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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 8 2009
  • Run Time: 1272 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MS7IBS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,090 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Fringe: The Complete First Season (Blu-Ray)

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Teleportation, mind control, astral projection, invisibility, precognition, spontaneous combustion, reanimation: these are among the peripheral sciences--or "pseudo-sciences," as one skeptic puts it--examined during the first season of Fringe, a Fox network TV drama debuting on Blu-ray with the full first season (twenty episodes) offered on five extras-laden discs. The notion that those phenomena could have a genuine scientific basis is intriguing enough. But co-creator J.J. Abrams (whose bulging resume as a director, writer, and producer includes Lost, Alias, and the 2009 Star Trek feature film) has even more on his mind. Along with the weird science, the series features a multi-agency task force investigating related acts of terrorism that may very well add up to a threat of unimaginable global proportions; people who are exactly what they appear to be (i.e., insane) and others who are anything but; plot twists galore; family drama, interpersonal relationships, corporate evil, cop chases... There's a lot in play here, and while it doesn't always hold together (and like any new series, it takes a while to hit its stride), Fringe is rarely boring, and never less than impressively ambitious.

The pilot introduces us to the main characters, principally FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv, good but not great in the show's central role) and others on the task force brought in to investigate some gross goings-on aboard a jumbo jet (a "self-eradicating, airborne toxin" reduced everyone to blood and bones). Seems this is but one part of "The Pattern," a series of synchronous, similarly shocking events that unfold as the show progresses; in subsequent episodes, lots of people are killed in graphic fashion by all manner of horrors, including scary monsters (slugs as big as a football, teethed parasites that can crush your heart), a gas that freezes a busload of passengers "like insects trapped in amber," people so radioactive they can literally make your brain boil... it goes on. Helping Dunham and the rest of the force figure it all out are scientist Dr. Walter Bishop (an appealing John Noble), who's spent the past 17 years locked up in the loony bin and whose research may be responsible for some of the crimes we witness, and his son-babysitter Peter (Joshua Jackson). As for the "fringe" element, Dr. Bishop and other, less benign geniuses jump-start a dead man's brain, photograph another victim's cornea in order to access the last thing she saw before death, connect Dunham to her boyfriend so she can experience his memories of the incident that left him comatose, use high-frequency vibrations to enable bank robbers to pass through a solid vault wall, and much, much more. As for where and how all of this ends up, let's just that enquiring minds will have to hang in for the long, complicated run.

High-definition bonus features are many and varied; among the best are "Deciphering the Scene" (brief explications of key scenes in every episode) and "The Massive Undertaking" (detailing how certain special effects sequences were pulled off). Exclusively on Blu-ray are expert scene analysis and BD-Live writer-producer commentary. --Sam Graham

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Gosselin on May 16 2014
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I love Fringe. I discovered it way late, after the series ended. Borrowed the DVDs from a coworker, fell in love, then ~HAD~ to get my own copy. Few are the tv shows I actually want to own, only 4 or 5 in all those I've watched, and this is one of them. Brilliant acting, clever writing, beautifully directed.

Anyway, many compare it to the X-Files. While I can see the link (both deal with FBI agents investigating the inexplicable), there are many key differences in what the shows talk about. X-Files revolves primarily around aliens and UFOs (not only that, but primarily), Fringe is about fringe science (telekinesis, parallel universes, telepathy, etc.) and there's a very deep plot line extending throughout all seasons.

While season 1 has more of a "Something happens. We investigate and solve the mystery. Case closed" feel to it, the further you progress in the season (and the seasons after that), the more the plot line of the series is continuous and link the episodes/seasons together... making it hard to talk about without giving any spoilers. So why not give it a try?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nurseunderconstruction TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Aug. 18 2011
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Nothing negative to say, either about the superbly directed filming, the classy and intriguing packaging, or the service which promised delivery in three to five days and in fact delivered next day from three provinces away!

The series is well worth a look for those who love many different genres of TV- it melds perfectly the intrigue and mystery of sci-fi, the quirks and twists of interpersonal relationships, the drama of a medical series, and the inventiveness which has made such series as Star Trek so dearly beloved. Fringe has something for almost all tastes, and this beautifully packaged set stands alone as a great gift for others or oneself.

Raises the bar for all other tv series, long may it continue. 'Fantastic!' (Walter Bishop)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JJZ on Jan. 4 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Fringe is a top notch sci fi show, great cast, lots of twists, and exceptional production quality. The first season isn't the best of the three(hopefully more), but it lays the necessary groundwork of an incredibly exciting saga. Fringe really raises the bar for a televisions series, you won't want to miss it.

This disc set includes a fair bit of extra content, behind the scenes for every episode, breakdown of practical & special effects, as well as audio commentaries. Only knock against it is the user interface on the top menu. The episodes aren't directly selectable, only the bonus content. No scene selection either, so you have to jump chapters during playback.
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By erin powell on June 19 2012
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Fringe is a show worthy of praise on many levels. Unlike other FBI/Sci-fi shows (X-files, for example), which were slow to develop, Fringe has an amazing cast, John Noble (Walter Bishop), Joshua Jackson (Peter Bishop), Anna Torv (Olivia Dunham), Lance Reddick (Phillip Broyles), and Jasika Nicole (Astrid Farnsworth), to name a few, who from the first episode of season one, showed their capacity to make the unbelievable stories credible. The emotional connection between Peter and Walter Bishop is palpable, and it develops incrementally as the season progresses, as Peter and Walter work through years of distrust, resentment, and disappointment. Fringe, in the best spirit of Sci-fi, is humourous, scary, poignant, and cutting edge. The show does not follow the usual pattern and takes many unexpected twists and turns, making it exciting to watch. The calibre of acting, the amazing special effects (which are cinema worthy), and the unpredictability of the show, makes it a great entertainment. Each season is more unexpected and gripping than the last. I highly recommend this show, not just for Sci-fi fans, but for anyone interested in dramatic, funny, and thrilling television.
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Despite its conceptual similarity to the X-files, this series manages to avoid being a re-hash of an old format. The `science' is without doubt `fringe' (more like totally far-fetched) so it doesn't do to watch this with a rational scientific head on but it is still entertaining and the Massive Dynamic and `the pattern' back plots are sufficiently engaging to keep a hint of conspiracy running through the series. As with most TV series' there are, of course, a few duff episodes but the fine performance of John Noble (the nothing-like-mad-enough Denethor from Lord of the Rings amongst other things) as the scatty Walter Bishop and the I've-just-walked-off-the-set-of-The-Wire performance of Lance Reddick maintain the strongly character based storylines thus ensuring that the pseudo-scientific nonsense does not intrude on the central narrative. It's a well written and entertaining TV show with a clever bit of plotting and we're very much looking forward to the arrival of series two.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rufus on May 30 2010
Format: Blu-ray
very well developed 1st season. character relationships are interesting and action is well balanced. story is well written and, i'm looking forward to watching season 2.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By EAP on Oct. 17 2010
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I love this show. It is like The X-Files without the aliens. Interesting and intriguing. Well worth a weekend.
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The programs are excellent.
The case the discs were in was damaged, even though it was sealed in plastic wrap.
The discs play OK, but it would be good to find a source for a replacement case.
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