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Blakes 7

Michael Keating , Paul Darrow  |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Michael Keating, Paul Darrow, Peter Tuddenham, Jan Chappell, Jacqueline Pearce
  • Writers: Terry Nation
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNUO
  • Learn more about "Blakes 7" on IMDb

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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Original Sci-Fi, before its time March 4, 2005
Format:DVD
Blake's 7 was a new and different sci-fi series when it aired between 1978-1981. It used "Dr.Who" like special effects but was dominated by a superb cast and amazing writers. In a nutshell, Blake's 7 is about a group of renegades taking on an evil empire. Blake's 7 used intelligent ships, AI's, transporters, telepathy, robots, virtual reality and other concepts that would dominate sci-fi series that followed it. This includes everything from ST:NG to Babylon 5, Firefly, Farscape, Stargate and Battlestar Galactica.

Blake's 7 also introduced a concept that was not seen again until Babylon 5. After the first season you do not see Blake until the 4th season. This is a stunning storyline. The original Blake's 7 crew is:

Blake (Garreth Thomas) - The idealistic leader

Avon (Paul Darrow) - The logical, and cunning 2nd in command.

Cally (Jan Chappell) - The telepath

Jenna (Sally Knyvette) - The damsel in distress

Villa (Michael Keating) - The thief

Zen (Peter Tuddenham) - The ship

The arch-villian of the series is Servalan (Jacqueline Pearce) who hunts the heroes at every turn. Some of the best acting in the series revolves around Avon and Servalan. If they weren't trying to kill each other, they would be lovers.

Blake's 7 is often underrated as a sci-fi series by those too entranced with newer special effects. Blake's 7 should be approached like Babylon 5 or Andromeda. It is a series that had time enough for the characters to mature and change.
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In a review of Deep Space Nine several years ago on Amazon, I said it was the best sci-fi series of all-time. I think that's true. But my all-time favorite remains this show. This show was many things. It was an anti-Star Trek, in which the "Federation" was a corrupt empire, and the 7 protagonists are terrorists / freedom fighters. It was a study on how NOT to run a revolution (or at least a commentary on how revolutions fizzle and fail due to human nature and the mistakes people make). It's a show about charisma, and how leaders are defined, followed, and despised. And it is a show about power - how those in power will commit every crime and atrocity to keep it.

Low production values aside, this show had decent depictions of intergalactic space travel, artificial intelligence, and even featured one scene in which Blake drew a battle diagram using a palm pilot-like device. But more important was the character development and dynamics during the show's 4 seasons. We had a leader who was envied and disliked by some of the people who chose to follow him. We had a villainess (Jacqueline Pierce) who ranks among the very best ever on television. And most significant, this show gave us the contemporary "story arc." This is the continuation of the main plot lines from one season to the next, complete with season-finale cliffhangers. That's the template for the "new" Star Trek series in a nutshell.

In short, Blake's 7 is the greatest work by the late Terry Nation (creator of Dr. Who's Daleks), and deserves a life on Region-1 DVD for current and future fans to enjoy. It is campy, smart, dark, and a lot of fun. In the meantime, check out the definitive book on Blake's 7, John Kenneth Muir's thesis, the History and Critical Analysis of Blake's 7:

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Release this in the US! August 19, 2005
Format:DVD
Blake's 7 was an extremely well done British sci fi series from around the early 80s or late 70s. As in any series, there's some clunker episodes, but the dialogue is always stellar and extremely witty. Tanith Lee wrote two episodes (and appears to recreate the Avon-Vila relationship in her book Kill the Dead). Basically, Blake's group are rebels against a huge interstellar dictatorship. The special effects are the level you'd expect from an ordinary tv fx studio 20-30 years ago - so what? There's also some really nice, memorable fashion and set design.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Science Fiction from long ago . . . September 29, 2005
Format:DVD
I originally watched this BBC series when it first came out on television over 20 years ago. I have had the recent pleasure of catching up with series one and two here in Australia (zone 4 DVDs) and my respect for the show has been rekindled (in fact, it never went away). Looking better than it ever has before, sounding better than it ever has before, the clever scripts overcome a lack of budget to bring mature science fiction and character development. Sure, some episodes remain as wooden as the nearest old growth tree, but others sparkle (why, I was deeply influenced as a child by 'Duel' in Season One and watching it again did not once turn out to be a letdown).

I can only hope you get to enjoy it in Zone 1 soon . . . Avon and his fine leather pants demand that it is so.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blake's 7 January 31, 2007
Format:DVD
Please release Blake's 7 on DVD here in North America. Fans of the series have been waiting forever !!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Agree!! Please release this in Region 1! April 17, 2007
Format:DVD
Why have multiple sets been released in other region codes but not in what could be its biggest market, Region 1?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blakes 7 Long overdue DVD debut February 11, 2008
Format:DVD
It is amazing that this show has been overlooked by the DVD producers . This is a terrific show and deserves to be put in a DVD collection. Please!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See For ANY Sci-Fi Fan January 2, 2009
Format:DVD
My entire family followed the "Blake's 7" series when it was shown on television in the U.S. many years ago. It is long overdue to have this series on Region 1 DVDs! I have been reading with interest the other reviews and agree with most of what has been said. This series is a hidden jewel, and a new generation should be able to enjoy it. I am a big fan of "Farscape," and Dr. Who among other series, and believe that "Blake's 7" is a REAL MUST SEE!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars REGION 1 DVD PLEASE!
i have the series on vhs but its wearing out. this is a great british sci-fi series that i highly recommend. the character "avon" is one of my all time favorites. Read more
Published 13 months ago by wisenheimer
5.0 out of 5 stars RELEASE IT IN NTSC ALREADY
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE release on region 1 DVD. There's no way I'm buying a regionless player and importing them all, so please just do a solid for all the American B7 fans and bring... Read more
Published on August 5, 2011 by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant dialogue outshines cheesy special effects.
I've been waiting for this show on DVD since my first DVD player. The writing is superb, the tone is dark--as fond as I am of Star Trek, Blake's 7 makes Kirk and the crew of the... Read more
Published on April 17, 2011 by Teri Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sci-fi show you'll ever see
I love this show. I have seen every episode. The low budget nature of it is trumped by the fabulous acting and writing, which is so rare on TV today. Read more
Published on November 4, 2009 by Emily E. Jennings
5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue for a Region 1 DVD set
Just a quickie to echo everyone else. This series was one of the best written SF television shows ever, easily one of the ten best SF shows of all time. Read more
Published on May 31, 2009 by D. B. Killings
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series...
I've been waiting for years for this to come out on DVD in America! Please make this for Region 1!
Published on October 21, 2008 by A. Cupples
5.0 out of 5 stars best dark and serious British scifi tv show
consistently great writing, acting, and series aesthetic... decay, misanthropy, greed, savagery, courage, rebellion, and fear.

Blake's 7 is a superior show. Read more
Published on January 18, 2008 by Darrick Dishaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Look, I want people to like this as much as the next guy...
...but I want them to like it for the right reason.

I really like this show. Release it region 1 & I will buy it.

But....it is a *bad* show. Read more
Published on July 17, 2007 by necron99
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According to Wikipedia's Blake's 7 entry (CAPS substituted by me for emphasis), "Region 1 release of the original series DVDs has been shelved indefinitely by 2Entertain, Inc., current rights holders for the property, AS NOT COMMERCIALLY VIABLE IN THE US MARKET. Latest information suggests... Read More
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