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You Season 1 DVD Review

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Season 1 of “You” is must see TV.

In the 10 episode first season of “You,” the story revolves around a NY bookstore owner (Joe Goldberg) who also moonlights as a serial killer. When first we meet Joe he falls for a customer/writer named Guinevere Beck. Well, he does more than just fall for her. He stalks her, shadows her, fixates on her and even goes as far as to punish those wrong her. While the majority of the season revolves around their relationship, other storylines include Joe’s ex-girlfriend Candance and his dark past, Joe helping a neighbor boy (Paco) who has a troubled life, Guinevere’s boyfriend Benji, her friends Peach, Annika and Lynn, as well as her past and therapy sessions. Note: “You” is based on a novel by Caroline Kepnes and was developed for TV by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. 

After initially airing on Lifetime (a strange place for the show to be sure), “You” became an overnight hit when it landed on Netflix. It’s not hard to see why as this is an entirely addicting and often chilling show about obsession, secrets, love, murder, and the dangers of the internet and dating. I could go on about why the show is so gripping, but, truthfully, this is the type of series that is best going into knowing as little as possible. I know it took me by surprise when I first viewed it because it felt like a breath of fresh air in the TV landscape. 

A huge part of the show’s success is Penn Badgley who portrays Joe. He gives an award worthy performance here with a complex and challenging character who manages to be creepy, disturbing, charismatic while also having a heart within his dark soul. Badgley also deserves an immense amount of credit for his incredibly effective inner thought voice over. Elizabeth Lail also shines as the charming but dysfunctional Guinevere. Her chemistry with Badgley really sells the show (and season) as a whole. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? Truth be told, this is a rather fuzzy and mediocre standard definition transfer. I’m rather puzzled as to why there was no Blu-ray release given how popular the show is. Still, if you’re a physical media collector, you don’t have Netflix, or are wanting to see this show, you have to pick this up.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? It does the job.

There are no extras. 

January 25, 2020 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. You say: “Video Presentation: 1.78:1”. But it’s meant true 16:9 picture? Or it’s 2:1 picture (with black bars top/bottom if you watch it on 16:9 TV/Monitor)?

    Comment by Sergei Vasilyev | February 13, 2020 | Reply

    • 16:9

      Comment by nicklyons1 | February 13, 2020 | Reply

      • Screenshots is allowen in here? Can you provide one? Thanks.

        Comment by Sergei Vasilyev | February 13, 2020

  2. I don’t do that. I double checked the press release WB sent out to confirm the specifications.

    Comment by nicklyons1 | February 13, 2020 | Reply

  3. Well, the specs don’t always mirrors the actual picture size. In this particular case I just interested – video is 16:9 “letterboxed” (as on streaming services) or 16:9 “open matte” (and contains more picture data on top/bottom).
    But THANKS anyway.

    Comment by Sergei Vasilyev | February 13, 2020 | Reply


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