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The Following - Season 1 [DVD] [2013]

Kevin Bacon , James Purefoy    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
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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 (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HE9LTC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 479 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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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Following - great, but not for everyone 14 April 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks promising and could run long and well. 30 Jan 2014
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The subject matter of this 1st season,a Hannibal Lecteresque serial killer inspiring a group of potential killers from his prison cell,is the core of the plot;its a simple idea borrowed from the Thomas Harris novel 'Red Dragon' and expanded into several hours of drama,action and killings(mainly by stabbings as noted by many reviewers).

Serial killer James Purefoy does escape,as Lecter did in the Harris novels,and conducts a campaign of revenge against the FBI agent who captured him,Kevin Bacon,and uses his followers as the means to bring him down.

I liked the performance of Purefoy having seen him excel in the excellent 'Rome' and in several poor action movies that didn't help his career.Here he has a meaty role and uses it to create a clever,manipulative 'teacher' who goads his followers to commit the crimes that start the manhunt by law enforcement agencies including the FBI of course.

Bacon becomes instrumental in the hunt for Purefoy and his cult, members of which start comming out of the woodwork;herin lies part of the success of this series:you don't know whom has come under the influence of Purefoy and will 'stab' the good guys in the back as the episodes unravel.

It makes for entertaining viewing if you put aside the stabbings.There has been a good build up of the characters on the FBI side and augers well for season 2 I hope.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Totally overblown 3 Mar 2014
I was given this as a present as I dont have the TV channel. It was intimated to me that this was one of the best series recently - what a massive disappointment. After the promising start in the first couple of episodes, the storyline degenerates into an implausible and incredible set of circumstances. Kevin Bacons character - a former FBI man - seems to have forgotten all he would have been trained in and subsequently does all the wrong things during the action. For me a series must have some credibility to work, and this loses all credibility the more episodes one watches. Holes bigger than the proverbial stagecoach appear and are left unattended, and when the plot looks like providing a sane answer, whoops- lets just invent a new set of circumstances. Sorry but I would have liked this to be a real attention grabbing series - as it is I have asked not to be given the next ones to be released as it just drives you up the wall due to sloppy script writing and ludicrous scenarios that just wouldnt happen. A big no no...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT WATCHING CAN'T WAIT FOR SEASON 2 10 Mar 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must see 2 Mar 2014
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This series is fantastic, edge of the seat stuff, Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy are absolutely amazing!!! If there is one DVD you buy soon, it has to be this one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising television 25 April 2013
By Steph
This is some of the most amazing, compulsive, jaw-dropping television I've seen in all my considerable years.
The cast are perfection - especially Kevin Bacon - and I hardly manage to breathe for the hour it is on screen.
I truly do not understand some of the previous reviews.
Admittedly it is not suitable viewing for the faint-hearted because of the subject matter, but because of the twists
and turns you never know who will turn out to be a 'Follower', the tension is always building. Brilliant stuff!!
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 Jun 2013
By carl
Easily the best show in the last few years. I couldn't wait to watch the next episode.
Without a doubt the best thing Kevin Bacon has done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best series I've seen In ages
I like a good series Ray Donavan / the pacific and after watching them I always feel as if Im lost until I watch them again the following was no different. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Elle
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching
Recommended by a friend and I can recommend it in turn. If you don't mind brutal scenes and love psychological thrillers watch this! Kevin Bacon is brilliant as always. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Katie May
1.0 out of 5 stars Not met the hype
So much hype off my friends that I had to buy the box set ,
Sadly it was way too slow in the plot and it dragged on and on for me I prefer a faster paced plot
Published 3 days ago by Ajfyfe
4.0 out of 5 stars I think Edgar Allan Poe himself would have been proud!
I bought season 1 and am only five episodes in but already I am hooked! It starts
with former F.B.I agent Ryan Hardy (played by a miserable looking Kevin Bacon! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Mr. A. J. Ralph
5.0 out of 5 stars The Riveting! Compulsive viewing,
The reason I gave the Following 5 stars, is because it's gripping and tense from the first moment you start watching it, right to the last disc. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Betty Boop
2.0 out of 5 stars The Following Season 1
Unfortunately not as good as I thought. A bit far fetched. Shame as I do like Kevin Bacon. A disappointment for me!!
Published 6 days ago by oscar
5.0 out of 5 stars the following
Have not yet watched the full series - but - so far I am finding this series gripping - love Kevin Bacon in anything
Published 7 days ago by janet
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Pray There isn't a season 2
The pilot was OK ... but from then on it was downhill all the way. Unbelievable plot, characters that are in the main pretty static, dialogue ... well I could have written that. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mr. S. P. Walshe
5.0 out of 5 stars Macabre!
Not for the faint hearted! Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy star in this American cult series, many twists & turns!
Published 17 days ago by MRS V E FORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
Absolutely superb, well written with a great mix of suspense and shock. Inspired casting. Kept me on the edge of my seat!! Read more
Published 19 days ago by DJ LYONS
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