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The River: The Complete First Season - 2-Disc DVD

3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Joe Anderson, Paul Blackthorne, Paulina Gaitan, Bruce Greenwood, Leslie Hope
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: ABC Studios
  • Release Date: May 22 2012
  • Run Time: 344 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B007G4X7VC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,895 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Embark on a thrilling journey as Oren Peli, Director of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and Executive Producer Steven Spielberg bring chilling legend and lore to life. Paranormal thriller THE RIVER follows the story of world-famous wildlife expert and TV personality Dr. Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood), host of the beloved series "The Undiscovered Country." After Cole goes missing deep in the Amazon, his family, friends and crew set out on a haunting and treacherous adventure to find him. Led by his wife, Tess (Leslie Hope), and estranged son, Lincoln (Joe Anderson), the rescue mission will lead them deep into the unexplored regions on the Amazon River -- a place where nature is cruel, magic is real and nothing is what it seems. Uncover the ancient secrets of the Bouina in the heart-pounding first season of ABC's THE RIVER, and dive even deeper into the mystery with never-before-seen bonus features. The shocking truth is waiting to be discovered... if you dare.

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When a famed wildlife explorer and beloved TV personality (Bruce Greenwood) goes deep in the Amazon in search of magic, he soon disappears without a trace. When his beacon is activated 6 months later, his wife and son (along with a TV crew) go in search of him. The recently ‘found footage’ of their search makes up the 8 episodes of The River, which aired as a midseason replacement on ABC and was created by Oren Peli and Michael R. Perry. Steven Spielberg also served as one of the executive producers on the short-lived series.

The River is basically ‘Lost’ meets ‘The Blair Witch Project’ with a dash of ‘Paranormal Activity’ thrown in. If shaky handheld footage makes you nauseous you might want to skip this one altogether. But if you’re a fan of the “found footage” genre there are definitely a few scares in the pilot and subsequent episodes of the series. Unfortunately, the show begins to veer into too many directions as it progresses and it soon becomes apparent that every episode is going to offer up a different supernatural element that will be resolved by the end of that episode. This leads to a sort of predictability that takes the scare factor down quite a few notches.

For viewers wondering if it’s worth the time investing in the series’ first (and only) season, you can rest assured that the series comes to a close with a somewhat satisfying resolution. Although there is a cliffhanger in the final episode, it’s the type of twist that most horror fans will be accustomed to as many horror flicks over the years have ended with similar sorts of open-ended nonsense.

The River arrives on DVD in a 2-disc set with solid video & audio and a handful of special features.
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I just dont get this show. I cant stand the found footage shaky camera work and the storyline is just too out there for me.
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So excited to binge watch this. Enjoyed on tv, just wish they had more seasons!
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Intriguing. Unique. Fascinating narrative style. Creepy. Engaging characters. Jungle lore. What more can you ask for in a show meant to entertain? It also features some great casting. Highly recommended. It's tragic that the show wasn't renewed for a second season, but it provides a satisfying close in the season finale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A huge bargain Oct. 6 2016
By Ozzieal - Published on
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I bought this series back in 2012 and recently picked it off the shelf for another look. The synopsis on the cover always sounded promising but it doesn't do justice to this TV series which was cut short before its time.

Basically, a nature TV presenter goes missing in the Amazon and his wife, son and a ragtag group go in search of him some time later when a beacon triggers that he may still be alive. The search party enters the Amazon and runs into natural and supernatural phenomena and it treads the line skillfully so the production never becomes silly. It might sound pedestrian but there was something very special here which must have passed the viewers by and obviously the network when it came up for renewal.

But for sceptics, what makes this a no-brainer now is the price - I paid about US $20 for this (with a much better exchange rate!) but I can see it selling now for US $8.99. It's hard to go wrong with an 8-part series for this money.
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE CONTINUE THIS SERIES, IT IS BETTER THAN ANY YET OUT THERE.......... Aug. 18 2016
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This was better than any series out there. WHY OH WHY WAS THERE ONLY ONE SEASON RELEASED. I spent grad school on the Amazon Basin, on the Rio Napa, around the villages of Tena, Jatun Sacha in Ecuador. I loved this series so much. the legends, stories, mystery all go back to a zillion stories of the peoples, and this movie was such an enchantment of that to me...
I loved this series..
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 14 2016
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspensful, intriguing and different May 22 2012
By Nancy B - Published on
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Don't believe the negative reviews. This is a suspensful series that needs to be explored in more depth. There is nothing out there like The River, including Lost, which I was a huge fan. I hope this series is picked up by another network that is willing to give it more time to develope.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A BOMB! Oct. 8 2013
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Idea good, a few clever special effects and sets...otherwise, a bomb in every sense of the word. Either the "actors" (more correctly "line repeaters")couldn't act or they received the world's worst direction. They memorized their lines but didn't deliver characters I could identify with or care about. Neither did they relate to each was like a group of marbles, rolling around, bumping into each other but not connecting. They gave a new meaning to the word "wooden".

Cancelled? The only surprise here is that they aired it in the first place. I read somewhere someone said that, because of the cancellation, viewers might have had a lot of unanswered questions. The only one I have is how I could have shelled out hard-earned money for a product having no entertainment value whatsoever. Painful!

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