Primetime DVD Review: “The Undoing” [Blu-ray]

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“The Undoing” [Blu-ray] Review by Suzanne 3/20/21

This is a wonderful, suspenseful murder mystery with an outstanding cast, featuring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Donald Sutherland, Lily Rabe, Noma Dumezweni and more. The fine script is by TV legend David E. Kelley.

Jonathan (Grant) and Grace Fraser (Kidman) are a wealthy married doctor couple in New York’s high society. He’s a pediatric oncologist and she’s a psychiatrist. They have a young son (Noah Jupe), Henry. Their lives are destroyed when a young woman is murdered and Jonathan disappears.

There are 6 episodes, so it’s really more like a long movie or miniseries than a real TV series. Unlike “Big Little Lies,” I doubt there will be a second season. The whole suspense was about who did the murder, and we learn that at the end. I can’t imagine how they would do a second season.

Kidman plays a much stronger woman here than she did in that other HBO series. Most of the show is scene from Grace’s point-of-view, and she imagines scenes of murder or sex that she didn’t actually see.

Grant is fantastic as her lying, cheating (and possibly murderous) husband. They have great chemistry. If you like drama, suspense and mystery, you should enjoy this.  Heck, it might be worth watching just to see Donald Sutherland’s very impressive eyebrows.

There are many good features on the DVD set as you can see below. They’re entertaining to watch.

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MORE INFORMATION:

WBHE Announces “The Undoing” an HBO Limited Series, on Blu-ray and DVD in March

(Burbank, CA) – Nothing stays hidden! From Emmy®, Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning director Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”, “Bird Box”) and the Emmy® -winning creator of “Big Little Lies”, David E. Kelley and starring Emmy®, Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Nicole Kidman (HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) and Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”), comes the highly anticipated six-part limited series, “The Undoing: An HBO Limited Series” from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD March 23, 2021. Making HBO history as the first Original Series to grow viewership consistently week after week over the course of its season, the thriller will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish with all six gripping episodes from the fantastic limited series, plus three bonus features including one where the longtime friends and co-stars discuss working together for the first time. “The Undoing: An HBO Limited Series” is priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada) for the DVD and $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada) for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy (US Only). Both sets have an order due date of February 9, 2021. “The Undoing: An HBO Limited Series” is also available to own on Digital via purchase from all major digital retailers.

“The Undoing: An HBO Limited Series” follows Grace (Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Grant), who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight, a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.

The limited series’ incredible cast includes Emmy® and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Nicole Kidman (HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) and Emmy® nominee and Golden Globe and BAFTA Award winner Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”), Edgar Ramirez (Emmy® nominee for “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” and “Carlos”), Noah Jupe (“Honey Boy”, “A Quiet Place 2”), Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”), Noma Dumezweni (“Black Earth Rising”), Sofie Gråbøl (HBO’s “Gentleman Jack”, “Fortitude”), Matilda De Angelis, Ismael Cruz Córdova (“Berlin Station”), and Donald Sutherland (Emmy® winner for “Citizen X”).

“The Undoing: An HBO Limited Series” is directed by Susanne Bier and is created and written for television by David E. Kelley, who also serves as showrunner; executive produced by Susanne Bier, David E. Kelley through David E. Kelley Productions, Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea through Made Up Stories, Stephen Garrett and Celia Costas. The limited series is based on the 2014 novel, “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

BONUS FEATURES

  • Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant Introduce “The Undoing”
  • Creating “The Undoing”
  • “The Undoing” Revelations

6 ONE-HOUR EPISODES

  1. The Undoing
  2. The Missing
  3. Do No Harm
  4. See No Evil
  5. Trial by Fury
  6. The Bloody Truth

DIGITAL
“The Undoing” is now available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. A Digital Copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage.

