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Supernatural – The Complete First Season (2005 – 2006/Warner Blu-ray)


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Episodes: C



Could it actually have been better in the beginning?  Now that Warner has decided to release a Blu-ray version of the debut season of their CW Network series Supernatural, I wondered if The Complete First Season could have had anything going for it that was lost in follow-up seasons.  Well, it has its co-stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as The Winchester Brothers, McG as its producer and at least here, has some slight ambitions to be a hip X-Files, but the goofy McG sensibility took over and anything promising from this season (very little) evaporated afterwards and the show never recovered.


The 22 hour-long shows go out of their way to imitate X-Files and any other show they can throw in, but this is rarely suspenseful, even slightly and is so slow that you could fall asleep until it gets loud or obnoxious.  But it has been a moderate hit (one that has gone on way too long) and is just a bore.  So could playback at least be least somewhat impressive?


The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image is shot in Super 35mm film (as it was for the first three seasons before an unfortunate switch to 4K HD) and these are all older HD masters where the darker scenes never look as good as the bright ones and that is annoying.  If the DVD set looks worse, that is really bad, but not much worse than the Second Season Blu-ray set, so go figure.  Where there (again!) should be a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 or DTS-HD MA 5.1 track for all the shows on this Blu-ray set, it and the DVD version only have Dolby Digital 5.1 mixes and that is till a shock for a new show coming out on Blu-ray like this.  Guess McG cut back on the sound budget on this one.


Two new extras for the Blu-ray have been added: a Paley Festival Panel Discussion by cast and crew, plus interactive Devil’s Road Map.  Older extras include creator commentary on the pilot, co-star commentary on the Phantom Traveler episode, Gag Reel, extended footage on select shows and two making of featurettes.


Yep.  This is truly for fans only.



For more on the show in its follow-up seasons so far issued on disc, try these links:





Three Blu-ray





Four Blu-ray + DVD sets




-   Nicholas Sheffo


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