Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 
Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $1.00 Gift Card
Trade in
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

The Omega Factor: The Complete Series (3DVD) (1979)

James Hazeldine , Louise Jameson , Eric Davidson , Fiona Cumming  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


Available from these sellers.


Deal of the Week: Save 56% on The Tim Burton Collection on Blu-ray
This week only, save 56% on The Tim Burton Collection and Hardcover Book on Blu-ray. Fan-favorite films include: Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman (1989), Batman Returns (1992), Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). The offer to own this collection ends October 25, 2014, 11:59 pm PST. Shop now

Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

The Omega Factor: The Complete Series (3DVD) + Sapphire & Steel: The Complete Series
Buy the selected items together


Product Details

  • Actors: James Hazeldine, Louise Jameson, Cyril Luckham, John Carlisle
  • Directors: Eric Davidson, Fiona Cumming, Gerald Blake (II), Ken Grieve, Kenny McBain
  • Format: Box set, Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 510 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMGF30
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Omega Factor: The Complete Series (3DVD)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary on the episode "Powers of Darkness"
  • "Inside the Omega Factor" featurette
  • 16 page booklet with notes on the series

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Department 7 is a secret branch of British government dedicated to investigating the supernatural. Its team of experts, led by Roy Martindale and Dr. Anne Reynolds, find themselves teamed with journalist Tom Crane, who is investigating similar cases for his newspaper.

Amazon.com

"The Omega Factor" refers to the limitless potential of the human mind, which is explored in often-terrifying detail in this short-lived cult BBC series from 1979. The late James Hazeldine stars as a journalist who discovers that he possesses extraordinary psychic gifts; his talents bring him in contact with Department 7, a shadowy government bureau that investigates paranormal phenomena. Over the course of the series' ten-episode run, Hazeldine, his friend and fellow Department 7 member Anne (Louise Jameson, Leela from the Tom Baker-era Doctor Who), and his somewhat sinister superior Dr. Martindale (John Carlisle) encounter haunted houses ("Visitations"), secret military experiments ("Night Games"), cases of apparent possession ("Powers of Darkness"), and all manner of psychic abilities, as well as a secret organization called Omega that plans world domination through mind control. Deftly handled by a host of TV veterans (many of whom also worked on Doctor Who, including producer George Gallaccio, director Paddy Russell, and writer Anthony Read, who also wrote the acclaimed U.K. sci-fi series Chocky and its sequels, which starred Hazeldine), The Omega Factor tackles its supernatural/conspiracy subject matter in a serious manner without sacrificing its inherent creepiness, much as The X-Files would 30 years later (the pleasing chemistry between Hazeldine and Jameson is also a forerunner to the Mulder-Scully relationship). Unfortunately, hysterical controversy from watchdog groups led to its early demise and enduring cult status. The three-DVD set includes the entire series, as well as a featurette of interviews with Gallaccio, Read, and co-producer/creator Jack Gershon; all three are featured on a commentary for the infamous "Powers of Darkness" episode (which garnered much of the public outcry during the series' broadcast), for which they're joined by director Eric Davidson. --Paul Gaita

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
27 years for US fans, as it was released a year ago in a UK/Region 2 set, and now finally gets a Region 1 release. As a Dr. Who fan, I would always read and hear about this very obscure Scottish show dealing with the paranormal and starring Louise Jameson (Leela in Doctor Who) and involving several others behind the scenes who also worked on Who over it's long run (George Gallaccio, Anthony Read, Peter Grimwade, Anthony Read, Paddy Russell, Norman Stewart, Kenny McBain).

Unlike the 26 straight years that Doctor Who ran, The Omega Factor only ran one season. Due to budget constraints of this sci-fi show, the normal run of 13 episodes had to be chopped down to only 10, futher adding to the cult status of this very short lived program. The other factor that adds to the mystique of the show was that it had never been re-run, and never released on video until now. I attempted to track down bootleg copies of the show, but the mystery was still upheld when I would try to play the dreadful quality, multi generation copy in my VCR and found that it was virtually unwatchable. The only way bootleg tapes were floating around was that someone in 1979 must have had a VCR and taped it, and so started the poor generation copies that floated around through the years.

Even this DVD release shows signs of poor quality orginals, especially evidence in episode 1, with lots of artifacts, grain, and all sorts of weird interference showing up on screen. After episode 1, the clarity is better and remains a decent quality throughout the other episodes.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So many years of obscurity at an end May 10, 2006
The hero is a journalist who writes stories about the paranormal who may have certain abilities himself. Tragic events in the first episode bring him in contact with Louise Jameson (of Dr. Who fame) and a government agency which also investigates the paranormal.

As the first reviewer, I must give a little of the history of this negleted treasure. This is from my own memory, so bare with me.

