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Feathered Serpent: The Complete Series (1976)

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • 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: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004O0CKCS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,934 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Historical background on ancient Mesoamerican civilizations
SDH subtitles

Editorial Reviews

"A cracking Mexico-based romp through curses, secrets, and angry gods" --Daily Record (U.K.)

Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who, The Omen) is a scheming, fanatical Aztec priest in this classic British cult TV favorite. As high priest Nasca, a servant of the bloodthirsty god Teshcata, he’s determined to topple the peace-loving emperor Kukulkhan and prevent a marriage that will unite two kingdoms under the benevolent god Quala, the ""Feathered Serpent."" Tozo, a brave servant boy, plays a key role as the adventure unfolds and Nasca’s plots become more nefarious and deadly.

The Feathered Serpent boasts lavish costumes, elaborate sets, literate scripts, and timeless themes: loyalty, courage, heroism, and the battle between good and evil. Featuring strong performances by Troughton, Diane Keen (The Ruth Rendell Mysteries), Brian Deacon (Bleak House), and Tony Steedman (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure), it’s a lively journey through a long-dead civilization.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A re-release (70s vintage) British TV series originally targeted to youth. The plot revolves around the forced political marriage between prince & empress of 2 tribes, but the bulk of the story is suspense, intrigue, and deception through politics, religious followings, and personal greed. Good rivals evil. Priests of the good god Ouala and the bad god Teshcata each have their political followers and enemies. Who will survive? The struggle lasts through 12 episodes, each about 25 minutes.

This 2-DVD complete series set seems reminiscent of Disney TV archival re-releases from the same and earlier time periods. They must be reviewed as that, not a comparison with today's high-tech film events like Avatar. 1970s alter-human character shows like Battlestar Galatica, Wonder Woman, & The Incredible Hulk for instance followed the sixties Mission Impossible, Star Trek, and Lost in Space. The Feathered Serpent TV show went backward, historically, not forward into time. Now it is revived after 3 ˝ decades. Elaborate costumes seem to have been heavily influenced by Anasazi Kachinas. That also happened in Star Wars. Other influences from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Aztec, and Native American cultures.

All episodes have SUBTITLES available. Series 1 originally aired in 1976, series 2 in 1978.
1-1 Emperor Kukulkhan wants peace the The Feathered Serpent god Ouala. High Priest Nasca wants human sacrifice and its god Teshcata. A servant lad, Tozo, brings a token to Empress Chimalma, forced fiancée to Prince Huemac.
1-2 The secret passages become known to blind priest Otolmi and Tozo, whom he saved. Heumac is well received causing Mahaoutec jealousy.
1-3 Kukulkhan must spend a night in the Teshcata temple. Toxo explores the secret passages. Gen.
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3.0 out of 5 stars In the mouth of madness April 20, 2011
Appellate Judge Jim Stewart, DVD Verdict -- "While I'd hardly call The Feathered Serpent a lost treasure, fans of Patrick Troughton's Doctor Who tenure may enjoy seeing him wandering through the passageways of evil and madness. It's entertaining to watch him as a villain, and it appears that he's enjoying the chance to distance himself from a certain Gallifreyan do-gooder. If you've seen The Pillars of the Earth, you might be reminded of Ian McShane's devious cleric, although McShane had a more substantial serial surrounding his strong performance. Anyone looking for anything remotely like real Aztec history should steer clear of The Feathered Serpent, which bears more resemblance to the outer-space cultures The Doctor visited than to the actual Aztecs and Toltecs."
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting brit show about aztecs. August 27, 2011
This 13 episode tv series from the early 1970's is actually pretty good. It's good in that it's so well preserved too. The brits destroyed many tapes of show from this period so whole series are 'lost' to posterity.
This one was preserved and the tape looks great. the colors look great the picture looks great. This was a show aimed like doctor who at the youth audience and it's a really cool idea. I mean is there even ONE other show about aztecs , in which the main characters are aztecs? and the storyline is about the aztecs during their heyday? Of course this isn't the highest budget affair but brit tv of the era did the best they could. Patrick Troughton is great in this though, he's really a great villian. The actors are british too and caucasion but it doesn't matter because they are playing characters and the whole thing is a story about a really alien culture in comparison to modern ones completely. In fact you could have people in mexico playing british people from long ago and it wouldn't matter as long as they acted out the characters well. the story is a good one about a evil priest who wants to keep the aztecs worshipping the bloodier gods ,while the emporer wants to go back to the more peaceful gods. The sets are well done for the budget and time this was shot. just enjoy the show and fine acting and don't even think about skin color and you can see the writers of this show really treated the aztecs with some respect here, just like any historical drama. Thank goodness this unusual show was preserved! Personally I would like to see another show featuring the aztecs and their struggles and such. They were an incredible civilization. And like the incas the only reason they fell was because most of the fighting was done by subject peoples who the spanish
promissed freedom too!
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