Reviews and Problems with Da Vinci's Demons: The Complete First Season
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Da Vinci's Demons: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review
10 September 2013
Summary: Some doorways lead into darkness. While network television airwaves are occupied by the screeching sounds of reality television "dialogue" and the fabricated "drama" of empty entertainment that accompanies it, cable television has not-so-quietly ventured into another arena, ignoring the lucrative world of the vacuous and unintentionally socially scathing "reality" programing in favor of adult-oriented drama packed with envelope-pushing content that would have been...
Da Vinci’s Demons: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
5 September 2013
Summary: Finally, the show spends quite a bit of time on the sex and gore. We saw this on Rome and on the Spartacus shows, but I wish I could believe it was used here merely to move the story along. It often appears out of place and gratuitous. Certainly less than on the shows I mentioned, but particularly in Spartacus that was really the focus of the show. Here it is not, or should I say should not be. Yes, I know we’re on cable, but take a page from these inventors.
Conclusion: The biggest problem with 'Da Vinci's Demons' is that it's a series that doesn't quite know what it wants to be. Does it want to be a serious historical drama? A science-fiction show? An action-adventure series? A medieval soap opera? It's all of those things in Season 1, and as a result the series lacks the focus it needs to be a 'must see' show week in and week out.
Da Vinci’s Demons – The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)
1 September 2013
Conclusion: Anchor Bay releases Da Vinci’s Demons with the best presentation imaginable. The audio and picture quality are captivating storytelling proponents as you watch this tale unfold on your flat screen. The deliciously beautiful scenery eats up every pixel of your 1080p/720p television. The extras are light, but you’re given commentary on half the episodes to make up for the lack of meaty featurettes.
Conclusion: Lazily applying the smutty standards of Starz original programming to the Renaissance, "Da Vinci's Demons" failed to win me over. The treatment held my attention, but never truly engaged. Nonetheless, it should be obvious that fans of other Starz shows would be wise to give this one a chance.