Supernatural: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]
(Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2010 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: Now in hi-def: the debut season of the series that’s “unexpectedly smart and unpredictably spooky.” – David Blum, THE NEW YORK SUN The Creepy. The Demented. The Unexplained. The Unearthly. Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) grew up hunting such terrifying things. But that’s all past. Law school beckons him. So does safety and normalcy. That is, until Sam’s estranged brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) appears with troubling news: their father has disappeared, a man who’s hunted evil for 22 years.
Blu ray: With so many shows based on the supernatural passing in and out of existence over the past decade, this is one that stands out. This isn't just a story of a couple of guys going out and hunting and killing things that go bump in the night, this is a story about a family whose lives have been torn apart and are desparately trying to piece them back together.
It's about a family and it's bond and the strength of that in the face of all adversity. Though, the fact that they kill ghosts, vampires, werewolves, demi-gods and demons along the way is pretty sweet too. This show is very similar to the X-Files in the sense that it has a main storyline, or mythos, that is sort of an underlying bond that holds the series together.
Even though each episode is radically different from the next in terms of story and setting, bits and pieces of the mythos are revealed throughout the season leading toward the climatic season finale. It's also very similar to the X-Files due to the show's Monster of the Week setting where each week the two protaganists, Dean and Sam, face off against a new supernatural horror.
While they are doing this, they search desparately for the man they've idolized all of their lives, their father John, who went missing during a "hunting" trip at the onset of the series. Anybody who's a fan of the X-Files, any classic horror films, or general myth and folklore will really enjoy 'Supernatural.'
Quite a few of these legends I remember even hearing as a kid and what's cool is the writers/producers of Supernatural take different aspects of a folklore/myth and kind of combine it into their own unique canon. However, as with any show that has such a long season (22 episodes) there is of course some episodes that are duds, but there are none that are flat-out unwatchable and more often than not they're just awesome. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and in addition to over 2 1/2 hours of special features from the original DVD release, the Blu-ray edition features a BRAND NEW interactive road map complete with over an hour of new interviews and insights into the show.