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Surface: The Complete Series

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Product Description

Something new is lurking in the Earth's oceans, and now you can be part of the mystery as all 15 Season One episodes of the spectacular series, Surface, emerge on to DVD for the first time ever! When young oceanographer Laura Daughtery (Lake Bell) discovers a massive underwater creature, her obsession to uncover the origins of this dangerous "unidentified species" will lead her and others on a mysterious adventure through the darkest, deepest parts of the sea and the most sinister and shady places on Earth. The fate of the world is in their hands - they just don't know it. Including deleted scenes and phenomenal special effects, the amazing series that People magazine calls "a show with some Spielbergian tricks of suspense" is now the must-own DVD set for every fan

Surface lasted one season on NBC before cancellation, but Surface: The Complete Series on DVD will keep the show's exciting, Spielbergian suspense around for a long while. The primetime drama, involving several characters--in different parts of the world--all having similar brushes with fantastic creatures, instantly draws comparisons to Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Add a government conspiracy (complete with a cover story to force one community's evacuation) to prevent the public from learning of the existence of a previously unknown life form, and the parallels with Close Encounters grow thick. But it's not a problem: the many twists and turns in Surface's far-ranging storyline, and the nature of the species that slowly becomes a factor in the survival of the human race, are compelling on their own terms.

Created by twin brothers and television writers-producers-directors Josh and Jonas Pate (L.A. Dragnet), Surface stars rangy beauty Lake Bell as oceanographer and single mom Dr. Laura "Dee" Daughtery. While doing some research in a submersible at the bottom of the sea, Dee discovers a seemingly bottomless pit leading to astonishing depths in the Earth. But she also bumps into a sea monster that emanates electrical charges strong enough to wreak havoc with her vessel. Meanwhile, a Louisiana-based insurance salesman, Rich (Jay R. Ferguson), is traumatized when he sees his brother dragged away by a similar creature, and a 14-year-old boy, Miles (Carter Jenkins), raises one of the beasts after it hatches from an egg. Throughout all this, a scientist (Rade Sherbedgia) and a heavy-handed national security agent (Ian Anthony Dale) are trying to unlock the mystery of the species, which appears to be growing in number at the same time strange forces are affecting the oceans. Naturally, there's a story behind the story--government and corporate shenanigans and all that. That stuff gets a little tedious and, truth be told, a couple of the show's protagonists are among the most unlikable people seen in series television in a long while. But despite its premature end after a mere 15 episodes, Surface finally offers an original, unsettling, and even surreal vision of the world going through apocalyptic transformations. The final image of the final show lingers in the imagination a long time. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

Disc 1:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Sci-Fi and Special Effects

  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 3:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Disc 4:
  • Deleted Scenes

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Lake Bell
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English
    • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
    • Number of discs: 4
    • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
    • Run Time: 633 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B000FJH5M2
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,137 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Surface: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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    163 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Raymond M. Rose on May 15, 2006
    Format: DVD
    I liked this show and I'm kind-of bummed that it isn't coming back. I liked the characters and while the SFX wasn't always the greatest, it was very X-Files first season. Limited budgets sometimes don't lead to the greatest effects! But the show had heart. And if you suspended your disbelief for a moment or two, it had a sense of wonderment too. Like you were seeing something grand, discovering new life right there with the characters.

    That's what made this show, the characters. Rich and Laura were great - Rich in his undying faith and Laura in her pragmatism. They had great chemistry and made the show work. Miles was another great character. Even though some of his scenes with Nim didn't always look right, he made it work as best as he could.

    Yes, this show had flaws. They all do. Lost wasn't perfect when it first began but ABC was willing to let it grow. I never got the feeling that NBC had faith in the show. If they had just given it a little TLC, this baby would have swam laps around other shows!

