American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson

by Greg Vellante

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday September 20, 2016

American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson

The most infuriating thing about "American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson" -- aside from the obvious obstructions of justice highlighted through FX's intense miniseries dramatization -- was the fact that the show was released on a week-by-week basis during its initial run. For a piece of media this binge-worthy, waiting seven days between each episode felt like absolute torture in an age where Netflix and Amazon Prime seasons are dropped online in a single helping.

And yet, the show delivered, week after week, topping itself constantly and cementing itself as one of the best and most cinematic pieces of television that 2016 has offered (which was verified even more at the recent Emmys, where the show dominated the "Limited Series" categories in writing, directing, acting and overall).

Now, viewers can re-watch or experience "The People vs. OJ Simpson" for the first time, and in as many or as little helpings as they see fit. This is certainly binge-worthy television at its very finest, so don't be surprised if you end up consuming more than you can chew based on sheer suspense and curiosity. Even if you know the ins and outs of the OJ Simpson case -- hell, even if you were involved with it -- there are a myriad of working pieces to appreciate in this show.

The writing and directing are absolutely ace, bringing a truly accomplished quality not often experienced in the television realm. As for the performances, that's a whole different ballpark. From Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Simpson to Sarah Paulson's Marcia Clark, the series is littered with one magnificent performance after another (John Travolta, David Schwimmer, Sterling K. Brown... hell, just go to IMDB, the whole cast is unbelievable). Throw in some excellent soundtrack choices and tense editing work, and "American Crime Story" is one for the record books.

It's a shame, then, that the bonus features are so minimal on the Blu-ray release. It includes just a mere featurette ("Past Imperfect") that is definitely interesting, as well as an interactive timeline (which is also included as a physical booklet), but it feels scarce for a show that was so plentiful.

What about a feature on the casting process that was undeniably a major success? On-set production diaries? A commentary? There are many missed opportunities here, but it's okay in the long run, since the show in question is a stone cold masterpiece of televised art.

"American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson"