with the episodes in 4K with HDR, three Blu-ray discs with the episodes in HD and come packaged in a special limited-edition tin. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray sets will also include a premium collectible booklet. Westworld: Season One will also be available on November 7, 2017 in 4K Ultra HD from select digital retailers.

Based on the film written by best-selling author Michael Crichton (ER, Jurassic Park films), Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and a reimagined past, the series explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

Westworld: Season One features a star-studded cast led by Academy Award® winner Sir Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs), Golden Globe winner Ed Harris (The Truman Show), Golden Globe and Emmy® nominee Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler) and Golden Globe nominee Thandie Newton (Crash). The cast of this 10-episode phenomenon also includes Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins, Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson and Shannon Woodward. Executive produced by Abrams, Nolan, Joy, Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk, Westworld is produced by Kilter Films in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

“We are thrilled to release the first season of HBO’s critically-acclaimed and most watched new series Westworld in 4K Ultra HD with HDR, Blu-ray and DVD,” said Rosemary Markson, Senior Vice President, Television Marketing, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. “Fans will devour this beautifully crafted series – a perfect candidate to receive the fully immersive 4K HDR experience along with limited edition collectable packaging and all-new special features.”

The 4K Ultra HD discs and Blu-ray discs of Westworld: Season One will feature Dolby Atmos® soundtracks remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar; however, Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

4K ULTRA HD, BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

  • Welcome to Westworld
  • Crafting the Narrative
  • An Invitation to The Set
  • Welcome to Westworld: About the Series
  • Reality of A.I.: Westworld
  • “The Big Moment” Featurettes

*Special Features are subject to change

10 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

1.     The Original

2.     Chestnut

3.     The Stray

4.     Dissonance Theory

5.     Contrapasso

6.     The Adversary

7.     Trompe L’Oeil

8.     Trace Decay

9.     The Well-Tempered Clavier

10.  The Bicameral Mind

ABOUT 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY

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.

ABOUT DIGITAL

The first season of Westworld is also currently available to own on Digital. Digital TV episodes allow 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 Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox 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 through participating retail services including CinemaNow, Vudu and Flixster Video.

BASICS

Street Date: November 7, 2017

Order Date: October 3, 2017

Running Time: Feature: Approx. approx. 580 min / Enhanced Content: Approx. 95 minutes

Presented in 16x9 widescreen format

 

DVD

Price: $49.99 SRP

3-Disc (3 DVD-9s)

DVD Audio**:  English, French, Brazilian Portuguese

DVD Subtitles**: Chinese, English, Korean, Thai, Latin Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French Parisian

 

BLU-RAY

Price: $54.97 SRP

3-Discs (2 BD-50s / 1 BD-25)

BD Audio:  English, French Parisian, Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese 

BD Subtitles:  English, French, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish 

4K ULTRA HD

Price: $64.99 SRP

6-Discs (3 BD-100s / 2 BD-50s / 1 BD-25)

BD Audio:  English, Japanese, French Parisian, Castilian Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese 

BD Subtitles: English, French, Japanese, Dutch, Korean, German, Brazilian Portuguese, Latin Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish 

**DVD Audio and Subtitle languages subject to change

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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