TNT’s Epic Drama Falling Skies Wages Its Final Battle On Blu-Ray and DVD Feb. 2, 2016
Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season and Falling Skies: The Complete Series Debut with Hours of Exclusive Content, a Lapel Pin and Collector’s Coin
Growing up, television during the warmer months was a time to catch up on your favorite series. Reruns were everywhere. Then, we were bombarded with reality shows. Thankfully, though, TNT changed the game for everyone by introducing exciting new programs that would have us eagerly anticipating the summer. The network has produced hit after hit over the years, but for me this one was a stand-out. Here’s what you need to know about Falling Skies:
“Falling Skies – TNT’s epic alien-invasion saga from Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg – will land on Blu-ray™ and DVD Feb. 2 for the final time. All 10 action-packed episodes of Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season will be available as a two-disc Blu-ray™ release and a three-disc DVD set. The fifth season set features farewell interviews with the cast and crew, including Noah Wyle, Colin Cunningham, Doug Jones and more, as well as “A Look Back,” an exclusive group interview with Doug Jones, Colin Cunningham and Sarah Carter.
Falling Skies chronicles the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion that leaves most of the world completely deliberated. Noah Wyle stars as college professor Tom Mason, who becomes an unlikely resistance leader following the alien attack. As season five opens, all breed of beast and mutant are running rampant on earth. The Espheni’s power core has been destroyed, and humans are now ready to fight on their terms. And after four years of being tortured, Tom and the 2nd Mass are filled with rage, ready to destroy the enemy in an all-out battle to determine the fate of Earth. Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season will be available for the suggested retail price of $49.99 on Blu-Ray and $39.99 on DVD.”
We watched Falling Skies from the premiere episode and never missed a week. For a television show, I was always impressed with the visual effects which were comparable to those of full-length feature films. Though, I admit that every season had at least one lull point for me in which things moved a bit slow, overall Falling Skies maintained a steady pace and nice balance between action and suspense. There were a few nods to alien invasion films of the past, but I suppose the saying ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’ holds some truth.
Wyle portrays the everyman-turned-soldier Tom with the sort of passion you’d expect from a parent protecting his children. The supporting cast of recognizable character actors are suitably put through the wringer both physically and emotionally. But, if season five’s stand-out belongs to John Pope, played to psychotic perfection by Colin Cunningham. Pope is Tom’s antagonist from the very start, sometimes more so than the actual aliens. Fearing humanity is a mainstay of dystopian and apocalyptic stories, don’t you think? Throughout the series we witness Pope transform from bad to good and back again. Desperation and loss of hope allow Cunningham to shine in this role. I was actually disappointed with how quickly the writers wrapped up the final season, as I could have watched Pope’s journey continue longer.
Falling Skies is a top notch sci-fi adventure for all to enjoy!
Here are some clips from their WonderCon panel:
“Since premiering as basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011, Falling Skies has ranked as one of basic cable’s Top 15 original dramas with total viewers and key adult demos. In its fifth season, more than 12.6 million people tuned in to watch the first six episodes, and the show ranked among basic cable’s Top 5 programs with key adult and male demos.”
Falling Skies is executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, along with David Eick.
For fans looking to have the entire series in one complete set, the Falling Skies: The Complete Series 10-disc Blu-ray and 15-disc DVD box set will feature the entire 52-episode series run. In addition, the box set will package hours of bonus content including behind-the-scenes features, commentaries, character interviews and “Inside the Episodes,” plus WonderCon and Comic-Con 2014 panel features. Both the Blu-ray and DVD release of the complete series include a special collector’s coin on-pack, and the Blu-ray also features an exclusive lapel pin. Falling Skies: The Complete Series will be available for the suggested price of $139.99 on Blu-ray and $129.98 on DVD.
Falling Skies: The Complete Fifth Season Basics
Street Date: February 2, 2016
Feature Running Time: 440 minutes
SRP for Two-Disc Blu-ray Set: $49.99
SRP for Three-Disc DVD Set: $39.98
Blu-ray UPC Code: 883929523924
Blu-ray Catalog #: 1000585785
DVD UPC Code: 883929523931
DVD Catalog #: 1000585786
Falling Skies: The Complete Series Basics
Street Date: February 2, 2016
Feature Running Time: 2,228 minutes
SRP for Ten-Disc Blu-ray Set: $139.99
SRP for Fifteen-Disc DVD Set: $129.98
Blu-ray UPC Code: 883929524174
Blu-ray Catalog #: 1000586192
DVD UPC Code: 883929523962
DVD Catalog #: 1000585793
TNT is basic cable’s #1 network. Seen across multiple platforms in 94 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as The Last Ship, The Librarians, Major Crimes, Murder in the First, Rizzoli & Isles and the upcoming Animal Kingdom, Good Behavior and The Alienist. TNT also features the unscripted investigation series Cold Justice and Cold Justice: Sex Crimes. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like Castle, Bones, Supernatural and Grimm; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®, the Live Nation Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Music Awards; and championship sports coverage, including the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
TNT is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. Turner creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
Disney and Dreamworks invite you to take a step back into an era of espionage and Cold War. Steven Spielberg directs a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, Bridge of Spies tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot.