Nearly 30 years ago, long before X-Files, this series dealt with a secret branch of government investigating paranormal matters. I watched it way back then, and enjoyed it greatly. I would talk to people about it but NOBODY heard of it. It was never released on VHS nor was it rerun. I am so glad they are now available on DVD.

What happened to it was that there was a censorship campaign against it. An influential crusader against controversial shows denoounced Omega and the BBC buckled. A strange claim, since the show is a fairly tame treatment of ghosties, government conspiracies, witches, mind control, cults, and what not. Apparently the crusade worked well, because it was canceled after a season and laid unspoken of in the BBC vaults all these years.

That's the official version anyway. I happen to think the powers that be did not like the undercurrents of government mind control experiments. The third episode features a backstory of sonic devices for crowd control that we use today.

The crew did fairly well with a desperately low budget. Location shooting in spooky Scotland greatly enhanced the shows. They scattered in some interesting background music. Look out for cuts from Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, and a little bit of the obscure Tangerine Dream albumn, Richochet.

Quality of the DVD is good considering the ill treatment of the source material. There is a commentary track, and a featurette which are nice extras. A good set. Should be a good buy for anyone interested in lesser known works in the genre.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a show that definitely needs to be remade. December 4, 2006
I first saw The Omega Factor on my local PBS station years ago. I missed the first episode, but watched the other nine and I was disappointed that it was never rerun or released on video. I finally bought it on DVD and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the whole series for the first time. I especially liked the twists in the last two stories when Martindale was revealed to be a member of the Omega group, but was willing to defy them when it came to Tom Crane.

Unfortunately, the BBC came up against that self-appointed protector of the morals of the British public Mary Whitehouse and they caved in to her demands (they had done it before when they altered the ending of the third episode of the Doctor Who story "The Deadly Assassin") so a second season of Omega Factor was never made, which is a shame because there were many questions left unanswered. I wish the BBC would remake the series from the beginning and bring it to a conclusion.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected... Read on August 2, 2007
I ordered this DVD-set because I enjoy UK television SF form the Seventies. I just watched the last of the 10 episodes. I must say that the series was reasonably good and enjoyable. However, given the standards set by a series like Blake's 7 that started in the same year as the Omega Factor it was not as good as I expected it to be.

Outline
Tom Crane, a journalist who appears to have supernatural powers is recruited by a secret governmental organisation who researchers into the unexplained. He works closely with Ann Reynolds and Dr Roy Martindale in an office where both Reynolds and Martindale offer the pretence of working by (respectively) wearing a white overdress and moving papers from one end of his desk to another. Tom Crane gets to do all the hard work by venturing into the Occult.

Setting
The setting is excellent. What better base to explore the supernatural from than the eerie streets and ally's of Edinburgh?

Acting
The main actors do a good job. Ann, Tom Crane and Roy Martindale all play convincing roles. The supporting cast ranges from OK performances (the guy who plays bad guy Drexel) down to a Faulty Towers level (the heavies of the secret organisation).

Storyline
Most Television SF from the Seventies rely primarily on the storyline. However, the major flaws that made me give this series "only" three stars are in the flawed storytelling. The main character's wife is killed and the main character shows no emotion at all and subsequently starts courting every woman he comes into contact with. His brother is turned into a human vegetable (he makes a miraculous recovery later on in the series) by experiments clearly conducted by the department he now works for. However, the main character just continues working for them.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait!
For a short series produced outside the typical BBC area (Scotland) this series is different on so many levels. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Russ Gifford
4.0 out of 5 stars A cult British series focusing on sci-fi and the supernatural
I remember watching episodes of the short-lived series, The Omega Factor as a kid. It had an interesting premise: A secret British department titled Department 7, set up to head... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Z Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is one of my favorite mystery/science fiction series. It is slightly dated and does not have much hi-tech special effects but the acting is great and the story is also. Read more
Published on August 27, 2010 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars the undiscovered country indeed!
This is a little seen show, but don't let that obscurity keep you from checking this DVD out. It contains all ten episodes of the series, but also contains a documentary on the... Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by bOoKwOrM
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting series.
I never saw this before until I purchased the dvd recently. Very interesting, even more so for seeing the combination of Louise Jameson AKA Leela from Doctor Who, teamed up with... Read more
Published on May 16, 2008 by Music Lover.
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent SF show
Sadly, some of the acting and the budgeting constraints limit the show. It never really reached what I would call its true potential. Read more
Published on May 4, 2008 by Jonathan
4.0 out of 5 stars ahead of its time and still intriguing!
this is a really good occult/weird phenomena series. wish there was more. i'd suggest re-creating it for a 2008 audience, but i have a feeling that network execs, writers,... Read more
Published on February 6, 2008 by Darrick Dishaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Kind of like the x files
This show is kind of like the x files but with a low budget.
Published on July 18, 2006 by Frank the BoZ
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



Look for Similar Items by Category