Between “Breaking Bad”, “The Walking Dead” and their newest hit series “Hell On Wheels”, AMC has been a powerhouse in regards to original programming. We don’t typically review shows on an episode by episode basis, but with the release of “Hell On Wheels” season 1 on DVD and Blu Ray recently, we thought it might be a good time to convince newcomers to hop on board or allow fans to revisit the show.
“Hell On Wheels” brings us the post Civil War story of Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount), a former Confederate soldier, who is on a revenge mission for the Union soldiers who murdered his wife and son.
Before you start to think “here we go again, another shoot-em-up Western where the protagonist hunts down the scoundrels that killed his family”, “Hell On Wheels” is a genuinely good show with deep character development and is true to its era.
The season 1 DVD and Blu Ray include all 10 episodes on 3 discs along with a slew of special features. As someone who has always had an interest in America during the late 19th century, one of my favorites is “Recreating the Past: The Making of Hell on Wheels” where the art directors and set designers take viewers through the process of turning land in Alberta Canada into an American town of the late 1800s.
“Hell On Wheels” has blood, sex, suspense, great acting and a hell of a story. It’s not your traditional Western and fits right in with the other hits AMC has in its lineup.
You can buy “Hell On Wheels” season 1 on DVD and Blu Ray in stores or on Amazon now and tune to AMC in August for season 2.