The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Season One

DVD - 2018
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A religion-based autocracy has taken over most of the United States, renaming the country Gilead. In this country women are second-class citizens. Anyone trying to escape is punished. One such person is June, who is captured while trying to escape with her husband and child and is sentenced to be a handmaid, bearing children for childless government officials. As a handmaid, June is renamed Offred. This is her story.
Publisher: Bevely Hills, CA : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2018]
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (approximately 525 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Jul 09, 2019

The Handmaid’s Tale is an amazing TV series about a woman named June/Offred who has to adjust to a very cruel and strict society. She is one of the very few women left in the world that are able to have children and because of this, she is kidnapped and is sent to a home that will use her body to have a baby. It is very dark at times, but a huge theme in the series is love. June’s main mission is to find her daughter who was separated from her and I find it is a beautiful storyline about a mother that will not give up no matter the possible consequences. I absolutely love this show as it is so suspenseful and unpredictable, you never know what is going to happen next. I also enjoy watching it as it is filmed in mostly Hamilton, Cambridge and Toronto and it is cool being able to see places that are familiar. In fact, the house Offred stays at is just on the corner of Aberdeen Ave. and Bay St. in Hamilton! This show can be hard to watch at times and it does have inappropriate content for kids, so I would say this show is more for a mature audience. I rate “The Handmaids Tale” 5/5 stars. @KyKy18 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

May 31, 2019

What a series, how scary the world, can turn on you, if your
a women. People would say oh, that would not ever happen, here!.
They said the same about, Germany, and it happen there would,
be over,100.00 and 1000,00 or more people murder, for having a different
Look, on what is happen, in the great ole, U.S.A, now!!.
They are taking women's right away, to have a choice,they will
soon be back in the, middle ages!! This series, shows, us if we,
take our, eye off the ball, this could happen!!. That I think is truly,
scary!!. I think it's something, we all need to keep in mind!!!.

Feb 19, 2019

Thanks to the careless and inconsiderate oafs who damage DVDs, I cannot watch and give a review of this series at his time.

March 1.
Now that I've finished viewing an undamaged copy, I can say that it has been an intense experience. The Handmaid's Tale is not easy to watch, but a gripping production with a fine cast is the reward for the viewer.

Offred's tale is truly harrowing. Elisabeth Moss is remarkable in inhabiting the character and expressing the non-verbal, which is vital if not paramount, in her portrayal. Rendering what is not dialogue is the true art in screen acting.

Highly recommended for the non-squeamish.

Nov 04, 2018


Oct 25, 2018

Outstanding.. shows not only a future of how women can be subjugated by men to the extreme but how over time, little my little women have their freedoms taken away from them.. Aunt Lydia reflects the women in our own country who for political reasons tell women, men are smarter than women, women's bodies belong to men and women have no rights over their own reproduction..

Oct 16, 2018

What a thought-provoking series. I read the book many years ago and wasn't sure how it would translate to television but I was pleasantly surprised. You'll experience a range of emotions while watching this show, including discomfort, sadness, fear, anger, hope, and hopelessness. Aside from the wonderful plot and acting, I found myself really impressed by the stunning visual direction in the scenes that featured groups of handmaids. Their movements are beautifully choreographed, a perfect contrast to the horrors the characters are going through. I'm looking forward to Season 2.

Sep 16, 2018

What a disappointment. Very disturbing and depressing. With all that is going in our world right now....really needed something uplifting and these segments for Season 1 did not do it. Have no interest in viewing Season 2.

Sep 08, 2018

Really... stay away from this one, unless you like crappy TV, in which case there are plenty of others to choose from.

So Implausibly, what looks like a ruling elite of North Toronto snobs takes over the United States through some kind of quasi-religious fundamentalist revolution (we know it is not a real religious revolution because it seems that they hang priests and demolish churches)... ok.

Also inexplicably in a country with a constitution and plenty of lawyers and courts, they pass laws that women cannot hold jobs or possess money...yeah.

This presumably proves so unpopular that this new socialist revolutionary government is forced to field more paramilitary soldiers than Nazi Germany AND a secret poilice (called 'eyes').

There is a global epidemic of infertility (so these leftist totalitarians can't just prop up their declining population with they do now), so they basically go National Socialist and communalize the fertile women in service to the state by giving them out to the oligarchic elites to procreate with.

This seems to work about as well as you'd expect.

The characters are even more implausible, our heroine's 'Commander', Fred, is inexplicably seeming to fall in love with the heroine - Offred, in spite of his wife being about 12 times hotter and smarter, and not only that he has access to a real brothel with tons of women. The local secret police agent Nick - who remarkably can't seem to find a way to get laid on his own - also falls for our heroine.

Also Offred's relationship to her husband from 'before' is completely unbelievable though that might just be the acting.

Anyway I think you get it, watch it at your own peril, brain cells are precious.

Sep 03, 2018

Season One: brilliant literary adaptation! The Handmaid's Tale was conceived /written by self-defined Social Realist, much-beloved Feminist:

Margaret Eleanor Atwood CC OOnt FRSC FRSL (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher and environmental activist. She has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children's books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood and her writing have won numerous awards and honors including the Man Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General's Award, and the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Excerpt:

Sep 02, 2018

"The Handmaid's Tale"...a frightening, dystopian future; yet is more relevant TODAY than ever. And I wanted to see it because comedianne Michelle Wolf referred to it during the White House Correspondents' Dinner...particularly to see who "Aunt Lydia" was. Woo, she makes me shudder! --Mark A. Payne

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May 23, 2018

Sexual Content: Sexual scenes with brief nudity.

May 23, 2018

Violence: Scenes of violence and amputation.


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