Sleepy Hollow Season One
Release Date: OUT NOW!
2013- 2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD Creators: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci Cast: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, John Noble, Lyndie Greenwood
Given the penchant for supernatural horror on TV over the last few years, it’s no surprise that this update of Washington Irving’s iconic 1820 short story “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow” has been such a success. But while some of Sleepy Hollow’s charm lies in the way it brings to life Irving ’s tale ( the Headless Horseman here is truly creepy) and cheekily weaves its lore into American history ( George Washington was a zombie!), there’s also a lot to be said for the chemistry between its two leads: Tom Mison’s gallant Englishman Ichabod Crane, resurrected in the present day 230 years out of his time, and modern- day Lieutenant Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie.
When we say “chemistry”, we don’t mean it in a romantic way – refreshingly, these two are simply friends – and most of the show’s joy comes from their culture- clash banter as they struggle to fend off the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
On the downside, the series does suffer considerably from rattling through its plots so quickly, frantically and illogically that you’re left dazzled by the end of each episode – and not in a good way. Still, if you’re in the mood for helter- skelter, demon- filled chaos, you’ll love it.
Extras: A decent selection, including two commentaries, a gag reel, a dozen deleted scenes and six featurettes ( totalling 50 minutes). Jayne Nelson
In Irving’s story, the Horseman himself is open to interpretation. He could be a prankster with a pumpkin for a head.
“But seriously, I look dashing in this shirt, right?”