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

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Box set, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (442 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005GP7EEE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,199 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This American adaptation of the popular British supernatural series Being Human does a fine job of transposing its core idea--twentysomethings who struggle with their own inhuman identities as well as the day-to-day tribulations of their demographic--to a stateside setting while retaining its balance of character detail and horror-tinged thrills. As in the UK version, Being Human centers on a pair of friends (Sam Witwer and Sam Huntington) who come together over their hidden identities--vampire and werewolf, respectively--in an attempt to aid each other in pursuing "normal" lives. A wrinkle is soon added by the presence of Sally (Meaghan Rath), a ghost who haunts their new apartment and adds a touch of levity to the boys' brooding personas while also dealing with the loss of her own life and separation from her fiancé (Gianpaolo Venuta), who owns their building. The three leads are personable and acquit themselves well to the dual nature of their roles, which are complicated immeasurably by their interaction with humans like Huntington's sister (Alison Louder), who can't understand why her brother has abandoned their family, as well as more diabolical agents like Bishop (Mark Pellegrino), an envoy from the vampire underworld who wants Witwer to embrace his undead side. The three leads' desire to "fit in" with the rest of the world is a broad but effective parallel for the trials set in the path of "normal" young adults; said age group will probably find their endeavors a bit more compelling than older viewers, but the quality of writing and performances should provide the show's greatest appeal. Those who saw the original British version will note that storylines from multiple seasons have been employed in this first go-round (due in part to the shorter season length for UK TV product), while some scenes have been reproduced almost to the letter, which may be a positive or a detraction, depending on one's affinity for the original production. The four-disc Blu-ray set includes a wealth of extras, with the extensive Making of Being Human offering the most insight into the show's conception and execution through interviews with cast and creators. Additional interviews with the cast at press events and a panel at the 2011 Comic-Con convention are more lighthearted and should find favor largely with fans already committed to the series. --Paul Gaita

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Being Human... nobody ever said it was easy. But for three twenty-something roommates - vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath) and a werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington) - is it even possible? While these outsiders come to realize that there are fates even worse than death, they also discover that there's more to life (and the afterlife) than most "normal" humans could ever imagine.

Bonus Features:
The Making of Being Human, "What Would You Choose?" Featurette, Additional Interviews with Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath and Sam Huntington, Being Human at San Diego Comic-Con.


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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Having watched every season of the British hit "Being Human," I was a bit wary of SyFy's American reinterpretation. After all, for every successful translation (The Office) of a British gem, there are dozens of failed attempts (Coupling). While I'm sure that I will anger the many avid fans of the original show, I will say that its first season (for me) was wildly uneven. I enjoyed the progress into later years as the plotting became darker and more complex--but while the show had an initial charm, it wasn't perfectly formed right out of the gate. So I was open-minded to this reboot. While some loyalists will contend that it is an utter failure and some newbies will proclaim it is brilliant, I fall squarely in the middle. Once again, I find myself thinking this is a good show with the potential to grow into something far richer and more rewarding. The British version started as an enjoyment and turned into great television. I think that the U.S. version has the same opportunity.

For those new to the concept of "Being Human," it is perhaps one of the most unique and (let's admit it) most ridiculous ones on TV. In its outrageousness, however, it is completely irresistible! What if a ghost, a werewolf, and a vampire shared living quarters as best mates? You think the trials of tribulations of being young and attractive in the big city makes for great drama--try adding this supernatural component for a bit of fun. Sam Witwer has an intensity perfectly suited to the role of a tortured blood sucker. Sam Huntington has a goofy appeal as a befuddled werewolf. And Meaghan Rath is a serviceable and pleasant apparition. In my opinion, the cast between the two versions is on a relatively even playing field.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing September 21, 2011
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Let me put it out there before I go any further; I have not seen the original BBC version of this show. I do plan on watching it at some point, but for the purposes of this review it is not necessary.

Being Human was an absolute surprise for me. When I first heard of it, because it was going to air on SyFY, I assumed it would be as Goofy as all the other shows that air on that channel. Not hating cause Eureka is one of my favorite shows ever. Being Human is nothing like that. It is able to hit just the right tone between the serious plotlines that make up the meat of the show, and the extremely important "lighter moments" that show character development.

The show is about Josh (werewolf), Aidan (vampire), and Sally (ghost), who live together in the same house and learn how to balance what they are with who they want to be. The characters that make up this world are not incredibly over dramatic (twilight) or insanely over the top (True Blood: The Complete First Season). This show manages to find an impressive balance between the two giving it a feel all its own.

The conflict feels organic as well. For Aidan, his past very long past is finally catching up with him, and he must decide between that past and his present. Sally struggles with no longer being connected, and also the loss of her loved ones. Josh desperately wants to be normal, but that is hard to do when every so often you transform into an uncontrollable killing machine. Each of these plot lines intersect at a certain point and they are handled beautifully.

While watching this series my father noticed one day, and sat down to see what all the fuss was about.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural roomies! August 28, 2011
Format:DVD
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 drama about a little supernatural gang trying to live their lives in an mundane world. It starts off similar to the original BBC series, but soon branches off in its own dark direction.

Vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer) and his werewolf buddy Josh (Sam Huntington) move into a nice rented house in Boston. But they find themselves with a third roommate -- a ghost named Sally (Meaghan Rath) who was engaged to their landlord until she died. George and Mitchell work a pair of low-level hospital jobs, and attempt to do normal things like date, join the neighborhood watch, and pal around with kids.

However, the trio still have supernatural problems. Josh struggles to reunite with his family despite his lycanthropy, and has a relationship go very awry. As Sally struggles to deal with being dead, she discovers that her fiancee did something unspeakable to her. And Aidan's life is disrupted by the city's overlord, Bishop (Mark Pellegrino), who is planning something major for the vampire population -- and will allow no one to stand in his way.

The obvious question about "Being Human" is: how does it stack up beside the original BBC version? Well, it sticks pretty closely to the BBC series' storylines for the first few episodes, but with more episodes to flesh things out in, it branches out in some new directions, with some new characters and events introduced to the story (such as a little boy whose friendship with Aidan ends in tragedy).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Came in great shape.
Was very scary and won't be ordering the next season. Came in great shape.
Published 2 days ago by hlwilson
3.0 out of 5 stars This is odd, sometimes silly, but somehow compelling ...
This is odd, sometimes silly, but somehow compelling. 30something vampire, werewolf, & ghost live together & try to help one another through the moral delemas that arise as well... Read more
Published 3 days ago by PATTY CRAWFORD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 4 days ago by CHERYL CUNNINGHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars The best show ever! Well, close to the best show ever!
We life this show. Monsters and Spirts and the family's that love them!
Published 5 days ago by maxx09
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
yes it's ok.
Published 6 days ago by Darrell F. Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great series!! I'm addicted !!
Published 13 days ago by Matt Blackard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great show but bad Amazon for bait and switch
It took me a few shows to get into it as I watched the UK series first and at first the US actors seemed dull in comparison. Read more
Published 18 days ago by by Brady
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Weak story and rather typical monster genre show. Not impressed at all.
Published 18 days ago by Laker Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it *tips her hat to writers* adding humor one can never go wrong :)
Published 19 days ago by Claire Ellis
2.0 out of 5 stars Not all that good
Very silly concept. Some parts are humorous!!!!
Published 19 days ago by robert martire
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