'Flesh and Bone' [Blu-ray]
(Sarah Hay, Sascha Radetsky, Ethan Stiefel, Emily Tyra, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Starz - Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: A talented but emotionally troubled dancer runs away to New York City and quickly finds herself immersed in the cutthroat world of professional ballet.
Blu ray Verdict: OK, I fully admit I knew nothing of this TV show, and not being a ballet enthusiast, so to speak, I didn't know if reviewing it would be my cup o' tea. Boy, how wrong was I! 'Flesh and Bone' is INCREDIBLE to behold. Both dramatically and professionally re: ballet work of small screen art. This show should be seen by everyone with even the slightest passing nod towards knowing more about the world that lies beneath the work that goes into learning and creating a course for oneself; let alone productions and such.
A breathtaking show, with rather a lot of nudity, so beware ahead of time, leads Ben Daniels is captivating and Sarah Hays is a phenomenal dancer; amongst others, of course. Damon Herriman plays to perfection the lovable "loser" and the hint of mystery in each episode helps the viewer stay invested, that's for sure. The dark undertone overall is intriguing and is a perfect frame for the dark issues conveyed in Claire's world. Oh, and the drama is intoxicating also re: cat fights, hidden agendas, pretty woman montages, etc. I mean, even if this isn't quite the real atmosphere of the ballet world, well, it feels pretty authentic to me!
That all said, let's be honest here (for that's what a reviewer must do re: Devil's Advocate, and such), Sara Hays is not there yet as an actress. Her portrayal is a bit two dimensional and come the ending, well, let's just say it left me rather unsatisfied, sadly. I love Damon Herriman, but at the end, his character doing what he does (no spoilers here, thank you very much!) is confusing - and a tad bit of a cop out, sorry. And, as much as some sex scenes are vital to the story, most are really not necessary at all, trust me!
In conclusion, I wouldn't recommend this for anyone under 18, mainly because of the deeply dark subjects that are explored in the show. The nudity and sex is part of life, but I guess many people are still very prudish in 2015. I really enjoyed the show, from the beginning to the very end it kept me very entertained and dance shown is gorgeous - not surprising as it was choreographed by Ethan Stiefel! Sadly, it seems there won't be a second series - so I guess I will have to re-watch the first series, as I would encourage you all to do also. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of Creating the World of "Flesh and Bone".