Blu-ray Review: Westworld: Season One
Swaggering into the saloon like a roid-raging Freud, Westworld: Season One is as much gun-slinging bravado as it is a cyber-cerebral treat. For those yet uninitiated, picture a mixture of equal parts Deadwood, Twin Peaks, and The Matrix Franchise. Westworld struggles at times with overly complex plot-lines, concepts, and the dialogue that should interpret said aspects, but overshadows all with a stellar cast, helmed by Hopkins, Harris, Newton, Marsden, Wood, and Wright, beautiful imagery, and a constant focus on out-of-the-box storytelling.
Granted, Westworld is a twisting and turning rollercoaster of a series, with long stretches of building drama that seem endless in its one-rung-at-a-time pace. But once viewers reach the tops of those peaks and the drama unleashes, those mounting rungs drive the series forward with unique and fascinating payoffs.
As always, the extras menu is a mashup of both good and great content, with highlights being the Welcome to Westworld featurette which offers a look behind the scenes of the popular series as well as a respectable decryption key for certain plot points; the Realizing The Dream featurette which treats viewers to the picturesque locales of the series; the Reality of AI: Westworld featurette which probes into the ideals behind artificial intelligence and how the series has harnessed those concepts to add practical and whimsical elements to Westworld; and the Crafting The Narrative featurette which has show-runners Nolan and Joy breaking down certain key scenes of Westworld’s dramatic finale episode.
So with style, smarts, and captivating AI all merging faster than one can “Reach for the sky,” Westworld: Season One is a rootin’ tootin’ reboot of Crichton’s classic tale.
Studio Synopsis: What happens in a world free of rules, limits and consequences? Based on the film written by best-selling author Michael Crichton (ER, Jurassic Park films), Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and a reimagined past, the series explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 675 minutes
Number of Disks: 6
- Realizing the Dream: First Week on the Set of Westworld
- Imagining the Main Title
- The Key to The Chords
- Gag reel
- Welcome to Westworld
- Crafting the Narrative
- An Invitation to The Set
- Welcome to Westworld: About the Series
- Reality of A.I.: Westworld
- “The Big Moment” Featurettes
- The Original
- The Stray
- Dissonance Theory
- The Adversary
- Trompe L’Oeil
- Trace Decay
- The Well-Tempered Clavier
- The Bicameral Mind
Cast: Anthony Hopkins | Ed Harris | Evan Rachel Wood | Thandie Newton | James Marsden | Jeffrey Wright
Directors: Jonathan Nolan | Frederick E.O. Toye
Central Writers: Michael Crichton | Lisa Joy | Jonathan Nolan
DVD/Blu-ray Release: November 7, 2017
Genre: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE
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