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SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

Look out! There’s a ver­i­ta­ble avalanche of TV box sets this month! The key one for lud­dites: dare­deVIl SEA­SON ONE (OUT NOW, Blu-ray/ DVD). Net­flix’s gritty, hard-as-nails take on blind lawyer/vig­i­lante Matt Mur­dock gives gang­ster pol­i­tics a Mar­vel makeover. Beau­ti­fully crafted, with a mag­nif­i­cent cast, it’s psy­cho­log­i­cally so­phis­ti­cated, giv­ing even Vincent D’Onofrio’s brutish vil­lain King­pin re­lat­able mo­ti­va­tion. Else­where PeNNy dread­Ful SEA­SON THREE (24 Oc­to­ber, Blu-ray/DVD) sees the end of Sky’s sur­pris­ingly kooky su­per­nat­u­ral saga. Bring­ing in none other than Drac­ula him­self was a gam­ble, but it pays off, and some Wild West ac­tion with were­wolf Ethan is wel­come (even if it was ac­tu­ally shot in Spain – shh). Eva Green – as al­ways – steals the show as the haunted Vanessa Ives. Su­Per­Nat­u­ral SEA­SON ELEVEN (OUT NOW, Blu-ray/DVD) con­tains one of the show’s finest hours: the episode “Baby”, filmed en­tirely from – of all things – the POV of the Winch­ester brothers’ car. The rest of the sea­son isn’t bad, ei­ther; Su­per­nat­u­ral is ma­tur­ing like a fine (blood) wine. It’s just a shame this year’s Big Bad is a more of a Small Kind Of Meh. And that’s only the tip of the ice­berg – hang on, we’re mix­ing our metaphors now, aren’t we? Soz. tHe 100 SEA­SON THREE and darK Mat­ter SEA­SON TWO are out now, while 17 Oc­to­ber brings GrIMM SEA­SON FIVE and tHe OrIG­I­NalS SEA­SON THREE, with tHe VaM­PIre dI­arIeS SEA­SON SEVEN fol­low­ing on 24 Oc­to­ber. Phew!

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