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Kindred the Embraced - The Complete Vampire Collection (1996)

Stacy Haiduk , Erik King  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stacy Haiduk, Erik King, Patrick Bauchau, Brigid Brannagh, Channon Roe
  • Writers: John Leekley, Laurie McCarthy, Mark Rein-Hagen
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: Lions Gate/Republic Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (251 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630589941X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,436 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Kindred the Embraced - The Complete Vampire Collection" on IMDb

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Enter the mysterious realm of the "Kindred," where 5 clans of vampires clash with mortals and each other in modern-day San Francisco. Follow this spellbinding saga of erotic danger and unworldly suspense from beginning to end with this complete vampire collection.

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229 of 232 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I now own it! September 15, 2002
By Chelle
Format:DVD
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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80 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vampires In The Light October 16, 2004
Format:DVD
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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91 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bram Stoker meets Mario Puzo! July 16, 2000
Format:DVD
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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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cool concept April 8, 2002
Format:DVD
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Excllent series must have
I love this show when it cam on fox and since then, I been trying my hardest to get for my private collection. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Garrett O. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars ... packaging being so shabby but this show is amazingly terrible....
Not thrilled with the decorative packaging being so shabby but this show is amazingly terrible. Like make popcorn, invite friends, and get ready to yell at the tv for couple... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Tanya Weeks
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine
As a Lover of the Kind, A fine series
Published 1 month ago by Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 2 months ago by tim
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this show back in the 90's
I liked this show back in the 90's, so I'm glad it's been released on dvd. I think if this show were on ten years later during the vampire craze, it would have lasted longer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Valerie Beiersdorfer
4.0 out of 5 stars It's funny how this works better with the nWOD than the Classic
A lot of the changes made for the show caused many fans of the source material to dislike it, but with the coming of Requiem, suddenly the plot makes a bit more sense.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Raymer
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Fans
Anyone interested in the mythos behind the world of Vampire the Masquerade should definitely consider this series, if nothing more for the additional Book of Nod. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun show, impressive package!
I'm really enjoying this show. It has all the charm you'd expect of a mid-90s drama and for someone who watched a lot of TV series in that era it really hits the spot. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott N.
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 5 months 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 5 months ago by michael young
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