‘Sons of Anarchy’ Cast, Crew Tout Blu-ray31 Aug, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Paris Barclay has directed more than 100 TV episodes in his career, everything from “ER” to “CSI” to “Lost” to “Glee.”
But after just a few months as executive producer and director for FX’s hit headline show “Sons of Anarchy,” the prolific storyteller was happy to say his latest work measures high on his résumé.
“There’s so much life in [the series], so many stories to tell,” he said Aug. 30 at a DVD and Blu-ray Disc release event for the third season of the series. “It’s going to last at least seven seasons.” And before a screening of episode one for season four (airing Sept. 6 on FX), Barclay said he had only one regret: “I don’t have the Blu-ray yet.”
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released the third season of the graphic biker drama on both DVD ($59.98) and Blu-ray Disc ($69.99) Aug. 30. Blu-ray bonuses include commentaries, extended scenes, deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews, gag reels and a story bridge between seasons three and four.
The Blu-ray of season three was a much-touted prize among cast members, one few had put their hands on yet.
“I got mine,” said actor Michael Marisi Ornstein (Chuck Marstein), smiling. “I have never in my life experienced so many types of people loving the same [work] so passionately. It’s really pretty amazing.”
Yet for all the (mostly overseas) chaos viewers enjoyed in season three, fans will adore what’s coming in season four for the SAMCRO biker club, cast members said.
“You’re going to see creepy, weird [stuff]; I promise that. Because I’m a part of it,” said actor Tom Arnold, who guest starred as a porn king in season two, and returns for season four.
Actress Kristen Renton (Ima) said viewers should look out for a “wake of destruction” and that season four will “knock your socks off.”
“Internal [SAMCRO] angst,” warned actress Maggie Siff (Tara Knowles).
Veteran film bad guy Danny Trejo said that his season four character is exciting, yet anything but one-dimensional, and show favorite Katey Sagal said “all her [character’s] relationships” would be a source of continual (and likely brutal) drama.
Lax security failed to keep autograph seekers away from the red carpet on Sunset Boulevard that night, though cast members didn’t seem to mind, signing almost anything they could. That’s no surprise, according to John Landgraf, president and GM of FX Networks.
“This is a show millions live for when it’s on the air and pine for when it’s not,” he said.
Perhaps show creator Kurt Sutter best summed up how much excitement is due this series, when he broke down before a crowd of nearly 1,000 who previewed the first episode of season four.
“This has just been one of the most creative, satisfying journeys of my career,” he said. “[This fourth season] we f*** s*** up. And I mean like on every f***ing level.”