Heroes Season 3 [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Experience all the explosive action and shocking twists as Heroes Season 3 comes to Blu-Ray! Rediscover the phenomenon in this 6-disc set, which includes all 25 suspenseful episodes from the series-redefining third season’s volumes, Villains and Fugitives. Plus, go behind the scenes with the show’s writers, stars and artists as you explore hours of exclusive and revealing bonus features.
Follow your favourite heroes with the interactive Hero Connections. With just one click, access interactive cast and crew interviews and behind-the-scenes footage using the Picture in Picture feature while you watch the episode. Access the BD-Live Centre online and download even more bonus content: the newest trailers, on-set interviews, exclusive events and much more!
- The Super Powers of Heroes
- Completing the Scene
- The Prop Box
- Tim Sale Gallery of Screen Art
- Genetics of a Scene
This is an on-going series for DVD fans. The Heroes directors and actors give an in-depth look at the production process of creating a specific scene.
- Season Four Sneak Peek- Only available through BD-Live
- The Writer’s Forum
- Building Coyote Sands
- Deleted Scenes
Hayden Panettiere as Claire Bennet
Milo Ventimiglia as Peter Petrelli
Zachary Quinto as Sylar
There’s a lot that’s fitted in to Heroes’ third season, a run that tried valiantly to correct some of the problems that the show encountered with its less-than-successful second series. Season three features two volumes of the Heroes story, Villains and Fugitives, but once more it gets off to a bumpy start.
The early stages of Heroes’ third season suffer from many of the problems that plagued season two, as it tries to deal with the threads that were left behind. But the show finally finds its feet as it heads towards the back end of the series, with a genuine feeling returning that the show knows exactly which way it’s going again. Characters begin to find out more about one another, there’s a bit more of a grounding in some kind of reality, and finally a narrative thrust that scoops back up many who have been left baffled by the direction that Heroes has taken since its terrific maiden season.
And it’s good to see the show back on form. Even in its weaker moments, Heroes’ production values were sky high, and there are many genuinely impressive sequences thrown in your direction over the course of season three. But most impressive of all is the feeling that the show has dug itself out of the hole that it managed to find itself in, and courtesy of an impressive rally at its back end, season three is certainly worth picking up. Even if you might need to grit your teeth a bit in the early stages… --Jon Foster
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For while it's easy to banish the latest Simon Cowell spawned atrocity to the Official Room 101 of Amazon, adding Heroes was something I really did have to ponder over.
Because, really, in today's climate of stagnant reality, make-over, "celebrity", dancing and singing infested television, a show that strives to capture its audience through an often baffling and layered series of story arcs, a show with a competent cast and superb effects should surely be applauded? And it's about SUPER HEROES! And there's a smoking hot blonde running around in a cheerleader outfit! How could it not be amazing?
Don't ask me, but Heroes somehow managed it. In fact, Heroes is a solid golden bucket of fail. It could be great, it should be great - but all it manages to be, at best, is average. On the whole, though, it's po-faced, tedious, self important and boring. How the hell do you make a show based on super heroes BORING? Oh, I know; by making the blandest, most two dimensional characters in the history of television. Sylar aside (and that's often at a push), the best characters in this show don't even have super powers. Think about it. I'm right.
Here's something to think about. When Heroes started, the word on the street was that it was "The New Lost", and that's so preposterous it's not even funny. Lost is smart, funny, touching, scary, exciting.. it's got characters and dialogue that Heroes could only dream of. Lost had every single person on the edge of their damn seats wanting to see what was DOWN A HOLE. That was it. In Heroes people die, get reborn, get blown up, go back in time, go forward in time - and it's a Herculean effort just trying to care. The difference, my friends?
It's all in the writing. For while Heroes has a good cast, a good premise and a ton of money thrown at it, the boring, flat characters, the time travel premise that's tied the show up in knots and effectively made it worthless (hey Hiro, why not go back in time and, I dunno, kill Hitler or something? Or why not go back and stop every single thing you don't want to happen?) the crucial lack of any real pacing that could give the show some surprises ("oh no! Noah's dead! Oh wait, he's not." In the same damn episode!) and the laughably overlong storylines (it's Hiro, in Medieval Japan, for the entire second season - just what no-one wanted) make this show a frustrating, unrewarding, ho-hum experience.
And really, yeah we've got reality garbage coming out of our ears, but in an age where smart, funny, brilliantly written shows like Lost, Dexter, Burn Notice and Californication are on the air, Heroes just seems like a chore. Hell, even Journeyman was better than this.
So whilst I fully expect 1000 negative marks from the zealots and the over-protective nerds for adding Heroes to the sin bin, you know it's only because the truth hurts.
The basic problem is that they are making too much money to stop, but the ideas have stopped flowing. And that's when they start jerking our chains.
What are the symptoms of this? Well, the main one is that they make us question what we've been told. They make good guys into bad guys and vice versa, and keep swapping them around. They go back and rewrite what happened in the past. They over-complicate stories, thinking that they are delving deeper and deeper but in reality just going round and round in ever-decreasing circles. They probably think that they are being terribly clever but they aren't, because they don't actually know where they are going or how to get there.
This phenomenon has come to Heroes in its third season with a vengeance. Part of this season is subtitled "Villains", but the whole premise of this season is that - apart from a few people who you know are good (Clare, Matt, Hiro...), everyone's loyalties, causes and essential goodness is brought into question. Is Sylar still bad, or has he turned? Is Peter now the bad guy? How about Nathan? Who are Clare's real parents? We don't know, and the writers keep making us jump from one side to the other.
Another symptom of this malaise is invulnerability, and I complained of this in my review of another show which went through this process (Alias - and Lost is another classic example). Characters keep getting riddled with bullets (or otherwise injured beyond the point of survivability), and miraculously come back to life. OK, in Heroes they had a reason for one of the characters, who had this ability - that's fine. But then they do the same with lots of other characters, through various means. It's a fake way of creating tension without expending your assets - and, crucially, without having to think of a smarter way to develop the story. What the TV executives don't seem to understand is that after a while, this means that we can't trust anything they tell us ("trust" within the context of accepting the story that they are creating), and therefore we stop caring.
The acting, production, stunts etc are still excellent, which is why I've reluctantly still given this season three stars. But I still rather wish they'd stopped after the second season (or even the first), and started afresh. I doubt whether I'll be getting season 4.
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