BASICS
Street Date: March 23, 2021
Order Due Date: February 9, 2021
BD and DVD Presented in 16×9 widescreen format
Running Time: Feature: Approx. 360 min
Enhanced Content: Approx. 27 min

DVD
Price: $24.98 SRP ($29.98 in Canada)
2 DVD-9s
Audio – English (5.1)
Subtitles – English

BLU-RAY
Price: $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada)
2 BD-50s
Audio – DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 – English
BD Subtitles – English

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third party retail partners and licensees.

Product details

  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 8.32 Ounces
  • Director ‏ : ‎ Susanne Bier
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ NTSC
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ March 23, 2021
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant, Edgar Ramírez, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Matilda De Angelis
  • Producers ‏ : ‎ Susanne Bier, Deb Dyer, Richard Styles, David E. Kelley, Matthew Tinker
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ HBO
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08MMGZWC7
  • Writers ‏ : ‎ David E. Kelley
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 2

From Emmy®, Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning director Susanne Bier (“The Night Manager”) and the Emmy®-winning creator of “Big Little Lies,” David E. Kelley and starring Emmy® and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Nicole Kidman (HBO’s “Big Little Lies”) and Emmy® nominee Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal”), comes the six-part limited series THE UNDOING, debuting SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Directed by Susanne Bier and created and written for television by David E. Kelley, who also serves as showrunner; executive produced by Susanne Bier, David E. Kelley through David E. Kelley Productions, Nicole Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Bruna Papandrea through Made Up Stories, Stephen Garrett and Celia Costas.

The limited series will air on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max.

The limited series follows Grace (Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Grant), who are living the only lives they ever wanted for themselves. Overnight, a chasm opens in their lives: a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and her family.

THE UNDOING also stars Edgar Ramírez (Emmy® nominee for “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” and “Carlos”) as Detective Joe Mendoza; Noah Jupe (“Honey Boy” and “A Quiet Place 2”) as Henry Fraser, Jonathan and Grace’s precocious and artistic 12-year-old son; Lily Rabe (“American Horror Story”) as Sylvia Steinetz; Noma Dumezweni (“Black Earth Rising”) as Haley Fitzgerald; Sofie Gråbøl (HBO’s “Gentleman Jack,” “Fortitude”) as Catherine Stamper; Matilda De Angelis as Elena Alves; Ismael Cruz Córdova (“Berlin Station”) as Fernando Alves; and Donald Sutherland (Emmy® winner for “Citizen X”) as Franklin Reinhardt, Grace’s father, a retired financier and loving grandfather who is tasked with protecting his family when turbulent revelations come to light.

Upcoming Episodes:

Episode 1: “The Undoing
Debut Date: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Limited series premiere. Grace Fraser (Nicole Kidman) becomes intrigued by a young mother at her son’s school. Later, news of a tragedy rocks the school community.
Written for television by David E. Kelley; Directed by Susanne Bier

Episode 2: “The Missing”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
After seeking refuge at her father’s house, Grace (Nicole Kidman) finds herself on the receiving end of detectives’ probing questions.
Written for television by David E. Kelley; Directed by Susanne Bier

Episode 3: “Do No Harm”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Grace (Nicole Kidman) hears Jonathan’s (Hugh Grant) side of the story and finds herself being followed by someone close to Elena (Matilda De Angelis).
Written for television by David E. Kelley; Directed by Susanne Bier

Episode 4: “See No Evil”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
As Haley (Noma Dumezweni) begins to shape the narrative of the case, Franklin (Donald Sutherland) uses his resources to help his family.
Written for television by David E. Kelley; Directed by Susanne Bier

Episode 5: “Trial by Fury”
Debut Date: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)
On the first day of the trial, the prosecution presents shocking evidence, while the defense casts doubt on the police investigation. Later, Henry (Noah Jupe) divulges a secret to Grace (Nicole Kidman).
Written for television by David E. Kelley; Directed by Susanne Bier

THE UNDOING is created by David E. Kelley; executive producers, Susanne Bier, David E. Kelley, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea, Stephen Garrett, Celia Costas; based on the novel “You Should Have Known” by Jean Hanff Korelitz.

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