Blu-ray, DVD Release: Penny Dreadful: Season 1

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $42.99, Blu-ray $48.99
Studio: Showtime/Paramount

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Something gets under Eva Green's skin in Penny Dreadful

Showtime’s critically acclaimed horror drama TV series Penny Dreadful stars Josh Hartnett (40 Days and 40 Nights), Timothy Dalton (The Rocketeer) and Eva Green (Perfect Sense).

The show sets out to completely reinvent some of literature’s most famous characters. Icons of terror such as Victor Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul – even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Set in the 19th Century, the stories are in the style of the British “penny dreadful” publications of that time period, lurid serial stories appearing in parts over a number of weeks.

Created by three-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, Hugo) and co-exec-produced by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty), the series also stars Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Billie Piper (Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger).

The three-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets contain all eight Season 1 episodes and the following features:

  • Disc One
    • Night Work
    • Séance
    • Resurrection
  • Disc Two
    • Demimonde
    • Closer Than Sisters
    • What Death Can Join Together
    • Possession
  • Disc Three
    • Grand Guignol
    • Special Features:
      • Ray Donovan: Season One, Episodes 1 & 2
      • What is a Penny Dreadful?
      • Literary Roots
      • Coming Together
      • The Artisans Pt. 1
      • The Artisans Pt. 2
      • The Grand Guignol
      • Prostitution and Sex in Victorian Times
      • British Exploration & The Search for the Nile
      • The Science of Medicine


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About Laurence

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.