A social satire set in an exclusive tropical resort, this series follows the exploits of various guests and employees over a week-long period. Checking into the luxurious White Lotus, a group of vacationers trample the resort manager and head of spa services. As darker dynamics emerge with each passing day, this biting six-episode series gradually reveals the complex truths of seemingly perfect travelers, cheerful hotel workers, and the idyllic place itself. The stellar cast includes Murray Bartlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario, Fred Hechinger, Jake Lacy, Brittany O’Grady, Natasha Rothwell, Sydney Sweeney and Steve Zahn.
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The White Lotus comes on DVD with six episodes on 2 discs, which provides a large amount of space to avoid compression issues. It pains us a bit that this beautifully shot series hasn’t received a Blu-Ray release, but we can only hope things change one of these days. Due to format limitations, these episodes won’t look as good as in high definition, but the presentation shows its strength in the DVD format. Colors are rendered with nuance, and there’s a bit of texture to the fancy clothing and opulent production design. Much of the show takes place in sunny exteriors, but nighttime scenes look slightly less impressive with struggling black levels. Skin tones look natural and close-ups provide a favorable experience. Even without an HD option for physical media, it’s still a visually rich spectacle with fine detail easily visible in many environments. Although a DVD presentation is not our first choice for this series, we want the security of knowing that we will never lose access to this show.
This DVD comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 track that handles the show’s sound design as well as expected. Sharp dialogue is the priority of this series, and it’s delivered clearly with prominence in the center channel. The unforgettable score and musical cues are perfectly presented here. Among all the loaded and uncomfortable exchanges, environmental effects and ambient chatter never dominate the dialogue. The rear speakers create a three-dimensional space as the sound of the different environments transports you to this kind of “paradise”. The mix has a strong sense of directionality, so nothing feels like it’s coming from the wrong place. This track does the job although it is not a lossless track. Optional English SDH subtitles are provided.
- Invitation to the set: A quick three-minute piece in which the cast and crew discuss the series’ themes, writing tone, character elements, narrative layers and more.
- Cast Snap Judgments: Another three-minute piece in which the actors share their instant word associations with each other.
The White Lotus is one of the most delightfully entertaining social satires we’ve seen in some time. Mike White’s mind is a special place where hilarity and emotional honesty intersect in magical ways. This entire series is one of the strongest you could ask for, and no one makes another look like a weak link. For such a large cast, it’s even more impressive that each storyline has a chance to really resonate and contribute to the overall arc of the experience. At six episodes, this journey is one that never overstays its welcome. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment delivered a DVD with a pretty solid A/V presentation for the format and some brief special features. If you want to own this amazing show, this is the only way to own this one on physical media. Recommended
The White Lotus: The Complete First Season is currently available for purchase on DVD and digital.
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Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided a free copy of this disc for review. All opinions expressed in this review are the honest reactions of the author.