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Who would have thunk that on a network full of spoiled rich brats, 20-something actors playing sexaholic teenagers, and some of the most lowest common denominator reality TV shows out there, you could actually find something as awesome as “Supernatural”? Having just wrapped its fifth season, “Supernatural” is now headed for a sixth year on the WB channel. Just in time for the show’s complete season one, which is arriving on Blu-ray June 15, 2010 courtesy of Warner Home Video.
The Creepy. The Demented. The Unexplained. The Unearthly. Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) grew up hunting such terrifying things. But that’s all in the past. Law school beckons him. So does safety and normalcy. That is, until Sam’s estranged brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) appears with troubling news: their father has disappeared, a man who’s hunted evil for 22 years. So to find their father, the brothers must hunt what their father hunts…and Sam must return to the life he’d rather leave behind. Hold on tight for all 22 Season One episodes of the edgy, hip series that has viewers in its grip and critics enthralled.
The Blu-ray comes with everything the standard DVD offers, including gag reel, deleted scenes, and identical audio commentaries on two episodes.
The first commentary track is on the pilot, and features show creator Eric Kripke, director David Nutter, and producer Peter Johnson. The trio do a bang up job, not to mention spending quite a lot of time marveling at the wonders of episode guest star Sarah Shahi (right). I share in their lavish praise of the actress. The second audio track is on the episode “Phantom Traveler” by stars Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki. The duo are surprisingly serious throughout the track (with a joke here and there), probably because they did the commentary during the first season of the show.
The Blu-ray offers two features not found on the standard DVD: “The Devil’s Road Map”, an interactive guide to various behind-the-scenes goodies about every single one of the season’s 22 episodes. It’s pretty extensive stuff that diehard fans of the show should love. The other special feature is a panel discussion with the cast and crew at the Paley Festival. It’s over an hour long, but entirely worth it just to watch the very nervous and completely uncomfortable-in-his-own-skin host squirming his way through the panel. Yikes.
Supernatural: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Features:
* New! The Devil’s Road Map: Interactive Map Guide to Season One’s Urban Legends and Unusual Facts
* New! Paley Festival Panel Discussion Featuring the Cast and Creators
* Unaired/Extended Scenes
* Commentary on the “Pilot” by Series Creator Eric Kripke, Director David Nutter and Producer Peter Johnson
* Commentary on “Phantom Traveler” by Co-Stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles
* Two additional featurettes: “Day in the Life of Jared and Jensen” and “Supernatural: Tales from the Edge of Darkness”
* Gag Reel