Hemlock Grove: Season 1 2014

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All 13 episodes from the first series of the US thriller starring Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott. Based on the novel by executive producer and writer Brian McGreevy, this web series follows the lives of the inhabitants of Hemlock Grove. The two main sources of employment in Hemlock Grove are Hemlock Acres Hospital and Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies, where it is rumoured mysterious experiments are conducted by Olivia (Janssen) and Norman Godfrey (Scott). When two teenage girls are brutally murdered it falls to the accused 17-year-old Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron) to seek out the real killer and save the town from further devastation.

Starring:
Famke Janssen, Bill SkarsgåRd
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Disc 4 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 50 minutes
Starring Famke Janssen, Bill SkarsgåRd, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell, Freya Tingley, Dougray Scott, Lily Taylor
Director Eli Roth, Deran Sarafian, David Semel
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio Kaleidoscope Home Ent.
Rental release 21 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 1 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 2 ages_18_and_over
  • Hemlock Grove: Season 1 - Blu-ray - Disc 3 ages_18_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 50 minutes
Starring Famke Janssen, Bill SkarsgåRd, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell, Freya Tingley, Dougray Scott, Lily Taylor
Director Eli Roth, Deran Sarafian, David Semel
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio Kaleidoscope Home Ent.
Rental release 21 April 2014
Main languages English

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Willy Eckerslike TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Oh dear, yet another high-school vampire / werewolf genre series, you might think. On the surface you’d be right but this show’s weirdness takes it way off the well trodden genre trail pioneered by the still unrivalled Buffy.

Set in the fictional Pennsylvania (again – a lot seems to happen there at the moment) town of Hemlock Grove though actually filmed in Canada, this season follows the hunt for the beastly perpetrator of a series of grisly murders which start, coincidentally, with the arrival of a gipsy boy and his mother. Unsurprisingly, there is no shortage of strange goins-on, centred mostly around Peter, the aforementioned gypsy and Roman, the spoilt rich-kid son of the most peculiar Olivia Godfrey.

Much death, mayhem and general oddness ensues while they track down the mythical beast, mostly driving about in Roman’s lovely red car (a 1961 Jaguar XK150 as it turns out). Confounding their efforts along the way is the slightly bonkers Van Helsing-like Dr. Chasseur as she conducts her own werewolf hunt under the auspices of a shady secret religious order not entirely unlike the Iluminati.

While the main plot lines progress we learn more of Roman’s Upir (a mythological Russian part witch, part daemon with some very unpleasant habits) heritage, his Lurch’esque utterly likeable sister, Olivia’s beginnings and hints of the dubious moral nature of the work of the Godfrey institute headed by the odd (everybody in Hemlock Grove is odd…) Dr. Johann Pryce.

It is a peculiar, improbably successful, blend of almost every element from the genre, standard fantasy themes, some Grimm-like mythology and bits of sci-fi held together by sharp writing and solid performances from the main cast.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 May 2014
Format: DVD
'Hemlock Grove' is an excellent addition to the 'Netflick Original' series of programmes. I hadn't seen, or even heard of the show until I bought the DVD on the off chance when it caught my eye. I thought that it looked interesting, and that it is.

Unlike a lot of shows on the television at the moment, this is something different, and very creative. The production values are actually quite good, and the setting manages to create a genuinely Gothic, almost dreamlike atmosphere, combining bloody violence and gore. When a young girl is brutally murdered, her dead body found in a playground in a horrible state, we are able to follow the whole investigation in the small town outside Philadelphia. Suspicion immediately falls on the new boy in town, gypsy Peter Rumancek (played by Landon Liboiron), who is also a werewolf.

The town is home to many other interesting characters, few of which appear to be ordinary, and most seem to be hiding something. We get the know more about the characters gradually after each episode, and it seems almost impossible not to like at least a handful of them (my personal favourite is the wealthy and controlling Roman Godfrey, played by Bill Skarsgård, who I believe is one to look out for in the future). The identity of the girl's killer will probably come as a surprise, or at least it did to me.

Every actor seems to fit their role perfectly, and if you can look beyond the sometimes occasional 'overacting', I think you'll agree that it is excellent casting. Unlike a lot of patronising 'teen-horrors' (and you probably know who they are) with characters that appear to be interesting at first but turn out to be one dimensional, the stars of 'Hemlock Grove' are anything but.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. P. Chapman on 30 Mar 2014
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Really enjoyed the series first time around after I was hooked after the second episode. Great performances all round (Bill Skarsgard is definitely one to watch out for!). I would thoroughly recommend the show to any fans of True Blood or American Horror Story. Can't wait for Season 2!!!
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I found this show original and intriguing in a small way obviously there are a lot of vampire, werewolf and supernatural type shows out there, but this one is a little different there is a real mystery that kept me gripped throughout the thirteen episodes which is resolved incidentally. Also the characters in this show are far better drawn than some of the slightly cliched and one dimensional characters from other shows with a bit more depth and more than a little mystery to keep you coming back to find out more about them. Overall the show is well acted and nicely filmed with some interesting colour palettes that give it an otherworldly look so I for one am looking forward to watching season two.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By cupcakesloo on 31 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I caught a few episodes of this on a friend's Netflix and have been waiting for the DVD (thankfully didn't have to wait too long!). It is shot so well and builds slowly and has some great effects (just wait til you see the first werewolf transformation). It also has that strange eerie quirkiness reminiscent of Twin Peaks and i haven't seen something quite like that since. The cast is also great especially Bill Skarsgård and Famke Jannson.
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By Shazzam on 28 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
I bought this series whilst waiting for Season 6 of True Blood to be released on DVD, as I had read the recommended reviews. It is dark, creepy and sometimes gory with the plot revolving around the teenagers of a small town. Famke Jansen plays the sinister, strange mother of one of the main characters very well. On the whole the series is good, but feels as though it's aimed at a slightly younger audience than True Blood.
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