The Leftovers: The Complete First Season Blu-Ray Review


Own it on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD October 6, 2015

The Show: 9/10

The premise of The Leftovers is a very intriguing one. Three years following “The Sudden Departure” which may or may not be the rapture. The people of Mapleton a small town in New York  are trying to move on with life. This event took thousands of people who simply disappeared from the earth which obviously is very distressing for everyone. The show focuses on a family led by town Police Chief Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux). Our chief is dealing with his own grief as well as the town itself. His main stumbling block are a weird cult that has formed called “The Guilty Remnant” who’s gimmick is they have given up talking and started smoking as a big FU to everyone. The series is full of twists and turns and demands multiple viewings to get everything out of it. Complex multi-layered and unfiltered The Leftovers will make you question a lot of things including Faith, Relationships and why we even bother to keep going each day.

The Leftovers is a very special show that has all the quality HBO have come to be known for, top-notch acting, high production values and a great cast and story. 10 episodes which make up the entire first season are included episode descriptions below.

(WARNING SPOILERS)

Pilot: Three years after 2% of the world’s population mysteriously vanished, the residents of Mapleton weigh the pros and cons of a tribute to the departed, while Police Chief Kevin Garvey attempts to keep order in the community and at home.
Penguin One, Us Zero: Kevin sees a therapist after he has some unsettling encounters. Meg makes a decision about her future. Tom and Christine are left in a dicey situation. Jill and Aimee want to know what Nora is doing.
Two Boats and a Helicopter: As Reverend Jamison struggles with referring to the departed as “heroes,” he faces death threats and diminishing attendance at his services, and he may even lose his church.
B.J. and the A.C.: Kevin deals with a holiday display snafu, a detainee from another police station at work, and surprise visitors at home. Tom and Christine meet trouble on the road and at the hospital.
Gladys: A shocking hate crime tests Laurie’s resolve. Kevin considers a controversial-but-attractive offer from the bureau to help rid Mapleton of its problems.

Guest: Nora attents a NY conference, where someone is impersonating her on her panel. She wanders the hotel as a “guest,” experiencing several encounters before she returns home to take up Kevin’s interesting offer.
Solace for Tired Feet: Kevin learns his father has escaped the psychiatric hospital. Jill’s attempt to break an endurance record nearly kills her. Tom questions his devotion to Holy Wayne.
Cairo: Kevin’s grip on reality is slipping after he falls into a difficult situation with Patti. Meg loses her cool when she is involved in another encounter with Matt.
The Garveys at Their Best: This moving flashback recounts times leading up to and during the Departure. Kevin pursues a pesky deer, Patti reveals a secret to Lori, Tom makes a connection with his past, and Nora goes on a job interview.
The Prodigal Son Returns: The season finale finds Mapleton descending into chaos: Kevin seeks help in another town, Holy Wayne receives his final wish, and Tom must adjust to a new life while Nora mulls over a difficult situation.

Features: 6/10

  • Commentary On The Pilot & Finale Episodes – Finale creators Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta sit down with director Mimi Leder to discuss these two pivotal episodes.
  • Making The Leftovers (28 Minutes) – A lightweight companion piece which left me feeling a little disappointed. More questions than answers here folks.
  • I Remember: A Season One Conversation With Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta (15 Minutes) – Probably the best extra on the discs. Here Damon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta sit down and discuss how the show was adapted from the book, changes were made and most of them are covered.
  • Living Reminders: The Guilty Remnant (9 Minutes) – A closer look at the mysterious cult in the show, you better like smoking.
  • Beyond The Book: Season 2 (4 Minutes) – Season 2 just started on HBO last week and this extra discusses the rough outline of what will happen. The Leftovers was a standalone book so the producers are now coming up with all new material for the second season.
  • UV Digital Copy




Cover Art and Menus: 6/10
The leftovers comes packaged in a standard Blu-Ray case  with a slipcase over the top, inside are 2 BD50 discs and a slip with episode guides and a UV digital code.



Audio & Video: 9/10
As usual with Warner/HBO release the Leftovers is treated to a stunning 1080P AVC encode that looks way better than it ever did on digital cable. The 1.78:1 aspect ratio fills your screen and looks glorious. Filmed digitally there is a fair amount of noise in the low light scenes during the show but nothing that this transfer cannot handle. Close up detail on faces is stunning with lifelike flesh-tones and deep deep black levels.

Audio is also top-tier with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 loss-less track that is as subtle as it is detailed. The first time I realized this audio track is better than the compressed sound when it aired on TV was when the opening credits rolled on the first episode. The classical music here is rich and inviting with lots of LFE channel that was missing from what was broadcast on HBO. If you’re a purist and must have the best audio/video The Leftovers on Blu-Ray is the best way to experience this excellent show.

Overall Score 8/10

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