Gotham: The Complete First Series [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 4330608
  • Release Date: 09/08/2015
Includes Digital Copy
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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (289 out of 291)

Special Features


  • Gotham invented
  • Gotham: designing the fiction
  • The game of cobblepot
  • Gotham: the legend reborn
  • DC Comics night at Comic-Con 2014 - presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow
  • Character profiles
  • Gag reel
  • Unaired scenes

Cast & Crew


  • Ben McKenzie - James Gordon
  • Donal Logue - Harvey Bullock
  • Erin Richards - Barbara Kean
  • Robin Lord Taylor - Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
  • Sean Pertwee - Alfred Pennyworth




Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very well done all around - Warner Bros. Take Note

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    kenn
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    Even the secondary characters are engaging in this series of stories penned by the writer of The Mentalist. This is Gotham (circa 2000-2005?) before the Batman begins to bring order to that city (presumably in 2014-15). A number of the characters from the comic are introduced in their early years with personalities, strengths and flaws that foreshadow what they will become in DC comics canon. The delivery is subtle, believable and the plots and characters are very nicely done. Little Poison Ivy has an abusive father and raises her few pathetic plants in a small apartment in a concrete jungle. The casting is flawless, as are the direction and acting. The characters (even the stranger villains) are entirely believable (Oswald Cobblepot particularly so). The writing makes even the "toss-away" characters three dimensional. A street urchin asks a favor of a burnt out cop in an office full of crooked cops - he denies the request (out of habit) and she quite casually threatens to "Scream and tell everyone that you 'touched me'". He lurches back from her and gives her a pained expression (despairing that even the children of Gotham have lost all respect for the cops, or that one so young would prove so adept at blackmail) before getting the detective that she demanded to see. That 30 second exchange by Selena and "cop number 6" has an impact (technically, it should have been just filler between scenes). And again, Selena Kyle as a thief and street urchin looking for her mother is especially well done (and it really is hard to pick a "favorite" in this group - there are excellent scenes for all the primary and secondary characters). Harvey Bullock, always a nuisance character that I found annoying as a two-dimensional "corrupt cop" - is actually quite a believable, sympathetic character here... even while he's being a completely arrogant, lazy jerk! I really can't bring myself to hate This version of Harvey... and he Clearly sold out years ago. The writer/director and actor actually conjured up a Harvey that ..... dare I say it..... I actually Like! The future Commissioner Gordon is the main character of this ensemble - Very intelligently done. Determined enough to take on a corrupt city government, intelligent enough to stay Just under the radar by "playing ball" without actually playing ball. He brings an insightful air of menace to the criminals that he encounters without actually stepping over the lines... a precarious balancing act. Even his girlfriend, Barbara, is notable in the few minutes that she is on screen. Ideally a sounding board for him to recount the events of his day and plan strategy - she engages and does a lot more than just listen and kick in an idea or two. She helps bring the issue to a head by pushing him into the deep water (with a mischievous grin) all the while providing him with plausible deniability. Bruce Wayne's presentation as a 12-13 year old was, however, most potentially concerning for me as his was the easiest precursor character to get terribly wrong (see Phantom Menace). They nailed it! Bruce the adolescent shows a forceful personality with out showing any sign of youthful petulance (Star Wars Ep 2&3). He comes across as Very intelligent and Very perceptive, but most of all ..... Driven in a way the borders on the disturbing. Alfred (another strong role) explains to Lt Gordon why he Hasn't called in a psychologist to look into why Bruce seems..... more than a bit ..... different. A bit too detached, A bit too perceptive - it seems as if he already has an agenda and he doesn't care to explain what it is. When you ask yourself - could This kid grow up into a man that will make hardened sociopaths wet themselves, the answer for me was - oh yeah. The transformation has already begun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent series!

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    kenn
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    Even the secondary characters are engaging in this series of stories penned by the writer of The Mentalist. This is Gotham before the Batman begins to bring order to that city. A number of the characters from the comic are introduced in their early years with personalities, strengths and flaws that foreshadow what they will become in DC comics canon. The delivery is subtle, believable and the plots and characters are very nicely done. Little Poison Ivy has an abusive father and raises her few pathetic plants in a small apartment in a concrete jungle. The casting is flawless, as are the direction and acting. The characters (even the stranger villains) are entirely believable (Oswald Cobblepot particularly so). The writing makes even the "toss-away" characters three dimensional. A street urchin asks a favor of a burnt out cop in an office full of crooked cops - he denies the request (out of habit) and she quite casually threatens to "Scream and tell everyone that you 'touched me'". He lurches back from her and gives her a pained expression (despairing that even the children of Gotham have lost all respect for the cops, or that one so young would prove so adept at blackmail) before getting the detective that she demanded to see. That 30 second exchange by Selena and "cop number 6" has an impact (technically, it should have been just filler between scenes). And again, Selena Kyle as a thief and street urchin looking for her mother is especially well done (and it really is hard to pick a "favorite" in this group - there are excellent scenes for all the primary and secondary characters). Harvey Bullock, always a nuisance character that I found annoying as a two-dimensional "corrupt cop" - is actually quite a believable, sympathetic character here... even while he's being a completely arrogant, lazy jerk! I really can't bring myself to hate This version of Harvey... and he clearly sold out years ago. The writer/director and actor actually conjured up a Harvey that ..... dare I say it..... I actually Like! The future Commissioner Gordon is the main character of this ensemble - Very intelligently done. Determined enough to take on a corrupt city government, intelligent enough to stay Just under the radar by "playing ball" without actually playing ball. He brings an insightful air of menace to the criminals that he encounters without actually stepping over the lines... a precarious balancing act. Even his girlfriend, Barbara, is notable in the few minutes that she is on screen. Ideally a sounding board for him to recount the events of his day and plan strategy - she engages and does a lot more than just listen and kick in an idea or two. She helps bring the issue to a head by pushing him into the deep water (with a mischievous grin) all the while providing him with plausible deniability. Bruce Wayne's presentation as a 12-13 year old was, however, most potentially concerning for me as his was the easiest precursor character to get terribly wrong. They nailed it! Bruce the adolescent shows a forceful personality with out showing any sign of youthful petulance. He comes across as Very intelligent and Very perceptive, but most of all ..... Driven in a way the borders on the disturbing. Alfred (another strong role) explains to Lt Gordon why he Hasn't called in a psychologist to look into why Bruce seems..... more than a bit ..... different. A bit too detached, A bit too perceptive - it seems as if he already has an agenda and he doesn't care to explain what it is. When you ask yourself - could This kid grow up into a man that will make hardened sociopaths wet themselves, the answer for me was - oh yeah. The transformation has already begun.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simply put, brilliance on TV!!

