• RELEASE DATE: Available Now on Blu-ray (Click Here to Purchase a Copy)
  • WRITTEN BY: Various
  • DIRECTED BY: Various
  • STARRING: Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

– Reviewed by Daniel XIII

When you present to me a series featuring some of the best literary characters ever created (including some of my all-time favs such as The Frankenstein Monster and Dorian Gray) and have them run around Victorian England dealing with all manner of supernatural shenanigans you can bet your arcane ass I’m gonna eat that shizz up with a spoon!

For those of you unfamiliar with PENNY DREADFUL, I’ll give you a bit of the ol’ Cliff Notes jazz. In Victorian London, mysterious medium Vanessa Ives (Green) crosses paths with Sir Malcom Murray (Dalton), an explorer looking for his vaporized daughter, gunslinger with a secret Ethan Chandler (Hartnett), immortal aristocratic hedonist Dorian Gray, and Dr. Victor Frankenstein. These erstwhile adventurers into the unknown join forces and confront preternatural threats with thrilling and oft times bloody results.

Season Three (“The Final Season” mentioned in the title of this review) continues everything that’s mentioned in the paragraph above this one; but adds some new twists and turns to the goings on. For one thing, there are some cool new characters introduced that will be immediately recognizable and appreciated by fright fans; Dr. Seward (yup, the one from Bram Stoker’s seminal novel Dracula), and the one and only Dr. Jekyll! Also on hand are some dynamic locations that open up the world of ol’ PD, as the various characters get scattered across the globe, with the most shocking (at least aesthetically) being the hot sands of New Mexico which stand in sharp contrast to the previous seasons focus of the dank, dark London streets.

So, does this baby hold up as an endgame for one of the most cinematic and downright entertaining series I have ever seen?  Without giving away any details that would spoil things for those not all caught up; I have to say “kinda”. THE FINAL SEASON played out to me as if the creators of PENNY DREADFUL found out halfway through the series that this was going to be the end. The season starts of at a laid-back (some would say “slow”) pace and then all of a sudden shit gets hectic as hell before leading to an abrupt conclusion.  Does that hurt the enjoyment you will get from this season? In my opinion, no; but again, your mileage may vary when you see how they wrapped this puppy up.

While the pacing may seem a bit pell-mell; there are many, many things to praise about this season. For one; the acting is as top shelf as always, with Timothy Dalton in particular rockin’ socks. Also, the new locations and characters spice the ghoulish gumbo up a bit; and the overall story remains as fun and fright-filled as always.

As for the quality of the transfer in this release; it looks gorgeous whether showing us the brightness of the American West or the bleakness of Victorian London. To sweeten the pot this release has a Dolby Atmos audio presentation for all of you rich fat cats that aren’t watchin’ this on a Sony Trinitron in a cold, dark tomb like your’s cruelly.

Along with that sweet picture and sound; this release also contains a bonus feature or six which cover some of the season’s costumes, locations and characters. Nothing mind-blowing, but a fun addition nevertheless.

While I feel that the series ended waaay too soon; PENNY DREADFUL – THE FINAL SEASON ended things in a satisfying and entertaining manner all things considered. If you loved the first two seasons, you will no doubt love this one equally well, plus this release looks so damn good, I’m gonna  highly recommend this Blu!



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