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The Battle to Bring Back Humanity Begins with THE STRAIN: The Complete Fourth Season on DVD

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Jeri Jacquin

On DVD from creators Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan, Carlton Cuse and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment comes the epic final season with THE STRAIN: The Complete Fourth Season.

Since Eph’s (Corey Stoll) son Zach (Max Charles) detonated a bomb that has brought a nuclear winter, nine months have passed. Strigoi have created “The Partnership” trying to show everyone a togetherness with humans. Fet (Kevin Durand) and Quinlan (Rupert Penry-Jones) are looking for another nuclear weapon to use on the Master (Robin Downes) and learn about a missile silo that may have one.

Eph is in Philadelphia trying to survive when the Strigoi find him but with the help of Jason, they manage to get away. The Master is still favoring Zach and Eichhorst (Richard Sammel) isn’t exactly happy about it. But that isn’t all Eichhorst isn’t happy about as Sanjay’s (Sanjay Desai) project is moving too slow and Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) is one of their captives.

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Gus (Miguel Gomez) and Alonso (Jamie Hector) have spent the last months building back up their black market business and that will come in handy for Eph and the group. Fet and Quinlan are having problems once they get their hands on the nuclear bomb and Eph discovers a poison that might just slow down a large population of the strigoi.

Zach meets a young maid who works for the Master but there comes a moment when he must decide where is loyalties actually lie. Sanjay’s project must now speed up, as Eichhorst wants the women who are captive to produce children. Dutch has another plan and comes face to face with Desai and a processing facility for humans but Eichhorst is onto Dutch and she learns that he has Setrakian (David Bradley). They escape to get the Lumen and Setrakian discovers what he didn’t see before.

Now, the story of Quinlan is told beginning in the 19th Century with Louisa along with daughter Lydia. Enjoying having a family in his own way, it all turns when the Master causes nothing but pain.

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The gang comes back together for an attack of a different kind and one no one saw coming. A plan is put together that brings about attacks from all sides bringing them all into the most danger they have ever faced. Eph comes to terms with the fate of his relationship with Zach when it becomes clear that the Master is using every trick in the book.

The Master forgot one thing – humanity always finds a way to survive against evil!

Stoll as Ephraim Goodweather began the series as a man broken with the arrival of the Master and the Strigoi. What makes his character to unique to the story if that I could never tell which way the wind was going to blow his behavior. His anger ruled his drinking and his drinking actually brought out some amazing ideas. Not that I suggest drinking as an answer to problems but where blood sucking big tongued vampires are concerned, I can see the need.

Bradley as Setrakian is just superb! As his story and history with the Master unfolds, it is told so strongly and shows what motivates Setrakians need to wipe every bit of this evil off the planet. Bradley is amazing and through is gruffness is a sense of strength that requires no nonsense and secrets.

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Durand as Fet is the different character of the bunch. He has a story to tell as well about where he comes from and what motivates him – and it isn’t just rats. He never gives up and isn’t about to let anything stop him from accomplishing his goal – stopping the new rats from taking the people and place he loves.

Sammel as Eichhorst is as evil as he wants to be. From the moment this character comes on screen it isn’t going to end well for anyone who comes into contact with him. His story also unfolds and it is clear why Setrakian gets under his skin – so to speak. The Master may rule the strigoi but it is Eichhorst who is the face of evil.

Gedmintas as Dutch has a lot in common with Fet in that she is tough, strong and very, very smart. She takes to Setrakian and Fet as they share a lot in common with a fighting spirit. Charles as Zach is a kid who is taken early enough to be influenced – so much so that Zach is willing to fry the world to prove he doesn’t need anyone but the Master. That kid drove me insane!

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Penry-Jones as Quinlan has to be the most angrily charismatic intelligent straight villain I’ve ever seen. He knows what needs to be done but also realizes he can’t accomplish it without the help of humans. His history with the Master is intense and filled with personal pain that he doesn’t share with anyone. There are even moments where I think this character is amused with the silliness of humanity at times.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

The DVD contains the final ten episodes including The Worm Turns, The Blood Tax, One Shot, New Horizons, Belly of the Beast, Tainted Love, Ouroboros, Extraction, The Traitor, and The Last Stand. Also, the Special Features include Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Coping with THE STRAIN: A Therapy Session and so much more!

