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Westworld

Westworld

Season One, The Maze

DVD - 2017
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A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin -- exploring a world in which every human appetite, not matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. Exploring what it means to be human through the eyes of the lifelike AI "hosts" in the park, the series investigates the boundaries of an exotic world set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past. Meticulously crafted and artfully designed. Westworld offers its guests an unparalleled, immersive world where they have the freedom to become who they've always wanted to be -- or who they never knew they were. No rules, no laws, no judgment. Live without limits.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, CA] : HBO, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD WESTWOR Season 1
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (619 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
widescreen,24 fps,rda
NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
Language Note: In English or dubbed Portuguese with optional English, French, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, or Thai subtitles; closed-captioned

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LPL_WilliamO Feb 10, 2021

My first thought: The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park with a Western theme, but the children/dinosaurs are androids that gradually gain more and more self-awareness. Intriguing, layered storylines that beg you to binge, but this is best taken slowly, as there are details you don't want to overlook.

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gdh3807
Jul 09, 2020

This show is so far perfect. The story is intriguing, the visuals are beautiful and the acting is incredible.

sjpl_javier Mar 25, 2020

This is a series about androids in the near future in a theme park in a Old Western America setting. Rich Humans can visit the park and live out their fantasies that they couldn't possible do in their real lives: Heroism, Villiany, murder, rape, etc.

The CGI of androids being rebuilt and assembled is great. The story-line is great. Season 3 is coming out this year, do yourself a favor and catch it.

You can really believe these actors are robots right away. They do an amazing job. Rated R for graphic content.

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AureliaReads
Jun 01, 2019

Should have an R rating for graphic, ugly violence the authors seemed to revel in and that comes with no warning over and over and over and for nudity.

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marcos_santiago
May 09, 2019

Exceptional show, a must-watch, but I'm giving it only 3 stars. Please let me explain... the story is carefully crafted with the exception of the character called Maeve. Her journey into consciousness and self awareness was ridiculous! A deal-breaker for me.

In a sense, the show has two extremes in season 1: excellent writing in most episodes, and very lazy writing for Maeve's storyline.

I still think it is fantastic television, and even more relevant with the current (2019) interest in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing.

There are other issues, for example, the pace. Sometimes it slows down and starts to drag. They had to trim some of those scenes a little bit more in the editing room. But there is so much to love, that you should watch it.

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hgibbins
May 06, 2019

Absolutely loved this series. I would caution anybody watching it however, that "binge watching" just won't cut it as you'll miss way too many subtle details. How do I know? Because I did it, then when season 2 came out I watched it, then had to go back and watch season 1 all over again (not that this was a bad thing), as I'd missed so many little things that developed further in season 2.

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moviefan01
Apr 06, 2019

Several years ago, I took an Introduction to Philosophy class at the local community college. At one point, we discussed Alan Turing and his "Turing test": Can computers think? At what point does a computer--or an artificial intelligence "unit" or robot--become indistinguishable from a human? Westworld picks this up, in spades, and there was a surprise in there that I didn't quite see coming. By turns cerebral and violent, this show has masterful performances from all the actors, especially Jeffrey Wright and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and look for Ed Harris as a Man in Black heavy.

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darcerama
Mar 13, 2019

I was thoroughly engrossed while watching this the first time. Then, after having seen season 2, I realized how truly layered, complex and deeply intentional this series really ends up being! I put season 1 back on hold, rewatched, and it blew my mind even further.
I can understand some folks distaste, it’s not easy to watch at times. It’s not just the violence, but the philosophical ramifications that can also make you squirm. If you can stomach it, don’t look away. Then watch the extras, which illuminate the creator’s thought processes and intent. Now that I grasp it better, I’ll also go back to watch season 2 again. Guess I ended up in my own story loop.

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Candona
Jan 03, 2019

A cerebral show. The story is presented in a twisted pattern (for a reason) which even when you realize what is being done you still have to think about what is going on. Also a bit hard to watch with frequent and graphic violence. I guess this serves both to underline the base behavior of humans to others as well keeping the depiction of violence authentic and not sanitizing it the way many other shows do. It just makes it heavy to watch at times. Gorgeous scenery!

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eusebius
Oct 19, 2018

I don't follow Specialty drama series as a rule--was unable to get through Game of Thrones season 1--so that I was able to follow this one to the end is remarkable. Some of the acting is really fine. Thandie Newton as a saloon prostitute does superb work; her gradual understanding of who she is and where she came from kept me watching. Anthony Hopkins as the Doctor Moreau figure had a lot of fun with playing God with his creations. Ed Harris is excellent as usual; that bone-dry humour is always attractive.

I did not like the long series of fake climaxes that litter the course of the ten episodes. It's just too obvious that the story has to expand to fill the time allotted to it. Sometimes I just said "Get on with it!" as there was yet another shoot-out. But there was enough enjoyment to keep me watching.

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SEBoiko
Apr 21, 2018

You can't like anyone your not suppose to.

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SEBoiko
Apr 21, 2018

To know ourselves.

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jimg2000
Nov 29, 2017

Tons of quotes available from the web, e.g. wikiquote:
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Westworld_(TV_series)

From Special Features:
It’s the ability of the machine to start encoding itself and start interrogating itself.
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Is it consciousness, is it programing, is it awareness? All individuals tend to be egocentric. But I think it’s a really natural impulse to look at the world through your own perspective and see everything and weigh all actions, in a way, against how they affect you.
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One of the curious elements of the show is empathy for the robot. In many respects it becomes a metaphor, for awakening, for consciousness, for spiritual discovery. And what we find is that the creators are less human than the creations.
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Julian Jaynes in the Bicameral Mind: Cognition the moment at which you reach an inner monologue. Consciousness isn’t a journey upward, but a journey inward. Not a pyramid, but a maze. That inner voice expressing and querying the world around us and ourselves.

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SEBoiko
Apr 17, 2018

Other: female and male nudity

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SEBoiko
Apr 17, 2018

Violence: extreme

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