Cast: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday
Release Date: Available On Blu-ray & DVD January 12, 2016
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
Cyber security engineer by day and vigilante hacker by night, Elliot (Rami Malek, The Pacific) finds himself at a crossroads when the mysterious leader of an underground hacker group (Christian Slater, Nymphomaniac) recruits him to destroy the firm he’s paid to protect. Compelled by his personal beliefs, Elliot struggles to resist the chance to take down the multinational CEOs he believes are running (and ruining) the world.
The debut season of the acclaimed new series ‘Mr. Robot’ primarily follows a young and awkward young computer hacker named Elliot (Malek) who by day works as a computer programmer protecting the virtual safety of others and by night hacks into the worlds of every friend and acquaintance he’s ever encountered, in addition to helping rid the world of some horrid individuals thanks to his unique talents. During a routine work task fighting a group of hackers trying to penetrate a clients system, Elliot finds himself being pulled into the dealings of a group of elite hackers led by the strange Mr. Robot (Slater) who with the assistance of Elliot intends to take down the biggest conglomerate in the world, igniting the biggest digital revolution in history.
‘Mr. Robot’ is downright fantastic and easily one of the best new shows of 2015. It takes an in depth at an alternate version of the world and the big city which in most ways mirrors our own with terrifying familiarity. Exploring intricate workings of the exceedingly terrifying technology that dominates and in many ways controls our lives and the corporate conglomerates that run it. Beautiful, mesmerizing and at times uncompromising, ‘Mr. Robot’ will pull you in and worm its way into your head just as a computer virus might.
Smart, well written and fast-paced, at times almost unbearably intense and boosted by terrific performances from Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday, and a number more including Christian Slater who just won his first Golden Globe for his role in the series (the series itself also took home the award for ‘Best Drama Series’). I can’t possibly recommend ‘Mr. Robot’ highly enough. Anyone who appreciates quality television will definitely not want to miss out on this phenomenal series, it’s an absolute must see.
Those who are already fans of ‘Mr. Robot’ will almost certainly want to make certain to pick up a copy of ‘Mr. Robot: Season 1’ on Blu-ray to add to their collections. The release delivers exceptional high definition video and audio presentations on every episode in the debut season, along with the uncensored versions of each episode featuring material not suitable for broadcast. The release also includes some notable extras including ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from a number of episodes and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) which altogether is sure to make this release a definite must own for most fans of the series.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Mr. Robot: Season 1’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the debut seasons episodes. The video presentations look fantastic, delivering consistently sharp and detailed presentations on every episode, holding up impressively even during the darkly lit and fast moving sequences such as the frequent jittery camera movements, and never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are top notch high definition video presentations that should easily please fans of the series.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on all 10 Season One episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks sound great and deliver clean, aggressive and discrete audio presentation on each episode, frequently utilizing all five available channels in order to surround the viewer with the wonderfully unique and bass heavy score which also provides the subwoofer a notable workout, along with crowd chatter, some action-related auditory effects and other fitting elements making their way throughout the channels, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, these are impressive 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtracks that should easily thrill fans.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Mr. Robot: Season 1’ includes a couple of solid extras in addition to the inclusion of every episode in the season uncut and uncensored. Included on the release is a Behind the Scenes Featurette titled ‘M4KING_OF_MR_ROBOT.MOV’ (running approximately 12 minutes in length) which includes behind the scenes footage and interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew including series creator Sam Esmail and more. Also included on the release are ‘Deleted Scene(s)’ from 4 episodes (approximately 13 minutes altogether), as well as a ‘Gag Reel’ (5 minutes).