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This horror story’s a real scream!
on October 12, 2012
A family struggling to come to terms with the past attempts to make a fresh start in a beautiful Los Angeles mansion, unaware of the horrors that have unfolded through the years on the property.
The pilot of American Horror Story really drew me in and held me for the entire season. It’s a TV series that (just like ‘The Walking Dead’) perfectly grasps everything that makes the horror genre so great when done right. With its sly nods to numerous films and tales from years past and its own unique and disturbing blend of fear and sexuality, there’s a lot here for horror fans to sink their teeth into.
The show also offers up truly amazing acting across the board with gripping performances from Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Denis O’Hare, Frances Conroy, Zachary Quinto, Taissa Farmiga and Evan Peters. But it’s Jessica Lange’s maniacal performance as Constance Langdon, the mother/neighbor from Hell, that really steals the show.
American Horror Story arrives on Blu-ray with this 3-disc set containing all 12 episodes from season one. The show is shot on film and looks great on Blu-ray. The picture quality is true to the intended presentation of the series and while it doesn’t pop with the color and fine detail of many recent TV show releases due to its dark tone (and often frantic filming style), it does capture the series very beautifully in all of its inky black shadow-soaked creepiness. A fine level of grain is also present and provides a cinematic feel to the proceedings. The audio presentation is also solid.
The set offers up a standard assortment of special features, including a commentary on the series pilot by co-creator Ryan Murphy on the first disc, and 4 featurettes (totaling about an hour) on the third disc. I personally would have liked to see a few deleted scenes and a couple cast commentaries thrown in as well.
Can’t wait to enter the Asylum for season 2! Highly Recommended.