october_roaddvdStudio: Touchstone / Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Year: 2007
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Run time: 552 mins
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 DVD
Region: 1

October Road is a powerful drama about friendship, love, and change that ended too soon–luckily, the closure that fans have craved since the series was cancelled in 2008 is finally here. Who knew it was possible to successfully wrap up all those loose ends in a mere 10-minute bonus feature? The second season of October Road opens just after Nick (Bryan Greenberg) has confessed his eternal love to Hannah Jane (Laura Prepon) and follows Owen’s (Brad William Henke) desperate flight to New York in response to his wife Allison (Elizabeth Bogush)’s affair with his best friend Ikey (Evan Jones). Nick and Eddie (Geoff Stults) set off to bring Owen back to Knights Ridge, though even if they succeed, things will never be the same between Owen and Allison or between old friends Nick, Eddie, Owen, Ikey, and Physical Phil (Jay Paulson). As the season progresses, Big Cat’s (Warren Christie) marriage proposal to Hannah stirs up all sorts of internal and external conflicts about everything from the long-kept secret of Sam’s (Slade Pearce) father’s identity to a brewing custody battle between Big Cat and his ex-wife Christine.

Owen and Nick embark on an uncomfortable pilgrimage to help Owen face the details of Allison’s affair and the holidays come and go, bringing with them difficult memories, varying expectations, and unexpected truths. And then there’s the unlikely relationship between Eddie and Janet (Rebecca Field)–a virtual rollercoaster ride of emotion and self-doubt. The Commander’s (Tom Berenger) surprise bout with bone cancer inspires introspection, reflection, an impromptu night of old-style “living” with the boys, and a new commitment to the here and now. It also demands that Nick decide whether he’ll run away from his problems as he’s done in the past, or stand his ground to do what he ultimately knows is right. What’s crystal clear throughout the entire October Road series is that every action has far-reaching repercussions and that true friendship is both powerful and limited. While fans will likely never be truly satisfied with anything less than several more seasons of October Road, the 10-minute bonus “Road’s End: the Final Chapter,” created specifically for the DVD, offers the next best thing: a closing mini-episode that answers the questions: the identity of Sam’s father, the fate of Nick and Hannah’s intense relationship, and a look at how the whole gang is doing seven years down the road. Other bonus features include three minutes of bloopers and a six-minute behind-the-scenes guided tour of the sets.

“October Road” was not suppose to be a hit. It wasn’t even suppose to be a series. After filming the pilot in the winter of 2005, ABC initially passed on the series during their selections for a fall line-up. But in January of 2007, in a last minute decision (and in desperate need of new material with the up-coming writer’s strike) ABC greenlite 5 additional episodes. And then something crazy happened. The show premiered and over 14 million people watched its first season.

October Road is brought to us by the creaters of the movie Beautiful Girls (starring Timothy Hutton, Uma Thurman, Matt Dillon, Rosie O’Donnell etc.)…an all-time favorite movie of mine, it’s no wonder I fell in love with October Road from the start!
Movie Content:
8.5/10

The Final Word

October Road reminds me of My So Called Life when it first came out, underrated and not given a chance by many. But if you give it a chance, you’ll see that this show is at the top of the best programming out there. The acting is first class, even though you won’t know most of the cast. This isn’t a bad thing though because never knowing them as another character (minus Hannah), makes them that much more believable as this character. The storylines are interesting, entertaining, thought-provoking and fun.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Review by: George Theofanopoulos