Supernatural: The Complete Series

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 5/25/21;
Warner;
Fantasy;
$329.99 86-DVD set, $359.99 58-disc Blu-ray;
Not rated.
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Alexander Calvert, Katie Cassidy, Lauren Cohan, Mark A. Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Jim Beaver, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Samantha Smith, Adrianne Palicki, Kathryn Newton, DJ Qualls, Felicia Day, Osric Chau, Lauren Tom, Alaina Huffman, Courtney Ford, Sterling K. Brown, Kurt Fuller, Curtis Armstrong, Ruth Connell.

It may be a cliché to say they don’t make ’em like they used to, but it’s an idiom that certainly applies in the case of “Supernatural.”

The series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, brothers who spend the show traveling the country in a black 1967 Impala hunting monsters, demons, ghosts and other supernatural beings. Their quest to find their father (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and find their mothers’ killer introduces them to a wider world of demon hunters, magic and divine beings who hold the fate of reality in their hands. At one point, the characters even become animated for a crossover with Scooby-Doo (in season 13).

Running an amazing 15 seasons and 327 episodes, the series began in 2005 on the old WB network, its last year before it merged with UPN to become what’s now known as The CW. Airing on the lowest rung of the network ladder certainly helped it flourish, as it became the longest-running American sci-fi/fantasy TV series in history with its 11th season, surpassing WB/CW sister series “Smallville,” which had run for 10 seasons and 217 episode, outpacing another 10-season sci-fi series, “Stargate SG-1,” by three episodes. The British side of the genre has produced “Doctor Who,” of course, with separate runs of 26 and 12 seasons (and an upcoming 13th), but with shorter episode lengths in the classic era and fewer episodes per season in the modern.

That’s the kind of output the TV industry just isn’t interested in sustaining anymore, beyond the handful of legacy procedurals that are sticking around on the networks. Between cable and streamers and the short attention spans of audiences, three- to four-season runs of 10 episodes apiece are much more the norm now.

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The massive complete-series Blu-ray disc set efficiently repackages all the previously released individual season sets, as well as the new 15th and final season set, and all the bonus material that entails.

The set comes in the form of a handsome outer box housing seven thick Blu-ray cases, packed two seasons per case, except for the seventh case which contains the final three seasons. Each of the first six cases house eight discs (except for case two, which has seven discs for seasons three and four), while case seven has 10 discs in total. This distribution pattern left no room for the season 15 bonus disc, which is instead housed in its own separate cardboard sleave at the end of the stack, alongside a booklet containing an episode guide, photos from the series, production artwork, and notes to the fans from series creator Eric Kripke and executive producer Robert Singer.

It’s a slightly awkward configuration but seemingly unavoidable without either splitting up one of the seasons into two separate cases, inventing an 11-disc case, or putting the four discs of season 15 in its own case and making the overall box bigger. All in all it’s just a minor infringement on any OCD some fans or collectors might have.

Among the extras on that final disc are a featurette about the series finale, a documentary about the show’s strong themes of family, and a look at the Winchesters as American heroes in the vein of folklore archetypes. There’s also a gag reel, a retrospective of all 15 seasons, and highlights from the show’s 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel, which due to COVID-19 canceling the 2020 event turned out to be the show’s last.

In the final extra, a lucky fan wins a replica of the show’s iconic Impala.

The set does not include Supernatural: The Anime Series, which was released on Blu-ray in 2011.

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Werewolf Horror Film ‘I Am Lisa’ Due on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD March 16 From Mill Creek

The werewolf horror film I Am Lisa is coming to Blu-ray, DVD and VOD March 16 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

In director Patrick Rea’s supernatural revenge flick, a young woman (Kristen Vaganos, Obsessed with the Babysitter, Dating After College) barely survives a brutal beating by a local sheriff, and a subsequent wolf attack. She awakens in a remote cabin in the woods, to discover that she has gained strange, new powers — powers she can use to exact revenge upon her attackers. She must battle between her new powers, seeking vengeance and embracing her animal instincts.

The film also stars Jennifer Seward, Manon Halliburton, Chris Bylsma, Cinnamon Schultz, Sarah McGuire and Millie Milan.

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An official selection of Arrow Video’s FrightFest, the film was penned by Eric Winkler, composed by Natalia Perez, directed by Patrick Rea and comes from Mutiny Pictures.

‘Come Play’ Due on Digital Jan. 12, Disc Jan. 26

The thriller Come Play will come out on digital Jan. 12 and Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 26 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

In the supernatural thriller exploring the connection between technology and isolation, a young boy who struggles to connect with others turns to his cell phone and tablet for companionship, befriending a strange and sinister non-human creature. When the mysterious creature uses the devices to break into our world, his parents must fight to save their son.

The film stars Gillian Jacobs, John Gallagher Jr. and Azhy Robertson with a creature created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

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Russian Film ‘Evil Boy’ Coming to DVD and Digital Sept. 8 From Well Go

The Russian supernatural horror film Evil Boy will be released on digital and DVD Sept. 8 by Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, several years after their son disappears, grieving parents adopt a feral boy who begins to eerily resemble their missing child. While the wife believes they’ve found their son, her husband is certain he died. As strange accidents begin happening around the boy, he suspects they’ve adopted something not entirely human.

Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Olga Gorodetskaya, the film stars Elena Lyadova (Leviathan), Vladimir Vdovichenkov (Leviathan), newcomer Sevastian Bugaev, Evgeniy Tsyganov (The Man Who Surprised Everyone), Anna Ukolova (Leviathan), Konstantin Topolaga (Steel Butterfly) and Roza Khayrullina (The Horde).

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Evil Boy had its international premiere at the 2019 Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.

The release features an all-new English dub, in addition to its original subtitles.

Shudder Renews ‘Creepshow’

Shudder — AMC Networks’ SVOD service for horror, thriller and supernatural content — has renewed its horror anthology series “Creepshow” for a second season.

Executive produced by showrunner Greg Nicotero (​“The Walking Dead”), “Creepshow” is based on the iconic 1982 movie written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero and is Shudder’s first hour-long scripted series. More than 50% of Shudder members watched at least one episode of the series, and the show has also helped drive record growth, according to the streaming service.

“‘Creepshow’ has met every expectation we had for Shudder’s first original scripted series and then some, with record numbers across the board,” Shudder GM Craig Engler said in a statement. “Greg Nicotero and his team delivered an amazing show that’s unlike anything else on TV and we’re thrilled and delighted to bring it back for another season.”

“For me, ‘Creepshow’ has been a true labor of love,” Nicotero said in a statement. “To be able to pay tribute to George A. Romero’s visionary project and have the show so embraced by fans everywhere is humbling to this horror kid from Pittsburgh. I couldn’t be more pleased and look forward to continuing the series with more ghoulish delight.”

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“Working with Greg Nicotero and Shudder on ‘Creepshow’ has been a dream come true,” Stan Spry, executive producer for the series and CEO of the Cartel, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to carry on the ‘Creepshow’ legacy with season two.”

The season one finale airs Oct. 31, both on demand and on the Shudder TV live-stream at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Season one of ‘Creepshow’ stars David Arquette (“​Scream” franchise), Adrienne Barbeau (​The Fog), Tobin Bell (​Saw), Big Boi (​“​Scream: The TV Series”), Jeffrey Combs (​“​Star Trek,” Re-Animator), Kid Cudi (​Drunk Parents), Bruce Davison (​X-Men), Giancarlo Esposito (“Better Call Saul”), Dana Gould (​“​Stan Against Evil”), Tricia Helfer (“​Battlestar Galactica”) and DJ Qualls (“Supernatural”), and features adaptations of stories by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Josh Malerman and others.

Nicotero’s Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy award-winning make-up Effects studio KNB EFX Group will again serve as creature creators.

Plans for the Shudder service start at $4.75 per month.

Season 14 of ‘Supernatural’ Arriving on Disc Sept. 10

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 10.

The Winchester brothers Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) continue their harrowing journey into the heart of darkness continues while confronting an apocalyptic evil that unleashes monsters upon the world. The season includes the show’s landmark 300th episode,” Lebanon,” featuring the return of Sam and Dean’s father, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

The cast also includes Misha Collins, Mark Pellegrino, Alexander Calvert.

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The set contains all 20 episodes, plus a gag reel, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, the show’s 2018 panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, and featurettes “The Winchester Mythology: The Choices We Make” and “Supernatural Homecoming: Exploring Episode 300.”

The Blu-ray also includes DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1 and a digital copy of the episodes.

Season 13 of ‘Supernatural’ Arriving on Disc Sept. 4

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Supernatural: The Complete Thirteenth Season on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 4 (order date July 31).

The set contains all 23 episodes, including the animated “Scooby-Doo” crossover, plus a gag reel, deleted scenes, audio commentaries, the show’s 2017 panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, Kansas’ performance of “Carry On Wayward Son” at Comic-Con, and featurettes “Mystery Mash-Up: The Making of Scoobynatural,” “Into The Apocalypse: A World Without The Winchesters,” “The Winchester Mythology: Rise of the Nephilim.”

The Blu-ray also includes DTS-HD Master Audio for English 5.1 and a digital copy of the episodes.