The Show (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

November 1, 2017 by  

Giancarlo Esposito’s “The Show” is an indie satirical drama film that has a clear message but whether or not people in today’s era of social media and anything goes on live-stream videos shared around the world will ever give a care, I’m hoping tragedy never becomes a form of reality-based entertainment.  No doubt a thought-provoking film worth watching.

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TITLE: The Show


DURATION: 106 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio), English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Subtitles: English, English SDH and Spanish

COMPANY: Lionsgate


RELEASE DATE: November 7, 2017

Directed by Giancarlo Esposito

Screenplay by Noah Pink, Kenny Yakkel

Produced by Christopher D’Elia, Giancarlo Espoito, Lawreen E. Kayl, Michael Klein

Executive Producer: Jamie Goehring, Robert A. Halmi, Kevin Leeson, Jim Reeve, Shawn Williamson

Associate Producer: Trevor McWhinney

Music by Rich Walters

Cinematography by Paul Mitchnick

Edited by Jamie Alain

Casting by Angela Demo, Kara Eide, Kris Woz

Production Design by James Robbins

Art Direction by Courtney Stockstad

Set Decoration by Matthew Brunt, Nik Ovstaas

Costume Design by Cynthia Ann Summers


James Franco

Famke Janssen as Ilana Katz

Josh Duhamel as Adam Rogers

Sarah Wayne Callies as Karina

Giancarlo Esposito as Mason Washington

Caitlin FitzGerald as Sylvia

Josh Duhamel, Famke Janssen, and Giancarlo Esposito highlight this pulse-pounding thriller about a reality show that exploits the on-camera deaths of its players on live TV. After a dating show ends in violence, its host Adam Rogers (Duhamel) and a ratings-hungry network exec (Janssen) launch a terrifying new program that promises fresh kills every week. The tension mounts as a kindhearted janitor (Esposito) joins the deadly program, hoping to help his struggling family survive at any cost.

From actor/filmmaker Giancarlo Esposito (“The Usual Suspects”, “The Jungle Book”, “The Electric Company”) comes the satirical drama film “The Show” (also known as “This is Your Death”).

Co-written by Kenny Yakkel and Noah Pink, the film stars Esposito along with Josh Duhamel (“Transformers” films, “Las Vegas”), Famke Janssen (“X-Men” films, “GoldenEye”), Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”, “Prison Break”, “Into the Storm”), Caitlin Fitzgerald (“Masters of Sex”, “It’s Complicated”, “Damsels in Distress”) and a cameo by James Franco (127 Hours”, “This is the End”, “Spider-Man” films).

And now the film will be released on Blu-ray in November 2017 courtesy of Lionsgate.

The film revolves around a game show host named Adam Rogers (portrayed by Josh Duhamel), who lived through a “Bachelor-type” reality show tragedy when the jilted woman shoots and kills the Bachelor and kills herself on live television.

While the experience was once traumatic, the experience eventually leads Adam and network executive Ilana Katz (portrayed by Famke Janssen) along with producer Sylvia (portrayed by Caitlin FitzGerald) to create a new reality show in which features real deaths every week.

Meanwhile, Mason Washington (portrayed by Giancarlo Esposito) is a janitor who is under pressure from his wife to keep their family afloat and not lose their house.  Mason is behind on bills, he is fired from both jobs and now he needs to know how he can make money.

As for Adam, the new reality show he is hosting begins with a woman who electrocuted herself in order to save her daughter’s life by dying live on television (which earned $300,000 for the dead woman’s daughter) and giving her a better life.  And while people were appalled and angry, many found the show to be exciting and feeling one’s death can lead to better things.

The controversial show leads to high viewership and while Sylvia is upset, Adam and Ilana see the ratings possibilities.  Meanwhile, Adam’s sister Karina (portrayed by Sarah Wayne Callies) is against her brother’s show.

The stakes grows even higher when Adam offers to feature three people on television and whoever has the deepest story voted by audiences will earn an extra $200,000.  Adam defends that when he almost died, someone died a senseless death.  But with their show, people will not die a senseless death, it will lead to deaths that can help others.

And for the sakes of ratings, how far will Adam and crew go with their game show?  And will he have any regrets?


“The Show” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio). Picture quality showcases wonderful closeup details, skin tones look natural.  I saw no artifacts or banding issues during my viewing of the film.


“The Show” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.  Dialogue is crystal clear and there are numerous scenes with crowd screams and gasps that are played in the surround channels.

Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.


“The Show” comes with the following special features:

  • Making the Show – (12:42) The Making of “The Show” with the cast discussing the characters and the concept of the show.
  • Cast/Crew Interviews – Featuring interviews with Josh Duhamel, Giancarlo Esposito, Famke Janssen, Sarah Wayne Callis, Caitlin Fitzgerald and producer Michael Klein.
  • Trailer Gallery


“The Show” comes with an UltraViolet Digital HD Code.

After watching “The Show” and going through the process of rumination about the audacious nature of Giancarlo Esposito’s satirical drama, “The Show”, the more that I think that perhaps society is heading to this worrying state of reality-based entertainment.

It was one thing over a decade ago when people questioned the nature of reality TV and even today, shows that many disregard as trash, are still popular shows and even those who are featured on these shows are becoming the new wave of television stars.

But things have changed with technology and faster Internet that people are now broadcasting their own shows on YouTube, bringing in millions of viewers and what people are watching, are things that people don’t usually watch on television.

Watching normal people do things to themselves for the sake of viewers, seeing people get maimed or hurt and some people dying on their social media livestream and while society discusses what is right or what is wrong in society, whether or not these shows are detrimental and because they are on platform that anyone can access, how is this affecting today’s viewers.  Especially our young viewers who are left with electronic devices that can easily watch this type of programming.

It’s a bit worrisome but when you think of how much has changed for reality-based entertainment, things have changed and not all good.

In Giancarlo Esposito’s “The Show”, what happens when people see a reality show turn tragic on live TV?  This effects its host, Adam Rogers, who thinks about how it affects his employers and viewership but also, how senseless the tragedy really was.

But what if tragedy could make a difference and it be the new topic for a reality-based series?  Where people who want to make money for their love ones by dying on live TV for a purpose.

It seems audacious and too crazy for one to conceive but considering the numerous crap we have seen on social media, people taking on certain challenges that can lead to impairment or even death, people who are depressed and wanting to kill themselves and viewers egging them on to do it, when you start to think how far reality TV has gone, something like “The Show” may seem plausible on some sort of media.

Where we live in a society where anything goes?  Our current state of society and its political landscape which has turned into a media circus in epic proportions that I often ask myself, is this for real?

With that out of the way, many people may wonder if the film is any good?   If anything, the film no doubt has a message and while situations are farfetched and how people are killing themselves are so outlandish and macabre, the film is no doubt crazy.  But it’s the message that is driven towards the end and considering how social media has changed society in how we view reality-based entertainment, hopefully death is not something that will be exploited in the same manner that is featured in this film ever in our lifetime.

But considering how humankind was entertained through gladiator-battles of an era long ago to people taking on whatever challenge they find on the Internet, it’s one part of humanity and society that is most unfortunate and one can only feel, “what’s next?”.

“The Show” looks great and sound great on Blu-ray and there are a few special features included such as a making and also cast interviews.

Overall, Giancarlo Esposito’s “The Show” is an indie satirical drama film that has a clear message but whether or not people in today’s era of social media and anything goes on live-stream videos shared around the world will ever give a care, I’m hoping tragedy never becomes a form of reality-based entertainment.  No doubt a thought-provoking film worth watching.

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