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Castle Rock from Stephen King on Hulu

Oh man, this looks absolutely fantastic. The trailer is wicked good. Didn't see a thread so starting one.



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official trailer...first 3 episodes premiere on July 25th...this looks pretty good...I'm probably going to sign up for the Hulu 1 month free trial just to watch this...

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Looks good! I guess I will hold off on signing up for one month to watch the second season of the Handmaid's Tale so I can watch this too once all the episodes have been released.
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the show is getting decent reviews...most reviewers seem to love the atmosphere but say that the show relies a little too much on references and callbacks to Stephen King's earlier works...apparently it also doesn't contain much horror and is more of a character driven drama...either way I'm going to sign up for the 1 month free trial of Hulu for this...but since the free trial is only 30 days, and Castle Rock's final episodes airs on Sept 12th I'm going to wait until mid August to sign up...that way I can watch the entire series with the free trial
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I watched the first three episodes last night because Hulu launches their shows a 12 AM ET on the debut date so it was available 9 PM PT. Netflix used to do this too but seemed to moved debut time to 3 AM ET. It wasn't easy to find either despite their promoting the series but there was a Stephen King in menu on below the "home" menu and selecting it showed a list of movie and series based on Stephen King stories and "Castle Rock" was listed. Selecting it took me to "Browse Content" and selecting that the first episode. The episodes were excellent and PQ great.
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Hulu's 'Castle Rock': A Unique Fling with Stephen King
By Ed Bark, TVWorthWatching.com's 'Uncle Barky's Bytes' - Jul. 25, 2018

Screen adaptations of Stephen King’s work long ago entered the realm of countless.

Ah, but Hulu’s Castle Rock turns out to be a frightmare apart from the likes of Carrie, The Shining, It, Cujo, Under the Dome, Pet Sematary, Christine, Bag of Bones, The Dead Zone, The Shawshank Redemption, and Salem’s Lot -- to name just a few.

As the opening credits note, Castle Rock is “based on characters and settings” created by Stephen King. Which means that its story revisits some of his old haunts without otherwise borrowing from one of his previous novels or short stories. It’s, instead, taking pages from FX’s Fargo series, which was inspired by the classic Joel and Ethan Coen film but told all-new stories populated by original characters. The brothers gave executive producer Noah Hawley their blessing and otherwise pretty much stayed away. King similarly is taking a hands-off approach with Castle Rock after giving the go-ahead.

A production team headed by J. J. Abrams (Lost, Alias, and several Star Wars and Star Trek feature films) also hopes to replicate the Fargo motif of new tales and casts each season. Hulu’s first go-around with Castle Rock will have ten episodes, with the initial three being made available for streaming on Wednesday, July 25. TV critics were allowed to pre-screen a fourth episode as well. Based on what I’ve seen, this seems to be another pretty terrific handoff, with Abrams and the writers leaving a number of King-related “Easter eggs” hiding in plain sight while also ratcheting up the atmospheric tension.

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Castle Rock looks to be one of the best King things in years, even though the man himself serves primarily as a roadmap and blueprint. It’s nothing against him -- because without him there’d be no foundation. But damned if FX didn’t turn Fargo into a series that rose to the level of the movie and arguably surpassed it. And now here comes Hulu with a fighting chance to do the same over several seasons to come. Please, though, don’t send in the clowns. At least not this first time.

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I watched the first episodes and enjoyed them. I wouldn't consider it terribly captivating, and I'm not in a "oh-my-god-I-can't-wait-to-see-what-happens-next" mindset with it, but it's well done, well acted, and drenched in atmosphere. There are tons of call-outs to previous King books and movies.

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As the opening credits note, Castle Rock is “based on characters and settings” created by Stephen King. Which means that its story revisits some of his old haunts without otherwise borrowing from one of his previous novels or short stories.
That's basically what the early seasons of Haven did.

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Ep 1 is available for free on ATV. I thought the PQ was really good but the show just didn't grab me.

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I've really enjoyed this so far and am looking forward to seeing where they take the story.
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I watched the first episodes and enjoyed them. I wouldn't consider it terribly captivating, and I'm not in a "oh-my-god-I-can't-wait-to-see-what-happens-next" mindset with it, but it's well done, well acted, and drenched in atmosphere. There are tons of call-outs to previous King books and movies.
I heard it takes a while to get going and that they get better a few episodes in.

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I haven't tried Hulu in a while, are they still stereo-only?
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I haven't tried Hulu in a while, are they still stereo-only?
Watching with 5.1 surround sound on Hulu

https://help.hulu.com/en-us/surround-sound

they still don't have any 4K/HDR content even on their original shows like Handmaid's Tale or Castle Rock?
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Watching with 5.1 surround sound on Hulu

https://help.hulu.com/en-us/surround-sound

they still don't have any 4K/HDR content even on their original shows like Handmaid's Tale or Castle Rock?
Unfortunately my Apple 4KTV, Roku Ultra, and Vizio P75-C1 are not on that list....

