Did Revenge become your dirty little secret during its freshman season? I’ve got some good news for you…when a show is this delicious, you don’t need to keep your enjoyment of it a secret. Early in its history, Revenge centered around a “takedown of the week”. Emily Throne (formerly, Amanda Clarke) set out to avenge the injustices against her father by ruining the lives and/or careers of one of the co-conspirators. Each week, we cheered as she destroyed a schemer or liar whose assistance branded her father a terrorist and landed him in prison. But then the series shifted into something so much more. Schemes grew in complexity, mysteries were solved and Emily’s quest for revenge took some unexpected twists and turns…including a few that seemed to shock the consummate planner.
Revenge season 1 was released today on DVD and it’s not a box set to be missed. In addition to all 22 episodes of the first season, the DVD contains the following bonus features:
Nolan Ross Exposed. The studio has created footage featuring Nolan being interviewed by a reporter. This bonus feature isn’t that long, but it does give us a few minutes of valuable insight into Nolan’s home life and business matters.
Roadmap to Revenge. The producers and writers share their thoughts on concepts like revenge, family and betrayal. Creator Mike Kelley takes viewers through the creation of the show, including the inspiration he got from The Count of Monte Cristo and a desire to bring back the primetime soap opera. A look at the rivalry between Emily and Victoria with the cast and writers also gives us more insight into the two characters, as does an examination of other relationships on the show.
At Home in “The Hamptons”. Star Ashley Madekwe takes us on a tour of the various soundstage locations and sets that make up the houses on Revenge. A look at Grayson Manor (an entire soundstage unto itself), Emily’s house and the Porter bar is interesting. If you’ve never been on a television set yourself, you might be intrigued into the amount of work that goes into these sets and how the mechanics of filming works. The show uses far more green screen technology than you might think.
Haute Hamptons: Femme Fatale Fashion. In addition to the sumptuous sets of Revenge, the show boasts absolutely gorgeous clothing. Fashionistas will be very intrigued at this behind the scenes look at clothing, which focuses on the beautiful wardrobes for both Emily and Victoria.
Deleted Scenes. Each DVD contains deleted scenes relating to the episodes on the disc. But the final disc contains six scenes longer scenes that add to the story.
Bloopers. Go behind the scenes with the cast to enjoy the flubs and laughs that make up this gag reel. One moment that had me snorting was laughter was watching Henry Czerny improvise during the scene where Conrad found Charlotte’s body in the season finale.
Pilot Commentary. Revenge creator Mike Kelley and star Emily VanCamp take viewers behind the scenes of the pilot episode in this commentary track.
Music Videos. Included on the DVD are several music videos for songs featured on the show, including Christina Perri’s “Distance” and Angus & Julia Stone’s “For You”.
Revenge season 1 is a DVD worth having, whether you’re a fan of the show or want to jump in before season 2 (which moves to Sunday nights in the fall and premieres on September 30 at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC). You can buy it now on Amazon.