Reign: The Complete First comes to shelves on DVD in a five disc set that features the first twenty-two episodes of the series and a couple of special features that are key watches for any fan of the franchise.
Reign is a show that debuted last Fall on the CW that generated a lot of positive response for the Network. It tells the story of 16th century Europe and the ever-shifting balance of power and corruption that existed between all of the countries. It focuses on Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland who had been in constant danger since she was a young girl because the English saw her as a threat to the growth of their empire. She grows up in a convent, but once danger comes too close and she's of age, she's sent to France to wed its next king to save herself and to create an alliance between France and Scotland that will make the English question invading Scotland because of its allies. But just as the reality of the situation was back then, nothing is that simple. There's scheming and backstabbing and a lot of people making moves behind the scenes for more power. Something that makes a royal wedding not quite as simple as you'd think.
Through the 22 episodes of Reign we really get invested into the characters in the show. The development of every important and unimportant character is done splendidly. Plus the production values of the show are really impressive. This is a show on network TV, but it looks like and plays like a show with a much bigger budget, something that would be on HBO. Reign is a fun escape into 16th century Europe. It might not be great overall, but it's a good show and a fun watch, and it's sure to be a hit with the female gender.
This DVD release features all of the episodes of the first season, but other than owning it just for the sake of owning the first season of the show there's not a lot of reasons to purchase the show as a physical release. The special features aren't that great. There are only two featured on the set. One that includes the making of the show, the other on costume and set design. That would be it. There aren't any episode commentaries and even the menu design is as generic as it gets.
Reign comes to homes with a DVD set that's pretty standard. Still, if you're a fan of the show it's worth picking up to own. It’s a fun time-period series that does character and plot development in some great ways on a major level. Be sure to check this out before the second season of Reign starts on the CW.
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