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Being Human: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2010)

Lenora Crichlow , Russell Tovey , Alex Pillai , Colin Teague  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner, Sinead Keenan, Michael Socha
  • Directors: Alex Pillai, Colin Teague, Declan O'Dwyer, Toby Haynes
  • Writers: Brian Dooley, Rachel Anthony, Toby Whithouse
  • Producers: Alison Law
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 343 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Being Human: Season 1 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Deleted scenes
Behind-the-scenes featurettes
Video diaries
Character profiles
Interview with creator Toby Whithouse

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Being Human is a witty and extraordinary look into the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives - as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost – as they struggle to live normally despite their strange and dark secrets. George (Russell Tovey) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) work in anonymous drudgery as hospital porters in Bristol, England. They lead lives of quiet desperation under the burden of a terrible secret - Mitchell's a vampire and George a werewolf. Deciding to start life afresh and leave behind the dark side, they move into a house, only to find that Annie (Lenora Crichlow), the ghost of a woman killed in mysterious circumstances, haunts it. As the threesome deal with the challenges of their new lives together, they're united in their desire to blend in with their human neighbors. But with unwelcome intruders into their world, a threatened revolution from the vampire underworld, constant threats of exposure, and the day-to-day issues faced by young people - the only thing they may be able to rely on is each other.

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81 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Vampire Show on TV . . . April 11, 2010
. . . and best werewolf and best ghost show on TV. Mind you, I like TRUE BLOOD and have even come to see the upside to THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, but both of those are enjoyable diversions with no real subtext (TRUE BLOOD gestures at subtext with its parallels with prejudice against all kinds of difference, but in 2010 that is a pretty worked over subtext and lacks power at this point). But if you want more depth of subtext and a more subtle narrative and richer character development and, well, less garishness, than this is a show you should check out. Not yet available in the U.S. on DVD and Blu-ray (every time I have checked on Amazon I've only seen an outrageously overpriced $70 Blu-ray that never seems to be available -- though if you have an all regions DVD player, you can order an infinitely more affordable edition from Great Britain, which I strongly recommend, I repeat, only if you have an All-Regions player). There are only six episodes in Season One and eight in Seasons Two, so the idea of paying over $10 per episode is rather offensive. But you can either catch the show on BBC America or on Region 2 DVDs.

The series starts when two orderlies at a hospital at Bristol decide to room together. What makes this desirable for them is that they are supernatural creatures. Mitchell is a vampire. Not a terribly old one by vampire narrative standards (less than a century old). George is a werewolf and on three nights a week has a rather violent transformation into a truly nasty beastie (and thanks to CGI his transformations are truly horrendous). Both of them are trying to pass as normal humans, and for economic reasons and simply because they don't want to live alone, they decide to find an apartment together.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
"Being Human" is another of the UK's gifts to mankind and has thankfully been imported to our shores unlike the even more awesome Dead Set, which is still only enjoyable to Americans with region free DVD players. The sitcom premise (a werewolf, ghost, and vampire sharing a flat) of this one belies it's flair for the dramatic. Not that Being Human isn't funny; it's very funny, but I wouldn't qualify it as a pure comedy by any stretch. The heart and soul of this show is the relationships between the characters and the strength they are able to muster together outweighing their many individual weaknesses and failings. The British have certainly been gathering a lot of steam on the supernatural/sci-fi television front and soon they may overtake America's offerings altogether. Let's just hope this one lasts.

The cast, then. Mitchell is the classic brooding vampire cut from the Angel mold. That is to say he's a former hell-raiser who has turned over a new leaf and is attempting to live a "normal" murder-free life. But old habits die hard. Whereas many vamp stories of this nature equate the vampire's hunger with drug addiction, in Mitchell's case his seems to be something even more applicable in the males of our species: sexual desire. His victims are typically one-night stands, and his denial of responsibility is about to bite him in the rear even as his former comrades put designs in motion to bring him back into the fold. Annie is the best character in my opinion. She's an outwardly cheerful spirit who is trying to figure out why she has been unable to pass on and she desperately wants to make contact with her fiance, who has moved on in life.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the first episode? July 30, 2010
I bought this season and was rather disappointed to find that it is missing the pilot episode which was aired the year before the series was. I was unable to find any way to purchase the pilot episode and ended up viewing it on some Russian(?) video site. The series makes a WHOLE lot more sense if you watch the pilot first!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I wanna be normal April 29, 2010
What do you get when you put a ghost, a vampire and a werewolf in the same apartment?

