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The Following - Season 1 [DVD] [2013]

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  • Actors: Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Castilian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Dec. 2013
  • Run Time: 651 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (364 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HE9LTC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,816 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Kevin Bacon and UK's James Purefoy (Rome) star in this terrifying new thriller from Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries, Scream). When notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (Purefoy) escapes from death row and embarks on a new killing spree, the FBI calls former agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon), a psychologically scarred veteran who captured Carroll nine years earlier, after Carroll murdered 14 female students on a college campus where he taught literature. Knowing Carroll better than anyone and close with Carroll's ex-wife, Claire, Hardy works closely with an FBI team, which includes no-nonsense agent Jennifer Mason and sharp upstart Mike Weston, and soon discovers that Carroll was not only communicating with a network of killers in the outside world, but has much more planned than just a prison escape -- and there's no telling how many additional killers are out there. As Hardy and the FBI team are challenged by the ever-growing web of murder around them, masterminded by the diabolical Carroll (who's writing a novel with Hardy as his protagonist), Hardy will not only get a second chance to capture Carroll, but another shot at redemption, as he's faced with not one but an entire cult of serial killers.

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The premise of The Following involves Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), a former university professor with a specialism in, and fanatical adoration of, Edgar Allen Poe who, as the series opens, has just broken out of prison where he was serving a sentence for multiple, gruesome murders. Cue the FBI turning to the man who was responsible for putting him behind bars in the first place: former agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon). As a tiny spoiler (the clue, after all, is in the title), it quickly transpires that, during his time in prison, Carroll has succeeded in building up a legion of loyal disciples, all of whom espouse his mantra of death.

The Following could best be described as 24 without the time limit and where terrorists have been replaced with a murderous cult led by a convicted serial killer. The series is utterly captivating whilst being an exercise in frustration; like 24, progress is often one-step-forwards-two-steps-back. Most episodes contain some sort of twist which leaves you constantly guessing, and the anonymity of the cult members leads you to distrust almost all but the best-established characters.

What The Following does well is the depth it gives not only the leading characters, but also a large part of the supporting cast. Unlike 24, the timeline is not completely linear and a lot of the characterisation is built up through flashbacks, which works very effectively. Backstories add to the twists as well as the character development. Bacon is excellent as the troubled hero, dealing with Hardy's physical ailments (a hangover from his first capture of Carroll) and his emotional trauma and deficiencies.
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Given the Americans’ almost reverential obsession with their serial killers, it was only a matter of time before the standard cat-and-mouse tussle between the killer and the FBI became the basis for a TV series.

James Purefoy plays Joe Carroll the urbane, intelligent, Hannibal Lecter’ish professor of English serial killer while Kevin Bacon is the somewhat dishevelled ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy called back as a consultant following Carroll’s escape from prison. It all looks to conform to the standard formula but the presence of Carroll’s eponymous cult ‘following ‘ is a unique twist. Although the main plot thread is the hunt for Carroll, the gradual revealing of cultists drives the narrative while the relationship between Carroll, his ex-wife, son and Hardy adds a human dimension and allows some character development.

It is a well put together, violent, sometimes creepy & disturbing TV series which bowls along at a cracking pace but there are, unfortunately, some incredibly contrived plot devices which stretch the necessary suspension of disbelief more than a little. By the season finale it all seemed a bit improbable and silly but remained entertaining throughout. All-in-all, not as clever or intricately plotted as it could have been but not bad nonetheless.
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When the American TV companies want a good baddy they often pick a Brit actor - this time its James Purefoy and a good job he makes of it too. My wife and I watched the first season over the course of a week and found it compelling but we won't bother with series two or three because, basically the plot gets more and more rediculous - even though you can argue that Jonestown, Waco and Charles Manson were unbelievable events . And if you know how the first season ended then the idea of it continuing is even more rediculous. The problem with this programme is that every episode has around three or so gruesome killings, sometimes more, and it is just more and more of the same. And you have seen it all before anyway. The killings are horrible, often gratuitous and I would not recommend that anyone with mental health issues go anywhere near this programme - it is very disturbing. Should excessively graphic violence be portrayed as entertainment? This would have been much better if it had been a six episode mini-series, with less killing but more tension. One other really good thing about though is, despite the gruesome gratuitous violence there is little or no swearing!
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Brilliant nail biting series. Be warned, you'll want to watch the episodes back to back ...addictive viewing. James Purefoy is delectably devious and alluring as the manipulative serial killer and cult leader, Joe Carroll. Kevin Bacon is fantastic and utterly convincing as the relentless and courageous criminologist, battling his way through every twisted challenge in his pursuit of Joe until the season's dynamite finale.

This series redefines the term 'suspense thriller'. This is the new 'Hitchcock' for the 21st Century!
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The acting is good. I started to watch this show because I like Kevin Bacon.
However, FBI is too dumb. The criminal cult is much more organized than FBI. Could this be real?
FBI stepping into enemy territory with no backup, no earwig, unable to communicate, .... , all this is impossible.
FBI doesn't even surveil suspects.
If the FBI hadn't been so negligent, this show would have ended in three episodes.
The producers had to make the FBI so incompetent just to prolong the show.
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