The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Season One

DVD - 2018
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A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, ©2018.
Edition: Widescreen version
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (525 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
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dtigerpoi71
May 01, 2019

colorful, good acting.... but a horribly depressing dystopian nightmare of a story.. still wonder how we'll get out of the cristion califate /????
and the droning depressing music score, oww my gawd

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MrsNikki
Mar 02, 2019

leaves you with strange feelings but u want to know the outcome

PimaLib_NormS Sep 27, 2018

So, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, huh? There is a lot to process in a show that depicts a theonomic, misogynistic, depressing, dystopian society in which male religious zealots are in charge of everything. Where stonings and hangings and maimings of opponents and troublemakers are routine. Where rape is sanctified and glorified as a life-creating ceremony. Naturally, one might wonder about the role of women in this bleak, miserable world. Well, the only value women have is in birthing new citizens of Gilead and making a comfortable home for the men. Someone whose opinion I value told me after viewing a Season 1 episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” that watching it was like being in prison (no, not literally). Which, at face value, does not exactly sound like a ringing endorsement. However, I interpreted that remark as high praise because “The Handmaid’s Tale” is so well written and performed, you have to remind yourself that if the doorbell rings, it is probably the UPS guy at the door, not the brutal government enforcement goons coming for you. (I suppose brutal government enforcement goons would not be so polite as to ring the doorbell.) There are great performances everywhere in “The Handmaid’s Tale”, especially that of Elisabeth Moss, who portrays June/Offred, the handmaid whose wretched tale provides the show’s point of view. She has matured into one of America’s great actors and her performance in Season 1 of “The Handmaid’s Tale” is quite remarkable. The golden age of television continues.

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krenit
Sep 26, 2018

This production is as disturbing to me as the book was, back when I waited for it to come out in paperback. Outstanding production values. Understated acting, for the most part. Faithful adaptation, aside from altering Atwood's treatment of race.

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ladiablesse
Sep 16, 2018

This adaptation is so much better than the 80's movie. A series has the opportunity to expand on and make more visceral what seemed awkward and far-fetched in the earlier film.
The cast and visual design are superb. So is the clarity of adaptation which envisions a quasi-Christian totalitarian state as frighteningly plausible. The creators set the stylistic tone early. The shadowy world of secrets and power struggles in Gilead are well conveyed by its deliberate pacing: the claustrophobia of Gilead is made palpable and oppressive by unhurried acting, and scenes that linger on unsavory acts. At the same time, flashbacks also capture fleeting glimpses of female friendship and solidarity against a prevailing climate of fear and paranoia.
Hardly feel-good viewing, but unnervingly persuasive in the wake of #metoo and Trump.

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Patch662
Jul 17, 2018

Why can’t this item be put on hold?

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skysail
May 14, 2018

High quality entertainment, certainly. For those who have never read the book, perhaps it has its intended effect. As immaterial drama, it is of course deeply intriguing, full of engaging secrets, allies, enemies, and the requisite on-going need for vengeance. Socialogically, though, yes it was indeed powerful thirty years ago, but, today seems irrelevant, unconvincing, and melodramatic. Nobody believes any such thing is possible in our contemporary world. The Evangelism so potent at the time of publication is now a weak and former shadow of itself. The theocracy portrayed herein now looks just silly. Of all the possible dystopian government nightmares on the horizon, this one feels absurdly unlikely.

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graybear3
Apr 18, 2018

Excellent!!!

DPLjennyp Apr 03, 2018

So good and so scary; this could totally happen. Eek.

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memoral
Mar 23, 2018

A well made series with fine acting, a top notch cast and high production values. However, I was so uncomfortable & down after viewing this series. I suppose that was the intent but I don't think I'll view Season 2 when that shows up.

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