Heroes is the TV series about those with super powers trying to find their way in the world. Originally running from 2006 and 2010 the original series was the king of cliffhangers, though the latter series sort of lost the way.
Heroes is relaunched as Tim Kring brings us another 13-episodes in Heroes Reborn. Now Heroes Reborn comesto Blu-ray and DVD from 9 May, alongside a box set combining Heroes Reborn and the original four seasons of Heroes.
Picking up several years after the original series and 12 months after a terrorist attack in Odessa propelled anyone with extraordinary powers into hiding, the world is a dangerous place. Vigilantes are hunting down the super-powered population as they seek retribution for Odessa and those with nefarious motives pull strings from afar.
Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, Chuck) and Joanne (Judi Shekoni, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss. Noah Bennet, a.k.a. H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, Heroes), has gone off the grid, but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, A to Z) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.
Also returning to the Heroes fold are Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), amongst others. Together, their ultimate destiny is to save the world, and mankind, all over again.
The series also stars Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time), Gatlin Green (Criminal Minds), Danika Yarosh (Shamless US), Kiki Sukezane (Death Yankee 3), Ryan Guzman (The Boy Next Door) and Rya Kihlstedt (Masters of Sex).
A must-watch for sci-fi aficionados as well as fans of the original series, Heroes Reborn explodes onto Blu-ray and DVD from 9 May, 2016.
As the explosive final season of HEROES blasts onto to Blu-ray and DVD from 4th October 2010, courtesy of Universal Playback, there is a sniff of redemption in the air as the show enters its last volume, and the gang fights to save the world one last time!
HEROES: SEASON 4 introduces Samuel Sullivan, played by Robert Knepper (Prison Break), as the leader of a mysterious carnival clan with powerful and potentially dangerous new abilities. Could Samuel Sullivan and his comrades create a new threat for Peter, Claire and the rest of the ?Heroes? and their current attempt to live normal lives? Joining Robert Knepper and the regular all-star cast, including Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls), Hayden Panettiere (Scream 4), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Masi Oka (Get Smart), Jack Coleman (Dynasty) and Ali Lartner (Legally Blonde) are Deanne Bray (The L Word), Jayma Mays (Glee) and Ray Park (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra) to give the show its final send off!
And if this isn?t enough for you, Season 4 is jam-packed full with hours of bonus material including super-powered extended and deleted scenes. New bonus material includes audio commentaries with Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Robert Knepper and executive producer Tim Kring, along with featurettes such as ?Deconstructing Sylar?, ?Milo Speaks? and ?Behind the Big Top?.
Also out on Blu-ray and DVD on 4th October is HEROES: THE COMPLETE BOX SET with 23 discs and the perfect gift this Christmas. It?s time to succumb to this addictive smash-hit series? with time-bending action, shocking twists and mind-blowing special effects, the qualities that make Heroes worth watching again and again. Included as an additional treat for a final farewell is an exclusive bonus disc with over 90 minutes of new featurettes unseen in any other Heroes release.
The multi-award-winning series was a ratings winner at its launch in 2006 when Heroes Season 1 achieved over 13 million viewers in the US and nearly 4 million in the UK, creating true event television. Relive the buzz surrounding Heroes from beginning to end from 4th October or pre-order now on Blu-ray and DVD!
Heroes Series 4 DVD and Blu Ray Extras Deconstructing Sylar
Behind the Big Top
Tim Sale gallery of screen art
Genetics of a scene
?Once upon a time in Texas? Audio commentary with Tim Kring
?Shadowboxing? Audio commentary with Adam Armus, Kay Forster and Greg Grunberg
?The Fifth Stage? Audio Commentary with Tim Kring and Adrian Pasdar
?Brave New World? Audio commentary with Tim Kring and Robert Knepper
Complete Heroes Boxed Set New bonus disc extras: Transporting Tour of 2009
Heroes on the Run
New Heroes on the block
Heroes and Villains
Series 3 of Heroes, the second part of which is called Volume 4 – Confused yet? (ed)
[rating:2/5] Heroes is a frustrating show to watch at times. For a programme with such a strong, exciting premise, it has made more than its fair share of fumbles. Truth be told, I stopped watching religiously at the end of the first season ? I could see the potential, but never truly got hooked in the way I did with Lost, the grim reviews of Heroes second year convincing me I had seen the best the show had to offer. Indeed, since then, the programme has hit trouble, with sliding ratings, confused plots and a sense of growing apathy in the viewers who bothered to stick around.