No, there isn't a punchline, because it's not actually a joke (unless you really, really hate urban fantasy). It's the description of "Being Human," a bittersweet little dramedy about a little supernatural gang trying to live their lives in an mundane world -- pretty good acting, a cool concept, and a slow-building plot about some rather ambitious vampires.

A youngish vampire named John Mitchell (Aidan Turner) and his werewolf buddy George (Russell Tovey) move into a nice rented house, and find themselves with a third roommate -- a ghost named Annie (Lenora Crichlow) who becomes almost solid as she hangs around the guys. George and Mitchell work a pair of low-level hospital jobs, and attempt to do normal things like date, go out to pubs, and keep house.

However, the trio still have supernatural problems to deal with: Mitchell is struggling to stay "on the wagon," George is in denial about his beastly transformations, and Annie longs to see her ex-fiance (as well as trying to find out what her earthly tie is). And they have to deal with enraged mobs, more ghosts, homeless werewolves, and the local vampire community (why are they in communities and the wolves are "alone"?), who are planning something major.

"Being Human Season 1" is one of those shows that isn't brilliant, but it IS clever and fun -- especially the whole idea of watching a werewolf, vampire and ghost trying to live "normal" lives ("What is it about us that says 'we need jam'?"). And the writers have some fun mocking the cliches of the urban fantasy genre (where else will you see a "little old lady" vampire?) while also delving into the painful issues of temptation, loss, and what it means to be human.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunted and hilarious horror, grittier and funnier than US version
I worked my way backwards from the US version of this series to the original BBC version here, and wasn't disappointed - in fact I laughed even harder and cringed in greater horror... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I was interested in this to see how it stacked up against the US version. I find it entertaining and interesting to watch...will be watching the entire series.
Published 22 days ago by Suffolk Berner mom
3.0 out of 5 stars So-so
I like the idea of it and the characters. But I ((personally)) did not like the acting. Might check it out again later.
Published 22 days ago by Suzi
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the characters with the humor and serious nature of the...
Loved the Characters with the humor and serious nature of the program..For fiction and over all I rate it high. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Being Human UK
This series I found to be much better than the US version. It is darker, grittier and has just the right amount of comic relief at just the right times. Read more
Published 25 days ago by cindyszy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good show
I started watching a few years ago and never finished. Now that I have seen the whole thing, I must say I enjoyed it very much.
Published 28 days ago by Darlene Finch
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I enjoyed the first episode of this series in the UK version. It's an interesting idea and I'm curious to see how it develops.
Published 29 days ago by T. Timmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
This series is better than the American version. The characters are more defined and they have depth. The casting is great!
Published 1 month ago by M. Hoskinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show!
Loved watching this version of being human it had amazing characters and a funny cast. Just watch it and you'll like it too
Published 1 month ago by Graciela Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars addicting
This show is so supernaturally fun. It's a good bit of mindless fun. Enjoy the ride. You wont want to get off.
Published 1 month ago by Alexandra Kimble
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Pilot and original music?
That's why I didn't buy it...they cut out a good deal of the show's personality by editing the music.
Jul 31, 2010 by Sarah |  See all 5 posts
Yes there is a pilot ep but it is not included in either the U.S. DVD or Blu-Ray collections(I don't think it's available in the other region versions either, but I didn't do much research, as it doesn't apply to me). Being Human (BBC) has quickly become one of my favorite things ever, so I had... Read more
Feb 4, 2013 by Psycat |  See all 2 posts
DVD format
Does region 1 mean they will only play on british dvd players? I've heard people in US say they've bought the Being Human seasons only to find the format incompatible with US dvd players.
May 6, 2011 by Philip W Robinson |  See all 3 posts
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