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 birth-rate, Gilead is ruled by a twisted fundamentalism in its militarised 'return to traditional values'.
As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred (Elisabeth Moss) is a Handmaid in the Commander's (Joseph Fiennes) 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.
'The Handmaid's Tale is a haunting confluence of tenses. It's also one of the best shows of the year so far, at times hard to watch but impossible to ignore.' Liz Shannon Miller, IndieWire
'The Handmaid's Tale raises Hulu's standing as a source of original drama content. And it raises the bar for what TV can accomplish, even in the middle of the medium's current golden era.' Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press
'For all the horror of the show, I did not find watching it to be an entirely hopeless experience.' Willa Paskin, Slate
'Hulu's excellent adaptation of Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is a horror show unveiled in slow motion.' Eric Deggans, NPR
'The Handmaid's Tale is also a straight up horror show wherein Elisabeth Moss's Offred is the not-so virginal final girl. The series packs as much terror as any psychological thriller, summer slasher, or gross out grindhouse flick.' Meghan O'Keefe, Decider
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Series: The Handmaid's Tale
Classification: MA15+ (Strong themes, sex scenes, sexualised violence, violence and coarse language)
Number of Discs: 3
Region: 4 (Australia & New Zealand)
Released: 14th March 2018
Running Time: 550.0 mins