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The First Purge Blu-ray Review – See Where it All Began

by Sean P. Aune | October 2, 2018October 2, 2018 9:30 am EDT

The fourth film in the Purge series – The First Purge – takes us back to where the annual ritual began, and that was with a small test located solely within in the confines of Staten Island, New York.

Set shortly after The New Founding Fathers won the White House, The First Purge attempts to explain how the country ever agreed to this concept in the first place. And while there are a few lines addressing that, you still aren’t totally clear on all the reasons this came about, but that is what future installments are for.

The Nerdy was provided with a copy of the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital package for this purposes of this review. Compared to some Blu-ray’s I’ve reviewed lately (I’m looking at Pirate of the Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales!) the menus were easy to follow, and there were no issues with navigation. It’s unfortunate to say, but this has been a problem as of late, so it’s refreshing to see one just plainly laid out.

The shortfall, however, is that there are only about 10 minutes of extras total with the film. You can see them all detailed below, but it is is definitely not a selling point if you’re someone who likes to dive into more of the film.

If you want to bring the film home, then it’s a fine package, but don’t be expecting too much beyind the bare minimum.


  • Deleted Scene
  • A Radical Experiment – Cast and filmmakers discuss how The First Purge expands on the themes of the franchise, making them more culturally relevant than ever before.
  • Bringing the Chaos – Violence is inescapable in The First Purge. Here we explore the elements that ramped up the action in the film and made it the most intense installment yet.
  • The Masks of the First Purge – A good disguise is a key part of a successful Purge night. In this featurette, we take a look at how the masks in the film added to the terror of The First Purge.

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Universal provided us with a copy of The First Purge on Blu-ray for the purposes of this review. We watched the film and all of its extras before beginning this review.

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Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing