Outlander

Outlander

Season 1, Volume 1

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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Claire Randall is a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. She is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Inc.,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (approximately 459 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Pam70
May 05, 2018

The good: the engaging premise, some of the actors (Jamie, Dougall) are excellent, good humour, the scenery is lovely, and it's enchanting to see 18th-century Scotland brought to life

The bad: the rape scenes and violence are just too brutal. Are we supposed to find them entertaining or titillating? Rape as soft-porn? Is seems the author and directors think so. I fast-forwarded through them. If Season 2 is just as needlessly brutal, I'll stop watching. It's a shame because otherwise, it's a lovely series.

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MB333
Nov 29, 2017

I have just finished the first volume and I honestly want to see more. Not only did it end on a cliff hanger but the show is really interesting. I will definitely say that the violence is extremely gruesome and the sexual content is graphic. The plot and story would be fine with leaving those choice scenes.

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mswrite
Sep 06, 2017

I've not read any of the books, so I can't speak to the complaints where they exist about the book-to-screen translations. In fact I like the series so much I've decided to hold off reading the books for a while--I think Caitriona Balfe is just fine as the spirited, lovely Claire and will admit to a mad crush on Sam Heughan's dashing, romantic Jamie Fraser. If Diana Gabaldon's books paint a different picture of both those individuals, I'd rather not be distracted while watching the continuing series.

I can sympathize with complaints here (and in other forums) about the violence--it is difficult to watch, at times shockingly so. That said, I think the creators of "Outlander" have to be given their due for deciding to be as realistic as possible about the rawness and brutalities of the era. For a long time we viewers of programming like this were handled with kid gloves as producers downplayed true violence to avoid the wrath of censors and (especially) to avoid scaring us off. But the culture has changed, in ways good and bad, and for better or worse, that has inevitably influenced literary and programming content.

Spoiler Alert: A lot of consternation has been expressed about the rape of Jamie Fraser. That finale episode was truly gut-wrenching, all the more so because we are not accustomed to seeing sexual violence against men in programming like this, and certainly not enacted so vividly and shown so plainly.
It's not just the grisly cruelty Jack Randall inflicts that appalls, but the mind games he resorts to in his determination to woo and dominate Jamie. And make no mistake, this is a seduction--of a very twisted sort--in Randall's mind, at least. He may even have rationalized to himself that the shocking physical pain he inflicts would in some way numb or desensitize Jamie to the sexual assault to follow. Randall is clearly infatuated with Jamie's virile Highland beauty; he caresses him, calling him a "magnificent creature," and almost pleads with him to respond.
The suggestion is that Randall would rather this be a mutually satisfying erotic experience shared between them instead of forcible rape. Does he really mean that or is this just another sadistic game he's playing? With him it's hard to be certain, but then again given the restrictive, hetero-sexist era and society in which both men live, it kind of makes sense. Being forced by law and custom to remain in the closet can turn men into monsters. We've seen examples of that in the modern era. I watched this episode wondering how many men in various circumstances around the world have endured this kind of abuse but never dared come forward because of the stigma, as well as the fear they wouldn't be believed. (Surely there are male survivors of sexual assault who totally identify with Jamie's suicidal torment even after his rescue.)
Very tough and groundbreaking stuff. But temper your outrage; remember this is adult programming, not meant for youngsters or the faint-of-heart.

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lpreston214
Dec 09, 2016

Having read the books I knew what I was getting into when I started this series but my daughter and her friends, who did not, also loved it. It is beautifully filmed, wonderfully acted and quite faithful to the book. IMHO one of the best adaptations ever.

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maipenrai
Dec 05, 2016

Sorry, but not my cup of tea. If they had remained in post WWII England, I would have been happy, but being stolen into the past - not so much. Four paws down for Kristi and Abby Tabby

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Charmed03
Nov 28, 2016

One star for the history. I'm shocked and wonder where the sensors are, the violence, torture and prone actual shown are not necessary for a good show. There is a lot of potential for this show. I'll try to watch the second season. Guess I'm a dreamer from the past when movies and tv where often good. Yup some where corny but more often than not clean fun.

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cupcakeandtea
Nov 22, 2016

Fantastic little serie! I was amazed at how relaxing the serie started and while the action does pick up toward the end of this disc it was quite calming!

ArapahoeKati Aug 08, 2016

A faithful adaption of the much-beloved series, especially because the author is a consultant on the show. Be warned though: there is a lot of sex and violence that may make some viewers uncomfortable.

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truthspeaker
Jul 15, 2016

James Fraser gets raped by Jack Randall in Volume 2. Need I say more?

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chriscoleman
Jul 05, 2016

Not having read the novel, I expected this to be a historical romance as advertised. It's not. It's a time-traveling historical romance. Shortly after WWII ends, nurse Claire Randall and her war veteran husband Frank go on holiday to Scotland to rekindle their marriage. There they encounter a group of pagans who hold an all-night ceremony to welcome the spirits of the past and open a gateway. Claire secretly watches that ceremony and leaves her scarf behind. The following morning she goes to retrieve her scarf and falls against a stone, transporting her to 1743 Scotland where she manages to keep getting herself into trouble. By three quarters of the first season, she is forced into marriage to Jamie Fraser or be burned at the stake as a witch. The season finale is a male rape which I found very distasteful. Throughout much of the season, the actress playing Claire walked around topless. She's a model so her breasts were around her navel. It was awkward and embarrassing to watch that. Really. The storyline wasn't great. I was more bored and angry at the treatment of women than encouraged by the lame love story. Claire was portrayed as an opinionated idiot and Jamie was portrayed as an abusive and yet frigid jerk.

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