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Unfortunately my Apple 4KTV, Roku Ultra, and Vizio P75-C1 are not on that list....
it seems Hulu is far behind the times when it comes to streaming quality...I'm not even sure if the PS4 Pro and Xbox X properly support it based on comments I've seen online
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Watching with 5.1 surround sound on Hulu

https://help.hulu.com/en-us/surround-sound

they still don't have any 4K/HDR content even on their original shows like Handmaid's Tale or Castle Rock?
Vorbis maybe? No royalty to pay. I suspect both the PS and Xbox can decode Vorbis. My Sony UHD player can. Not sure why they don't do it on my Roku TV which can also decode it. I do note that since the Roku update I've been seeing Dolby Digital rather than what my Yamaha AV Receiver wants to do stereo. So far no 5.1 streams but I might encode some 5.1 audio to Vorbis and see what the Roku player does with it. Does your AV Receiver say Dolby Digital+ or just Dolby Digital?



As for 4K the Hulu original streams I get on my 4K Roku TV look 4K to me (but everyone here thinks I'm crazy). I shoot and edit 4K. I also may go from an "official" Netflix 4K title to a Hulu original and see no drop in PQ. I think the issue is that not only does Hulu want to brand anything 4k anymore but Amazon too because they might not always be able to deliver it according to demand. 4K is no big deal to stream and doesn't cost that much more given the codecs available as long as they use VP9 which these devices support.
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I've really enjoyed this so far and am looking forward to seeing where they take the story.
I've watched the first two episodes... I thought it quite well done.... good cast too.
Looking forward to future episodes!


Wasn't Frank Dodd known as "The Castle Rock Killer" in The Dead Zone?
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Loving all the tie ins to Stephen King's universe. Pretty slick series and much better then I thought it would be.
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Castle Rock Renewed for Season 2

the drama has been billed as an anthology series, meaning Season 2 would presumably reset with a new plot and different characters...it’s not yet clear which of the Season 1 stars, if any, will be back for the sophomore run...

https://tvline.com/2018/08/14/castle...season-2-hulu/
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Looks good! I guess I will hold off on signing up for one month to watch the second season of the Handmaid's Tale so I can watch this too once all the episodes have been released.
You can start your 30-day trial now.
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the show is getting decent reviews...most reviewers seem to love the atmosphere but say that the show relies a little too much on references and callbacks to Stephen King's earlier works...apparently it also doesn't contain much horror and is more of a character driven drama...either way I'm going to sign up for the 1 month free trial of Hulu for this...but since the free trial is only 30 days, and Castle Rock's final episodes airs on Sept 12th I'm going to wait until mid August to sign up...that way I can watch the entire series with the free trial
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yes lol...I needed to first do all the calculations to max out the free trial ...maybe I'll also see what all the hype is about with Handmaid's Tale (show always looked kinda boring to me)
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Castle Rock Renewed for Season 2

the drama has been billed as an anthology series, meaning Season 2 would presumably reset with a new plot and different characters...it’s not yet clear which of the Season 1 stars, if any, will be back for the sophomore run...

https://tvline.com/2018/08/14/castle...season-2-hulu/
Glad it will be back. Sad if it will be an Anthology series.
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There is another series on Hulu that looked interesting to me, but for the life of me I can't remember what it is now, or when it's premiering. I know this is vague, but anybody know?

Anyway, that makes three, along with this one and S-2 of 'Handmaid's Tale'. So I thought I'd do the free month and then pay for a month or two to have enough time to watch them all. Also, I won't feel as guilty that way.
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There is another series on Hulu that looked interesting to me, but for the life of me I can't remember what it is now, or when it's premiering. I know this is vague, but anybody know?
probably the Sean Penn show dealing with the fictional story of the first manned mission to Mars...show is called 'The First'...showrunner is the guy behind House of Cards...now that I think about it maybe it's best to wait until September/October to sign up for the free trial
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That was some performance by Sissy Spacek on this latest episode. In fact it was probably the best episode so far.
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"The Queen" was an absolutely fantastic episode. Sissy Spacek gave an outstanding performance. Props for the music used in Arrival being played over the conclusion.

I'm glad this series will be back.

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I guess last week's episode was the turning point; it's full-on Stephen King now
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Yeah, that last episode was brutal... lots of redrum to go around


Castle Rock is going to need to hire additional coroners if this keeps up!

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Enjoyed tonight's episode, it's a real "switcheroo"!
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