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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very addictive to watch
When I saw the pilot episode of "Grimm" I thought it would be something of a knock off of Supernatural: The Complete First Season. While both shows have much in common, "Grimm" has managed to grow into its premise and find its own identity.

Portland detective Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli)sees monsters and it's not because he's on drugs. Turns out Burkhardt is...
Published on 30 May 2012 by Dad

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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "These guys, they carry grudges to the grave. And usually it's your grave."
The best way I can think to describe Grimm is like a cross between The X-Files and Warehouse 13, But without the Warehouse and without the aliens!

Inspired by Grimm's Fairy tales each episode you meet a new type of human hybrid monster, Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoil) has Grimm's in his family history it soon becomes apparent that the fairy...
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by NicolaA


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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very addictive to watch, 30 May 2012
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Dad "Just a DAD" (Bristol) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Grimm - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
When I saw the pilot episode of "Grimm" I thought it would be something of a knock off of Supernatural: The Complete First Season. While both shows have much in common, "Grimm" has managed to grow into its premise and find its own identity.

Portland detective Nick Burkhardt (David Guintoli)sees monsters and it's not because he's on drugs. Turns out Burkhardt is one of the last of the Grimms who fought and killed monsters that have preyed on humanity for centuries. Burkhardt like all Grimms has the unique ability to see the creatures masquerading beneath their human mask.

With the assistance of Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell)a reformed werewolf (or a big bad wolf in Grimm mythology)to help him understand the strange new world he's been dropped into, Burkhardt discovers that many of the creatures out there are just trying to survive while others have more insidious motives. Unfortunately there are those in Burkhardt's own police department who are undermining his efforts for their own mysterious reasons.

"Grimm" has a much more droll sense of humor than the more tongue-in-cheek humor of "Supernatural" and Mitchell in particular is a highlight of the show with his often sarcastic, dry delivery as Monroe. Both shows are entertaining ("Supernatural" has its extended mythology which "Grimm" is only beginning to develop)and "Grimm" has continually improved with each successive episode.

The HD presentations of the show looks quite nice although I would imagine neither will quite match the higher uncompressed bit rate for a Blu-ray

You may want to dive into "Grimm" with the very first episode so you can get a sense of the developing mythology of the series. I would suggest not giving up after a couple of episodes as it took at least a half dozen before the show began to find its tone and stride.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray looks great. same mastering as u.s. version, 22 Aug 2012
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Grimm surprised many by being a VERY successful show. It really has a cool theme and tight scripts and on the level acting too. The blu ray is alot better than the dvd set and this show was shot on high quality film so it makes a difference. The story of a cop who is surrounded by abnormal types, (as the late great sanctuary show would call the beings that exist around humans in this storyling) This one ties in with old fairtytales too of course. It's just a good idea for a show and it deserved the success it got. The blu ray uses the same mastering and the u.s. one is excellent picture wise
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63 of 70 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "These guys, they carry grudges to the grave. And usually it's your grave.", 11 Jun 2012
This review is from: Grimm - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The best way I can think to describe Grimm is like a cross between The X-Files and Warehouse 13, But without the Warehouse and without the aliens!

Inspired by Grimm's Fairy tales each episode you meet a new type of human hybrid monster, Homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoil) has Grimm's in his family history it soon becomes apparent that the fairy tales and myths we hear of now are in fact true but only a significant few have the ability to see what others can not. The Grimm's are protectors from the shape shifting hybrids myths - whatever you want to call them, and in turn they fear them as they cannot altogether hide what they are when in the presence of a Grimm. finding his feet in the ever increasing strangeness, Nick is given a case involving a child kidnapper, and wrongly accuses Monroe.

Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) a Blutbud - kinda like a werewolf, he helps Nick and they become good friends, partners of the supernatural world, he advises Nick on what and who he is and helps him fight the 'bad guys'

In truth I feel the series could have been a lot darker and takes to many 'Artistic leaps' But the series is good and worth watching, every episode has a new foe but has the underlining story, I really liked the character Monroe, And by mid season liked Nick Burkhardt - the Grimm

