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

  • SKU: 1040009
  • Release Date: 12/02/2014
$14.99
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (112 out of 114)

Special Features


  • In the beginning
  • A novel approach
  • Setrakian's lair
  • Closed Captioned



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99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Not Your Father's Vampire!

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    Wizard
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    I admit to being very skeptical of what The Strain could deliver on FX ... I've seen way too many quality novels turned into watered down garbage on television (Under the Dome comes to mind). Fortunately in this case my fears were unfounded. The Strain is easily one of the best shows (if not THE best show) of 2014. Clearly Guillermo Del Torro loves his baby, because it is evident from every aspect of the production of this show that he wants a faithful adaptation of the bestselling books that he and Chuck Hogan authored. I doubt without that kind of hands on approach that we would have the spellbinding production that we were fortunate to get as a mid-year 2014 treat! So what's it about? Well vampires of course... but one of the coolest takes on vampires to come out in the past decade or more. Hogan and Del Toro take the thinking man's approach to a prospective Vampire Apocalypse with just enough of a scientific grounding to help the reader suspend disbelief. Punches are not pulled in this story. Child vampires? Billionaire trying to screw over humanity for a shot at immortality? Vampire manipulation of a fumbling government? Check, check and check! We are treated to dealing with vampires from the perspective of a CDC medical team dealing with what they believe to be a viral outbreak that quickly spirals out of control as a vampire infestation overtakes New York City... this really is a "thinking man's" vampire tale that is told so smoothly that one could almost believe it was penned by someone of Michael Crichton's caliber. There are numerous very colorful characters in the novel, and I'm pleased to say that the actors chosen for the television series do a GREAT job of matching those character roles, the acting is outstanding. If you are a fan of horror or scifi you really owe it to yourself to try to catch The Strain and you won't be disappointed with the Blu-Ray set.. It is light on features (they are almost nonexistent with the exception of 'Satrakian's Lair' which will please some die hard fans) but each episode is given the super nice high bitrate Blu-ray treatment with superb MPEG-4 AVC video and DTS-MA audio. I understand that Season 2 has been signed and I'm really hoping that the show picks up enough of a following to see it through to conclusion. Since the first season parallels the events of the first novel almost exactly there is hope that we could see the entire show concluded in three robust seasons.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is a new take on vampires a must see!!!

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    TheDBlog
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    I am officially addicted to The Strain my cousin had told me about it and I saw an episode on cable tv. I actually had kind of forgotten about it. I think I had talked with my cousin one more time and his review and the fact it was now on dvd(season 1). I decided I would look for it. I was in Best Buy one day and it was on sale for a very low price(thanks Best Buy)!!!! Well I went through season 1 in about two days. What I love about this show is it's darker than say Vampire Diaries. They have this character called The Master who feeds and infects his victims in a most unorthodox way. In appearance he is almost scary as the Master Vampire Barlow from the original movie Salem's Lot. It appears that this Master Vampire goes against the natural order of regular vampires and it seems that it has been decided by the Ancient Vampies is that the Master Vampire needs to be put down.-The D Blog

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Kind of fun, but a little silly too!

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    TMAN
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    We have always enjoyed the works of Guillermo Del Toro, so we were anxious to watch The Strain when it was released on DVD. The story is interesting, the characters are likable, and the execution is fairly well done. If you can accept that this is a TV series and not a movie, which means the special effects are kind of campy looking, then you will probably enjoy this. But don't expect an A-List film style, as you would see with Pacific Rim or The Orphanage. The video itself looks fine on our 42" Samsung, which is saying something because our couch is pretty close to the television and we see flaws others might not see when viewing from a further distance.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    The Strain seas 1

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    KRock
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    Not a bad show, but season one will have you pulling your hair out allot because the writers for this show on season one were in my opinion, idiots. It has a good overall story, some decent characters (many sadly are annoying) - some of the sequences of events make no sense to anyone with a brain. But if you can force yourself through season one, it'll be worth it as season two is allot better. The biggest upsetting part of the series is how much the writers of this show made almost every character in their show who has Christian faith are scum (only one isn't).

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Start to Another Del Toro White Knuckler

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    TheProgDawg
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    Well, I can't review the entirety - hey! I just bought the set! - but I'll get anything Guillermo "Hellboy" del Toro is involved with, and I watched the first two episodes. Dug the premise, dug the exposition, dug the foreshadowing, dug the camera work, and dug the effects. Vampires are my favorite monsters, so what's not to like? I award 4 stars only because I haven't watched it all yet, but I fully expect it'll get darker and darker and more involved so it's probably worth the full 5. When I get Season 2, I'll retrospect on Season 1.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Strain season 1 Review

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    KPeery
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    I really liked season 1, it was a new take on horror with vampires which we all know needed to happen after all that Twilight stuff! In the Strain you don't just have a new take on how vampires get their fangs or in this case feeding tongues. But like always there is always an expert who knows how to take on the vamps! A lot of people will relate this series to the Walking Dead but there are differences between the two. All I can say is that this series is amazing and I love it; everyone will have their own opinions on how this series is. But this is mine!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    this is an awesome show

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    Mike
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    I like the Strain and I have seen most vampire films with only about half keeping me entertained. You will care about the characters. My only problem was how they switched one of the characters from season 1 to 2 (i you watch the show it will be obvious), let's just say the jury is still out on that one. Supposedly Del Tormo (Sp?) wanted to go in a different direction.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Entertaining and Addictive!!

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    mario85
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    This show is full of surprises!! It is intense and gruesome at times but it always keeps you at the edge of your seat. Never a dull moment nor boring dialogue scenes. Has action, suspense, horror, and a thriller at its best. Great cast and you know its good when Director Guillermo Del Toro has his inspiration and imagination added into it. Would recommend to all that want to watch a entertaining and good show.

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