So, does A Clear and Present Danger, the first episode of Volume Four (entitled ?Fugitives?), mark a sea change for the show? Well, broadly speaking, no. Anyone expecting Heroes to have undergone a major reinvention will be disappointed. There is little in this opening episode to really grab the lapsed viewer ? the script still feels clunky, passages of dialogue are truly dire, and characters like Peter and Matt are still dull, no matter how many super powers they develop. The real issue with this opener however, is the sense of deja-vu it fosters in the long(ish) term viewer. Whilst there are moments here designed to hark back to the first season ? Peter and Mohinder share another cab, Matt can paint the future ala Isaac ? overall there is nothing here that feels particularly fresh. Hiro and Ando are still knocking around in a mildly amusing side story, Claire is still concerned about Sylar and Noah has apparently gone bad (again). The issue is that whilst all this seems to suggest a desire by the writers to hark back to the ?glory? days of the show, all that is actually achieved is leaving the viewer becoming aware that, on a fundamental level, things have barely moved on since season one.
But it isn?t all bad news. Despite A Clear and Present Danger?s flaws, there are hints at a better tomorrow for Heroes. The ?Fugitives? plot kicked into gear from the off, efficiently, and crucially for a show with so many characters, quickly, reuniting many of the principle stars of the show by the end of the episode. After so many convoluted plots involving time travel and who knows what else, a more straightforward approach to plotting would be welcome in ?Fugitives?. The episode did get better as it went on, leading to a climax that was undoubtedly the finest moment in the whole thing, giving proceedings a much needed kick up the backside and a sense, if only for a moment, that Heroes could still be wildly exciting and impressively inventive. Character wise, Sylar is still as compelling as ever, with his story strand offering some of the most satisfying scenes in the episode. But overall, Heroes is going to have to try harder and fight off the sense that things have gone a little stale if there is going to be anybody left in the audience who cares anymore.
60s spy spoof remake Get Smart is released on DVD and bluray? on 23rd Feb 2009. Below find a quick question and answer with a couple of the stars, Masi Oka (better known as Hiro from Heroes) Nate Torrence and Dwane Johnson (better known as The Rock)
Masi Oka (Bruce) & Nate Torrence (Lloyd) Interview
QUESTION: I need to start with this question – are techies superior to agents?
NATE TORRENCE: Obviously in looks as well as brains.
QUESTION: So you guys get the girls?
NATE TORRENCE: Of course we do. Women like warm and cozy guys!
QUESTION: Can you describe the jobs your characters have? You are really the guys behind the scenes making it happen.
MASI OKA: We are the brain and soul of CONTROL. We are the wind beneath CONTROL?s wings – without us things wouldn’t happen.
NATE TORRENCE: But no one else thinks that except us. It is the truth of the characters.
QUESTION: I have heard that there was a lot of improvisation on set. Is this true?
MASI OKA: A lot yes. You can make a whole film on all the improv that we did.
QUESTION: What was it like to film the scene where you try to stop Max with the gun? That was one of my favorite scenes.
NATE TORRENCE: That was just really fun because it was I think the first physical scene that we did. I like physical comedy so I was really enjoying falling all day long. I do remember that I was wearing George Clooney‘s elbow pads, oddly enough in that scene. They [wardrobe] said at least put something on your elbows. So I put these pads on and they said G. Clooney on it. I am like what is that.I’m like yeah George wore these so ladies ? anybody? – any takers?
MASI OKA: George Clooney and Nate Torrance‘s sweat mixed.
QUESTION: Now you guys have your own parallel story in Get Smart?s Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control a made for DVD companion to the film of Get Smart. Is this where you do get the girls?
NATE TORRENCE: There we go – we become the agents.
QUESTION: So tell me a little bit about what that was like what the storyline is why people should see it.
NATE TORRENCE: It is kind of cool. What you are going to see on the DVD is basically what is going on back in the lab when Max and Agent 99 go off on their mission. We end up having to go on a mission of our own. One of the inventions gets stolen and we have to become Agents because no one else can get it back besides us.
MASI OKA: More action, more comedy, more romance, more gadgets. There is a lot more, double the gadgets.
QUESTION: Was it exciting that you got to be the leads in your own story?
NATE TORRENCE: Yes it was and this is not just a little tiny movie. It is off of Get Smart so it was really cool. The timeline is going to be the same so it weaves in and out of the first one. So it makes it unique on a marketing level and on a business level and then just fun getting to hang out with each other some more and dab into these characters.
QUESTION: I understand that you guys are hosting a special feature on the DVD describing things from the TV show that are seeded throughout the film.
MASI OKA: There is definitely (homage to the TV show in the film).
NATE TORRENCE: I love how the filmmakers were really creative with how they wove the TV elements, the shoe phone, the cone of silence, the cars.
