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Heroes Here and Now… by Damien
September 1, 2007, 7:17 pm
Filed under: Article, Blog, General, Links, Season 2

Scotsman.com had a piece about Heroes today on their website…

Nobody expected much from Heroes when it premiered in the US last autumn. But the series just kept exploding, with ratings growing through the winter. NBC’s website went crazy, as fans flocked to an online graphic novel, insider blogs, and busy message boards. Now NBC is selling Heroes merchandise, from T-shirts and caps, to art pins and Oka-faced Hiro watches.

But the focus is on Universal’s seven-disc DVD set, out in the US this week and on import in the UK if you can’t wait to find out what happens at the end of season one, currently airing on BBC2 (the UK DVD version will be split, more expensively, into two box sets, out in October and December, to fans’ annoyance).

The US version’s package folds out to reveal colourful comic illustrations of the unwitting superheroes. Series creator Tim Kring says he hopes the DVD will attract new fans who “felt that they couldn’t jump on to the show midseason”.

While newcomers should probably start with the series pilot, fans who have already been there can jump to the first disc’s original pilot: an extended 74-minute cut previously shown only at last year’s Comic-Con. Its cutting-room-floor scenes introduce a never-aired thread about a reluctant Muslim extremist (Omid Abtahi) who has radioactive hands. It’s easy to see why this was jettisoned; it’s far too sensitive a slice of real-world jeopardy. You can hear all about it in Kring’s full-length commentary, where he explains the dropping of this “dark, kind of terrorist story”.

“We started our planning of the DVD pretty much right at the very beginning,” says Kring, “in terms of behind-the-scenes footage, and the commentaries. The core audience of a show like Heroes is very savvy about these kinds of things, and wants a DVD that reflects the nature of the show. So we’re aiming very high with this.” Did I mention the 50 deleted scenes? And there’s more to come, Kring promises. “We’re approaching season two with many of the same ideas, of creating as much extra material for the audience to see.”

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