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Survivors: Complete Seasons One & Two

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Survivors (2008): Complete Seasons One and Two (DVD)

A modern remake of the thrilling 1970's drama! Set in the present day, Survivors takes place in the aftermath of a devastating virus which wipes out most of the world's population. What would we do? How would any of us cope in a brave new world where all traditional 21st Century comforts – electricity, clean running water, advanced technology – have disappeared? These are the questions faced by the bewildered but resilient group of survivors at the center of the drama.



A plague of global proportions. Anarchy in the streets. The collapse of government and the rule of law--perhaps even the end of civilization itself!--followed by the rise of tyranny and vigilantism. There's heavy stuff happening in Survivors, a British sci-fi drama offered here with all 12 episodes from its first two (and so far only) seasons on five discs. Although it shares a title, original writer (Terry Nation), and several character names with a mid-'70s series, this is apparently not a remake. But the basic idea, detailed in the 90-minute pilot episode, is the same: Present-day Britain has fallen prey to a particularly nasty influenza virus. Within days, it's clear that the disease won't be easily contained; within a couple of weeks, at least 90 percent of the population has died from it, not merely in England but across the planet. As the world as they know it quickly falls apart--no electricity, no communications, no mass transit, no readily available medical care--and those who survived due to immunity start to sort themselves out, the show narrows its focus on one disparate and distinctly multicultural group: Abby (Julie Graham), the de facto leader, who's determined to find the son she's convinced is still alive; Tom (Max Beesley), who was doing time for robbery and murder when the virus struck; Anya (Zoe Tapper), an attractive young doctor; Greg (Peterson Joseph), a would-be loner whose life had already been falling apart; Al (Phillip Rhys), a rich, lazy ne'er do well; and Najid, a devout, 11-year-old Muslim.

The remaining episodes follow this core bunch as they cope with their strange new world--a world in which, as Tom puts it, "we make our own law now." These are people we come to know and, for the most part, care about--especially Abby (one of the very few who contracted and then somehow recovered from the virus) and Tom (whose violent ways make him both an invaluable protector and the object of much mistrust). Other major and minor characters come and go, including various bands of outlaws, thieves, and such, led by religious zealots, power-hungry criminals, greedy entrepreneur types planning to cash in once things return to normal, and so on; there are a few good guys along the way, too. The bigger picture is addressed as well, as a surviving minister (Nikki Amuka-Bird) attempts to put the government back together (using increasingly drastic and outrageous methods) and a sinister band of scientists conduct Mengele-like experiments in their search for a vaccine. It's not all brilliant--some of the hour-long episodes move very slowly (by and large, season 2 is faster paced and more exciting than the first), and there are some mawkish, overly melodramatic scenes. But the central themes (Are people basically good, or evil? How would we cope in a world without civilization?) and characters are enough to make for very compelling viewing. --Sam Graham

Special Features

Easter egg
A New World
The Making of Survivors
Character profiles
FX featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 641 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038MUZCA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,952 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Survivors: Complete Seasons One & Two" on IMDb

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I bought the DVDs because I heard great things about the show. I also bought it because they marketed series 1 and 2 together. I thought they must have done this because there would be a season three in the works. Alas it turned out that this was not to be. The BBC canceled the show after what was a heart stopping cliff-hanger.
So I think that the BBC in essence cheated the consumer. It's like buying a novel only to find out that the last three chapters are missing.
They had a great product and they ruined it---incomprehensible. When you think that a season is only 6 episodes anyway. they should have not left it incomplete. A two hour finale would have been great just to give it a sense of completion.
I also think it is unfair for them to now show the series on BBC America knowing that it is essentially going nowhere--it's been already canceled and it's incomplete. All those viewers will watch the final episode of season two all for nothing, as they will get no answers.
If I had known all this before hand I would not have bought the DVD's.

We can always hope that they will complete the story somehow.
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For me to call this series the best show today, is a lot. I watch too much TV and expect a lot out of television shows. Survivors is one of the best shows I've ever seen (barring Firefly). It is smart, the actors are excellent, the story is at once human, horrible, and thrilling. The first few episodes when the virus sweeps through England and everyone is dying were a bit rocky - but you have to start somewhere. Around the middle of the first season, when the group consisting of seven people were forming as a sort of family - even though they were strangers to each other, Survivors begins to shine. The brilliance of this series is how these people are very different from each other, but somehow manage to hold on to civility in the face of incredible inhumanity, which is very real and quite frightening as you watch it unfold. Each character holds his or her own in this series, something one rarely sees on television today. Abby is the matriarch - a very kind, maternal woman before the virus, becomes a very strong, central character who holds this ragtag group together and to a level of humanity others cannot seem to do. Tom is the strong, silent mystery man who holds himself separate, but as the story progresses becomes more and more the other half of Abby. We learn he is a murderer and doesn't have the moral balance that Abby has, but the two are almost a perfect complement to each other regarding this family. Greg starts out kind of wimpy, but under Abby and the family's influence blossoms as a man of great character and intelligence. This "family" is the focus of Survivors as they deal with the aftermath of almost complete annihilation of society as we know it. We see one group trying to establish some sort of government, but the flaws are outstanding.Read more ›
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We've just discovered this series on television and are thrilled there's more to enjoy.

The characters are believable, and the interaction interesting. Good writing and plot. There's action to fulfill the needs of the guys in my house and I'm fascinated by the concept of how society would behave in the event of such an apocalyptic disease. Apparently it's a re-imagining of a series from the 1970's.

Two seasons have been filmed (as this DVD set shows) and I really hope they carry on into a third season - We'll watch!
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I rented this out of curiosity. A pleasant surprise. The basic thread of the story is that (* spoilers ahead) a lethal virus of unknown origin has wiped out and killed most of the inhabitants of Britain; although, for some reason, a small few have an immunity to it and live. The plot chronicles how they must now live without electricity, gas, and the modern conveniences we all take for granted (like a grocery store full of food).

I like the premise of the story itself, but also the excellent writing. The characters are real, diverse, and interesting to get to know as a viewer. The screenplay dialogue is always surprising and fresh. Stangers must now interact with each other and help one another to survive, while they deal with the sudden grief they their lives are now totally changed forever in a blink of an eye.

An added plus is the great cinematopgraphy, which films many scenes outside in nature and uses a wide lens to show the vast emptiness of the landscape, and yet the landscape itself is beautifully shot.

** first rate drama, a must-see **
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If you loved "The Stand" or "Jericho," then Survivors is must-see BBC.

Think The Stand minus the supernatural and gore. And Jericho except the characters didn't know each before the calamity, didn't live in the same town and are on the move.

Excellent production quality, very well-acted and compelling characters. But for the accents and driving on the other side of the road (not that it matters much what lane you're in after the flu wipes out 99% of the population), Survivors could be in America. Well, there's also the relative dearth of guns compared to American productions in this genre. Terrific series, if you've read this far you're going to love it.
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