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    korichm
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    Of late, I have realized that TV content is getting developed much better than movies and I find myself binge-watching many recent TV series than movies. This is happening all the more because of the gripping and taut story lines (TV shows, given their length, used to ramble on about the plot, but thankfully no more) and brilliant overall delivery. Gotham stands out even amongst this new wave of brilliant TV shows. The first season of Gotham exuded brilliance. Tight direction, brilliant (overkilling this word no?) acting, fantastic casting and this amalgamation is truly one for the ages. Every cast member seems to be perfect for their role and they deliver and how!! Without giving much away, Jada Pinkett Smith, you ma'am are as much of a powerhouse performer as your famous husband! What a performance by her! Every scene she is in, she totally steals the show. Robin Lord Taylor is mesmerizing in his role of Oswald Cobblepot. I found the entire cast to be perfect and the above two were mentioned for no particular reason but for their sheer brilliance on screen. As a fellow reviewer, I too thought another 'Batman Begins' won't be much fun but I did expect some detailing seeing this is a TV show. But was I blown away! This was more of a Jim Gordon Begins or more correctly, Ascends kinda story. This storyline works perfect for this show as gradually the different villains are introduced in their own chilling manner (and man, the violence and mafia story lines are a delight) and gradually build up to why Gotham would end up needing a masked (and caped) crusader! Anyway, that's where I hope the future seasons are going. A lot to look forward to in Season 2 of Gotham and boy it sure looks promising!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dark, dark, dark, Part 2

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    I titled the review this way as I had reviewed Season 1 earlier. This is the season where we meet many of the villains and heroes of the Batman genre. We meet a young Jim Gordon of the GCPD, Harvey Bullock, and several of the villains at the beginning of their crime careers. This set is the DVD; not the Blu-ray. This may not be as bad as one might think as the lower resolution of DVD may give the program more of a "film noir" look that Bruno Heller and the other producers want to achieve(that doesn't mean that I won't buy the Blu-ray versions)(and, you shouldn't hesitate to buy them either). Episode 1 starts with the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne. We meet Bruce Wayne as a 10-12 year old boy; and Alfred as the butler who becomes his guardian. The break out star of this season, though, is easily Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot aka The Penguin. His rise becomes the major subplot of the season. The episodes all help tell the story and lead to Season 2's furthering of the Batman and his villains origins and motivations. The special features are the same on both the DVD and Blu-ray sets. Both have the short bits on how the actors see their character(s). I can highly recommend this to everyone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Deliciously dark.

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    Gotham does not go without its flaws. Characters such as Edward Nygma should have got more screen. I hope the writers let their characters develop, but I expect season 2 will open a new set of opportunities. I look forward to new scenarios. If Jerome truly is the Joker, I'm not sure how I would feel. The finale, without spoilers, was very satisfying. Some of it felt too ridiculous (even for comic book standards) such as the scenes with Dr. Lee and Barbara, but overall I was entertained and am intrigued to see more. Always a good sign. A fun show that doesn't take itself too seriously. It doesn't quite scale a show like Daredevil, but it doesn't exactly aim for this. It also gives us one of the best characters in recent TV with the Penguin.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic series, good BR set

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    I was skeptical about this series at first, but the show provides a very gritty representation of Gotham during Bruce's younger days. The focus is primarily on Gordon, but many well known characters make their pre-(in)famous appearances throughout the season. Some may say that several of the villains are "debuting" too soon, that they would be too old to be Bruce's adversaries by the time he's old enough to don the suit, but I think they're striking a good balance there, too, with maybe one mistep being on how old Harvey Dent is (traditionally, he's supposed to be a friend of Bruce's and about his age).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth a watch

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    To me, this show is worth watching once. So typically I would not recommend buying it but if you or someone in your household likes to watch things multiple times it is definitely worth the buy. It is a great show that like Smallville goes too far into the heroes/villains surrounding the superhero the show is centered around to make sense but just throw your superhero logic (superheros being logical is funny I know but bear with me), out the window and enjoy the show for what it is, entertainment with elements of things you probably like about Batman.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to know the characters other than Batman

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    The storyline is dark and fun within this prequel series. It is refreshing to see the characters within the Batman universe other than just focusing on Batman or Bruce Wayne. You get to see how villains and heroes came to be and how they were shaped into the versions we classically know them. With surprises and excitement in each episode, the world within the series is open to many good stories for the seasons to come. Even though I can't compare to the other Batman-themed show in the past, I think this a well crafted show even when some characters and plotlines don't directly match with the comics.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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