Actors: Jack Donnelly, Mark Addy, Robert Emms, Jemima Rooper, Juliet Stevenson
Directors: Alice Troughton, Justin Molotnikov, Declan O'Dwyer, Jeremy Webb
Writers: Howard Overman, Johnny Capps, Julian Murphy
Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 3
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
Run Time: 585 minutes
“Atlantis” reminds me of what fantasy shows once were, particularly in the 1990s, long before shows like “Game of Thrones” made the genre so popular with the mainstream audiences. This series does not take itself quite so seriously, aligning more comfortably with “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and “Xena: Princess Warrior” in its ability to shrug off logic and source material for the sake of each episode’s spectacle.
From the pilot episode’s introduction to its own Hercules (Mark Addy), portrayed as lazy and overweight, it should be quite clear of the approach in the series. Jason (Jack Donnelly) accidentally discovers a portal to Atlantis while diving deep in the ocean, finding himself alive in a new world of mysterious adventures. It is all light and silly fun. There are no red weddings here.
The pilot episode has him battling the Minotaur alongside the inept Hercules and the studious Pythagoras (Robert Emms), establishing the formula of the series that each episode seems to follow. The companionship of this trio is folded into a career dealing with the various mystical and mythological elements of Atlantis.
The first season’s thirteen episodes are included in this three-disc set, along with a few special features on the last. The extras include some interviews with cast and crew, along with behind-the-scenes footage of the production.
Entertainment Value: 5.5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 5/10
Historical Significance: 3/10
Special Features: 4.5/10