Over all - Yeah there are better TV series out there this is by no means the worst and is thoroughly watchable. The series has been renewed for a second season and I will watch!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS SHOW!!!!, 23 May 2012
This review is from: Grimm - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Police drama, mysterious goings on, colourful creatures,loveable characters,epic fights!!! A thriller,mystery,horror with slight humour from time to time, easily among my top 10 shows,mother didnt think much till she watched more and liked it more! Not for everyone but will draw more people new to the Genre!!
Absolute must!!!!! A great collection to your shows and Bluray!
Bring on Season 2 now!!!!
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A GRIMM REVIEW, 7 May 2012
This review is from: Grimm - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Well folks if you want a different slant on a police precedural show this is it. Very dark and quirky the best new series this season and picked up for Season 2. Lots of new creatures each episode and very clever writing to keep the creature world separate from the real world. Well worth a watch and good main characters as well. One for the collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual suspects. Storytime is over!, 3 Mar 2014
This review is from: Grimm - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Portland detective, Nick Burkhardt, has seen some gruesome crime scenes, but nothing prepares him for the strange visions he begins seeing: seemingly regular people momentarily transforming into hideous monsters. A visit from his only living relative reveals the truth. Nick has inherited the ability to see supernatural creatures, and as a "Grimm," he is tasked with keeping the balance between mankind and the mythological. A reformed "Big Bad Wolf" becomes his greatest (and also reluctant) ally and confidant. It's not long before his work as a policeman leads Nick to the criminals he once thought were only found in fairy tales.

Fantastic start to the series very addictive, cleverly written and directed, the actors are good, each episode is always different but has a main story to it and keeps you watching throughout. Highly recommend this. Well worth watching, Awesome tv show.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT, 27 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Grimm - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Set in Portland, Oregon, "Grimm" opens with detective Nick Burkhardt getting a visit from his aunt/adoptive mother, who has an urgent message to pass along: Nick, along with his aunt and the rest of their bloodline, is a Grimm - a person tasked with hunting and killing dangerous creatures that were once the basis of the fairy tales put to paper by, well, The Brothers Grimm and others. The Grimms have the ability to see the creatures through the human veneer they wear (think They Live, sans sunglasses) and must ensure that the creatures do no harm to human beings. Burkhardt is understandably dubious about this entire revelation, until his aunt is attacked and nearly killed by one such creature before his very eyes.

Before long Burkhardt inherits all of his creature-slaying aunt's knowledge and resources (in the form of a travel trailer packed with books and weaponry) and sets out to use his newfound abilities to keep his city safe from the throngs of fairy tale monsters that live there (seriously, over the course of the show, we discover that Portland's population must be, like, 85% creatures). During his adventures he gets a little help from his unwitting partner, Hank (Hornsby); oblivious girlfriend, Juliette (Tulloch); and Monroe (Mitchell), a Portland resident who also happens to be a Blutbad (think "Big Bad Wolf"), who teaches Nick not only the finer details of creature hunting but also that not all non-humans are necessarily evil.

Heralded as being from the executive producers who brought us "Buffy" and "Angel", "Grimm" is sadly nowhere near as good as either of those shows, but that doesn't mean it's entirely without charm. Though it's essentially just a monster-of-the-week (note that the end of Season One does bring in some mythology that looks to carry over into Season Two), it's a mostly well written and well produced show that's quite entertaining. The actors are all solid, the characters endearing, the action plentiful and the creature designs quite good (even if the kickass practical makeups are often marred by dodgy CG morphing). Perhaps the biggest draw of the series is its ability to blend the fairy tale aspects into what is essentially a police procedural , often detailing the stress our lead undergoes in attempting to solve supernatural cases as not only a cop but a monster hunter as well (all while trying to keep these aspects of his life separate).

If only the concept of the show had been a little more finely tuned, the first season might have been a good deal stronger (and easier to recommend). Though the main idea is intriguing, little is done for the first half of the season to make Burkhardt an active protagonist. He finds out that he is descended from a long line of monster hunters...and then he just kinda lets this revelation go until he needs to draw upon that knowledge to solve cases that are more supernatural in nature. He's initially given an important artifact in the form of a key (that also seems to be the reason his aunt was attacked in the first place)...and then he doesn't bother researching it until the final quarter of the season. Having a passive hero for such a long stretch of a show's inaugural season should be crippling, but lead actor Giuntoli is likable enough in the role that we forgive him for being so damned bland throughout the first several episodes (eventually the character becomes far more proactive - and interesting as a result).

Speaking of likable actors, "Grimm"'s greatest strength is its cast. Every main cast member puts in great work, carving out distinctive characters from tried-and-true archetypes in what could have easily been a very trite series. The show has pretty great taste in guest stars as well, with each episode usually eliciting an "Oh, wow" from this reviewer, depending on that ep's villain (or victim) of the week.

