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Neverwhere (15th Anniversary Edition) (2011)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Color, NTSC, Restored, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005G1729K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

15th Anniversary Introduction
15th Anniversary Audio Commentary with Neil Gaiman, Lenny Henry, and producer Clive Brill
Original Interview with Gaiman
Original Audio Commentary with Gaiman
Photo Gallery
Character Descriptions
Neverwhere Map Insert

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Neil Gaiman’s (The Sandman, Coraline) first TV miniseries, co-created with Lenny Henry (The Lenny Henry Show, Chef!), brings viewers to an ambitious exploration of a London with two worlds. When office drone Richard Mayhew (Gary Bakewell) rescues a mysterious girl named Door (Laura Fraser, He Knew He Was Right), he unwittingly finds himself part of her quest to learn why her parents have been killed. The next thing he knows, Mayhew’s life changes forever as he's pulled into the fantastical world of London Below, far from his mundane life in London Above. Pursued by the murderous Messrs. Croup and Vandemar, Door and Richard, with the help of Hunter and the Marquis de Carabas, attempt to find the Angel Islington, who knows the secret behind the murder of Door's family, and possibly a way for Richard to go home.

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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Neverwhere is finally on DVD! August 29, 2003
After seven years, Neverwhere is finally available on DVD, and can be found on major shopping sites like Amazon. I'm sure many of you heard of it, but much fewer have seen it. This fascinating 1996 BBC mini-series was created by Mr. Neil Gaiman, accomplished and acclaimed author of American Gods, Coraline and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett) among others, and co-written by Gaiman and the wonderful British comedian Lenny Henry. Gaiman fans such as myself have waited for quite some time to see this series introduced to American audiences - and since Gaiman is now finally breaking ground in the States (American Gods actually won the Hugo award, and was an international bestseller) this seems like the perfect time. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a video of the series a couple of years back, but those are quite rare. If you love Neil's work, take the chance to finally see this lovely piece of work.
Neverwhere is a highly imaginative story of urban legend, rich with Gaiman's special brand of British black humor. The script is really wonderful, and Henry helps with his own experience in screenplay writing. Acting is terrific by everyone involved - I loved Gary Bakewell (frequent Paul McCartney impersonator on various BBC tele-biographies) as Richard Mayhew, the ordinary Englishman drawn into a strange adventure underground, and many other accomplished British actors - such as Laura Fraser, Trevor Peacock, Freddie Jones and Peter Capaldi - give a great performance. Unfortunately, the series suffers from the same problems shared by most British TV series - a budget lower than that of one episode of `Dharma and Greg'. Therefore, the scenery, though highly inventive and original, doesn't look very impressive.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of Neverwhere November 6, 2003
By A Customer
Don't be fooled by those who complain that this BBC series isn't a worthwhile adaptation of the novel. The book that many love so dearly would not exist if not for this series.
Mr. Gaiman actually wrote the teleplay for this series FIRST. He then turned it into a novel afterwards. So if you're a purist, perhaps you should truly watch this before you read the book.
As for the DVD: it seems to be mostly shot on video, so it definitely has that Dr. Who feel to it. Book lovers will want to check out the Neil Gaiman interview included with the DVD extras.
Overall, once you accept the fact that there quite obviously wasn't a multi-million dollar budget, and let go of your (unintentional, I'm sure) Hollywood elitist ideals, you'll find yourself carried off into an alternative fantasy world... and you just might have a good time.
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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind the gap, get on board October 19, 2003
Fans of "Dr. Who" will feel right at home in "Neverwhere," with its fantastic story line, low-budget look and creaky acting. But "Who" haters will find more of an adult appeal to Neil Gaiman's darkly comic tale, which also brings to mind "The Prisoner," "Clockwork Orange" and, say, "Yellow Submarine." "Neverwhere" wastes no time in hooking viewers, and maintains its loopy appeal over the course of six episodes.
"Neverwhere" imagines a grimy fantasy world beneath modern London that's unknown and off-limits to those who live above. The homeless who inhabit London Below seem to hail from an unspecified time several centuries back, with their own olde English mythologies, rivalries and rulers. Viewers enter their world along with the mini's hero, a yuppie exec (Gary Bakewell of "Backbeat") who falls down the "Neverwhere" rabbit hole while helping a damsel in distress.
