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Outlander: Season One, Volume One (2014/Sony DVD Set)

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

Based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is a British fantasy series co-produced by Sony & Starz, and stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Gary Lewis, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, and Bill Paterson.

The basic premise is in 1945, married World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall finds herself transported back to Scotland in 1743, where she encounters civil war and the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser.

The show has good production design but some of the acting is severely lacking and the romance is a bit one note. It reminds me a lot of The White Queen that came out last year so if you were a fan of that then this may be for you. The Outlander series spans the genres of romance, science fiction, history, and adventure into one epic tale. From Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore (the new Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation) the series is renewed for a second season and continues with new episodes in April.

Season One consists of eight episodes including Sassenach, Castle Leoch, The Way Out, The Gathering, Rent, The Garrison Commander, The Wedding, and Both Sides Now.

The presentation here is in standard definition with a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and a lossy English 5.1 Dolby Digital track and an approximate runtime of 459 minutes.

Extras are a little scarce and include An Epic Adaptation and The Dresses and Kilts of Outlander.

If you like your fantasy with a dab of romance then this may be worth checking out for you but for me, I'm going to stick with Game of Thrones.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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