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Based on the novel by Steven King, Under the Dome explores the trials of an American town that is suddenly shielded in a protective dome, while the world outside faces a mysterious scorched-earth catastrophe.

Starring:
Dean Norris, Aisha Hinds
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Under the Dome - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Under the Dome - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Under the Dome - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
  • Under the Dome - Disc 4 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 8 hours 38 minutes
Starring Dean Norris, Aisha Hinds, Rachelle Lefevre, Nicholas Strong
Director Jack Bender, Paul Edwards, Niels Arden Oplev
Genres Thriller
Studio Universal Pictures
Rental release 18 November 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Format: DVD
I've rarely watched a tv series that is quite as hit and miss as Under the Dome, its packed full of interesting ideas but not all of it really works.

The set up is basic but brilliant - a mysterious dome appears out of nowhere over Chesters Mill, a small American town. We then follow the townsfolk as they attempt to come to terms with life inside the dome and possibly find a way out. Based on the book by Stephen King and developed by Brian K Vaughan (a writer on Lost as well as various comics including the excellent Y The Last Man) it's very much a cross between Lost and The Stand.

The mystery of the dome is explored slowly but at times feels like a bit of a macguffin as the people trapped inside take centre stage. It seems virtually everyone in the town has a secret of some description so there's plenty of story to go around. There are some complex and interesting characters (Big Jim and his son Junior being standouts) but there are also a few walking cliches that drift in and out. The are moments of great invention but also some real eye rolling, head slapping developments. It's difficult to elaborate more without giving away too much about the plot.

Perhaps it's a case of a series finding its feet in the first season and some of the more interesting threads will be picked up in season two (the final episode here seems to suggest this). I'll be having a crack at season two to find out, in the meantime I'd recommend a go at this to make up your own mind (especially as it's on Amazon Prime at time of writing).
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I was hooked on this mini-series after watching episode one. I have not read the book and did not know what to expect from the series. Every episode is packed with action, drama and mystery,and I loved every minute of it. However, I was disappointed that the series is only the first instalment of what is obviously a much longer story. Nowhere on the packaging or advertising material does it indicate "series one" or "first instalment". Consequently, when the last episode was over, and the story was left hanging, I went searching for "Disk 5" only to realise that I now have to wait until "Under the Dome Series 2" is released. I would have been less disapointed if I had known this up-front. So... (Amazon UK) Please include these details on your advertising for similar products in the future. Many Thanks.
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Format: Blu-ray
After reading King's novel Under the Dome, I was looking forward to watching this television adaptation. What a huge disappointment. The series does not follow the book, it is extremely bloated and drawn out, it is political correctness gone mad and it is poorly acted. Please don't buy this, save your money and go down a pub and shout your mates a couple of rounds of drink. It is money better spent,
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I don't know why people are giving this Absolutely Fabulous series bad reviews??? This was a fantastic series & I could not wait every week to watch it, I cannot wait for series 2 which is showing this summer 2014.
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Conceptually this is exciting, in execution it's great as well. Performances are to high standard especially Mike Vogel who seems to live every second of this phenomenon, to be honest I only watched the second episode because I wanted to see this actor's next performance, he is magical. Storyline is good, but reminds me too much of the other pilots and series airing on American TV. It's told in a formulaic way, it's shot in a very similar way to other series and with something as terrifically conceptual as Under the Dome, there was an opportunity to start messing with other components of series making, and I felt it was missed.
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It's not sci-fi, there's barely anything sci-fi about it. It's part of the trend of making a drama, slapping something unexplained in it and branding it "Sci-Fi". The acting is bad and the whole plot leaves you continually saying "well, couldn't they have just ___". Everything is so obviously set up, the characters ignore other more obvious courses of action so they can take poorly scripted one they are destined for. Oh no, we can't communicate with the outside... Or you know, Morse code, semaphore, sign language, drawing pictures or even writing on a bit of paper! Nope, they totally can't communicate with the outside at all.
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Under The Dome is one of my favourite Stephen King books and when I heard it was going to be made into a tv series I was thrilled and was thinking it would be something along the lines of IT or The Tommyknockers.
When I learned it would be a twelve part mini series I started to worry and when I heard there was going to be a second series I really started to worry. How could they possibly turn the book into a mini series and keep it running and also stay true to the book at same time? The answer is they couldn't and they haven't.
From the first episode it was apparent the mini series was nothing like the book. A dome comes down over the town of Chester's Mill and traps the residents inside it. That is about as true to the book as it gets.
Characters who died in the book live in the series and some of those who perish in the book live in the series. Every episode there is a disaster in the way of a fire, illness, drought etc. I don't really know why I wasted my time watching the series, I guess I just kept hoping it would get better but it didn't.
I loved the characters in the book but in the series there was no depth to them and I didn't like any of them.
If I had never read the book then I probably would have enjoyed it more but it was nothing like the book and I honestly dont know why Stephen King signed on as a producer and allowed his work to be ruined with this poor attempt to turn it into a tv series.
If you have read the book and loved it then don't bother watching it. Stick with the book instead.
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