This Week In Home Entertainment: Disney's Hercules, The Blacklist And More
The Blacklist Blu-rayThe Blacklist has been a bright spot in the schedule for NBC during the the tenure of its run, earning enviable ratings for a network that's not necessarily great at that activity. Just as importantly, it's also been churning out really good material and finding that delicate balance between being a serialized show that moves forward but also providing a stand-alone mystery that may win over new viewers.
There’s an advertising insert promoting the second season of The Blacklist, featuring the memorable Season 1 line from Reddington, who once told Lizzie, "That was fun. Let’s do it again." The phrase works with the Season 1 set, as well. Even if you watched the episodes when they initially aired on primetime, the story is so convoluted that I definitely benefitted from a second watch. Even though I’d seen the original airings of the episodes, Spader’s performance, particularly, was more nuanced upon second viewing. The Blacklist Season 2 is set to hit the schedule next month, and now’s a great time to plow through all of the Season 1 episodes and get caught up.
Unfortunately, The Blacklist isn’t really a show that needs to be watched on Blu-ray. The picture is fine in HD, but The Blacklist is often such a dark show that the HD picture isn’t necessary. You’d be just as fine watching a DVD copy, or streaming the series.
Best Special Feature: The extras are sporadically placed across the sets five discs, which are, by the way, stacked together in the package so that each disc shares a space with the other discs. If you watch each episode individually, you can click on a separate feature called "Beyond The Blacklist." Like HBO’s "Inside the Episode" feature, each of these segments offers a short look at the episode from the perspectives of the cast and crew. It’s less time consuming than plunking down for the entire audio commentary, but there’s still several interesting facts to be learned in each.
Other Bonus Features:
Executive Producer commentary on the pilot episode
Executive Producer commentary on "Anslo Garrick Part 1"
Executive Producer commentary on "Berlin: Conclusion"
"The Insider: Behind the Scenes of Season 1"
"Inception: Making the Pilot"
Rogues Gallery: The Blacklisters
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