Review: Westworld: Season One – The Maze (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

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

Westworld is based on the film written by best-selling author Michael Crichton. The series was created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Kilter Films. Westworld: Season One – The Maze features a star-studded cast led by Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton. The cast of this 10-episode phenomenon also includes Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Clifton Collins, Jr., Luke Hemsworth, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson and Shannon Woodward.

What happens in a world free of rules, limits and consequences? Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and a reimagined past, the series explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged.

This epic first season of Westworld sets everything up and introduces these amazing characters and they all have a story to tell with this mysterious maze set as the backdrop. Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) is the mastermind behind this amazing amusement park but there’s also Albert, a mysterious figure we hear about whose identity is finally revealed near the end of the first season. Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) is Ford’s right hand man who finds out so much more about the big picture as the first season plays out. There’s also the rebellious Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton), one of the many hosts whose desire to escape sparks her own revolution against the humans. There’s a lot of mystery that comes with Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood), one of the oldest models in the park and I believe she’s the very first one with the glitch. Last but not least is the mysterious Man in Black (Ed Harris) who is as cold and cunning as they come. He also has a long history with Deloris as well as Maeve. One of the biggest mysteries going in to this series was wondering who was what – human or host.

Welcome to Westworld, an amusement park where the rich go to escape the real world and go on some thrilling adventures with the help of virtual reality and artificial intelligence. This well crafted park is so big that it feels like one of the many characters in the series because it’s always introducing new obstacles and twists in the episodes. Speaking of the episodes, each one is so well conceived and executed because they don’t give anything away unless they’re ready to reveal something, so the mystery and suspense builds as it all plays out. Some of these characters have a deep connection to each other and the first season begins exploring this. There’s also some amazing sets, locations and scenery used for Westworld and it includes everything from the authentic look of the wild west to the futuristic high-tech headquarters where the humans call the shots – or do they? The humans start out as the puppet masters but there’s a glitch in the system that allows the hosts to rebel against the humans. There’s also some well choreographed action scenes and there’s some serious graphic violence that goes along with some of these stunts.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These UHD releases all come in black keep cases. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes series details, some images and list of special features. This release contains three 4K Ultra HD discs and three Blu-ray discs and come packaged in a special limited-edition tin. This nice set also includes a Corporate Guide and a flyer that features episodes, airdates and synopsis. Each disc is flat black and features the series logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience Westworld like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. This features four times the resolution of Full HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) that delivers the brightest, most vivid and realistic color and greatest contrast.

Bottom line is, Westworld: Season One – The Maze is easily one of the best new series on the small screen and one of my personal favorites for a number of reasons. The plot is mysterious and full of suspense and each episode is well written. There are a lot of main characters in this series and they all have their own story to tell as this first season plays out as some of the mysteries are revealed. All of these interesting characters are also portrayed by one of the most impressive casts ever assembled on television. Westworld is a mixture of old meets new because the hosts all occupy the wild wild region and it all looks authentic and then there’s the futuristic control room where everything is so high-tech, clean and advanced. We also get to see hints of some of the other fascinating worlds and I’m sure we’ll get to see much more as this amazing series progresses. Westworld: Season One – The Maze is now available on this extremely nice Collectible Tin (4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital HD) and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time: 6 Discs (3 UHD and 3 Blu-ray) / 10 Episodes / 619 Minutes

  1. The Original
  2. Chestnut
  3. The Stray
  4. Dissonance Theory
  5. Contrapasso
  6. The Adversary
  7. Trompe L’Oeil
  8. Trace Decay
  9. The Well-Tempered Clavier
  10. The Bicameral Mind

Rated: Not Rated

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English Dolby Atmos TrueHD 7.1 / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital Plus 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Atmos TrueHD 7.1 / EDA 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! This set includes some all-new featurettes that take the viewer behind-the-scenes as well as some imported bonus material from when the first season aired on HBO. There’s also a digital copy included with this release.

  • New – Inside Look with Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy – Season One (11:22)
  • New – Imagining the Main Title (14:08)
  • New – The Key to The Chords (08:05)
  • New – Gag reel (01:40)
  • Welcome to Westworld (07:43)
  • Crafting the Narrative (29:16)
  • An Invitation to The Set (02:16)
  • Welcome to Westworld: About the Series (02:13)
  • Reality of A.I.: Westworld (04:30)
  • “The Big Moment” Featurettes
  1. Teddy Versus The Man In Black (1:55)
  2. A Host Self-Sabotages (01:55)
  3. Maeve Gets An Answer (01:38)
  4. Bernard Faces An Unlikely Saboteur (01:23)
  5. Dr. Ford’s Blood Sacrifice (01:38)
  6. The Truth About Bernard (02:23)
  7. Dr. Ford’s New Narrative (03:53)
  • Digital HD Copy

 

 

 

 

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