HBO’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Hits Disc Aug. 4

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release His Dark Materials: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Aug. 4. The first eight episodes of the HBO series are available now through digital retailers.

Adapted from Philip Pullman book trilogy of the same name, which has sold more than 22 million copies worldwide, “His Dark Materials” takes place in a world parallel to our own, where a human’s soul exists outside one’s body in the form of a talking animal called a “daemon.” The all-powerful Magisterium rule over this world where they suppress any knowledge that attempts to challenge its ideas, particularly around the theory that multiple worlds exist.

Season One follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a young orphan who was left as a baby at Oxford’s Jordan College by her uncle Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and desires a life of adventure beyond the confines of her bookish, scholarly surroundings. But when Lyra’s best friend goes missing, her search for her kidnapped friend uncovers a plot involving stolen children and transforms into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon known as Dust. Over the course of the season, as she journeys through the different worlds, including our own, Lyra encounters extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living and the dead at stake.

The cast also includes Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clarke Peters, Lewin Lloyd, James Cosmo, Anne-Marie Duff, Will Keen and Ariyon Bakare.

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Home video extras include the featurettes “Adapting His Dark Materials,” “The Daemons of His Dark Materials,” “Dressing His Dark Materials,” “Building His Dark Materials,” “Dafne Keen: Bringing Lyra Belacqua to Life,” “Ruth Wilson: Bringing Mrs. Coulter to Life,” “Lin-Manuel Miranda: Bringing Lee Scoresby to Life” and “James McAvoy: Bringing Lord Asriel to Life.”

The Blu-ray Disc and DVD will also include a “Making His Dark Materials” featurette. In addition, the Blu-ray will include a digital code for the season.

The first book of the novels was previously adapted as the 2007 film The Golden Compass.

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