Following the success of Stephen King and J.J. Abrams teaming up to bring us 11.22.63, their next project, Castle Rock, is based on King’s famous multiverse where just about all of his characters and creations are lurking around the shadows or corner somewhere in this infamous town, while also throwing a pretty good mystery in the mix on top of all that. Those unable to watch it on Hulu are in luck, as the series comes home again with Castle Rock: The Complete First Season on 4K UHD Blu-ray. If you’re a fan of King’s work, or just looking for something chilling and thrilling to watch, you can’t go wrong with this one.
The series follows Henry Deaver (André Holland), an attorney who focuses on death row inmates who decides to return to his hometown of Castle Rock, Maine after receiving a strange phone call from the Shawshank State Penitentiary (yup, that Shawshank), where he learns about a nameless young man (Bill Skarsgård of IT fame) who is found locked in a cage under the prison. Wanting to know how and why the young man was placed there, and how he also knows his name upon meeting him, Henry is pulled into this mystery and stops at nothing to solve it, which just might be his undoing as any King fan knows there’s always something sinister waiting in the shadows.
I’m a sucker for a good mystery, and Castle Rock kept me going thanks to the intriguing plot and most importantly the characters and the actors doing a great job portraying them. Everyone from Sissy Spacek who plays Henry’s adoptive mom, to Scott Glenn playing the troubled sheriff does an amazing job pulling you into the show and keeping you there until the freaky finale. If that wasn’t enough, the show is also laced with references to other King titles and characters that will have fans smiling, from the Shawshank prison to Spacek who played in the original Carrie, and more.
The series looks and sounds amazing thanks to the crisp details that only 4K with HDR color can give along with Dolby HD audio. These really help to bring out the creep factor of the show and will have viewers peeking over their shoulder every now and then. When the show is over, there’s two special features you can take a look at, starting with “Castle Rock: Blood On The Page” that goes into how Stephen King makes his works come together to help form the mythos for the series. Lastly there’s “Clockwork of Horror” that gives viewers a behind the scenes look at how the styles of Stephen King and J.J. Abrams work together to bring us this delightfully creepy show.
Castle Rock: The Complete First Season makes for a very interesting start of a show that ties together King’s works while also having enough thrills, chills, and mysteries to keep you glued to the screen and sleepless at night. If you’re a fan or just enjoy creepy thrillers, this is a rock you’ll want to build your 4K Blu-ray collection on.