Blu-ray Review “Haven: The Complete Third Season”

haven-season3Actors: Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour
Number of discs: 4
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Entertainment One
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Run Time: 572 minutes

Season: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 4 out of 5 stars

Syfy’s “Haven” is based on Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid”. The show has since expanded so much from the novella that it has become its own entity. Season three was actually my favorite season to date from this show. I thought they went very deep into the mythology behind the show and really answered some long-wanted questions and even dug up a few more. The cliffhanger finale was a major turning point for the show and it really set up for an explosive fourth season, which premiered on September 13.

Official Premise: Season three of Haven picks up immediately following the events of the gripping season two finale with Audrey (Emily Rose) having been brutally kidnapped; Nathan (Lucas Bryant) warned against pursuing a romantic relationship with Audrey; and Duke (Eric Balfour) seemingly engaged in a fight to the death with Nathan after he discovers his family lineage is to kill Haven citizens with troubles.

The cast in “Haven” is really key.  It is a real all-star cast with everyone giving their A-game! In fact, we did a full cast interview series for this season, click here to check it out. The trio of Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour really are great this season and each of their characters really get some fantastic new arcs. There is also some great reveal for our favorite duo Dave & Vince Teagues (John Dunsworth & Richard Donat). WWE Superstar Aaron “Edge” Copeland joins on the show as reoccurring cast this season as well. Bree Williamson (“One Live to Live”),  Iain Glen (“Game of Thrones”), Claudia Black (“Farscape”, “Stargate SG1”) and Nolan North (“Uncharted” game series) all have guest stars as well.

Entertainment One has delivered “Haven: The Complete Third Season” on Blu-ray with a great presentation like they have with the first two seasons. The 1080p transfer in 1.78:1 comes with a very impressive high definition presentation. Having only watching this show on TV’s “high def”, it looks so much crisper on this release. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio track works well with the show’s dialogue and action. Also included in this release is a very cool exclusive 16-page comic, called “After the Storm”, which gives a sneak into the next season. A must read for any fan of the series.

The special features on the show are as impressive as the season itself. The six great audio commentaries, which are a nice reason to revisit the show. On “Stay” and “Over My Head”, we get commentary from Gabrielle Stanton and Matt McGuinness. On “Sarah” we get Nora Zuckerman and Lilla Zuckerman. With “Last Goodbyes with”, we get commentary from Brian Millikin and Shernold Edwards. On “Reunion”, the commentary is from Gabrielle Stanton and Brian Millikin. Lastly with “Thanks for the Memories”, the commentary is from Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn.

There is a great behind-the-scenes look into the season with “The Haunting Truth About Haven”, which runs about 45 minutes and features some great interviews. “Haven Panel from New York Comic Con” is a fun panel with stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour, Adam Copeland, Co-Creators and Executive Producers Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, Consulting Producer Charles Ardai, Writers Shernold Edwards and Brian Millikin with Moderator Tiffany Vogt. If you want more interviews, there is an additional 30 minutes of interviews with Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour; Iain Glen; and Nolan North and Emily Rose.

Also included is the complete webisodes form the series “Escape to Haven”, which aired online and gives more backstory about the Troubled. There are eight videos included with each one running about one to three minutes  and are narrated by Jordan McKee or Dwight Hendrickson. There are about 10 minutes of additional Deleted/Alternate Scenes. There is another short Behind-the-Scenes Reel, showing more footage from the production. Lastly there are Season 3 Trailers and a Season 4 Teaser included.

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