Once Upon a Time - Season 1 2011

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Centers on a woman with a troubled past who is drawn into a small town in Maine where the magic and mystery of Fairy Tales just may be real.

Starring:
Eion Bailey, Jared Gilmore
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Once Upon a Time - Season 1

Product Details

Discs
  • Once Upon a Time - Season 1 - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Once Upon a Time - Season 1 - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Once Upon a Time - Season 1 - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
  • Once Upon a Time - Season 1 - Disc 4 ages_12_and_over
  • Once Upon a Time - Season 1 - Disc 5 ages_12_and_over
  • Once Upon a Time - Season 1 - Disc 6 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 15 hours 46 minutes
Starring Eion Bailey, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Meghan Ory, Robert Carlyle, Raphael Sbarge, Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison, Beverley Elliott, Ginnifer Goodwin
Director David Solomon, Greg Beeman, Dean White
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS
Rental release 12 November 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 15 hours 46 minutes
Starring Eion Bailey, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Meghan Ory, Robert Carlyle, Raphael Sbarge, Lana Parrilla, Jennifer Morrison, Beverley Elliott, Ginnifer Goodwin
Director David Solomon, Greg Beeman, Dean White
Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction
Studio Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Rental release Currently unavailable
Main languages English
Subtitles Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, French, Chinese
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By NicolaA on 31 May 2012
Format: DVD
The story is set in "real" world Storybrooke and fairytale land every episode contains flashbacks between both worlds the story's of the past and present.

The central story of Once upon a time focus's primarily on the main characters Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) Henry (Jared Gilmore) Prince "Charming" James (Josh Dallas) And Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) However expect almost every one of your favourite characters to appear at some point;
Geppetto, Pinocchio, Maleficent, Jiminy Cricket, Genie of the Lamp, Pongo, Red Riding hood, Hansel and Gretal and many, many more.

The story begins with Prince Charming finding Snow White in her glass coffin, He kisses her, she wakes up, now in the books, and movies this is as far as we get, but what happens next?, we are about to find out.... The Evil queen interrupts their wedding and says she will enact her revenge by casting a curse on everyone, she will take away everything and everyone they love, So that she is the only one who gets her happy ending. I will not go into further detail as I do not want to spoil it for anyone. The running theme is focused around this, however every episode is made fresh as we meet a new character in detail and see how their story is linked. I was personally waiting for the Red Riding Hood story and it was fabulous!.

The story is solid, the series well cast, but it's what you expect from the writers and creators who are none other than Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz the makers of the series Lost, For those of you who are Lost fan's there are some lovely little reference's to the show within Once upon a time, such as The Evil Queen's/Regina's Door number, Oceanic Airlines, MacCutcheon Whisky, and Apollo candy bars.

All in all a great show. it's 22 episodes long so good value for money and it's been renewed for season two where there have been hints of new realms....
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Miss Samantha A. French on 5 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
I love this show! my favourite by far, created & written by 'Lost' alum Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz this show is awesome! it definitely has 'Lost' esque nuances, one being a timeline that twists & turns through two timelines whilst never losing the thread & becoming confusing.

Extremely well written, you need to watch it to understand but the actors in the show have two sides let's say. Personally I think the characters in the show are the strongest aspect, the writing in general is brilliant, a show is nothing without a script after all however the casting is also so strong, none more so then the character of Rumpelstiltskin sublimely played by Robert Carlyle, both of his characters are compelling & so very watchable. The whole cast is strong & you will find at least one that you love in no time.

Filmed in beautiful Vancouver in stunning locations, being a keen rider myself you've no idea what I'd give to canter through that enchanted forest, the set design & costumes are magnificent, the whole show has such high production values as you would expect with a Disney production, with I imagine a fairly generous budget. It has wonderful & creative storytelling, romance, drama, action, intrigue, it's truly a very special show.

I saw an earlier comment that said it's not up to the standard of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones', I personally prefer this as the sex & violence of GOT doesn't appeal to me, that does not make this show second rate!
If you enjoy creative, wonderful storytelling, a struggle between good & evil, compelling characters & above all a love story then give this a try & become spellbound like the rest of us 'Oncers', cannot wait for the second season, bring it on!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By janakennedy22 on 31 Aug 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
Seriously!!! I've watched 9 episodes of this with my family, and now it's suddenly £1.89 per episode! With absolutely no warning or explanation. Cheap cheap blow from amazon Prime, so soon after starting my membership - I'm retricted from even finishing a series I had started! Very disappointed in the service.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fred Bux on 1 Sep 2014
Don't hate the show it's great; we all loved it right up to Episode 10 when Amazon removed it from Prime without warning so you have to pay to watch the rest. Customer Services explained that if it was in my Watchlist I would have seen the warning that the series would expire; but it was on my watchlist and there was no warning. So I've cancelled Prime and am trying Netflix. Of course they haven't got Once either but don't care (it was good but not Breaking Bad good).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hannah on 24 Jan 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first encountered this series on tv while flicking through the channels, and thought it was terrible. Over-acting, weak dialogue and implausible relationships.

Cut to four months later, and all my friends are raving about it. So, with a bit of time off from work I bite the bullet and decide to give the box-set a go, figuring I might have just been in a bad mood the first time I saw it.

But here's the thing...I wasn't actually wrong. There are sequences of over-acting, stylised dialogue and fairytale exuberance. There is a sickly emphasis on the importance of 'love's true kiss'; and the "real world" characters (notably our hero Emma Swan) display some thinly developed intentions and behaviour. HOWEVER I love it. I got totally addicted. When you have the luxury of not waiting for a week or more for the next episode, you can get caught up in the momentum of the story, enjoy how they've re-imagined the source tales and find out the answer to their (many) cliff-hangers without losing interest. The villains are particularly well done, and the writers have enough skill to keep you guessing.

A guilty pleasure - just add wine.
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