Under the Dome 2013

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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, Rachelle Lefevre
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Under The Dome, Season 1

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, Rachelle Lefevre, Aisha Hinds, Nicholas Strong
Director Niels Arden Oplev, Jack Bender, Paul Edwards
Genres Thriller
Studio Paramount Home Entertainment
Rental release 18 November 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Richard Morton on 23 Jun 2014
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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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Bazzman on 28 Nov 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Swinhoe on 29 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Starts off promisingly with an interesting premise and fast paced action. However after some four episodes it begins to run out of steam and slowly evolves into the typical situations that so many of these series do in that it becomes too involved in personal issues and the main event is almost forgotten. By episode 8 the teenagers ( target market?) in the story have almost wholly taken over. The dialogue then becomes awash with 'Hey you guys' - the word LIKE is used twice in every sentence - every mundane happening is awesome! One line uttered is actually ' this day has just got more totally awesomer" A very good idea smothered in the quest for the mass market share.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Imraan Khan on 8 Aug 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By elliott on 27 Sep 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
like True Blood, this show had potential to be quite interesting and starts off quite strong and quickly runs out of ideas and the characters start to become caricatures of themselves the storylines become overblown and more about creating "drama" rather than great character development and deep storylines. it is however good TV bubble gum and easy to watch. but don't get suckerd in amazon prime because they cleverly decided to not make the second season available to prime users making you pay full price for each episode... nice one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ikikoi on 13 July 2014
First the good.... The idea is brilliant and that's about it for the good. Apart from Barbie and Big Jim the acting was below what I would expect from a modern TV Sci Fi series. Dialogue was predictable and formulaic resulting in making some characters very annoying on top of them making very silly decisions considering their predicament. Visually the Cinematography is what you would expect and looked good without pushing the boat out BUT the FX is where it all fell apart and distracted from the story with some CG that was again below what I would expect from a modern Sci Fi film. If I had nothing else to watch I would still think twice before watching the next season.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Thompson on 15 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
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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