'Halt and Catch Fire - Complete First Season'
(Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis, et al / Blu ray+Digital HD / NR / 2015 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)
Overview: At the dawn of the PC era, 3 unlikely “cowboys,” Joe MacMillan, Gordon Clark and Cameron Howe, take personal and professional risks in the race to build a breakthrough computer.
Blu ray Verdict: Simply out, 'Halt and Catch Fire - Complete First Season' is an incredibly intelligent drama on AMC, which in my opinion is better than 'Mad Men,' and equal to some of the best dramas on this or any other network (including HBO).
The acting is A+. The characters come off as real people, with real feelings, and complicated motivations. Again, these characters really "pop" with the same clarity as any of the other great dramatic TV shows.
The sets (early 80's) are right on the money, and the writing is intelligent and clearly benefits from knowledge of those who lived and breathed the computer industry in the early 80s. But just like any of the great dramas, the show isn't really about computers (any more than 'Mad Men' is about advertising, Friday Night Lights football, and so on). This is an original drama that really delivers, folks.
Side Bar: I personally grew up on Tron, my 1983 TI994A, the Apple II, etc. I remember seeing an ad in a magazine for one of the first ever home computers, and simply getting turned on. I never ended up becoming a major techie, but I remember the excitement of something new, which eventually would end up changing all of our lives, opening up new communications and opportunities. 'Halt and Catch Fire - Complete First Season' instructive series for anyone who didn't live through it, and a nice nostalgic piece for those who did. While also addressing the always exciting ideas of love, creativity and entrepreneurship.p>
The storyline is very easy to follow and it has the usual bad guys and good guys although I have not determined which slot to put all of them in yet. The characters were developed enough to start forming opinions but I am far from completing them. The groundwork has been laid for an entertaining David and Goliath story so we can only hope and pray that 'Halt and Catch Fire' comes back for a second season very soon! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Inside Episodes 101-110
Re-Making The 80's
Rise Of The Digital Cowboys
Setting The Fire: Research and Technology