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Kindred: The Embraced - Complete Series (Includes Book of Nod)

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  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 381 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E5G03J8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Enter the dangerous and sexy world of the undead when vampires clash with mortals - and each other - in modern-day San Francisco. Five clans of urban vampires are known as the KINDRED, and in their terrifying embrace, one becomes forever young . forever beautiful . forever doomed. From the savagery in the premiere episode to the chilling climatic finale, the KINDRED draws you into a mysterious realm of corruption, turf wars, forbidden liaisons, and inhuman hunger - in a spellbinding saga of erotic danger and otherworldly suspense!

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221 of 227 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I now own it! September 15, 2002
By Chelle
Wanting something new in the vampire genre, I went on a search for films and came across Kindred: The Embraced. It seemed vaguely familiar. After viewing it, I realized that I had seen the initial episode when it originally aired, but when I purchased it I did so thinking I was doing it sight unseen.
I've since watched all eight episodes and can say that I am not disappointed. The fact that this series was based on sets of role playing novels is a mark in its favor. I say this because the series is not about the blood aspect of vampires or, as they are here, the Kindred. There is indeed action, tame violence, but if you're looking for gore and aggression, if that's what you want out of your vampire film experience, Kindred: The Embraced is not the place you`ll find it.
What this series focuses on is the community that the clans of the Kindred have made for themselves, the peace they have forged to live without fear amongst humans. They have a set of laws designed to guard the Masquerade, a grand scheme to hide their identity from the world, and they have a prince to enforce those laws. That prince is Julian Luna, played by Mark Frankel, and he is the ultimate strength of the series.
The character of Julian Luna is a complex one. His sense of humanity has the potential to clash dangerously with his responsibility towards the clans. He is aware of what he must do, but knows that it comes with a price, whether it be for his people or for himself specifically. And his struggle to tread that line is where the emotion lies for the viewer. Frankel was a wonderful choice for the role of Julian Luna. He is, in many respects, the quintessential vampire--beautiful, charismatic, elegant and lethal.
My favorite episode is the last, "Cabin in the Woods.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires In The Light October 16, 2004
Back in the Summer of 1996 (I think) I picked up on this series, which is based on the White Wolf role playing world of the Masquerade. Within the bounds of that game various clans of vampires struggled with each other and their inner natures to maintain the secrecy if their existence. For discovery would mean annihilation at the hands of the Earth's other dominant species - humanity.

An entire industry and literature sprang up around the Masquerade, but it was still a surprise to find it playing on my TV set. Even more remarkable was the overall quality of the series, which included an excellent cast led by Mark Frankel playing Julian, primogen of clan Ventrue and Prince of the city, and C. Thomas Hollowell as Frank Kohanek, the human detective who wanders into the night world. Love interest is added by Kelly Rutherford, who plays a beautiful young human newspaperwoman.

Much of the series focuses on the politics of the clans - Eddie Fiori, the Bruhah primogen is jealous of Julian's power and the struggle occupies some five of the eight episodes. But there is plenty of room for horror, suspense, and romance as well. All beautifully filmed, depending more on good settings and acting than special effects.

Because vampires as main characters limit too much of the filming to the darkness, the film's writers deviated from the orthodox formula for a vampire. They can wander in the light for short periods of time and still seem to have their reflections. This isn't the only time this has been done, but Masquerade's rules are extremely traditional, and it's no surprise that fans of the game are unhappy with some factors of the program. My personal feeling is that it underlines the idea that humans are never safe,

But the program itself is excellent.
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86 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bram Stoker meets Mario Puzo! July 16, 2000
This is definitely a series which any true gothic, vampire mythos afficionado would love! I bought the VHS set of this series from AMAZON, and needless to say I was truly impressed! It was everything I expected it to be, albeit for some rather dragging moments where more action would have been in order (e.g. the pilot). Still, this set is obviously well worth the price, since it contains all aired episodes plus a bonus one.
Kindred: The Embraced is based on the Vampire: The Masquerade rpg. The late Mark Frankel steals the show as the charismatic Julian Luna, San Francisco's vampire Prince of the City - cool clothes, too! The rival vampire gang Bruja is headed by the vicious Eddie Fiore, played by Brian Thompson (who reprises his vampire role in shows such as Fright Night II and Buffy!). A somewhat irritating and ultimately predictable role is played by C. Thomas Howell as detective Frank Kohanek.
As stated earlier, the series does have its dull moments, but I think the premise and overall story is very original and fascinating, which primarily explains the 5 stars. As I said in my original review of the VHS, other vampire-themed shows such as Buffy, Forever Knight and Dark Shadows pale in comparison. I hope they eventually revive this series; I think its cult following is sufficiently large enough to justify it!
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cool concept April 8, 2002
I can't understand why there are so many Vampire fans that hate Kindred. I love Vampires and I think Kindred portrays them very well. I read a lot of bad reviews before I bought this DVD so I was expecting it to be lousy. To my surprise it was very very good. The DVD collects all eight episodes of the short-lived series. The series tells the story of five different Vampire clans in San Francisco. The clans battle one another for power like mobs. They are united by Julian (the much missed Mark Frankel) the "prince" of all of the clans. Julian is faced with the task of uniting the clans in a truce over the course of the eight episodes. As the series moves forward the Clans attempts at peace are threatened more and more by the Brujah clan and its thug leader Eddie Fiori (Brian Thompson from "Buffy" and the X-Files). As the series draws to a close the Clans have a final battle with Fiori and his thugs in "The Rise and Fall of Eddie Fiori" and many issues are resolved.
Kindred the Embraced is really great because it is the first show to really have mafia clan Vampires. I think the concept of Vampire Clans fighting a mafia-like war is really great. It pputs a new twist on the Vampire mythology and it makes the show really cool. I really can't understand why people didn't like the show more. If you love Vampires you should buy this DVD. It is really great. I think they should re-release it in a couple of years with all kinds of extra features. I also think they should put it back on TV. We really need a cool Vampire show since Buffy is really becoming lousy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant blasphemy
This series is so fun, and came to a sad close far too early. Players of the Vampire: the Masquerade roleplay game will be avidly drawn into the plot at the same time they're... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Steve "Calvin" Kok
5.0 out of 5 stars collection / condition like new and recieved quick, would oder from...
Collection was like new and received quick, would order from again. Recommend to all must see and great series. Wish there were more episodes.
Published 13 days ago by michael young
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic purchase
This is a great box set for anyone that is a fan of Kindred: The Embraced. I am very happy with my purchase.
Published 16 days ago by Rickey Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars Snoozer!!!!!!
I read the reviews and thought this may be a great series to add to the Video Library. Boy!!! I was so wrong!!! I only watched one show so far and it is a real snoozer. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to see this show again.
It was wonderful to see this show again. I was such a HUGE fan for the brief time it was on. I was thrilled to hear that it was back on DVD and the extra bits are great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. M. Denton
5.0 out of 5 stars HELLS YEAYAH!!!!!
Love it. Got it. Excellent collector's item. Hoo-Rah this soldier-boy is happy. I never thought I'd see this series again!
Published 1 month ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this tv series
Wow this came with the book of NOD! Great collection well worth the price!! I can't believe the deal I got on this
Published 1 month ago by LRod R. Jara
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this. Wish the series would have gone on longer
I have already owned this on VHS. I saw this when it was originally on TV. I have been a fan for a very long time.
Published 1 month ago by S. Trapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool
A bit slow, but i really like this serie, I hadn't read about it before so i didn't know what to spect, but, I won me over.
Published 1 month ago by Flor Mancinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
I have always been a big fan of this series, since it originally aired. It was well before the Twilight movies ruined the "coolness" of being a vampire!
Published 1 month ago by Lee
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