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'Red Widow: The Complete First Season'
(Radha Mitchell, Sterling Beaumon, Luke Goss, Rade Serbedzija, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2013 / ABC Studios)

Overview: Housewife Marta Walraven (Radha Mitchell) adores her husband, children, and their idyllic Northern California life together. But beneath the suburban dream lies a dark and dangerous world, and when life presents unforeseen tragedy, the perfect facade comes crashing down. Now Marta must drop all illusions, embrace her new reality, and dig deep to discover reserves of courage, resilience, and ingenuity she never knew she had.

DVD Verdict: In truth, guessing who killed Marta Walraven's husband in the opening episode is as easy as knowing why at the very same time. It's not even subtle of a guessing game as come that juncture of the first episode, it's so bloody obvious! But, we play it out over 8 episodes, string it out more like, before the final episode builds to something it wasn't - and we're left with a 'cliffhanger" that nobody cares about (especially as the show was cancelled too!)

The on-screen chemistry between the good re: Radha Mitchell (Marta) and the bad re: Goran Visnjic (Schiller) is well played, I'll give them that. But for a ruthless man he sure has his weak/blind spots. The use of two British sidekicks that weirdly replace each other mid-season should have been enough for me to smirk knowingly, but to cast the British Luke Goss as an American hit man; with such a nad Yank accent it hurt every time he spoke!), well, by then I think I'd given up caring!

The 'Red Widow' story revolves around a woman who is drawn into the criminal world through the actions of her family as she struggles to find a way to cut her ties to it while keeping her family safe. So we get equal amounts of suspense, romance, drama, and action but all heavily infused with predictability. And how we're meant to believe that all these bad guys know each other so well they can walk in and out of each others domains unannounced is beyond me too!

Funnily enough, 'Red Widow' was ABC's mid-season replacement for another very promising new series ('Last Resort'), but now that it has gone the same way as that show, well, this one won't be missed too much either. This is a Widescreen Presentation 1.78:1 enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Red Widow - The Journey Featurette
Deleted Scenes
Bloopers

www.Disney.com

'Red Widow - Season One' Amazon Purchase Link





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