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Legion: The Complete Season One Blu-ray Review



Ralph Potts reviews season one of this FX Channel Original Series that follows David Haller, a troubled young man diagnosed as schizophrenic, who, after a strange encounter, discovers he has special powers that will change his life forever.



The Review at a Glance:
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90



Details:

Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2017
MPAA Rating: NR
Feature running time: 409 minutes
Genre: TV/Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.78:1/2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master audio, Spanish Stereo, French DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jean Smart, Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Amber Midthunder, Jeremie Harris, Jemaine Clement
Directed by: Various
Music by:
Written by: Noah Cawley, Chris Clairemont, Bill Sienkiewicz
Region Code: A

Release Date: March 27, 2018


"Who am I, Where am I, What am I?"


My Take:

Based on the based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz Legion follows the story of David Haller, a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of mental hospitals for years. Institutionalized once again, David spends his time with his chatterbox friend Lenny, a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. A haunted man, David escapes from the hospital and embarks on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery that leads to a new world of possibilities...and a new level of unexpected danger.


I haven’t read the comics that Legion is based upon so I went into reviewing season one totally open. It’s an FX Channel Original Series, and, that, based upon the subject matter appealed to me. The plot revolves around David Haller, a clearly disturbed young man, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, and has been shuffled from one psychiatric institution to the next. Now, in his early 30s, David meets, and falls in love with, a beautiful, and troubled fellow patient named Syd.

After a startling encounter with her, he must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. Syd leads David to Melanie Bird, a demanding but nurturing therapist who heads a team of specialists -- Ptonomy, Kerry, and Cary -- each of whom possesses a unique and extraordinary gift. Together, they help David to recognize and harness his hidden abilities and unlock a deeply suppressed truth -- he has been haunted his entire life by a malicious parasite of unimaginable power.

Legion is a uniquely dark, trippy and mid bending TV series that merges genre lines as its unfolding narrative pushes the boundaries of what we’ve come to accept as Marvel Universe entertainment. Strict attention is required to keep up with the shows constant shift between its surreal, past, present, and alternate worlds. Having a sort of Inception/X-Men/12 Monkeys feel at times, the thematic tone is innately and overtly dark, as its visuals capably support its wonderfully rich context. At times I found myself frustrated, but, at others, completely absorbed, motivated by the nature of David’s conflict, the elements of mystery surrounding it, and the unconventional, and at times mind bending nature of the proceedings.

Legion doesn’t require familiarity with the comic, but, does require an openness to fantasy, as well as patience to glean the most from its topical narrative. I really enjoyed its 8 episodes and look forward to season two’s premiere on the FX Channel.


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Parental Guide:

The series contains violence, language, sexuality/nudity, thematic material.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 90
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Video: 90
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Legion: The Complete Season One comes to Blu-ray Disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

1.78:1 is the primary AR for season one, but, it occasionally shifts to 2.40:1. The video presentation offers appreciable high definition resolution that has a satisfying glossy aesthetic. Images are stable and sharp with plenty of discernible texture and revealing fine detail during close-ups. Many of the show’s sequences are shot in uneven and low lighting. Shadow delineation and depth is quite good. Blacks are deep while exhibiting appreciable dynamic range with stable yet slightly elevated contrast that never infringes upon fidelity. Colors are snappy and bright and sullen and muted where appropriate. Fleshtones appear descriptive with variable depth that brings out the finest gradations in the differing complexional types among the cast.

The DTS-HD multi-channel soundtrack offers excellent lossless sound quality. Dynamics are robust without being ostentatious. Vocal reproduction is excellent as dialog is rendered with clear intonation and deep room penetration through the center channel. The front soundstage is nicely diffused with excellent separation and clearly articulated detail. The soundtrack contains lots of discrete surround activity, with moments that make great use of the platform via head turning off camera cues and involving spatial dimension/ambience through the rear channels. Bass response isn’t room shaking however it appropriately supports the source elements providing a tight, punchy low end.




Bonus Features:
  • • Deleted Scenes
    • Fractured Reality: A Different Kind of Hero
    • Featurettes
    o Uncanny Romance
    o Production Design
    o Powers
    o Make-Up (Making the Devil with the Yellow Eyes)
    o Visual Effects
    o Costume Design
    o Location




Final Thoughts:

Based on the based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz Legion, is a compelling, somewhat demanding, and, ultimately rewarding, series, that pushes the envelope. It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and a fair supplemental offering that looks behind the scenes. Legion is different, taking the road less traveled, offering those open to it, a unique thrill ride, that has excellent potential. I will be tuning it for Season Two on April 3, 2018 on the FX Channel.






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Nice review! I absolutely love this show I pre-ordered a while back and plan on binge watching before season 2. I hope enough people watch it to keep it going as there is nothing like it out there!
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Nice review! I absolutely love this show I pre-ordered a while back and plan on binge watching before season 2. I hope enough people watch it to keep it going as there is nothing like it out there!
I would think so, usually if FX has a show people like they find more there also. The channel has more of a loyal audience then some others. Dark things from the X-Men universe do fairly well.

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I got frustrated with the show about halfway through the season when the guy in the diving suit became part of the story.

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Nice review! I absolutely love this show I pre-ordered a while back and plan on binge watching before season 2. I hope enough people watch it to keep it going as there is nothing like it out there!
It is not blu-ray, but it can be binge watched on Hulu right now, and I expect them to have the new episodes in a few days as well.

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