Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States. Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarized 'return to traditional values'.
As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate the world. In this terrifying society, Offred must navigate between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids - where anyone could be a spy for Gilead - all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.
This past April, the Hulu-original program launched its 10-episode first season, and immediately began winning praise from critics and viewers alike. The show was nominated for 13 primetime Emmy Awards, and took home 8 of them...including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (star Elisabeth Moss; Mad Men, The West Wing, Top Of The Lake
), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Ann Dowd; The Leftovers, Masters of Sex, Quarry
), and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Alexis Bledel; Gilmore Girls, Mad Men, ER
). The show's second season is in-the-works, and will debut on Hulu sometime in 2018.
Now Amazon.com has begun accepting pre-orders for The Handmaid's Tale - Season 1
. This listing is prior to the official MGM Home Entertainment announcement for the item, though, so instead of a street date Amazon merely says "This title has not yet been released. You may pre-order it now and we will deliver it to you when it arrives.
Pricing is available, however, at $39.98 SRP. There are no other details available so far at Amazon's entry, but there is early box art (seen below; this may not be finalized yet, and could be subject to change). There is no Blu-ray Disc pre-order listing...but MGM titles are produced and distributed by Fox Home Entertainment, and Fox is moving away from TV-BD releases, so may have decided not to create a Blu version of it. Stay tuned, of course, and we'll update you further on this title, just as soon as we find out more! Our thanks to one of our longtime readers, Bryce Novarro, for pointing it out to us.