Defending Jacob becomes first Apple TV+ show to get DVD/Blu-ray release


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Cult of Mac‘s review of Apple TV+ crime drama Defending Jacob, said that it was the first show to truly justify the existence of Apple’s streaming TV service. Now it’s got another first under its belt: The first Apple TV+ series to receive a physical media release.

On Tuesday, the show was given a Blu-ray and DVD release, making it the first Apple TV+ show to receive that treatment. Even the likes of The Morning Show and Ted Lasso, Apple’s biggest hits to date, have not been released in this way.

Defending Jacob stars Chris “Captain America” Evans as assistant district attorney Andy Barber. Barber’s life is shaken up when his son, Jacob (played by Jaeden Martell), is accused of killing a bully at his high school. The show also stars Michelle Dockery, Cherry Jones, Pablo Schreiber, Betty Gabriel, Sakina Jaffrey and J.K. Simmons.

It was adapted from a bestselling novel of the same name by William Landay, and directed by the Oscar-nominated Morten Tyldum.

The eight-part series debuted on Apple TV+ in April 2020. Unlike many other Apple TV+ shows, there is no second season planned — since this was a miniseries adaptation of a single, finite story.

Defending Jacob on DVD and Blu-ray

In some ways, it’s a bit surprising to see an Apple TV+ series on physical media. After all, the purpose of making its own shows is that Apple has exclusivity as to how they are seen. If you want to watch an Apple Original, the idea is that you have to buy Apple TV+.

But, as with the DVD releases of various Netflix series, it’s possible that the streaming service most associated with the show doesn’t control the home distribution rights. Defending Jacob was produced for Apple by Mimir Films, Mark Bomback Productions, Paramount Television Studios and Anonymous Content. The box art doesn’t appear to mention Apple TV+. That suggests that this isn’t an Apple-led home release.

Defending Jacob costs $34.99 on Blu-ray and $19.99 on DVD. The physical releases include previously unseen bonus footage and featurettes.

What’s your favorite Apple TV+ series to date? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Via: 9to5Mac


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