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  • Number of discs: 3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,559 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RWDY68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Great acting, good story lines.
robbin w.
Only problem is that there is only one season....I enjoyed each episode and have watched them more than once !
David W. Cozby
I was a little hesitant at first to watch the series because I really liked the books.
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324 of 339 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 29, 2007
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After Buffy went off the air, and then Charmed, I despaired of finding a supernatural show with quality writing and great plots. My prayers were answered by the Scifi network with this awesome show.

I was already a fan of the book series and this show does an excellent job of adapting the stories written by Jim Butcher. Like in Charmed, magic exists but regular people don't know about it. Harry Dresden is the only Wizard P.I. in the phone book. Most think he's a crack pot, but some know he is their only hope. He works as a consultant to the police via Det. Murphy on those cases considered bizarre. Along the way there are werewolf serial killers, vampire club owners, and innocents that need to be protected.

The show doesn't overdo the special effects, rather using them less frequently but with greater impact. Which is actually in keeping with the books. Harry is faithfully recreated and played by Paul Blackstone. And then there is Bob. The portrayal of Bob is one of those rare instances where a book character has been drastically changed, but in a good way. In the books he is an incorporeal spirit residing in a skull. This is fine in the books where a reader's imagination is boosting the concept, but would not translate well to TV. Producers cleverly decided to make him a human-looking ghost with a dry wit and snappy dialog. They did it so well, Bob quickly became my favorite character!

If you like fantasy or scifi shows, get the Dresden Files. And when you can't get enough of Harry, get the books.
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112 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Irishman65 on August 8, 2007
Format: DVD
I love the Dresden Files and was shocked to hear it hadn't been renewed for a second season. To add insult to this injury, when I received my DVD set, I found out that they hadn't ordered the series (which ran out of sequence) on the DVDs. A suggested viewing order would be as follows:

Storm Front (espisode 8) is #1
Rules of Engagement (episode 4) is #2
Birds of a Feather (episode 1) is #3
The Boone Identity (episode 2) is #4
Hair of the Dog (episode 3) is #5
Walls (episode 7) is #6
Bad Blood (episode 5) is #7
Soul Beneficiary (episode 6) is #8
What about Bob? (episode 10) is #9
The Other Dick (episode 9) is #10
Things that go Bump (episode 11) is #11
Second City (episode 12) is #12

I'd planned to watch them in sequence in anticipation of the new season, now I'll watch them in sequence to enjoy a series that ended much too soon. Thank goodness I still have the books!
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153 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Dawson Cowals on May 22, 2007
Format: DVD
Given the shakey start from having episodes juxtaposed in viewing order this season really took off with a bang! After watching just the first episode it intrigued me enough to want to go out and buy the whole series of books by Jim Butcher and I was not disappointed. Absolute page turners mixed with great characters, sly wit, wicked sarcasm, fantastic magic, and of course -- Bob! I really like how the TV show transformed the simple talking skull into a viewable character, played by none other than the superbly casted, Terrance Mann. And of course Paul Blackthorne as Harry Dresden was a brilliant decision. He has managed to capture Harry's self-depracating humor, sarcasm, and flair for drama and magic along with his vulnerable side and inevitable confrontation with the forces of evil. If you enjoy the books you will love the great adaptation they have done on bringing the world of the Dresden Files to life on screen. Given they showed the original pilot out of order as Episode 8 and trimmed down to 40 minutes from the original 2 hours, I can't wait to see the bonus features on this disc! A wizard detective in modern day Chicago... what else could you ask for?
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129 of 139 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 24, 2007
Format: DVD
Imagine if Harry Potter grew up to be Philip Marlowe, and you'll have a pretty good idea of what "The Dresden Files" is like.

While it starts weakly -- and is rarely faithful to Jim Butcher's novels -- "The Dresden Files" manages to whip itself into a solid supernatural-mystery series, with a pretty good cast and some genuinely twisty-turny mysteries. And, of course, a snarky ghost living inside a skull.

Harry Dresden (Paul Blackthorne) is Chicago's only wizard-for-hire, with a tragic past, a hockey-stick staff, and a companion spirit named Bob who lives in a skull (Terrence Mann). He's also perpetually in bad with the wizard council, and moderately famous among the supernatural crowds lurking around Chicago.

As the series opens, Harry is approached by a young boy who claims he's being stalked by otherworldly forces -- and his mother confirms that he's been followed by blackbirds, crows and ravens ever since he was born. Even worse, a skinned body is found in a nearby apartment -- and the malevolent skinwalker who stole the woman's dermis may be after the boy as well.

Arguably the premiere is the weakest of the series, since there's little actual detecting going on. But things perk up in the following episodes. Harry tackles a hellspawn in love, a serial killer murdering werewolves, a bodysnatching murderer, a fertility clinic with a dark secret, a bunch of young thieves using deadly magic, and an attempt to frame Bianca, the sultry vampire club-owner.

Things get even worse when Harry is trapped with a bunch of hostile wizards inside a deadly cloud, which can only have been conjured by one of them. And when Bob is stolen, Harry finds himself confronting his cruel uncle Justin -- whom Harry "self-defensed to death" five years ago.
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Proof that Dresden Files did not die of low ratings
I have believed for decades that television network programing executives have the lowest I.Q.s of any lifeform in the universe, including those that don't actually have brains. The cancelation/non-renewal of this show proves that I'm correct.
Mar 24, 2009 by romanticynic |  See all 39 posts
Editorial review gets it wrong
Yeah, the review posted is pretty much nonsense on every turn. It's based on it's own book series which predates most "Potter-mania" at least in conception, if not publication. Sometimes "cynical observers" are "clueless."

And no, the series didn't fail from low... Read More
May 31, 2009 by S. Gillogly |  See all 2 posts
Real Ending?
I never regretted watching the series. One of those instances when the tv series enhances the books for me because now that I've watched the tv series, I have faces and characters to go with the books and it enhanced the series for me.
May 26, 2008 by dralo |  See all 7 posts
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I believe the piece is "Killer Joe". I'm not sure which recording they used. I'm pretty sure it is not the Quincy Jones version. Maybe the recording by Art farmer & Benny Golson is closer.
Best I can do. Good luck!
Jul 22, 2009 by C. L. |  See all 3 posts
Best Order to View Episodes
Even though I bet, you already watched the DVD by now, I still gonna answer:
I read somewhere that the episodes have not been shown in the chronology they had been shot. I've just seen a post on the Dresden Forum on the Sci-Fi website that said that this is the correct chronology:

1] Storm... Read More
Apr 12, 2008 by Polgara |  See all 3 posts
The sort of film Syfy SHOULD make Be the first to reply
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