Sapphire & Steel: The Complete Series
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When time itself is threatened by the forces of evil, its time to call on Sapphire & Steel! Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) and David McCallum (The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ) play the two inter-dimensional agents charged with investigating breaks in the corridor of time. Their atmospheric and enigmatic adventures form one of the most unconventional science-fiction series ever created.
Originally airing from 1979 to 1982 on British television network ITV, Sapphire & Steel is a cult classic series in the vein of Doctor Who and The X-Files, with a fan base that continues to grow more than three decades after its debut. Shout! Factory is pleased to present the entire series to both longtime fans as well as those admirers of intelligent sci-fi who are discovering Sapphire & Steel for the first time.
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If you're a fan of The X-Files, you'll LOVE Sapphire And Steel. Especially if you prefer intellectual horror above quantitive gore, guts, and circus acts. Made between 1978 and 1982, this low-budget BBC series used inventive plotlines, a strong atmosphere, and strongly written and acted characters to sell it self. And it packs a whollop. Indeed, some of the stories are so complex that they could be benefitted from a second viewing. (pity VCRs didn't exist when this show was first aired!)
I personally recommend Story 2 ("The Railway Station") for first viewing. It's got the series' premise down pat and despite a lengthy 8 episodes, remains taut and gripping all the way through so the padding to fill out the timeslot isn't noticed. The story puts a new dimension on ghosts and their influence, and episode 8 has some excellent make-up and a grizzly resolution.
Story 4, "The Man Without a Face" is another fan favorite. The malignancy in this story puts photography in a different light. Either by imprisoning people in photographs or taking them out, this story is inventive - and suitably horrific. The final episode isn't as strong as it could have been, but the rest of the story more than makes up for it.
Story 6, with a working title of "The Petrol Station" features a new type of enemy for Sapphire and Steel. This one doesn't use horror in the way the other stories had, but it is highly enjoyable and also keeps one's interest. It's also the series' finale and, as many BBC Sci-fi series' go, this one isn't particularly pleasant.Read more ›
I was amazing it lasted as long as did.
I am really glad the whole series is on DVD as the VHS versions are real clunkers in that each adventure is on two tapes, so you end up with a HUGE collection of video tapes if you wanted the whole series.
I think Joanna Lumley and David McCallum are great as Sapphire and Steel, two beings sent to sort out rips and problems in time that could devastate the universe if left unchecked.
My favourite adventure was the railway station, it was very atmospheric but all of the adventures had their own merits and I loved the quirky way that Lumley and McCallum bounced off each other, one wry, the other droll, both human but not human.
Many people think this series has dated badly but I actually think it has done okay, considering it was a pioneer in its own genre and well worth buying and watching again just for the sheer brilliance of what the writers and producers were trying to do in a time of bad hair, bad clothes, bad songs, bad movies and even badder actors!
While the show itself is excellent the DVD's themselves don't live up to their potential. The extras are rather thin (although the introduction voice-overs by P.J. Hammond and Shaun O'Riordan at the beginning of each assignment are very insightful). The other problem is that the episodes were not transferred from PAL to NTSC (the U.S. video encoding standand) properly so the video images have a slightly jerky film-like motion to them. (Episode 5 of Assignment 5 is the only episode that was transferred properly) Although the problem is not distracting, it is a shame that A&E couldn't have got it right the first time. Maybe this set will be rereleased with the flaws fixed (as they did for some episodes of Space:1999).
Overall, this is a great series that anyone who likes original writing and spooky atmosphere will enjoy. A must have.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fun!! We love David Mcallum and have really enjoyed watching him and Joanna Lumley in this sci-fi adventure series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G.L. Martin
Could have used a commentary track on every one of them. Still worth getting, excellent transfer.Published 2 months ago by Night-Gaunt
As a die-hard David McCallum fan, I knew I had to own this series. If you like programs that deal with supernatural phenomena, don't miss this one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by kw
I love the story line, but am disappointed that the DVD has neither closed captioning (to work with the TV's CC) nor subtitles and it's sometimes difficult to understand the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by S. Haslett