Blu-ray, DVD Release: Alcatraz Complete Series

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 16, 2012
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Warner Home Video


AlcatrazFox’s thriller TV show Alcatraz offers a supernatural twist to the legacy of the notorious prison.

Produced by Lost‘s J.J. Abrams, Alcatraz supposes that when the San Francisco prison was closed in 1963, all the prisoners and guards disappeared and now they’re resurfacing and going back to old habits. Sarah Jones (TV’s Sons of Anarchy), Jorge Garcia (also from Lost) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) star as a team who are tracking the former Alcatraz inmates and recapturing, taking them to a secret facility. ER‘s Parminder Nagra stars as a doctor who knows the secret about what happened all those years before.

The television series, which flips between the present and the past, leaves lots of questions unanswered. And as the show’s ratings drifted downhill as the first season went on and Fox cancelled Alcatraz, those questions will remain unanswered.

The special features on the DVD and Blu-ray don’t seem to answer the questions either. Here’s the list:

  • featurette “Alcatraz: Island of Intrigue” about what attracted the creators to the island and the stories they hoped to tell
  • featurette with the cast talking about their preparation for their roles and sharing their memories of visiting and working on Alcatraz
  • featurette with the art department about how they created the mood, tone and mystery of the iconic landmark
  • deleted scenes
  • gag reel.

Both also contain all 13 episodes of the show’s first and only season.

The Blu-ray also offers the 13 episodes for download or streaming via UltraViolet, redeemable before Oct. 16, 2014.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.