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The Strain written by del Toro was first published in 2012 in two volumes followed by The Strain: The Fall in volumes 3 & 4. The Strain: The Night Eternal Volume 5 & 6 were released in 2016.

THE STRAIN is another of the fantastic series that landed on the FX channel! From the first episode to the last, fans were absolutely involved in the characters and storyline of these different vampires and their plans for humanity. Of course the mind of del Toro brought us every minute of horror and cheering for humanity – oh the duality of suspense. The ensemble cast brought about a story worthy of being followed until the very satisfying end.

It’s time to revisit the fight as 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment brings THE STRAIN: The Complete Fourth Season to DVD.

In the end – they will do anything to save humanity!

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THE STRAIN Brings Season Three to Bluray

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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to Bluray and you NEED to have it is creators Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s ancient vampyric tale of THE STRAIN: The Complete Third Season.

This season brings a lot of the groups issues into the forefront starting out with Eph (Corey Stoll) hitting the bottle harder than usual. The Master has Eichhorst (Richard Sammel) kidnap his son Zach (Max Charles) and it’s too much for him. What is keeping him going is working on a bioweapon to stop the Strigoi.

Fet (Kevin Durand) is helping those who need his knowledge of the tunnels but Eichhorst is once again ahead of the game. Setrakian (David Bradley) is working on the translation of the Occio Lumen looking for ancient answers to stop the madness. Quinlan (Rupert Penry-Jones) is watching the humans and agrees to help begrudgingly.

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Palmer (Jonathan Hyde) is still trying to get the magical ‘white’ from The Master and wants to live forever as promised. When Quinlan offers to work together with Eph to switch the Lumen for Zack but also confesses to his vampyric bloodline and what will happen once The Master is dead. Gus (Miguel Gomez) has a secret of his own and it’s discovered by Angel (Joaquin Cosio) much to his sadness.

Palmer’s health is going down rapidly and Eichhorst brings in Sanjay Desai (Cas Anvar). Now the strigoi have managed to take over Manhattan and are using the underground tunnels to take over all of New York. There is a huge battle as the group begins to scatter to keep Eichhorst and The Master from tracking them all but it doesn’t stop Eichhorst and Dutch makes a quick move to help them escape.

Fet and Setrakian know they have to get to The Master’s sarcophagus and use silver to trap the strigoi leader. They also discover that a signal they believe is his voice but need a comparison. Palmer is discovered on a cargo ship by Setrakian who gives him one dose of the white with the promise of his help.

Desai is using humans as live subjects but Eichhorst wants quicker results. Even more disturbing is Palmer admitting to Setrakian and Fet that there is blood processing centers everywhere. Eichhorst discovers where the Ancient’s are hiding and does what he always does, his worst!

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Palmer discovers a nuclear bomb and fights Eichhorst for it only to work with Setrakian to lure The Master into his silver lined sarcophagus. What Palmer doesn’t see coming is that he needs a new host and gains Palmer’s memories. Placing the bomb at the Statue of Liberty, Zach has been with the strigoi Kelly-Mom and Eph wants his son. Not to be stopped by the creature he takes matters into his own hands. Zach is furious and takes revenge on Eph in the worst and most tragic way possible.

Stoll as Eph has gone through several transformations as each of the traumatic events puts him to the test. This actor has taken his character to dark places and makes, shall we say, ‘human’ decisions that are totally done out of emotion. Where his son is concerned he is somewhat blind to the truths that are obvious to others. This season Stoll is seriously put to the test with an end result that is horrific.

Sammel as Eichhorst is just a villain to the bone and he does it beautifully (and makes it look easy). There are very few moments where Eichhorst shows his emotion but more-so amused by the humans every move. Of course it’s because of his history so don’t expect him to go soft on the humans any time soon.

Durand as Fet is strong, consistent and the guy I’d want on my side of any fight. He doesn’t take crap from anyone and even though he shows heart, it doesn’t mean much gets past him. Always on his toes and stands up for the human race I love this character and that Durand brings it.

