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Season One, Part One
Rating: TV 14 (Dialogue, Language, Violence)
Running Time: 430 minutes
Starring: Joseph Fiennes, John Cho, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton, Peyton List, Dominic Monaghan, Brian F. O'Byrne, Courtney B. Vance, Sonya Walger, Christine Woods
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Creating Catastrophe: The Effects Of A Global Blackout, FlashForward: A Look Ahead, Could
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, French Subtitles, Chapter Stops (8 per episode), Two-Disc Set
Released: February 12th, 2010
"FlashForward" is presented in 1.781: anamorphic widescreen. These episode transfers are strong, as they are crisp and sharp. There are edge halos to be found, a little noise and some edge enhancement. Otherwise, these are pretty clean and have a lot to like: strong color saturation that is balanced and filling, good detail and fine black levels. Fleshtones also hit their mark.
"FlashForward" features Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks as well, and they are finely in tune with the show: these are moody and atmospheric mixes. Dialogue is always firm, clear and easy to hear. The show's music also sounds superb through the channels, which helps add to the mysterious vibes of what's happening in the show. Sound effects also stand out immensley: they are often discrete, with good use of the rears. The effect also envelope, and featuring strong imaging to boot. The show's pilot episode is definitely a highlight, with all the confusion of the aftermath when it comes to the wreckage — so much so that you might be feel like you were part of the global blackout. Subwoofer use is above average, dynamic range is strong, and fidelity is rather high. Terrific tracks that really fit with the show, overall.
Subtitles in English, French and Spanish are also included.
There are two supplements here that should please viewers. First up is the 7 minute Creating Catastrophe: The Effects Of A Global Blackout. Co-creators David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga, as well as crew members, are interviewed on the set of the key freeway car crash sequence. It's pretty insane they were able to shoot this on an actual Los Angeles freeway, and that they pulled it off. As shown, they were certainly able to pull it off — albeit with lots of planning. Also given focus are the special effects make-up, and scenes being shot. Pretty engrossing.
Also on the second disc is FlashForward: A Look Ahead. Running a tad under 5 minutes, this seems to be footage from an upcoming episode. Under this is a minute and a half piece called Could, which is really just a promo for the second half of the first season.
"FlashForward" has not been the break out hit ABC was hoping for, so hopefully this DVD of the first 10 episodes will suck new viewers in (and who in turn, will check out the second half of the first season, which returns in March 2010). As far as a DVD package, this is basic but just right: great presentations of the episodes, and a few tasty extras. Those curious should certainly rent this first part of the first season, and returning fans may want to buy it to re-watch and see what they catch before the new batch of episodes begin.