The Killing Blu-ray Disc Package Review

by on June 1, 2012

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The Killing Blu-ray review

AMC’s The Killing has two distinct groups of fans.  Maybe three.

The Killing definitely has fans of the writing style, as it is.  The story telling is pretty compelling and the mystery, as it developed in season 1.  It was rather compelling, but as the season wound down, therein lies the split of the fans.

By the end of season 1, fans were shocked to discover that the murder of Rosie was not solved, but was used as the cliff hanger to drag into next season.

This upset the fanbase to no end, but there’s enough media out there about the issue that I don’t need to rehash it here.  Needless to say, the show came back but there was a core of fans that returned with it.

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The Killing s1 Blu-ray review

Showrunners during the extra titled “An Autopsy of The Killing,” address the fact that this isn’t a show that shows you a killer in 25 minutes and you’re done.  There’s a journey to be had in watching the show.  The let us also know that yes, this is based off a series from overseas, but they’ve changed up who the killer is, because “there’s this thing called the internet.”

We hear from “Rosie” (Katie Findlay) about how her murder affects people, both close to the girl and just trying to user her situation to their advantage.

Mireille Enos in 'The Killing'

Mireille Enos

The showrunners let us how that it took a long time to cast Linden. (Mireille Enos)  Enos notes that the qualities that make Linden good at what she does, makes her a bit unlikable.

Joel Kinnaman in 'The Killing'

Joel Kinnaman

Holder (Joel Kinnaman) approached his character quite differently, and the scene where he first meets Linden, bringing his box into the office and knocking over Linden’s box was actually a scene that he did to audition for the role.  The showrunners loved it so much that they included it in the show.  It shows how as soon as he shows up in her life, how much of a mess he’s capable of making.

I love the description of Richmond’s (Billy Campbell) aids, Jamie (Eric Ladin) and Gwen (Kristen Lehman), where one showrunner describes them as the good angel and bad angel sitting on each shoulder.  The demonstrate with a quick scene of either one standing in front of Richmond and the camera angle, from behind,  makes it look exactly as described.  LOL.

The collection of deleted scenes are numerous, some very quick, short moments that may not give you much, but they’re there.  Others do have more context and deliver extra meaning to the story from the season.

We see a scene where Linden’s ex had all her stuff delivered to the precinct.  Ouch!

The Gag Reel wasn’t too bad either…

There’s one scene where Richmond meets with the Mayor, shakes his and right before their debate and calls him a big bag of s*!

There’s the usual goofs and slips and a couple of extra moments filmed outside of the production for the show.  To be honest, it’s a bit creepy watching Enos having fun after getting sucked up into her character’s darkness.

The usual commentary-overs in episodes add depth to episodes that we have already seen.  Nice extra depth at times.

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So if you were a fan of the first season of The Killing, I do believe you will love the Blu-ray release of said disc.

It met with my approval.

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The Official Synopsis:

Season 1 of AMC’s critically acclaimed new show “THE KILLING” comes to Blu-ray and DVD on March 13 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.  With exclusive Blu-ray and DVD features, including an extended season finale, loyal fans and new viewers alike will dive deeper into the captivating mystery and complex characters that garnered the freshman series six Primetime Emmy® nominations and one Golden Globe® nomination.  Catch up on the show that everyone will be talking about when “The Killing” returns to AMC for season two this Spring.

From writer, executive producer and series showrunner Veena Sud (“Cold Case”) “The Killing” ties together three distinct stories around a single murder including the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s grieving family, and the suspects. Set in Seattle, the story also explores local politics as it follows politicians connected to the case. As the series unfolds, it becomes clear that there are no accidents; everyone has a secret, and while the characters think they’ve moved on, their past isn’t done with them.

“The Killing” stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated Mireille Enos (“Big Love)” as Sarah Linden, the lead homicide detective that investigates the death of Rosie Larsen; Billy Campbell (“Once and Again”) as Darren Richmond, Seattle’s City Council President and now running for Mayor; Joel Kinnaman (“Snabba Cash”) as Stephen Holder, an ex-narc cop who joins the homicide division in the investigation to find Rosie’s killer; Emmy® nominated Michelle Forbes (“True Blood”) as Rosie’s mother, Mitch Larsen; and Brent Sexton (“W.”, “In the Valley of Elah”) as Rosie’s father, Stan Larsen. The pilot was directed by Patty Jenkins (“Monster”).

“The Killing” Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD features all 13 episodes and is loaded with exclusive special features including extended season 1finale, unaired deleted and extended scenes, gag reel, featurettes, director and cast commentaries.

Some Disc Stats:

The Killing Season 1 Blu-ray: (Catalog #2274800 U.S. / Canada)

  • Street Date:                       March 13, 2012
  • Pre-book Date:                 February 1, 2012
  • Screen Format:                 16:9
  • Audio:                               English 5.1 DTS-HD-MA
  • Subtitles:                           English, French, Spanish
  • U.S. Rating:                     TV-14
  • Total Run Time:               11:27
  • Closed Captioned:           Yes

The Killing Season 1 DVD: (Catalog #2274797 U.S. / Canada)

  • Street Date:                       March 13, 2012
  • Pre-book Date:                 February 1, 2012
  • Screen Format:                 16:9
  • Audio:                               English 5.1 DD
  • Subtitles:                           English, French, Spanish
  • U.S. Rating:                     TV-14
  • Total Run Time:                1:17
  • Closed Captioned:           Yes

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