“Falling Skies” season 1 DVD includes all 10 episodes of the first season, the set also includes audio commentaries, bonus features, and more.
The two-disc Blu-ray features audio commentaries on five”Falling Skies” season 1 episodes: “The Armory” (with co-executive producer and director Greg Beeman), “Prisoner of War” (with Beeman), “What Hides Beneath” (with Noah Wyle and writer Mark Verheiden), “Mutiny” (with Beeman, Wyle, and Verheiden), and “Eight Hours” (with Beeman, Wyle, and Verheiden). Commentaries are always good to listen to once you’ve seen an episode, and they’ve chosen the right episodes here to add them to.
While the commentaries are on both discs, the rest of the features are on the second. That includes one that is only on the Blu-ray set: “‘Falling Skies’ from Pencils to Print; The Dark Horse Comic Book Revealed.” Just like there’s currently a digital comic, “Falling Skies: The Battle of Fitchburg,” being released that details what happened in the three months between seasons, the first comic fills in the gaps and shows how the 2nd Mass came together.
This featurette is one fans who liked the comic (or just comics in general) will enjoy watching. Not only does it give you a look at the comic itself, but it also features explanations about what works in comics versus what happens in television series. Each page had to establish a scene, and they had to be careful with “silent panels.” Those can easily be flipped past, but what they did was made sure that something happened to catch the reader’s attention, such as a certain look from Weaver.
One of the coolest features has to be “Animating a Skitter,” which shows how they developed the skitter for the scene where Tom faced off with one. It gives you a look at how they put it all together to come to the final product, and it’s a short enough bonus feature (only four minutes) that it’s one you don’t want to skip.
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