Warner Brothers Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray set I featured in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.
I find that Supernatural viewers fall into three categories: they hardcore love it, hardcore hate it, or feel betrayed because they used to hardcore love it for the first half of the run and have since become very disappointed with the show’s direction.
Season 11 was especially polarizing among these groups as it explored the pre-biblical spiritual arena– viewers saw the aftermath following the release of the Darkness, the introduction of the Rabids and Amara into the storyline, the cliffhanger of Sam’s unknown fate, and more.
This set includes all twenty-three episodes of season 11 on Blu-ray along with over four episodes of bonus material and a digital HD copy for instant download and streaming. Special features include:
- Jensen Ackles on Directing “The Bad Seed”
- On Set with SPN: The Real Fan Contest
- The Winchester Mythology: Shedding Light on the Darkness
- Digital Magic: Enhancing the Sets with VFX
- 2015 Comic-Con Panel
- Audio Commentaries
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
For hardcore “love it” fans, the featurettes are an additional opportunity to explore the new areas the show has entered, both in front of the camera and behind. The specials on Jensen Ackles directing Episode 3 – “The Bad Seed,” the Winchester Mythology, and the use of VFX aren’t amazingly groundbreaking or anything, but they are interesting and give some additional depth to the viewer’s understanding of the creative processes behind the show. On Set with SPN is a documentary of any mega-fan’s dream as it follows two winners of the Supernatural “Become A Hunter” contest as they enjoy their prize of spending a day on set. And if you missed Comic-Con 2015, this is your chance to see Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, producer Jeremy Carver and writer Andrew Dabb discuss Season 11.
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The audio commentaries will be a plus for any fan because they give that extra bit of background that you simply can’t get just by watching the show. The deleted scenes are mostly obvious why they were cut, and the gag reel is amusing, particularly because the show can get so dark sometimes and the contrast is fun.
The set is available on Amazon for $36.99, which equates to each episode costing the viewer about $1.61 per episode–not bad, and made even better when you add in the 4+ hours of additional content from the extras. To sum up: if you’re one of the hardcore haters, you would be crazy to get this because it’s a show you hate, if you are a hardcore “used to love it” fan, this set won’t change your mind, but if you’re a hardcore “love it” fan who also loves seeing how it all comes together, this set is a very good addition to your library.
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