DVD Review: RECTIFY The Complete First Season

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After 19 years on death row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden (Aden Young) is going home.  His conviction has been vacated due to new DNA evidence.  Now he has to return to a world he no longer knows and his reentry into the outside world may be as unforgiving as prison.  Daniel is haunted by the past, dogged by the present, and uncertain of the future. As he struggles to adapt to his new life, his homecoming reignites the fears of a small town and threatens to shatter his family’s fragile peace. Daniel’s alleged crime divided a community.  Will his freedom tear it in half?

RECTIFY was created and written by Ray McKinnon (The AccountantThat Evening SunMud) and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein (the team behind “Breaking Bad”). Along with Aden Young (Killer EliteThe Tree), the series features Abigail Spencer (Cowboys and AliensOz The Great and Powerful), J. Smith-Cameron (“True Blood,” Margaret), Luke Kirby (Take This Waltz, “Slings and Arrows”), Clayne Crawford (A Walk To Remember), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby,Silent Hill: Revelation 3D), Bruce McKinnon (The Way Home), Jake Austin Walker (The Chaperone), Michael O’Neill (“Vegas,”“NCIS”) and Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild).

RECTIFY The Complete First Season completely caught me off guard because I had never even heard of it until now.  The series follows Daniel who has been on death row for 19 years and is all of a sudden released due to new DNA evidence. I could tell immediately that something was wrong with Daniel and being behind bars all this time could have something to do with that.  His family picks him up and takes him home. This character has this innocent quality to him but there is also a lot of mystery that comes with him as well and some of it is dark.

Daniel’s family attempts to make him feel at home while he begins to learn and adapt to the changes he is seeing now that it’s almost two decades later.  From video games to driving, Daniel has to begin learning everything all over again. While most of this is entertaining and at times a little humorous, there is a dark side to this story and we are soon reminded of that. There are a number of the locals who still believe that Daniel raped and killed this girl and want him back behind bars or even dead. Daniel and his family handle all of this pressure well but the threats do eventually catch up with Daniel which leaves this amazingly cool series in a brutal season ending cliffhanger and I am hoping they are doing a second season because now I’m hooked!

I loved the small town setting and location of this series and all of the acting is also really amazing. I got into all of the main characters., each one has their own problems and demons besides dealing with what Daniel brings in with him. The series can be really fun at times and it can also get really intense and moody, all thanks to the really amazing writing.  There are also some flashback scenes that reveal what all Daniel went through in prison and being on death row and it wasn’t pleasant. Watching these scenes shows why Daniel is the way he is but there is so more going on with him that hasn’t been completely revealed. Each episode is a continuation of Daniel’s journey and reinvention into society that immediately draws the viewer in and keeps there until the finale.

The DVD packaging is really nice. It comes with a nice slip cover that opens from the side instead of top to bottom. The outside shows Daniel in his grey bar motel and when you slide out the hard case it reveals Daniel’s freedom.

Bottom line is, Rectify releases on DVD today (June 18th) and this is such a cool series and it totally caught me by surprises because I had never even heard of it until now. Be sure you pick up this really unique Sundance original series on DVD!

Distributor: Anchor Bay

Run Time: 2 discs @ 272 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Special Features: Good Stuff!

  • Sundance On Set: RECTIFY
  • Meet the Cast
  • Inside Job: Behind The Scenes
  • Inside The Episode With Ray McKinnon
  • Behind The Screen
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