Season one of The Bridge is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. The FX show is a crime thriller set on the U.S.-Mexico border. When a murder victim is discovered on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez, detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) works with her Mexican counterpart, Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir), to catch a serial killer terrorizing both sides of the border. During their investigation, the two detectives uncover shocking secrets and relentless danger that neither of them could possibly have imagined. Now thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, you can win The Bridge: Season 1 4-disc DVD set on my movie blog.
Top 5 Things You Need to Know about The Bridge
The Bridge is a co-production of Shine America and FX Productions. In celebration of the show’s Blu-ray and DVD releases, 20th Century Fox complied a list of the top 5 things you need to know about The Bridge.
- The part of Detective Marco Ruiz is not Demián Bichir’s first American role
Demián Bichir was a very successful actor in Mexico before finding footing in American entertainment. Bichir actually moved to New York, and later L.A., to pursue an acting career but couldn’t find any work. He decided to go back to Mexico where he was part of many popular telenovelas. Sexo, pudor y lágrimas (1999) proved to be his Mexican movie breakout after it became the number one film in the history of the country’s cinema. Bichir widened his American audience by playing the corrupt Tijuana mayor, Esteban Reyes, in the Showtime series Weeds (2008). He became only the second Mexican actor (Anthony Quinn being the first) to receive an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination for his performance in A Better Life (2011).
- Diane Kruger wanted to be a ballerina
Diane Kruger had young aspirations to be a ballerina while she was living in her home country of Germany. She successfully auditioned for the Royal Ballet School in London and was unfortunately forced into early retirement when she sustained a bad injury. She went on to pursue a modeling and acting career and began winning big roles in movies like Troy (2004), Inglorious Basterds (2009), Unknown (2011), and The Host (2013).
- The Bridge remake deals with a deeper rift than that of the Scandinavian original
The location of the show was changed to the American/Mexican border compared to the Swedish/Dutch border in the original Bron (2011). The El Paso/Ciudad Juarez locations were chosen so that the story could borrow and play out from real events and issues concerning the Mexican-American border. One of the main differences between the two versions is the amount and level of discord between the United States and Mexico; the cultural divide is in real life so much greater than its Scandinavian counterpart. The New York Times Mexico correspondent Damien Cave believes that The Bridge will be the show to make Americans think of Mexico in a different way. The Bridge helps explain a place that neither Mexico nor the United States understands that well, and that’s the border.
- Executive producer and writer Meredith Stiehm has a slew of popular and successful dramas under her belt
Stiehm was the creator and executive producer of the great drama series Cold Case, which had a prosperous seven-year long stint on CBS. She received three Emmy nominations for her writing on NYPD Blue and ER. During her time as a writer and executive producer for Homeland, she saw the show win an Emmy, Golden Globe, WGA, and Peabody Award in the Best Drama Series categories. With such a talented and experienced person at the helm, The Bridge has already won several awards and it’s certainly on its way to many more.
The Bridge returns for an all-new season July 9 on FX
Nine months later, a new and even more suspenseful season arrives. Fans of the show have waited long enough and will finally get to see what has been happening with Detectives Sonya Cross and Marco Ruiz.
The Bridge Sweepstakes
Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my movie blog will win The Bridge: Season 1 DVD boxset. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the contest is Saturday, July 5th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the United States and Canada. To enter the sweepstake, leave a comment about your favorite TV series.
[Disclosure: I did not receive anything for hosting this contest. The giveaway prize will be provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, but they are not the administrators of the sweepstake on my movie blog. I am not liable for the prize. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]