Highlander The Series - Season 1
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"Highlander" tells the tale of a race of "Immortals" who battle one another throughout history for "the Prize." The "Immortals" game is simple -- take the heads of all other Immortals and receive ultimate knowledge and power. In the end -- there can be only one.
In 1986, the first Highlander the film, starring Christopher Lambert as Connor McLeod hit theatres. In 1992, Highlander: The Series debuted in syndication to tell the Highlander's tale anew. The series followed the adventures of a new Highlander, Duncan McLeod (Adrian Paul), a kinsman of Lambert's Connor from the original movies.
Here are the contents of each DVD.
Episode 1: The Gathering - Connor McLeod returns to "pass the torch" to kinsman Duncan McLeod as he helps Duncan prepare for a deadly Immortal who's set sites on Duncan's head.
Episode 2: Family Tree - Richie searches out for his long lost father and runs afoul of a con man and the mob enforcer sent to collect from him. Can McLeod save him in time?
Episode 3: The Road Not Taken - When Richie's friend dies from an apparent drug O.D., McLeod suspects an old Immortal friend of his.
Episode 4: Innocent Man - McLeod searches out an Immortal who took the head of a good friend.
Episode 5: Free Fall - McLeod trains a "new" immortal woman. All is not as it seems though.
Episode 6: Bad Day in Building "A" - Highlander goes Die Hard as McLeod takes on a bunch of criminals who have taken a courthouse hostage.Read more ›
This set has all the episodes at the entire release of 48 minutes which is the way they were released for TV in Canada and overseas. Those of us here in the states can finally see the entire episode the way it was released since we lost about 4 minutes for the TV formatting. Also there is a DVD with the original shooting scripts for this season. For those of us who just want to watch the Quickenings, there's a button on the menu of each episode that takes you right to the start of the scene. Little things that makes this set nice.
Now if we can only get the Highlander producers to release the rest of the series. We're ready for season two!
In order to give this series continuity with the movies that serve as the basis, there is a brief appearance by Christopher Lambert as Connor MacLeod, who is Duncan's "cousin" and mentor. From that moment on, the series stands on its own, and besides Duncan, the main characters are Tessa (Alexandra Vandernoot), his mortal girlfriend who sells antiques, and Richie (Stan Kirsch), a kid who loves to get in trouble with the law.
The series has a good continuity, but most chapters stand pretty well on their own. Of course my recommendation is that you watch them in order, so you can maximize your enjoyment and understanding of what is going on. Especially since one of the aspects I enjoyed most was to learn the rules that govern the lives of the immortals. These rules are revealed little by little and every time we come across a new one, we find ourselves thinking about past episodes and understanding things better.Read more ›
Now on to the episodes...It's interesting in the beginning of the series to see how the Highlander movie continuity is incorporated into the TV show. It's not a totally seamless transition, you almost get the feeling that the producers weren't sure themselves how they were going to handle it. As the season progresses however, Duncan MacLeod and the series begin to find their own voices. I would highly recommend this set to existing fans of the series as well as people who might have never even heard of Highlander, there seems to be something appealing in it for everyone.
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I just thought to see how Adrian Paul is. Check his filmography. I have always enjoys martial arts. I thought back in the 90s when I was watching Highlander "certainly looks... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marie Purvis
My ancestors are from Scotland and I expected it to be a period series of the 17th or 18th century, with the hero being an awe inspiring Laird of the Clan McLoud.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
havent seen this in a long time glad to get hope to get morePublished 3 months ago by allen smetanka
the item is good but I can't watch all the episodes on my DVD/TV combo. I cannot advance to next episode. but that is my tv not the item. any ideas?Published 4 months ago by kim jacobssen
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The gathering would have worked, except that the company didn't know that they were going to go beyond a single season, once they had the green light (I believe it was for a five season run) then the underlying gathering story was dropped. The series was supposed to run on an arc building to the... Read More
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