Steven Spielberg’s Critically Acclaimed Spy Thriller Starring Tom Hanks Arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital HD February 2, 2016
SYNOPSIS: A dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of a series of historic events, “Bridge of Spies” tells the story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn lawyer who finds himself thrust into the center of the Cold War when the CIA sends him on a near impossible mission to negotiate the release of a captured American U-2 pilot. High stakes and suspense power a story inspired by true events that capture the essence of a man who risked everything and vividly brings his personal journey to life.
CAST: Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks, Philadelphia and Forrest Gump) as James Donovan, Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, The Other Boleyn Girl) as Rudolf Abel, Amy Ryan (Birdman, Goosebumps) as Mary Donovan, Sebastian Koch (TV’s “Homeland,” The Danish Girl) as Wolfgang Vogel, Alan Alda as Thomas Watters (The Aviator, Crimes and Misdemeanors), Austin Stowell (Whiplash, TNT’s “Public Morals”), Mikhail Gorevoy (Die Another Day, BBC’s “Space Race”) as Ivan Schischkin and Will Rogers (A Good Marriage, The Bay) as Frederic Pryor.
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg (Academy Award© winner for Best Director on Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List)
PRODUCERS: Steven Spielberg, Marc Platt (Into The Woods) & Kristie Macosko Krieger (Lincoln)
WRITERS: Matt Charman (Suite Francaise), Ethan Coen & Joel Coen (Academy Award© winners for No Country for Old Men and Fargo)
RELEASE DATE: February 2, 2016
PRODUCTS: Digital HD/SD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand
BONUS: A CASE OF THE COLD WAR: BRIDGE OF SPIES – The story of James Donovan, Francis Gary Powers and Rudolf Abel encapsulates the Cold War era—a tense political climate shrouded in propaganda, espionage and the threat of nuclear war. This piece explores the characters and the real-life people they’re based on, ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks share personal stories of the Cold War, describing how experiences from their youth were part of the attraction to the script, how this influenced the way they approached the film and why the history behind Bride Of Spies resonates across generations and is relevant in today’s political climate.
U-2 SPY PLANE: BEALE AIR FORCE BASE – Showcases spectacular footage shot at the Beale Air Force Base of the U-2 plane and the scene where Powers and other pilots are instructed about their spying mission, including a cameo appearance in the film by Francis Gary Powers son, Gary Powers Jr. and discussion with the Air Force liaison about the significance of the scene and why they got behind the film.
SPY SWAP: LOOKING BACK ON THE FINAL ACT – Steven Spielberg and his team stage the pivotal scene of the film at Glienicke Bridge, the very same location where the historic exchange of Soviet spy Rudolf Abel and U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers took place. Gary Powers Jr. shares his memories of his father’s experience with voiceover recordings from Francis Gary Powers, as filmmakers and the cast recreate a page of Cold War history while filming in the presence of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.
BERLIN 1961: RECREATING THE DIVIDE – A mix of behind-the-scenes footage with iconic archival imagery transports viewers to another place and time as the filmmakers construct the Berlin Wall, envision what it was like to cross through Checkpoint Charlie, and recreate the divide. On set in Berlin just days after the 25th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a historian who lived through the experience describes what being there means to her. In Poland, where the Wall was recreated for the film, tanks, hundreds of extras and powerful sequences make the setting feel epic and surreal.
* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer
FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 141 min.
RATING: PG-13 in U.S.
ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.40:1 | DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1
AUDIO: Blu-ray = 7.1 DTS | DVD = 5.1 Dolby
LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish
SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: facebook.com/BridgeOfSpies
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Steven Spielberg appears on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM!
The Los Angeles Times presents a special 30th Anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” in a newly restored and digitally projected format, including a live post-movie Q & A with Director Steven Spielberg moderated by Geoff Boucher of the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex.
RSVP does not guarantee admission to the event. Seats will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in will open at 4 P.M. on the day of the event. PHOTO I.D. MUST BE PRESENTED AT TIME OF CHECK-IN.
Guests are encouraged to park in the West Garage at L.A. Live. Validation will be available inside the Regal Cinemas lobby. Link to Regal Cinemas parking info here – http://lalive.com/visitors/regal-cinemas-parking
Limit 2 tickets per RSVP and 1 RSVP per person. Any person having been found to RSVP more than once will have any additional tickets voided. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO RSVP WITH EXACTLY THE NAME ON YOUR PHOTO I.D.
Cell phones and personal cameras will be allowed inside the event. All cameras must have a lens of less than 3 inches. No video cameras, other than those present inside cell phones, will be allowed inside the event.
No purchase necessary. The RSVP e-mail will open on 8/30/11 and will close when the screening is full. Limit one (admit-two) pass per person. Theatre is overbooked to ensure capacity and admission is not guaranteed. Arrive early, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Check-in begins at 4 PM.
Deadline reports that director Steven Spielberg will make his first live appearance at Comic-Con International for an Adventures of Tintin panel on Saturday July 22nd! They also say that Spielberg will receive an Inkpot Award. Details at the link