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The eleventh season of SUPERNATURAL has landed on DVD, Blu-ray and digital release today (September 6). The show now stands as The CW’s longest-running scripted series and season 11 of SUPERNATURAL saw the show going back to its roots: its biblical roots, to be exact. The actions of Sam and Dean Winchester at the end of season 10 inadvertently released a villain known as The Darkness. As it turns out, The Darkness also goes by another name: Amara (a.k.a. God’s sister). As the yin to his yang, he locked away before her destructive nature could wipe out his creations.
The Winchester brothers were once again pitted between ancient good and evil forces in season 11, much as they were in season 5 when the apocalypse came calling. This time Dean was pulled towards the “darkness” side of the fight, as his connection to Amara via the Mark of Cain meant that he felt drawn towards her once she manifested herself as a human (albeit with incredible powers) and vice versa. Meanwhile, Lucifer (who had been locked away thanks to Sam’s sacrifice at the end of season 5) took the reappearance of his “aunt” as a chance to escape Hell. And, thanks to Castiel, he inhabited the other angel’s body, escaped his cage and was roaming the earth once again, humiliating and dethroning Crowley as the King of Hell (a fact Crowley definitely wasn’t happy about).
In the end, Dean was prepared to sacrifice himself in order to destroy Amara. But the reappearance of God (a.k.a. Chuck) meant that He and His sister could work out some long-festering sibling issues and went off together in order to heal. Whether these two ancient beings will ever return to SUPERNATURAL in the future is anyone’s guess, but since no one ever really disappears on this show we’re assuming they’ll pop up again before the series ends.
The end of season 11 introduced two new arcs for season 12, including the British Men of Letters. This group — formerly associated with the Men of Letters that Sam and Dean’s grandfather belonged to — isn’t too happy that the Winchester brothers have been wreaking havoc in the U.S. over the years and nearly ended the world a bunch of times. And one of them — Lady Toni Bevell — came to collect the brothers and get them in line. But all she found was Sam, who believed that his brother was dead. After shooting him off-screen, it looks like the younger Winchester brother is in serious danger and is without his brother or his familiar allies. Finally, Amara gifted Dean with a monumental present as thanks for reuniting her and her brother: the return of his mother, Mary. After being dead for three decades, Mary Winchester is back and she will have to get used to life in the 21st century and get to know the two grown men who were just young children when she died all the way back in the pilot.
The DVD and Blu-ray sets of SUPERNATURAL contain a wealth of special features that will be sure to delight SUPERNATURAL fans — particularly those who are interested in the behind the scenes details.
- Jensen Ackles on Directing “The Bad Seed”. Star Jensen Ackles takes viewers behind the scenes of latest directing gig for the show. There’s interviewes with co-stars Jared Padalecki and Mark Sheppard, Production Designer Jerry Wanek and co-writers Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Lemming.
- On Set With SPN: The Real Fan Contest. Two fans – one from the US and one from Japan – won an online contest held by Warner Bros last year. They each took one friend to Vancouver for the ultimate set visit and behind the scenes look at the show.
- The Winchester Mythology: Shedding Light on the Darkness. The actors and producers talk about the Darkness and how she fit into the storyline for season 11. Watch an exclusive sneak peek from this featurette.
- Digital Magic: Enhancing the Sets with VFX. SUPERNATURAL is a show with quite a few visual effects, whether big or small. This featurette takes you behind the scenes with the VFX and art departments and focuses on two big VFX projects for season 11: building Lucifer’s cage in Hell and the submarine in “The Vessel”.
- Deleted Scenes. There’s deleted scenes for numberous episodes in season 11.
- Gag Reel. The gag reel for SUPERNATURAL is always an instant classic.
- Supernatural 2015 Comic-Con panel
- Audio Commentary. Watch three episodes (“Baby”, “Just My Imagination” and “Don’t Call Me Shurley”) with behind the scenes details from the writers, actors and directors.
The CW’s Longest-Running Scripted Series
SUPERNATURAL: THE COMPLETE ELEVENTH SEASON
Contains All 23 Episodes from Season Eleven
Plus over Four hours of Bonus Content including Featurettes, Commentaries, Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel!
The Darkness Arrives On Blu-ray TM and DVD
September 6, 2016
The series that spawned several novels, magazines, comics, games, and even an anime series continues with more thrilling adventures as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD on September 6, 2016. The set contains all 23 gripping episodes from Season Eleven and is packed with over four hours of bonus content – including featurettes, commentaries, the show’s packed Comic-Con panel, deleted scenes, and a priceless gag reel. Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season is priced to own at $49.99 SRP on DVD and $54.97 SRP on Blu-ray including Digital HD.
Season Eleven plunges Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) into extreme peril as they face The Darkness, a sinister new menace unleashed upon the Earth. They continue their monster-hunting missions, battling the usual werewolves, black-eyed demons and even a vengeful ghost in a stuffed bunny costume, but with a sharp new focus: destroy The Darkness. Needing all the help they can get, the brothers turn to fallen angel Castiel (Misha Collins); the King of Hell, Crowley (Mark A. Sheppard) and even an unassuming God (Rob Benedict)– only to come face to face with Lucifer and Crowley’s power-hungry witch-mother Rowena (Ruth Connell). Strap yourself in for the Winchesters’ darkest adventures yet as they journey between Heaven and Hell in all 23 electrifying episodes of the epic suspense thriller.
“After eleven captivating seasons, there is no denying that Supernatural is an extraordinary TV success story,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “With both strong ratings on The CW and strong sales on home entertainment platforms, the series continues to enthrall its passionate and dedicated fan base. We are very excited to release Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season with four hours of bonus content for fans to add to their collection.”
Supernatural returns this fall, airing Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW, and stars Jared Padalecki (Friday the 13th, Gilmore Girls) and Jensen Ackles (Smallville, My Bloody Valentine) as Sam and Dean Winchester, in addition to Misha Collins (24, Girl Interrupted) as Castiel and Mark A. Sheppard (In the Name of the Father, White Collar) as Crowley. Created by Eric Kripke (Revolution, Timeless), the eleventh season of the hit series was executive produced by Jeremy Carver (Being Human) and Phil Sgriccia (Smallville). Produced by Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural returns for its twelfth season this fall on The CW.
Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD Features
· On the Set with Supernatural: The Real Fan Contest
· Jensen Ackles on Directing “The Bad Seed”
· Digital Magic: Enhancing the sets with VFX
· The Winchester Mythology: The Darkness
· 2015 Comic-Con Panel
· 3 Audio Commentaries
· Deleted Scenes
· Gag Reel
23 One-Hour Episodes
1. Out of the Darkness, Into the Fire
2. Form and Void
3. The Bad Seed
5. Thin Lizzie
6. Our Little World
8. Just My Imagination
9. O Brother Where Are Thou?
10. The Devil in the Details
11. Into the Mystic
12. Don’t You Forget About Me
13. Love Hurts
14. The Vessel
15. Beyond the Mat
16. Safe House
17. Red Meat
18. Hell’s Angel
19. The Chitters
20. Don’t Call Me Shurley
21. All in the Family
22. We Happy Few
23. Alpha and Omega
The eleventh season of Supernatural is also currently available to own on Digital HD. Digital HD allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital HD is available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. A Digital HD copy is also included with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs for redemption and cloud storage through participating UltraViolet retail services including CinemaNow, Vudu and Flixster Video.