Orange is the New Black Blu-ray Review

There’s this show called Orange is the New Black. You may have heard of it. For those of you who for some reason don’t have Netflix, it’s a good reason to pay $8.99 a month for the service… even though you’ll end up watching this comedy-drama over the course of a single weekend.

Orange is the New Black, which is now on Blu-ray, is a highly addictive piece of entertainment that features some terrific acting, great writing and a cast of interesting characters. About a woman named Piper (Taylor Schilling) who is sent to prison for a crime she committed years earlier, the show follows her struggles with being imprisoned and the tension-filled reunion with her ex-girlfriend (Laura Prepon).

Though I’m not among the target audience (read: women), I found Orange is the New Black to be a lot of fun. Schilling is excellent, but it’s the supporting cast and their chemistry with one another that makes the show work so well. Even Jason Biggs is quite good, though his character, so separated from everyone else, struggles to remain relevant at times.

Orange is the New Black skillfully balances between comedy and drama, and often blends the two for incredible synergy. Crazy Eyes seems to exist primarily for comedic relief, but as time progresses the writers and actress Uzo Aduba develop her into a three-dimensional character with surprising depth. And she’s one of the least developed characters.

Orange is the New Black is one of the best shows on the market today and well worth 13 hours of your weekend. The Blu-ray includes several featurettes, a gag reel and two episode commentaries with the show’s producers.

By Erik Samdahl
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