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Bradley as Setrakian is a man who has lived well beyond his years. In those years comes knowledge that is engrained in mystery he knows only he can unravel. I love Bradley’s straight forward gravely voice that tells the group exactly how it is and what they can expect from the enemy they are trying to destroy.

Penry-Jones as Quinlan is my hero! Seen by most as the creature that could turn any time he wants to, I see Quinlan as their only hope. He is strong, introspective, ancient on his own terms and doesn’t stand a fool. Keeping his distance from caring about his human counter parts, there are moments where it is easy to see how he could care and the reasons he can’t. Well done Penry-Jones, absolutely well done!

Other cast include: Natalie Brown as Kelly, Ruta Gedmintas as Dutch, Samantha Mathis as Judtine Feraldo, Jack Kesey as The Master.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings award-winning global product and new entertainment to DVD, Bluray, and Digital HD. There amazing collection offers fans an opportunity to expand their own home libraries with the best films. To discover what other titles they have please visit www.fox.com.

THE STRAIN: The Complete Third Season contains the Special Features Under Siege Companion Series Into with Carlton Cruse, The Strain: Under Siege Companion Series, Vamp Boom Music Video, Deleted Scenes and a hilarious Gag Reel!

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This series is in its final season, yes, I realize that is almost bringing fans to the point of tears. This has been an amazing ride and it’s hard to believe it’s almost over. We have all come to go along for the ride and invest in these characters – even the horrible ones. Nothing is ever as it seems and with the last season I can certainly say it’s all happening so fast and is jaw dropping.

That is what makes Season Three so thrilling to watch. The twists and turns come into play but it all comes together seamlessly but not obvious. Most of us were raised to see vampires in a certain Bella Lugosi-Christopher Lee way, Guillermo Del Toro introduced a vampire like no other and gives us a creature that won’t soon be forgotten.

THE STRAIN has been awarded the Critics Choice Television Award, Satellite Award, Saturn Award (three times), Fangoria Chainsaw Awards (twice), Golden Reel Award, Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award, Golden Maple Awards, Visual Effects Society Awards and Visual Effects Society Award. There should be a category for just plain sheer awesomeness award and I’d be giving that one out.

Watch THE STRAIN’s final season every Sunday night at 10 p.m. on FX!

In the end – they will save humanity at all costs!

 

The Epic Series from FX gives us THE STRAIN: The Complete Second Season

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Jeri Jacquin

This week is awesome because on Bluray from Carlton Cuse, Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is a chance to stunningly recap THE STRAIN: The Complete Second Season.

Oh yes, lets get right to it as the second season begins with a young Abraham being told by his grandmother about Jusef Sardu who suffered from gigantism. When his brother takes him to find the great wolf thinking it would cure him, Sardu instead finds a creature taking out his brother. In one fell swoop, he is infested and becomes a monster himself.

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Now, the older Abraham (David Bradley) is meeting with the Ancients to make a deal to find the Master. Not telling Eph (Corey Stoll), Nora (Mia Maestro) or Fet (Kevin Durand) about it, they go with him to find objects in a warehouse. Quickly they are attacked by a strigoi-couple that are infected and Eph wants to use them to come up with a weapon.

Meanwhile the Master needs a new body in the form of Gabriel Bolivar (Jack Kesy) and tells Eichhorst (Richard Sammel) to gather children to make a group of Feelers, basically kid vampires. Zach’s mother, Kelly (Natalie Brown), becomes the mother figure to the Feelers and she uses them to find her son. Eichhorst  learns that Abraham may be in possession of the Occido Lumen, a document that contains a way to kill the Master.

Palmer has a new assistant, Coco Marchand (Lizzie Brochere), who does her job exceedingly well and is trusted by him to the point of a romantic relationship beginning. Eph and Nora are discovering that the anti-strigoi weapon might not be as affective as they hope. Enter the Silver Angel (Joaquin Cosio), a man who once had an action B-movie career but an injury put a stop to that. He becomes part of the group when Gus (Miguel Gomez) recognizes him but at the same time falls for Aanya (Parveen Kaur) discovering she is his daughter!

