'October Road - The Complete First Season'
(Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, et al / 2-Disc DVD / PG / 2007 / Touchstone)
Overview: Return home to 'October Road' with up-and-coming novelist Nick Garret, whoís new best-seller has made him infamous among the high-school friends characterized in his book. Itís a winding road back to childhood friendships and forgotten love in this new drama starring Bryan Greenberg (Prime) and Laura Prepon (TVís Thatís 70ís Show), who US Weekly calls a "glowing, grounding force."* Catch up with all the first season episodes before the new season begins this fall, and donít miss exclusive behind-the-scenes features with the cast.
DVD Verdict: The story centers on Nick Garrett (Bryan Greenberg, One Tree Hill), a young writer whose best-selling first novel sold out a lot of his old friends in Knights Ridge, Mass. - most notably his ex-girlfriend, Hannah (That '70s Show's Laura Prepon, who shows range well beyond her sitcom roots).
Cursed with writer's block, Nick heads home, where he comes face to face with the people he wrote about. Some of them, like his air-band pals Ikey (Evan Jones) and Owen Rowan (Brad William Henke), don't seem to mind. Hannah and Nick's former best friend Eddie (George Stults), though, aren't so easy to win back. Oh, and Hannah has a 10-year-old son with a peanut allergy, just like Nick. So there's another reason to stay!
You sort of know where this is going - heck, it even comes with Hannah being involved with the former high-school bully (Warren Christie). Creators Scott Rosenberg, Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum manage to be specific enough with their characters, though, that you can enjoy the small moments and sort of disregard the fact that you're pretty sure what comes next.
Rosenberg wrote the underrated movie 'Beautiful Girls,' which was also about a small-town homecoming, and its DNA is readily apparent in the show - as are, apparently, the feelings Rosenberg hurt in writing the film. Maybe because it's so personal, 'October Road' has a strong sense of place, aided, oddly enough, by a familiar classic-rock soundtrack.
There aren't many shows that can put the main character in such a place as they do in 'October Road,' and succeed. This show is wonderful. It leaves you wondering what's going to happen next and it always leaves you guessing. The book that the show is based on is great as well. I recommend that if you have seen the show that you read the book. This is defiantly worth getting if you're a true Byran Greenberg fan. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary by: Cast & creators (pilot, season finale)
On the Road: Behind the scenes
Road Tour: Cast members give tours of the set
Season two preview