New on Blu-ray: Supernatural – Season 1

New on Blu-ray: Supernatural – Season 1

Spawned after the popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural took demon hunting to a more practical place. Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) grew up hunting terrifying things, but he’s put that behind him to attend law school and live a more conventional life. When Sam’s estranged brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) appears with news their father […]

Spawned after the popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Supernatural took demon hunting to a more practical place.

Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) grew up hunting terrifying things, but he’s put that behind him to attend law school and live a more conventional life. When Sam’s estranged brother Dean (Jensen Ackles) appears with news their father has disappeared, the brothers reunite to find their father as well as pick-up where he left off – the family business.

The dynamic between the Winchester brothers is what truly drives the show – that, and a great classic rock soundtrack. Spending so many hours together, particularly in the confines of a car and hotel rooms, is sure to be agitating; however, the boys capitalize on the opportunity to reconnect as siblings – but far less mushy. In addition, saving each other’s lives on a regular basis tends to bring people closer together.

The captivating characters, witty dialogue and unbelievable storylines and plot development in the first season ensured this series’ future as a longstanding television show (it recently wrapped its fifth season). They face demons and a variety of ghosts and monsters, all of which are nearly plausible. The general defence is salt, iron and holy water, but other solutions or situations are more unique, which maintains high interest.

Padalecki and Ackles are fantastic actors that have truly become their characters. As Sam, Padalecki’s honest face and more sensitive demeanour are the perfect counter to Ackles’ Dean with his rugged looks and bad boy attitude. The pair could not be matched any better.

Special features include: unaired/extended scenes; commentary on the “Pilot” by creator Eric Kripke, director David Nutter and producer Peter Johnson; commentary on “Phantom Traveller” by Padalecki and Ackles; “Day in the Life of Jared and Jensen” featurette; “Supernatural: Tales From the Edge of Darkness” featurette; gag reel; blu-ray exclusive “The Devil’s Road Map,” an interactive U.S. map guide to urban legends and factoids featured in the episodes of season one; and the Paley Festival panel discussion featuring the cast and crew.