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The Americans: The Complete First Season [4 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 2978367
  • Release Date: 02/11/2014
$9.99

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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (192 out of 196)

    Special Features


    • Deleted scenes
    • Commentary on "The Colonel" by Joseph Weisberg, Joel Fields and Noah Emmerich
    • Gag reel
    • Executive order 2579: exposing The Americans
    • Perfecting the art of espionage
    • Ingenuity over technology
    • Closed Captioned

    Cast & Crew


    • Matthew Rhys - Phillip
    • Keri Russell - Elizabeth
    • Noah Emmerich - Stan




    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 196 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Keri Russell is Outstanding!

      Posted
      ST36L7H1

      It is very rare that you have a near perfect episode, especially of a series on commercial television. But FX has done it here with The Americans. It is nearly flawless. Great mind candy for the thinking person, with something to come back to after the first viewing. I credit the success of The Americans to 3 things: Great script, great music, and Keri Russell! The script is adult, no-nonsense storytelling built on an original premise, the Cold War. Those of us who are old enough remember this period, a period of the Russians-are-coming hysteria that was second only to the Civil Rights movement the decade before. An era very under- represented in film and ignored on the small screen, comes to life for a new generation. Of course this era would be nothing without the music of this time and again, The Americans is flawless with that, the set, music, cinematics and of-course acting! Must mention these disguises too, which are not your silly, unrealistic mission-impossible disguises. No, the disguises in The Americans are really disguises and surprisingly, with very little disguise. What makes these disguises work for the Jennings is that the Jennings can act. With each disguise is a new personality. Elizabeth, played by Keri Russell, is special! Russell takes the art of disguise to the next stage. she is authentic, smart, gorgeous and just plain savage! Keri Russell is wonderfully dangerous, stellar, great looking and I can't get enough of her! I think Keri Russell's presence in this series is the key to everything. Only she could have this cold outside look hiding a wounded soul that hangs on to what she believes in. It is not only about the plot, but also the human toll the Cold War claimed in its path. I think the series is very well rounded in terms of casting and writing. It has a rhythm that keeps the audience on edge. The series has everything: originality, se x, espionage, suspense...did I say originality?

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Keri Russell is Outstanding!

      Posted
      ST36L7H1

      It is very rare that you have a near perfect episode, especially of a series on commercial television. But FX has done it here with The Americans. It is nearly flawless. Great mind candy for the thinking person, with something to come back to after the first viewing. I credit the success of The Americans to 3 things: Great script, great music, and Keri Russell! The script is adult, no-nonsense storytelling built on an original premise, the Cold War. Those of us who are old enough remember this period, a period of the Russians-are-coming hysteria that was second only to the Civil Rights movement the decade before. An era very under- represented in film and ignored on the small screen, comes to life for a new generation. Of course this era would be nothing without the music of this time and again, The Americans is flawless with that, the set, music, cinematics and of-course acting! Must mention these disguises too, which are not your silly, unrealistic mission-impossible disguises. No, the disguises in The Americans are really disguises and surprisingly, with very little disguise. What makes these disguises work for the Jennings is that the Jennings can act. With each disguise is a new personality. Elizabeth, played by Keri Russell, is special! Russell takes the art of disguise to the next stage. she is authentic, smart, gorgeous and just plain savage! Keri Russell is wonderfully dangerous, stellar, great looking and I can't get enough of her! I think Keri Russell's presence in this series is the key to everything. Only she could have this cold outside look hiding a wounded soul that hangs on to what she believes in. It is not only about the plot, but also the human toll the Cold War claimed in its path. I think the series is very well rounded in terms of casting and writing. It has a rhythm that keeps the audience on edge. The series has everything: originality, se x, espionage, suspense...did I say originality?

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Inventive and riveting period drama/thriller

      Posted
      ClaudeHenrySmoot
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      In a time when television and film is saturated with tales of spies and their exploits, "The Americans" manages to turn the genre on its head and provide an angle that's rarely explored: the psyche and motivation of the 'villain', without (much) mustache-twirling villainous cliche. The protagonists are the Bad Guys, and the antagonists are the Badder Guys, and the Good Guys lurk on the periphery, almost acting as collateral damage resulting from the proceedings. All of them are three-dimensional and filled with convincing human emotions and behaviors. "The Americans" also resurrected Keri Russell's acting career in a way that no other project has since the demise of "Felicity", and that's a great thing. Finally broken free of the melodramatic college student role in front of a larger audience than she's had since the teen soap's heyday, she really shines.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A bit slow with great bits of action and swerve!

      Posted
      Arioch
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      "The American's" takes us back to a time when everything was done slower, and that's just how this series starts...slow. Each character has to be introduced and most aren't in any way memorable at first, so it take a bit to get into the show. That being said there are twists and swerves starting in about the third episode that are well thought out and unexpected. The pace of the show, being set in the 80's, recalls a slower time of "not so instant" communications. Everyone doesn't carry a cell phone with GPS and texting, and it lends itself to a more organic storytelling with dead drops and spy-craft front and center. The various alias of the characters are well done and the plots and subplots keep you guessing till the end.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Smart, action, subtle comedy, and lots of suspense

      Posted
      Lanegan081405
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      This FX program is the first TV program that has been able to suck me in for one hour once a week for an entire season. TV hasn't been very good since the days of Cheers, Family Ties, Night Court, and Coach. The Americans feels more like a movie than a TV series. It is so well done. The story is so well written. I enjoy the suspense of the Jennings (Russian spies) and their next door neighbor friends (husband is a FBI agent). The Jennings are barely a step ahead of the FBI. The struggle and strain that is put on the Jennings marriage because of the cat and mouse game they are playing with the US government adds a little more to the plot. It's a root for the bad guys type show.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Strong story, characters, and actors

      Posted
      WaltonReeseWayne
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      Every main actor delivers a strong performance. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys are great as a married couple and undercover KGB spies. Margo Martindale delivers in many great scenes just as she did in another FX series, Justified. Every episode is enjoyable and pulls in the audience; however, there were a few story points/characters that felt rushed. The blu-ray version was very good. No noticeable problems regarding picture/sound. Special features were interesting enough if you enjoy behind-the-scenes information. The first season of The Americans was just as enjoyable for me as the first two seasons of Justified.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Spectacular Show

      Posted
      JPAC
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      This is a great show about undercover Russian spies in the 1980s. It is a different take on the cold war showing the perspective from the other side of things as well as from the U.S., the one we are used to. It is weird when you find yourself invested in the characters and somewhat rooting a little bit for both sides just to keep things going. I also love the 1980s setting where you get to see some of the old styles and hear some of that great music again in the show too.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very good series that kepps you in your seat at al

      Posted
      Mazeb
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      I had not seen this when it was on TV last year but I read some good reviews and some of my friends said that I would like it. They were correct. It is a great series and I look forward to more. The story line is excellent as well as the acting. I grew up in this era and so it brought back many memories of that time period. Even the supporting actors are on the mark. You care about them all. The show is intense at times as far as what will happen next.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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