Eph test the anti-strigoi weapon again and discovers it works and now he travels to Washington D.C. to try to get help in mass producing it. The whole trip is going to put the group in danger but Eph does get help a National Guard contact. Back at home a new strigoi named Quinlan (Rupert Penry-Jones) is upset that the Master has not been destroyed and tells the Ancients so.

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Kelly hasn’t backed of from finding Zach as Fet and Abraham find the Feelers’ nursery. Discovering where Zach is located she begs her son to join them. Eph and Nora are able to show Zach that the creature standing before them is not his mother. That isn’t about to stop Kelly from trying again!

When the power it cut, the group knows they must do what they can needing the UV lamps to stop the strigoi. The next step is to take out Palmer and Eph and Dutch (Ruta Gedmintas) make a plan that doesn’t go well. Now the police become involved and that is Palmer’s in.

Eichhorst is also having a good time torturing Dutch after the police deliver her to the monster. The gang isn’t about to let this go down and a rescue mission is explosive.

The Lumen is still up for grabs but Abraham comes face to face with Rudyard Fonescue telling him that the Occido Lumen could save them. Fonescue doesn’t listen and leaves with the Lumen. A bidding war between Setrakian and Palmer cause demands from both sides and the fight begins.

In the middle of everything is the confrontation with Eph and Nora when she discovers what he did in Washington D.C. as well as Fet learning that Dutch is returning to her former lover.

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It all comes to a tension filled finale when Quinlan has Abraham in his sights and just when they think the Lumen is in their hands, they are attacked. The Master is furious at Palmer for letting it all happen and doles out punishment accordingly. That isn’t the only horror as the group begins to be torn apart and scattered to the wind and sea!

Can they find their way back before the Master rules?

Stoll as Eph continues to amaze me with the directions his character takes. He is a smart man clearly but he lets his emotions get away from him. This season Eph really does go all in which is scary because that means crazy is about to hit season three. I can’t wait to see what he does next!

Bradley as Abraham has always been a favorite of mine. Of course being a Harry Potter fan I wasn’t sure what to expect from this character when the show began. What has come from this role is that I have completely forgotten Argus Filch and am totally invested in the path that the character Abraham has taken fans. Such an amazing job!

Maestro as Nora goes through serious changes as well this season and it’s brought on by Eph’s lunacy and the mother role she has taken toward Zach.  Kesy gets his shot at being the Master now and trust me he looks good doing it. Sammel as Eichhorst is still so creepy or is it just me. Don’t get me wrong I am thrilled with his performance and the creepy factor is a major plus for this role.

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Brown as Kelly gets a chance to be a Mom again, well sort of in a twisted weird Guillermo Del Toro sort of way which is always awesome. Cosio as Silver Angel gives us the strength of a man who sees a new purpose, Brochere as Coco Marchand totally tripped me out in the relationship with Palmer, Kaur as Aanya has a crush in Gomez’s character of Gus. Gomez is a strong character that continues to grow in doing what’s right.

Penry-Jones as Quinlan is frakken awesome. He doesn’t take much from the Ancients nor does he seem to fear the Master. There is something to be said for being one of the rare characters that knows what to do, jumps in and does it and doesn’t look back!

Durand as Fet is a stunner! I am absolutely a fan and have been prior to THE STRAIN and now with this series no one should be surprised at what a major talent he is. Of course I get a double thrill chill when I see him pop up in the series VIKINGS. The fact that he is so versatile brings nothing but the best to THE STRAIN.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE STRAIN four tubs of popcorn out of five. Okay so I’m holding back a tub because I want to see what season three brings. Season Two not only brought in new characters but expanded on those we already have come to know. There are so many twists and turns that make THE STRAIN an absolute joy to watch – except for the six days in between episodes that is.

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THE STRAIN SEASON 2 Bluray and DVD include the special features of Deleted Scenes, Meet the Crew of THE STRAIN, The White Room, Audio Commentary on “Night Train” featuring Carlton Cruse, Gag Reel, Beyond the Page and Sentient Strigoi.

Executive Producer/Director/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creator and Executive Producer/Writer Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan have brought something unique to television and that’s always what I expect from FX!

Get ready for season three coming in less than a week because to wait any longer is torture!

In the end – the hunt is on!

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