Video is just passable -- the BBC apparently backed out on the plan to process the taped mini as film, foiling director Dewi Humphreys' lighting scheme. Still, the images are a big improvement over the grainy bootleg tapes that have been circulating on eBay. Audio is surprisingly effective now and then.
Gaiman has his say in a BBC interview from 1996 and in a commentary that runs the length of the miniseries. He tells how he got art-rock legend Brian Eno to do the score for pennies and how he snuck in a cameo in graphic-novel artist Dave McKean's astounding opening titles.
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97 of 110 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gaiman Abridged September 25, 2003
By Chris B
Neverwhere isn't a great work of television. In fact, it's not especially good. The effects are decidedly second-rate, the acting is occasionally hammy, the camera work borders on the amateurish and many of the details used in the novel are sacrificed to fit the constraints of episodic story telling, which means the story can feel thin at parts. In other words, this is a bad introduction to Gaiman's work that looks like a particularly cheesy episode of Doctor Who.
But that doesn't mean that Neverwhere is bad. The show itself is actually kind of fun to watch if you don't have the highest expectations and, yes, expect a cheesy episode of Doctor Who. There are also some particularly good acting bits (Croup, Vandemar and de Carabas particularly) and I'd almost say that the DVD pays itself off for Dave McKean's credit sequences.
Beyond that, of course, is the commentary by Neil Gaiman, where he describes the joys and trials of making it, pointing out trivia, explaining which characters worked for his imaginings and which didn't. Also occasionally simply watching a scene in quiet enjoyment. Fascinating stuff.
This isn't easy to recommend to anyone beyond fans of Gaiman's work, and even then you have to be willing to overlook a lot a lot of failings. Despite that, though, and because of the commentary and other extras, I have to say that this is a good buy for fans of Neil Gaiman and anyone willing to ignore cheesy effects for, what remains despite the Great Cow of London, a good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome adaptation
An excellent adaptation of his book, everyone involved does a masterful job.
Published 1 month ago by Brett Bydairk
5.0 out of 5 stars Bunch o' fun!
Yes, the other reviewers are right - it's dated, and a bit cheesy and campy. But, it is an interesting story, with interesting characters, and you find yourself wondering just... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kerry Aggen
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad acting, cheesy effects and a pedestrian story ruins my nostalgia
The first time I watched this series, Neil Gaiman could do no wrong. Sure, the Sandman series dragged a little towards the end but the man was the greatest fantasy writer of his... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ricky Pooski
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
This was a very entertaining adaptation from the book, and it kept pretty stick to the novel. Would high recommend for any Neil Gaiman fans!
Published 5 months ago by kwright9980
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great from Gaiman and BBC
If your a fan of Neil Gaiman you will enjoy the BBC's adaptaion of his book, Neverwhere. I had to have the anniversary edition when I saw it.
Published 6 months ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Have we Not Seen This on PBS?
I now own this Neil Gaiman work in all formats: written, audio book and now DVD. I just finished watching it again. I don't tire of the story nor the presentation. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Antje Dirksen
5.0 out of 5 stars Was only disappointed when it was over
Neverwhere was made in 1996. In England. So yeah, some of the things in it are a little cheesy and dated. Who cares?! Read more
Published 8 months ago by H.R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It!!
Having heard this as a book-on-CD, seeing the visual adaptation was fabulous. I LOVE Neil Gaiman. This is a wonderfully woven fantasy tale with interesting plot twists and turns. Read more
Published 8 months ago by J. Singletary
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy I gave it a chance
Kind of corny, but still hugely entertaining (especially for Gaiman fans). I'd recommend this to anyone who enjoys slightly out-there fantasy or British television.
Published 8 months ago by Andy
5.0 out of 5 stars So Cool!
I read the naturally wanted to see the movie. It is SO GOOD! I wish there wasn't any commercials to skip over, but it's still worth it. I really do love it! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Soldier of Love
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