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Alcatraz: Season 1 Box Set (3 Discs)

Released on 15 October 2012

Featuring: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia & Jonny Coyne

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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From executive producer J.J. Abrams (Fringe, Lost, Star Trek) comes Alcatraz, a chilling new drama revolving around America's most infamous prison, the one-time home to the nation's worst murderers, rapists, kidnappers, thieves and arsonists.

When San Francisco Police Department detective Rebecca Madsen is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: Jack Sylvane, an Alcatraz inmate who died over 30 years ago. Given her family history - both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, Ray Archer, were guards at the prison - Madsen's interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent Emerson Hauser tries to impede her investigation, she's doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast Dr. Diego "Doc" Soto to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The two discover that Sylvane is not only alive, but he's loose on the streets of San Francisco, exacting decades-old revenge and leaving bodies in his wake. And, strangely, he hasn't aged a day since 1963 when Alcatraz was ruled by the iron-fisted Warden Edwin James and the sadistic Associate Warden E.B. Tiller.

Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Hauser and his technician, Lucy Banerjee, to stop Sylvane's vengeful killing spree. By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Madsen's own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first to reappear from Alcatraz, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won't be the last.

Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Hauser has been awaiting the prisoners' return for nearly 50 years. Soto will witness his life's work - the history of Alcatraz - come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiancé, Jimmy Dickens, at arm's length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family's past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history's most dangerous criminals.

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 Excellent show - cancelled before its time

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Alcatraz is an excellent show and is definately well worth watching. From the stable of Bad Robot (JJ Abrams) it is a multi-stranded show set both in 1960's Alcatraz prison and 2012 San Franciso. It is a cross between CSI and Lost and is very cleverly put together. It is a series that deserved a second season.

 excellent show but whats the point

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loved this show gets you thinking like lost. lots of twists and turns .couldnt beleive they cancelled it. never understood why these networks release 1 season on dvd knowing that its cancelled they are wasting our time watching the show then trying to rip us off releasing it on dvd. they should be made to give these shows closure so at least we have a conclusion when we buy the dvd. rant over

 Alcatraz Awesomeness

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All about 300 alcatraz inmates and staff that go missing without a trace in the 60's, but 1 by 1 are returning modern day, un-aged and with killing in mind and the secret task force who have to hunt them down. Bit of a slow burner for the first 3/4 episodes but gathers pace after that. gripping stuff, leaving you with loads of questions. If you liked LOST you will love this....... I think the story line for this programme is already plotted for more than 2/3 series, unlike lost which seemed to bumble along plotless at times. As good as this series is though, i was dissapointed to learn its been cancelled by fox along with teranova...grrrr. Heres hopeing these tv shows get taken up by another channel.

 Alcatraz - Season 1

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This is the kind of bread and butter sci-fi genre TV show that I can consume quite easily and 'Alcatraz' is actually perfectly decent on that score. The main problem is it only ran 13 episodes and so was never able to offer any real conclusions to the many mysteries it set up.

Handsome production design and visual production values are to be expected from a TV show from the J.J. Abrams stable and the cast was OK as well, but there's no resolution to the show at all unfortunately.

There are some minor extras but some of the episodes are good enough. It may not be worth a buy unless you are already a genre show fan, but if you are, like I am, then it offers some decent entertainment and moments.

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ActorsSarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Jonny Coyne, Parminder Nagra, Jason Butler Harner, Sam Neill, David Hoflin, Leon Rippy, Samuel Patrick Chu, Jeffrey Pierce, Joe Egender, Kerry van der Griend, Chris Logan, Santiago Cabrera, Robert Forster & Jeananne Goossen
Certificate15 years and over
Year2012
LanguagesEnglish
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.