- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 2
- Genre: Science Fiction,Horror,Supernatural,Period Drama
- Starring: Winona Ryder,David Harbour,Finn Wolfhard
- Studio: The Duffer Brothers
- Release Date: 2016
What’s it about
A love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
In the spirit of longform TV mysteries such as Lost and Under the Dome comes a playfully spooky, Stephen Kingesque headscratcher designed to hook you five minutes in. From time to time in the early episodes it does feel as though Stranger Things is only a gratuitous reference or two away from tipping over into uninspired pastiche, but it has enough ballast to keep righting itself. Yes, this show lives in the past, but it isn’t stuck there. Where, say, Fuller House or The X-Files ask if you remember your old life, Stranger Things reminds you of what it’s like to be alive right now. In the hands of its directors, the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things is at turns touching (when it explores teenage love and friendship) and harrowing (when it follows the creature that turns out to be terrorizing the town). The films “Stranger Things” honors transcended their genres. This seems happy to propitiate them.