Blu-ray, DVD Release: Strike Back: Season One

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 7, 2012
Price: DVD $49.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo: $59.96
Studio: HBO/Warner

Strike Back: Season One scene

Sullivan Stapleton gets the job done in Strike Back.

Strike Back: Season One, the original action-thriller television series that airs on cable’s Cinemax, arrived on disc a week-and-a-half before the cable channel premiered the series’ second season on Aug. 17, 2012.

If you don’t have HBO and haven’t checked out the show yet, here’s what it’s all about: When a resourceful international terrorist group plots a major attack involving a cache of weapons of mass destruction, a charismatic former U.S. Special Forces operative (Sullivan Stapleton, Animal Kingdom) joins forces with a stealth British military unit led by a determined sergeant (Philip Winchester, TV’s Camelot) to stop them. Together, the two ass-kickers and their teams travel to such exotic locations such as India, South Africa, England and Chechnya to take down the bad guys.

Also starring Amanda Mealing (TV’s Holby City), Eve Birthistle (Silent Witness), Jimi Mistry (Blood Diamond) Rhashan Stone (TV’s Episodes) and Richard Armitage (the upcoming The Hobbit), Strike Back marks first time HBO/Cinemax has worked with the UK’s British Sky Broadcasting Limited to produce an original series. This 10-episode  first season is actually a continuation of a six-episode series that aired on Sky in 2010, which was based on the novels of Chris Ryan, the pen name of a real-life former British Special Forces operative.

The series, the first-ever scripted primetime drama to air on Cinemax, received positive reviews upon its U.S. premiere in August, 2011, with the New York Daily News describing it as an ..unapologetic, fist-pumping, non-stop action thriller.”

The Blu-ray/DVD is offered as a one of HBO’s branded “Blu-ray with Cinemax Select” editions, which also offers a Digital Download of the TV show.

Both the Blu-ray with Cinemax Select and the DVD include audio commentaries on five episodes by the cast and exec producer Daniel Percival.

Check out the show’s trailer:

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.