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Apparitions (2008)

Martin Shaw , Joe Ahearne , John Strickland  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Martin Shaw
  • Directors: Joe Ahearne, John Strickland
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 336 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0048083KM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,257 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If the Exorcist fails, all Hell will break loose.

In this six-part miniseries, Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed) is Father Jacob, a Roman Catholic priest who examines evidence of miracles to promote candidates for sainthood. He is drawn into the domain of exorcism when he is approached for help by a young girl who believes her father is possessed. Besieged by ghastly visions, vicious murders and demonic attacks, Father Jacob wages war against evil with the only weapons he has - faith, ritual and prayer.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Battle of Good vs. Evil December 7, 2010
Apparitions is a mini-series that pits a Catholic priest against the forces of evil. Martin Shaw does an outstanding job in the role of the priest who never compromises his principals in his battle to exercise the demons he encounters.
When I saw that the main character in this show was a priest, I was ready for yet another bad portrayal of the Catholic Church. It was refreshing to see that they did not take this path and actually showed a priest who remained committed to his beliefs. The only "bad" portrayal was that of his superior, the bishop who seems more concerned about the Church being politically correct than actually combating evil.
The series is very well written with stories that will keep you on the edge of your seats. It is not however, suited for children. If you are at all squeamish I would not watch this as some of the scenes are quite graphic. For me, the stories were so compelling that I was able to overlook the violent scenes. If you can get past that, I highly recommend this series. I just wish that it was not just a mini-series but an on-going series.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Demonic Dueling December 18, 2010
First of it Apparitions was not a miniseries it was a six-episode tv show that was cancelled due to the fact that the BBC put it on against a reality show on another BBC network. The first season arc pits Martin Shaw's priest against different adversaries, some of whom are supposed to be on his side as he discovers a sinister plot against him. Secondly, you don't need to be Catholic, religious or beleive in God to watch this show. The stories are just as much about personal morals, ethics, and politics as they are about anything else. Many of the characters in this show are more concerned with spin-doctoring and their personal political agendas than they are about protecting people and doing the right thing morally and ethically. Church sends a nun to spy on him and report back to the Vatican on his doings, while at the same time they tell him to get on with doing the job he's supposed to be doing, finding saints to make the church look good, while at the same time being selective about who they think ought to become a saint. Had the show not been canccelled season two was going to continue the question--were there other clergy possessed by or otherwise being scontrolled by demonic elements.Apparitions
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Show and Incredible Lead July 10, 2011
Whether the show was an intended one-off or was cancelled doesn't really matter. I have heard that Marty Shaw only wanted to do one series and it has been my fervent wish that he (and Joe Ahearne) would revisit the character of Father Jacob. That being said, I will back away from the pedantic kool-aid now.

Upon reading the synopsis, you may think that the story (certainly it's type) has been told ad nauseam, but this in my opinion, is one of the best. It's highly entertaining and I found it to be thought provoking as well. The changing view of the Catholic Church was tackled head on.

All in all, a wonderful show which completely engages you and makes you pull it out for multiple viewings. Well worth the cost.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent series January 30, 2012
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The only downfall of this series is that it's only six episodes. It's nice to watch a good vs evil and not have the evil be the Catholic church. I wish there were more shows out there like this...TRULY enjoyed this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Incredible!! July 6, 2012
By Bacnow
First, let me say that I haven't viewed many BBC shows. I live in SoCal and am used to the local product. If their shows are written and performed this well then I have been missing out. The battles that take place in this "Good vs. Evil" show are believable for those of the faith.
I am not Catholic, but, I have always admired their exorcists because I know that they face extreme evil and spiritual attacks on a level that would turn most men into shivering piles of Jello. Yet, I am dismayed by the recent attempts of the Catholic Church to denounce spiritual warfare and remove itself from the front lines of the battle in an attempt to remain politically correct.
Still, this series tackles satanic evil, Godly love, Church corruption, human frailty, and brotherly compassion in a way that I have never seen expressed on the tube. The production value, writing and especially acting are superb! I plan to write an email to the producer of the show thanking him for such an outstanding effort. I will definitely add this DVD series to my collection!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Show November 25, 2013
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This has to be one of the most thought-provoking and brave shows produced in decades. It deals with Christian and Muslim beliefs, abortion, child abuse, homelessness and war. And it has some creepy scenes that rival "The Exorcist".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars we need MORE episodes! wake up B.B.C.!!!!! August 3, 2013
By katana
did the B.B.C. REALLY cancel any continuation of the brilliant series for some peurile "reality show"?????? ,as if we dont have a surplus of banality on the t.v. APPARITIONS is a major departure for t.v. viewing,both innovative and compelling viewing.and tense and dramatic too. i am quite frankly appalled that the B.B.C. should ditch this QUALITY series for some "banality fodder". BRING A NEW SERIES BACK!!!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a Complete Similation of the Original
Unfortunately this recording does not contain the full original recording of this series. It especially leaves out the scene at the jail where the man is attacked in the bathroom. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David S. Pearson Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is the best movie on exorcism I have seen. With the exceptions of a few "Hollywood" detours, the movie depicts the benefits and dangers of exorcism. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joseph Richard Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent drama - regardless of your religiousity
I personally loved the show, but can understand why it didn't have better ratings. It basically couldn't win. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mo Po
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is Rod Serling when you really need him?
When I saw that the six episodes of "Apparitions" were available for streaming, I browsed the user reviews here and on IMDb, and found them to be overwhelmingly glowing. Read more
Published 16 months ago by ocarolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I sat down to watch one episode and wound up watching the whole of this remarkable series. Not since The Exorcist has there been such a riveting good v. evil story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jody
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but with flawed theology
This was a fairly enjoyable and suspenseful series about a priest who is an exorcist. Martin Shaw is superb as the priest. Read more
Published 23 months ago by technorebel
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