    But what we are left with is still really good! I'm totally going to buy this when it comes out.
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    71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Michael Anthony Novak on November 27, 2006
    Format: DVD
    The great advantage that Surface offered over The X-Files was that it stayed on its key story without interrupting one-shot adventures. A vast tapestry of characters that only finally all came together in the climactic 15th episode, Surface had a focus that the other great conspiracy/sci-fi giant lacked. The X-Files finally felt as though it were being made-up as the writers went along, with the big conspiracy being revealed in the end to be a recycled 1970s "ancient astronaut" idea that was already dated when the old Battlestar Galactica played with it in 1978. Surface, on the other hand, showed every sign of meticulous planning by the writers, teasing us along in one ongoing saga that rewarded our attention. The utter lack of faith NBC showed in such a well-crafted project with a broad demographic appeal was mirrored only by the CW's similarly inexplicable decision to kill the equally-exceptional Everwood. The spring of 2006 was apparently a hard time to be excellent television.

    The DVD set will remain exceptional science-fiction/thriller viewing. Yet it will also have more than a hint of tragedy for the viewer in the "what might have been" of what the ongoing story could have become.
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    85 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Terrie A. on June 30, 2006
    Format: DVD
    This was my favorite of the three new sci-fi shows included in the "new season" last year. I think it cruel to leave all the viewers hanging without proper closer to the series. At the very least a "made-for t-v" movie should be made to give us fans the ending of the story.

    I gave this 4 stars instead of the 5 it derserves only because the network has not given us the story ending the show and the fans deserve.
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    33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By C. Nöth on July 2, 2006
    Format: DVD
    If you liked the classic Spielberg movies like Close Encounter, Jaws, E.T., Jurassic Park and movies he was working on like The Goonies and Gremlins and if you like the James Cameron movie The Abyss, then you will love SURFACE! The new series is the best SciFi series ever I think. You ask why? The answer: It has great actors and it is set into our own world right now. It has great mysteries (which we will never get answered thanks to NBC!!!) and this sense of wonder I was missing for years on SciFi television. No space crafts and future stories... instead a great mystery SciFi setting in our 'real' world with subplots about (maybe?) alien beeings, sea monsters, mutants and advanced genetics.

    Buy this DVD if you have never heard from this show because you will not regret it!

    I can't believe NBC dropped this show! This shows only once more the TV companies do not have the brightest people working for them... a very bad decission to not giving this great series another season... and a big letdown for all the fans of this show.
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    32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 28, 2006
    Format: DVD
    I WAS HOOKED from the very first scene of this wonderful show! Surface didn't get a chance to be viewed by many people. I live in the UK and you have to have Sky and watch an obscure channel to see this show. which is a great shame. Instead a sketchy show like Invasion that gets a huge launch, over-hyped and lacked eveything this show had.

    BRING IT BACK!!!! At least one more season, please!

    when i first watched i was very supprised how much was in each episode! Key events happen in each one. there are three main characters who all have a brush with the creatures, which take them further into the mystery. the acting is good, the stories are gripping and the effects are great! you'll be hooked!!!

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    24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By D. Barkes on August 27, 2006
    Format: DVD not giving it the full season it needed, pre-empting it frequently and for up to a month at a time, and then ending it on a cliffhanger, knowing it wouldn't be renewed.

    This was honestly the first TV show in years that I looked forward to each week. The story was interesting, the characters grew on you, and unlike shows like Lost, new and interesting revelations were frequent, and the show was not bashful in showing the creatures.

    It was funny, suspenseful, and had more than a few great shocks (the fishing boat scene at the end of episode 2, Rich and Laura watching the old film and finding out something very odd about one of the villains later in the series, just to mention a few).

    This was the first TV show I've ever bought for DVD, because I enjoyed watching it that much. The show is given short shrift even here -- the only bonus stuff is a marginally-interesting short featurette, and deleted scenes that were deleted for a reason, as they didn't really add much.

    I would love to see a continuation, whether it was a new season, a miniseries, a movie, or even a book, but I won't hold my breath. Still, this was a great series, and it deserves to be watched.
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