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El | Florida | 07/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Once again we were late tuning in to a new hit show. After watching Heroes on NBC-HD we are looking forward to the HD-DVD release to see all the shows we missed.
I agree with the reviewer below that more information about the special futures are needed.
There is a list of special HD features on Tv Shows.com they claim to have confirmed, I can only assume their confirmation is correct, but I don't know any better than anyone else so please don't take my word as gospel on this.
"The following bonus material will be on the DVD and on the HD-DVD *Audio *Commentaries
*The 73-minute Un-Aired Original Series Premiere/Pilot from show creator Tim Kring (with optional audio commentary)
*50 Deleted Scenes
*Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Featurettes:
*Making Of featurette
*Special Effects featurette
*Tim Sale Profile featurette
*The Score featurette
*The following bonus material will be exclusive to the HD-DVD version ("Minder Reader" is in 480p; the other two are 1080p):
*Minder Reader (Interactive Activity)
*U-Control with the following:-Artwork Presentation -Character Connections -Helix Revealed -Genetic Abilities Test
*Connectivity Features -Download Center including User Registration"
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What TV is meant to be
Bookphile | USA | 07/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I cannot emphasize enough that this is a stellar example of the power of character driven TV that follows a continuous plotline. If you're looking for something that you can tune into and out of then this isn't the show for you. If, however, you're looking for TV that is engaging, intriguing, and innovative then this is the show for you.
My preferred activity is normally reading and I don't watch much TV because, frankly, I find most TV subpar. Imagine my delight when I tuned into this show mostly out of curiosity and ended the season a diehard fan. I never missed an episode and looked forward to each new one with great anticipation. I give most of the credit for this to where I feel the credit is due: the writing. The writers for this show did a masterful job of creating an involving story arc and in giving the viewer just enough information to keep him or her coming back for more. Answers to various questions were carefully dolled out over the course of the season so that the viewer never feels frustrated by too little story dragged out over too much time. The pacing of this season was, in a word, perfect.
The other reason to devour this show is the characters and, in particular, the endearing and wonderful Hiro. My favorite of the characters, Hiro exemplifies that childlike joy that some people possess when they discover they are particularly talented at something. He provides comic relief without being too silly and his earnestness make him very lovable. His faithful friend and sidekick Ando is certainly not to be overlooked either and these two make for a truly dynamic duo. As far as complexity goes, my vote goes to Claire who starts out struggling with typical teenager desires and grows and develops over the course of the season until she is easily the most sympathetic character.
Excellent writing and excellent characters would mean little without the acting to back them up, though, and this show has that in abundance. All of the actors imbue their characters with life and believability so that even though the bulk of them are possessed of superhuman powers they still seem like the kind of people who could be your nextdoor neighbors.
I simply can't say enough good things about this show. I encourage everyone who enjoys really engaging, story and character driven, and thought-provoking television to watch this show."
Great season with a packed DVD
SRFireside | Houston, TX United States | 05/24/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Looks like somebody took the whole superhero craze we have been getting over the past few years and came up with a truly innovative and compelling television series. Heroes isn't your standard comic book fan's television show. This is some serious writing with drama, depth and yeah... some fun and action as well.
What makes this show so great is the large cast of characters who all seem to have significance in the story. Even better is that all of these characters come from different backgrounds and approach life in different ways, but at the same time there is something special about them. Everybody has that fantasy of being special and this show has at least one character in it you can identify with.
The writing is almost pitch perfect with every episode giving you something to get excited about. The show is done in serial format so what happens in one episode resonates throughout the series, and Heroes takes it to a grand level. Sometimes you get a great cliffhanger styled ending and sometimes you just a cool revelation. Either way each ep is sure to please. That's especially for the last episode of the season, which answers a lot of questions, keeps the lesser questions still hanging, asks even more questions, and ties up the major loose ends nicely. So nicely that even if the show never made to the second season you would have a well-rounded story from beginning to end.
Now for the DVD. If you are going to do it this is the way to go! This DVD is packed. Here's what you get:
- An extended version of the pilot episode. 73 minutes long according to my sources. That's an extra 30 minutes AND includes footage of a never before seen character! Well... people saw it at the San Diego ComicCon last year, but that's besides the point.
- 50 (that's right... 50!!!) deleted and extended scenes.
- Making of Heroes featurette as well as specials on the stunts, special effects, and music score.
- Special profile of Tim Sale: the artist who does Isacc Mendez' paintings.
- A mind reading mini-game (don't ask me... that's what I heard).
This is going to be a killer DVD set. I also heard Heroes season 1 will come out on HD DVD. The buzz is they will include special features exclusive to the HD version in addition to all of the features already on the DVD. So if you have an HD-DVD player you will probably want to forego the regular release and get the HD version.
Anyway if you like the show you will love the DVD (or HD DVD if that's your thing). Doesn't matter if you're a comic book fan, sci-fi/fantasy fan, or whatever. If you like good stories in the serial format this show is it."