MASI OKA: There are small things that are really out there. Iconic lines and also subtle things that you don’t recognize.
Dwayne Johnson (Agent 23) Q&A
QUESTION: So what was it like to play Agent 23?
DWAYNE JOHNSON: It was great. Since the character that I played wasn’t part of the original television series, I thought it was fun and challenging because no one had anything to compare it to. I really enjoyed finding a balance of the character who is pretty arrogant in a non-threatening way. Full of himself, loves the adulation, loves the fact that he walks into a room and people literally give him a standing ovation. That is the way I like to roll. Unfortunately, nobody gets up when I walk into a room. That was the fun part about creating this and to trying to find that balance of a character again who was exceedingly arrogant but yet endearing. Funny, charming, kind of loveable.
QUESTION: Did you give Steve any advice on being an action star and was it a challenge at all because of the improvisation?
DWAYNE JOHNSON: I didn’t give Steve Carell any tips at all in terms of the action. The truth is that everyone always asks me that but Steve and Anne are both committed actors so when you are committed that way, you are willing to go above and beyond whatever is asked of you in terms of the action. I don’t think you have to be proficient in throwing a punch or being a stuntman. I think you just have to be committed to it. If you have a good amount of capacity to learn then you will do well.
QUESTION: What was it like for you to work on a set with so much improvisation? Was it a challenge?
DWAYNE JOHNSON: I think the wonderful thing here is that we all bring different styles of comedy to this set. It was a great emergence of everybody coming together and it all fit very nicely too. It is like a hand fitting into a glove, just really really nice and smooth. What benefited me greatly was while Steve had Second City, I had four hours of live TV in sports entertainment for five years and it is that shock and guerilla style of shooting where it is all ad-libbed. So by the time I get onto a set like this and where you are working with comedic geniuses and titans like Steve Carell and Alan Arkin, you are prepared that way and I loved that. I love the part about shooting with those guys. They were great and we had struck gold, which is what wound up making the movie.
Having HEROES withdrawal – need to get Hiro back into your life before Series 3 kicks off, well the GET SMART companion DVD staring Masi Oka is out on DVD monday.
Directed by Gil Junger (10 Things I Hate About You), Get Smart?s Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control will premiere on DVD on 1 September 2008, just 10 days after the theatrical release of Get Smart.
The hilarious spin-off shares not only writing honours (courtesy of Tom J Astle and Matt Ember) with Get Smart, but some key cast members including Masi Oka (Hiro from Heroes) and Nate Torrence (Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip). They are joined by Jayma Mays (Ugly Betty, Epic Movie) and Get Smart?s Agent 66, Hollywood hot property Anne Hathaway, who makes a cameo appearance.
Based on the incredibly popular spoof spy show of the 1960s, the Get Smart franchise has huge appeal to a contemporary audience with the updating of characters, jokes, props and of course entertainment value. Get Smart?s Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control promises the same high quality production values as its theatrical twin and an equally hilarious comic romp as spy techie Bruce and his nerdy analyst cohort Lloyd are let loose yet again.
Bruce and Lloyd are two somewhat dim-witted R+D staffers who work at CONTROL, a secret US government spy agency, providing tech gadgets for Agent 86 (played by Steve Carell in Get Smart).
The hapless pair manage to lose an invisibility cloak whilst showing it off at the office party, an it?s down to them to find it double quick before it falls into the hands of KAOS and the Chief serves them their papers.
Heroes was the best TV show of 2007, if not the greatest. But what happened to the second series, well the writers strike for one. Cutting the series run from 22 episodes to 11 episodes was bad, attempting to cram the whole second series story line into those 11 episodes was positivly foolish.
The series built up nicely, introduced new characters and tried to add that extra dimension to others. But everything fell appart in the last 3 episodes where they tried to wrap the whole thing up (and add the inevitable end of 2nd series cliffhanger).
Originally when I saw that the series had an attenuated span I thought ‘great’ as I would be less tormented with the seemingly endless cliffhangers which made Heroes Series 1 so compulsively watchable. How wrong was I.
Despite its mess of a compression the best parts were definitely centered around Hiro and Kensi back in 17 Century Japan. This saw Hiro really build and mature. But again this series did in places feel a bit ‘been there done that’. Visions of an apocalyptic future, man made disaster to be averted, new big bad guy.
Syler. Well to be honest it would have been a better series if they dropped him all together, he was not needed. With the limited run the fewer characters in this series of Heroes the better.
With all said and done I did enjoy this, though compared to Heroes series 1 this was a little let down.
Will I watch series 3? ? well yes. After the cliff hanger at the end of this series I just have to find out what happened to….. oh yes spoilers. Must avoid spoilers