Warner Home Entertainment will bring Alcatraz to Blu-ray in the fall. Executive-produced by filmmaker J.J. Abrams (Super 8), this science-fiction procedural focuses on the mysterious time-displacement that transports Alcatraz's worst criminals to the present day.
From Warner's official synopsis:
"In 1963, all prisoners were transferred from Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary. Or so we were told. Now America's worst criminals - known as the 63s - are returning to the streets of San Francisco to repeat their grisly crimes. It's up to top-notch Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones, Sons of Anarchy: Season Two) and Alcatraz expert Diego 'Doc' Soto (Jorge Garcia, Lost: The Complete Collection) to work with FBI Agent Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill, Dead Calm) and Dr. Lucy Banerjee (Parminder Nagra, Batman: Gotham Knight) to learn why the 63s are back and to uncover a much larger, more sinister threat."
The series contains the following episodes:
"The Ames Brothers"
Warner's two-disc Blu-ray/UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack presents the program in its 1.78:1 broadcast ratio. The discs also have the following bonus supplements:
Alcatraz: Island of Intrigue behind-the-scenes featurette
Alcatraz: The Complete Series streets on October 16th and is available for pre-order.
Complete series? FOX killed the show at the end of the first season with a cliffhanger that left many questions unaswered and the fate of one character hanging in the balance. How dare they now try to fob this off on viewers as a "complete" series. At the end of season, I and I'm sure others who liked this series felt there was much more to come.
Yea, shows with one season hardly ever get a release. I don't like FOX for how they handled this series and its finale, but nothing will ever trump my hatred for NBC and how they handled "The EVENT." It was so clear during the season finale of that show that they thought they were getting a second season because literally nothing was wrapped up and about a dozen new questions came from it.
Each year I get more & more disenchanted with network television. It's almost to the point that I don't bother anymore. Cable channels are, by far, lighting up anything the networks run. I'll take AMC's line up any day: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Walking Dead, Hell on Wheels, and even The Killing. The networks are so concerned with overnight ratings that they don't give shows time to "breathe" and make their mark. Heck, HBO has paved the way for: Showtime, Starz, and now Cinemax all have great programming. Plus cable shows are a lot more flexible with repeat showings to DVR. Bascailly networks are: CSI's, Law & Orders's, and cheesey reality shows. Keep up the good work: AMC, HBO, SHowtime, Starz, TBS, etc..
Fox did it to me twice this past season. First there was Terra Nova and then Alcatraz. At least the former had a sort of closure but Alcatraz? I still don't know what was REALLY going on. It was obvious that writers were setting things up for a second season. Fox owes us a final two hour TV movie to wrap this up and Fox should stop paying so much attention to the overnight ratings. They're not that accurate and many shows take time to jell; often more than a season to really get going.
Meantime just to anger me further that stupid Brit. gets ten (10) seasons on Fox out of a cleverly edited cooking competition!
Cancelled shows that I watched:
Why bother getting involved with a new series since there will probably not be a conclusion?
@mredman, I'm gonna vote you down now, just because you're accusing others of being immature while "double daring" people (<---- immature). Hypocrites don't really deserve to have their opinions heard because their actions are contradictory to what they say. Anyways, have a nice day, and this post isn't a TV show competition, it's about a show being released on blu-ray. P.S. - For future reference, voting a comment up or down is the easiest way for people to agree or disagree with you; people should think these things out before acting irrational and stupid . . .
Also, the Jersey Shore is garbage, and just because you like a show that other people don't, doesn't mean that they watch that trash. (I have never seen an episode of Nikita and have no idea what it's about, and atm, I don't care to based off of how its fans appear to act)
I only had to watch 10 minutes of the 1st season to know just how terrible the whole idea and execution was. I told both my best friend, who had recommended it to me, and my sister who just loves the show that it won't last beyond a first season. They didn't believe me. I'm sorry, but JJ Abrams is all high concept without the ability to follow through. Not at all surprised by this announcement.
If Warner can release a failed TV show on Blu-ray, what's stopping them from releasing non-Action/SF shows? Where are dramas like Gossip Girl, The O.C., Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill, Hart Of Dixie, Everwood, Hellcats, Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip, Life Unexpected, The Mountain, Southland, Veronica Mars, ER, sitcoms like Friends, Two and a Half Men or classic TV like Dallas, Wonder Woman, etc...?
You're not being voted down because all the people here think Nikita sucks (wow, what a persecution complex), but because you constantly pop up in UNRELATED THREADS posting about it. OK, WE GET IT, you want Nikita to get a second season release. So do I. But do you have to keeping posting about it in completely unrelated threads?
Oh, and BTW, based on your immature and abusive attitude, I will personally downvote every post I see from you from this point on. And just to be clear, it's because you're acting like a two year old, not because I hate Nikita
This show is a shining example of why I think ALL first season shows should tell a complete story. Obviously they should plant the seeds for future seasons in case of a pick-up, but a renewal should never be required for a story's conclusion. (The exception to this rule would be if a show gets picked up for a second season before production on season 1 wraps. Then give us a cliffhanger by all means!)
It would have been easy to include a featurette about what the show runners had in mind for an eventual season two. That wouldn't cost much to prepare, and it should be written in every contract, as it basically helps copies to be sold.
The biggest issue with the show was that the sci-fi/time travel aspect was completely at odds with the very formulaic execution. It was a procedural about the villain of the week, who had no issues acclimating to a new era, and started very fast to murder again using the very same method that had made him famous half a century before. And yet, the new crimes rang no bell in anybody, even if some of the guys had been serial killers with record body count.
Then, in the final five minutes, there was a clue dropped about a bigger conspiracy.
Some of the flashbacks in Alcatraz were actually good, but the present day action was awfully predictable.
This was a horrible show that deserved to be canceled. The writing was poor for the most part and the series dragged. It would have worked if the season was half the length and still accomplished all that it did. Too much wasted time in episodes. Too much of my time wasted watching.
I agree with all the people who say they feel like every season they get screwed by networks who cancel new shows if they don't hit great numbers from the start. And yes, all first seasons should tell a complete story just in case they don't get a second season. Sometimes I find myself recording shows and never watching them until they announce they've been picked up for a second season because this has happened to me way too many times. Let show' build an audience! Some of television's greatest successes didn't do so hot their first season.
At this rate, viewers will stop tuning into FOX because of how often they cancel shows. I guess it's true that networks care more about the viewers who aren't watching than the viewers who are.
This is the why I prefer HBO, Showtime, and AMC. Hardly anything gets canceled on those networks. They allow their shows to finish their runs because they know they have a reputation to build and every complete series out on store shelves that will continue to sell (Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Oz, The Wire) will help that tremendously.
If the ratings bother these networks so much, they should just make the seasons smaller: 10 or less episodes. Or, consider one season shows (everything is resolved by the end of the season; no more seasons).