Universal Home Entertainment has put together a pretty great package for this series, indicating that they are throwing their full support behind it in the hopes that it will last a while (indeed, Season Two starts up on August 13th). The image is generally razor sharp, full of either vibrant colors or inky blacks, depending on each scene's setting. The audio is generally quite punchy, too, with some of the gunshots and creature roars likely to jolt you out of your seat.

A nice set of bonus features has been put together for this release as well. We get a three-minute gag reel, which is about as funny as most gag reels (that is to say, it's not very funny at all). There is an eleven-minute featurette titled The World of Grimm, which is a good if brief overview of the show's inception and concept. Grimm: Making Monsters is a six-minute look at the show's various creature effects, while the VFX Progressions featurette shows step-by-step breakdowns of "Grimm"'s CG character transformations throughout the show.

Wrapping things up are a set of audition tapes (with each of the five main leads) and three highlight reels featuring themed montages of certain aspects of the show ("Scares", "Morphs", and "The Language of Grimm"). In addition to all of that, there is the option to view deleted scenes for most of the episodes throughout the season. Overall it's a pretty decent set of special features.

If you're a sucker for shows like "Buffy", "Angel", "Supernatural", and the like, you might want to give "Grimm" a shot. While it's not quite at the level of those shows yet, it shows promise and is still a lot of fun in its own right. Here's hoping .
I cant wait until season 2 to come out on dvds i would say it will become a cukt following the same as supernatural is and will continue for many seasons to come.
Enjoy this as much as i did
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grim and Addictive - A World of Supernatural and Investigations, 30 Oct 2012
This review is from: Grimm - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The first thing worth mentioning is that this series is a lot like the series Supernatural, I meant that as a compliment not implying it's another clone or just another supernatural thriller series...

Nick Burkhardt (pronunciation is not as difficult as the spelling) is a homicide detective but also a Grimm as in Grimm Brothers, rather a descendent of a long line of Grimms, and the fairytales we all know are not really fairy tales at all but the real evil around us - live, pulsating, and waiting to strike. Nick, as a Grimm, has the ability to see the true nature evil and when he realizes this blessing or curse, his old life became so fragile, he had to struggle to keep it away from harm. He is now between two worlds in one as a Grimm he had to fight against ancient evils and supernatural malevolent entities and on the other he is vulnerable and protect his loved ones and his career. These two worlds are often a twain's distance from colliding.

The best part of the series, where we meet lots of evil creatures, entities and beings that even Nick himself thought existed only in fairy tales and nightmares. With the help of his partner Hank and the reformed big bad wolf Monroe, he investigates the supernatural and murders, thus present 22 great addictive episodes of the first season.

DVD Set Vital Stats:
Number of Discs: SIX (Not five as Amazon description says)
Subtitles: Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, and Danish
Audio : English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Aspect Ration: 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Region: PAL 2, 4, 5 (See my customer image if in doubt...)
Feature Running time (approx.) 15 hours 13 minutes and Bonus Running time (approx.) One hour 24 minutes.
Bonus Features: Deleted and Extended Scenes, The World of Grimm: characters, creatures and inspiration behind the storylines, Grimm: Making Monsters: Behind the scenes with teams who bring the monsters to life, audition tapes etc.

Pros:
Thrilling and Captivating Episodes
Great script and Photography
Somewhat loosely based on Grimm's Fairy tales
A World of Supernatural beings and Ancient Evils
Each episode new stories

Cons:
Somewhat loosely based on Grimm's Fairy tales
Sometimes the the story digresses too much
In the DVD set there are no English Subtitles
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to be Grimm!, 5 Oct 2013
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I love fantasy series and Fairy Tales, so this was right up my street, but it may also appeal to those who like their police stories with a bit of a twist! The basic premise is 'What if Fairy Tales (original gory dark ones) were based on beings who lived amongst us, only managing to camoflage themselves most of the time? Only a few people can see these beings, and they have been responsible for keeping them in check for hundreds of years.' The acting and charcters are good, and the stories are never predictable, with an on-going thread of a policeman coming to terms with his 'Grimm' leagacy. I'd recommend if you like 'Medium', 'Once upon a Time', or even 'Ghost Whisperer'. Be warned though, these stories are not suitable for young children- you see blood and gore sometimes, with adult themes. There are some moments of light relief, so it does not take itself too seriously!.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu rays over done with warnings., 28 July 2013
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I'm not reviewing the story/episodes; others have already done that.
With regard to the blurays, there isn't an abundance of extras, and you have to watch 3 notices before each episode IF you've stopped your player between episodes - One about piracy not being a victimless crime, one about views and opinions and another about availability of network functions.
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