"Primeval New World" may have only had one season, but the DVD/Blu-ray was released Tuesday, Oct. 22, and it's worth adding it to your collection.
Knowing that a show is going to end with its story unresolved is one of the worst parts about watching a series that was cancelled, and that's true of "Primeval New World". That said, like stated above, you should consider buying a copy of the DVD or Blu-ray because there is something to be said about binge-watching a show like this and owning is it exactly the way to go about doing that. There may have only been 13 episodes, but in terms of a show set, it's easy to sit down one weekend and watch it from the beginning to the end, especially with the episodes pretty evenly spread across three discs. Sure, you're still going to wonder what happened next as Evan and Dylan ran to see what they had changed, but in a way, it's easier to stomach the cliffhanger if you've just watched 13 episodes in a row than if you had been waiting week to week as it aired. So if you have been trying to decide whether or not to check out the show knowing there's no conclusive ending, make the decision to do so.
Plus, the Blu-ray comes with enough special features for the short series that it makes it worth forking over the money for it—and it's not too expensive. There are behind-the-scenes featurettes for the episodes, each about two minutes long, offering a look at locations, stunts, factoring in VFX and stand-ins, director Amanda Tapping, and more, including examining the characters in certain situations throughout the series. They're definitely worth watching if you have the set to give you a better idea about how the show is filmed, plus a few of them are very amusing and you may find yourself with a better understanding of some things after you've seen them.
The other two featurettes on the set are "Inside the Tank" and "Meet the Cast," with the former offering a quick look at the team's base with a few clips from the show. The other feature offers a pretty extensive overview of the show for a short bonus, with executive producer Martin Wood and the cast speaking about casting and what the show is about, as well as Mark Savela, the VFX supervisor, offering a behind-the-scenes perspective of the dinosaurs.
Now, this isn’t a perfect set, and we did spot a couple of mistakes that could have easily been corrected in the special features, notably "Sarah Canning" instead of "Sara Canning" and "Amanda Frigon" instead of "Miranda Frigon." It would have also been nice to maybe have a bonus featurette about what could have come next if the show hadn't been cancelled. That said, it's otherwise a decent set, it's spectacular visually, and overall, it would get a grade of about a B+.
Will you be picking up a copy of "Primeval: New World" on DVD or Blu-ray to add to your collection?