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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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008HE9LTC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,604 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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4.1 out of 5 stars

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154 of 164 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Butler on 14 April 2013
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Willy Eckerslike TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Ralph on 16 April 2014
Format: DVD
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!)
hot on the case of serial killer Joe Carroll (played brilliantly played by James
Purefoy!). Not only is Joe on the loose but it turns out in prison he has formed a
sort of cult, a "Following" of murderers who are willing to kill at his command!

James Purefoy makes it worth watching. His character Joe Carroll is as charming,
eccentric and charismatic as he is cold blooded, calm and utterly ruthless! The
only thing that doesn't appear to fit is Kevin Bacon. His character is not given a lot
of development and Kevin looks well.... Lost! Like he is trying find the `Footloose 2`
set... I don't think the recent `EE` adverts have helped his career either.

That being said I am sucked in to this... Each episode gets darker... If you enjoyed `Dexter`
then I would recommend giving this show a go!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By W. Colquhoun on 22 Aug. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 8 July 2015
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This is a heavily formulaic FBI drama based around a Machiavellian British teacher-cum-serial killer (yawn), the eponymous following being those who espouse his philosophy, one unconvincingly (if not ridiculously) based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe who, from the paucity of American literature, is singled out by this supposedly ultra-intelligent academic as a paragon of the romantic.

There is a half-hearted attempt to match murders with Poe's ideas, though anybody hoping Kevin Bacon's trademark anguished scowl would be tested at this stage by a gigantic sharpened pendulum, or by walls slowly closing in to crush him, will be disappointed.

In fact this derivative saga, frequently punctuated with violence to gee things up, instead takes a lot of its references from mostly superior works of cinema, from The Master through Hannibal to the various Manson narratives, along with countless tropes from slasher movies, even shamelessly dropping Fight Club into its borrowings. This sounds like fun, but as the scriptwriters go to the well once too often they begin to bulk things out with an increasingly tiresome soap opera subplot based on the lives of everyday psychopathic folk, before the series ultimately hits the buffers with an ending that's just plain bad.

And there are how many seasons of this? Enough already.
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