The Strain: The Complete First Season – Premium Collection


Main Plot Points:

  • Limited Collector’s Edition Includes Skin-Crawling Special Features and an Exclusive Master’s Bust!
  • Experience the first season of TV’s hottest, most blood-curdling sci-fi series from Executive Producers-Writers Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse and Chuck Hogan – along with behind-the-scenes special features that explore the story’s journey from best-selling novel to hit show.
  • When a freak virus kills most of the passengers on an airplane, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team,” is immediately called to the scene. The only way to stop the terrifying disease is to face its source – a sinister supernatural creature whose evil intent seems more powerful than any force on Earth – in this chilling series that also stars Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin.

What We Thought:

  • I’m a huge fan of The Strain trilogy of books by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, so naturally  i was excited when they announced that it was becoming a TV series.
  • Having watched the first season, I can say that — while not as good as the books (obviously) — it is a pretty fun series. There are parts of it that work better than others, but overall, I like it.
  • The show doesn’t shy away from the gory stuff, which is fine, but it does capture the sense of a scientific exploration of vampirism that the books favored. Sometimes the writing can be a bit suspect, but what the show lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in visceral thrills.
  • Now, the show has already been released on Blu-ray, but this new Premium Edition box set is for the hardcore fan. In addition to the Blu-rays, this box set includes a bust of The Master, the show’s main villain. It’s kind of a freaky looking thing, so I don’t think it’s for everyone, but hardcore fans of the show or horror junkies will enjoy having it.
  • The Strain is a fun show that is a nice change of pace for vampire fans. I’d recommend checking it out, and for the die-hard fans out there, this box set is a neat addition to your collection.

Special Features:

  • In the Beginning
  • A Novel Approach
  • He Is Here
  • Setrakian’s Lair
  • Audio Commentary on Select Episodes
  • Deleted Scenes

Notable Cast & Crew:

  • Natalie Brown
  • Corey Stoll
  • Richard Sammel
  • Kevin Durand
  • David Bradley
  • Mia Maestro
  • Jonathan Hyde
  • Sean Astin

Recommended if You Like:

  • The Strain books
  • Intelligent vampire stories
  • FX TV shows