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'Femme Fatales' Creator Praises Disc

24 Jul, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

Ana Alexander and Madison Dylan from “Femme Fatales.”

SAN DIEGO — If every DVD fan was like Mark Altman, co-creator of Cinemax’s dangerously sexy “Femme Fatales,” the studios can go on releasing discs until the end of time.

“I’ve been a fan of special editions since Laserdiscs,” he said, speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International. “It’s like unwrapping a baked potato. Bonus features are the reason you don’t watch something on Netflix.”

Altman was praising the benefits of disc shortly after the second season of “Femme Fatales” was released by Entertainment One on DVD July 16, featuring more than two hours of bonus features, including commentaries for all 12 episodes, making-of programs, featurettes about the gorgeous women in the series, deleted scenes, and even a video of the “Femme Fatales” panel from the 2012 Comic-Con.

“[The second season] was all because of Comic-Con,” Altman said. With Time Warner-owned Cinemax still mulling whether to renew the series for a third season, Altman said he was hoping the fan response during Comic-Con 2013 would do the trick.

And it’s not just the everyday boys and girls who are seriously into this series, which bases its standalone episodes on film noir classics and older TV thrillers. This second season saw an amazing slate of guest stars, including Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight), Robert Picardo (“Star Trek: Voyager”), Jeff Fahey (“Lost”), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and others.

“I got Vivica Fox (Kill Bill Vol. 1), and she was just the coolest person,” said series actress Madison Dylan (Alexis). “It was crazy the people we had on the show.”

Altman said the plot twists and moodiness of the show are what’s driven its success, more so than the badass women who grace the screen. In fact, the creators and cast were amazed when the first ratings came out for the second season premiere, showing a near even split between men and women watching the show.

“You assume it’s just a show for men, but when the ratings came in and it was 51% men, 49% women, we were surprised,” said actress Nikki Griffin (Nicole Ryan). “There is a sense of female empowerment in the series, and women are drawn to that.”

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