Blu-ray Review: Krypton: The Complete First Season

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Krypton stars Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Shaun Sipos, Colin Salmon, Elliot Cowan, Ann Ogbomo, Aaron Pierre, Rasmus Hardiker, Wallis Day, with Blake Ritson and Ian McElhinney. Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Krypton is from Phantom Four Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television and is executive produced by David S. Goyer alongside Cameron Welsh.

What if Superman never existed? Set two generations before the destruction of Superman’s home planet, Krypton follows a young Seg-El, the legendary Man of Steel’s grandfather, who is faced with a life and death conflict – save his home planet or let it be destroyed in order to restore the fate of his future grandson. With Krypton’s leadership in disarray and the House of El ostracized, Seg fights alongside Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange to redeem his family’s honor and protect the ones he loves while saving the future of his legacy from DC Super-Villain Brainiac.

Krypton takes place 200 years before Superman and follows the adventures of his grand father Seg-El (Cameron Cuffe) who’s family, the House of El, has been shamed and cast out of the elite class in the city of Kandor. Seg-El is determined to restore his family’s good name no matter what it takes. What happens is, Adam Strange (Shaun Sipos), a traveler from the future, has been sent back in time to warn Seg-El about Brainiac’s arrival and to tell him about his grandson, Kal-El aka Superman. This isn’t the only problem they encounter because there’s also political unrest in the city that’s under sinister rule at the time.

There’s even General Zod (Colin Salmon) who enters the picture and joins the movement to save Kandor but Zod also has his own sinister agenda he’s keeping quiet about until the time is right. There’s also Doomsday that is currently in a frozen state. By they way, Brainiac and Doomsday both look creepy cool! As the first season plays out, there’s signs everywhere that Brainiac is closing in, and when he finally arrives, Kandor doesn’t stand much of a chance. Seg-El and his allies come up with a plan to banish the Collector of Worlds into the Phantom Zone but it doesn’t actually go as planned. This sets up a chain of events that allows Zod to finally make his move and take control of Kandor with our heroes MIA and Doomsday about to break free from his frozen prison. Talk about a massive cliffhanger!

The packaging comes with a slipcase – the same kind all of the other home video release like this from WBHE come in. The front features the artwork you see up at the top of the page and the back includes series details, some images, and list of special features. There’s also an insert inside that includes a list of the episodes with synopsis, original airdates, more images, and series credits. The two Blu-ray discs have an orange finish and features the House of El crest. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Krypton: The Complete First Season ended up being a really entertaining entry into the Superman universe because this story has never been told before. What this ambitious series does is give fans a look at Krypton because the only thing we’ve ever known about it is that it’s where Kal-El came from before it was destroyed. I really like the writing for this character driven sci-fi drama because it throws the rules out the window so anything is possible because it’s merging past, present and future together. The acting is really good and the cast does a great job with their characters because I’m already fully vested in them and care about what’s happening. The series is also very political because it deals with the ruling class and the lower class so there’s really no middle class at all – just like socialism and communism. All the amazing sets are grand and look as good or better than many movie sets. Krypton also relies heavily on practical effects but it does feature a little visual effects from time to time to help out with certain scenes. All in all, Krypton has quickly become my favorite out of the arsenal of DC series that air on the small screen and I feel like they started off with a bang and I can’t wait to see what’s coming in the second season. Krypton: The Complete First Season will be available on a 2-disc Blu-ray set (plus Digital) on March 5th.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 2 Discs / 10 Episodes / 427 Minutes

  1. Pilot
  2. House of El
  3. The Rankless Initiative
  4. The Word of Rao
  5. House of Zod
  6. Civil Wars
  7. Transformation
  8. Savage Night
  9. Hope
  10. The Phantom Zone

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / German Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and French

Special Features: The extras include the 2017 Comic-Con panel, two behind-the-scenes featurettes, a gag reel, nine deleted scenes and a digital copy of the first season.

  • Krypton: 2017 Comic-Con Panel (22:52)
  • KryptonBringing the Home World to Life (17:04)
  • A Lost Kingdom: Life on Krypton (22:38)
  • Gag reel (03:22)
  • Deleted Scenes – Disc 1 (05:37) Disc 2 (02:46)
  • Digital Copy
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