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The Tomorrow People - Set 1 (2012)

Nicholas Young , Philip Gilbert , Roger Damon Price  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Nicholas Young, Philip Gilbert, Elizabeth Adare
  • Directors: Roger Damon Price
  • Writers: Roger Damon Price
  • Producers: Creator: Roger Damon Price
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Run Time: 624 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFUGU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Tomorrow People - Set 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 26 episodes from the first two seasons
  • Commentary by Nicholas Young, Peter Vaughan-Clarke, and Sammie Winmill on "The Slaves of Jedekiah"
  • The Origins of the Tomorrow People
  • Cast biographies

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Welcome to the next stage of human evolution. Not your everyday Homo sapiens, the Tomorrow People are Homo superiors, children with amazing powers--here in our world TODAY. Originally broadcast in the 1970s, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE introduced British television viewers to an instant cult classic in Sci-Fi adventuring. Imagine young Stephen's surprise when he learns he is actually one of the Tomorrow People, teenagers with powers of telekinesis, teleportation (called jaunting), and telepathy. Headquartered in a secret underground Lab and protected by the supercomputer Tim, the Tomorrow People look for the emergence of more of their kind and battle evil forces from the farthest reaches of space and time. Thought provoking, action packed, and creatively produced, this edition of THE TOMORROW PEOPLE contains all twenty-six episodes from the series' first two seasons on DVD for the first time. DVD Features: Commentary with Stars Nicholas Young, Peter Vaughn-Clarke, and Sammie Winmill on "The Slaves of Jedikiah"; Cast Biographies; Interactive Menu; Scene Selection

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Thames Television's The Tomorrow People (1973-79) was a fondly remembered U.K. science fiction TV series that drew in teen and adult audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with its thought-provoking premise and cliffhanger stories; the show's first two seasons make their American DVD debut in an impressive four-disc collection. For any kid struggling with growing pains, the show provided an irresistible hook: Stephen Jameson (Peter Vaughn-Clarke) discovers that he is no average teen, but one of the "Tomorrow People," a select group of youths with extraordinary powers who protect Earth from a host of threats from space and time.

Series creator Roger Price (later the man behind You Can't Do That on Television and other Canadian programming shown on Nickelodeon, where the Tomorrow People also aired in the '80s) penned the six serialized stories compiled here (three are co-written with Brian Finch), which pit the Tomorrow People against a shape-shifting robot ("Slaves of Jedikiah" and "The Medusa Strain," the latter featuring an appearance by David "Darth Vader" Prowse), an evil military organization ("The Doomsday Men"), and a villain who attempts to change the course of history ("A Rift in Time"). Modern teens might guffaw over the show's primitive special effects, but the stories are engaging and exciting enough to win over even diehard CGI fans; older viewers should appreciate the care with which this program has been preserved on DVD. All 26 episodes of the first and second season are presented here, with cast members Vaughn-Clarke, Nicholas Young (who played John), and Sammie Winmill (Carol) contributing commentary on "Slaves of Jedikiah." Bios for the cast round out the extras on this entertaining collection. --Paul Gaita

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HIS SPECIAL POWERS June 3, 2005
I love THE TOMORROW PEOPLE. This, with DOCTOR WHO and YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON TELEVISION(Go Moose!)were the staples that kept my world together back in the 1980's. As to why... that's hard to explain. Anyone looking at the series today may be a bit put off by its low budget, often off kilter effects (early "jaunting" seemed to come across more like some disco acid flashback), "this and that" writing style (it's very obvious when the writers are padding out the middle episodes - and for a show that was supposed to be a simple adventure, they seemed to go through some of the most complex escapes I've ever seen... really, instead of jaunting or just walking through the door marked EXIT they opt for digging their way out through the center of the Earth with a rusty butter knife - NOTE: this DOES NOT happen in the show - but gives you some idea of how they work around the problem), and (sometimes) uneven performances and wonder what the "big deal" was.

I guess you could say that, like the X-MEN, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE got it right with their target audiences. Young teens, both male and female, wondering if there was something, anything, that made them special... and this show spoke to that. Special Powers, a living computer (TIM), space travel, hyper space, time travel, aliens, robots - you name it, this show managed somehow to pack it all in and make it work each and every week. There a number of positives to take from this show... empowerment, equality, friendships, trust, truth, respect for life - the show was heavy with lessons and values... and to be honest, it is also lousy with attitude as well. As advanced as THE TOMORROW PEOPLE were - they also were rather closed minded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars OK, it's not the best, but.... March 8, 2006
I think that this series, if you liked it when you were younger, isn't that bad still. I don't "regret buying it" as some do.

First, it might not stand up to today's TV, but then again most TV today doesn't stand up to what came out in the 80's anyway.

I do not, not for a second, regret getting this. I recall watching it on Nickelodeon. It was after I found Tom Baker's Doctor Who, but before I really got *INTO* British Sci-Fi. This series broke the mold that the British had more to offer than Doctor Who.

OK, the effects aren't stellar. Maybe the writing needs more. But it had something else people forget: atmosphere. As Jeremy Bentham wrote: 'it's all about putting aside reality for 30 minutes and immersing yourself in the story' (I paraphrased that a bit). Don't expect it to be Citizen Kane!! Put your expectations to one side and just remember it as a series trying to find it's feet and get a new concept out. Watch it for the joy of your youth, or the joy of finding something new. For those of you who regretted it, there is always eBay.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just as Good as I remember August 27, 2006
By Rich S.
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I've often wondered about this TV show and what happened to it. I first saw it just a couple of weeks ago at Tower Records and could not beleive what I saw. My G/F is also into sci-fi and I told her about this show a few times. I ordered the set and just watched the first DVD. I was expecting to be disappointed by the shows special effects with this being the era of CGI and special effects having come SO far in the 30 years since this show was first on.

I warned her that it would probably appear cheesy and about it's low budget nature. While some things were almost laughable compared to today, overall it was better then I was expecting. The stories were more complicated then I remember, the stories do tend to suck you in and make you care about what happens to the characters. It was pretty cool about the things that Tim can do, with him being a biological computer, I was surprised that they even understood about that back then, the way that he can create food, tap into hospital and other computer before the advent of the internet and much more.

Some of the acting is worse then I remember, you can tell that some of the lines are spoken too fast, some direction needs work and such, but again, for a kids show in the early to mid 70's, it was fairly well done. I'm Glad that I bought this first set and will probably get the second set too. My G/F also enjoyed it and thought that it was pretty cool too.

My being into the mind, Qigong, Chinese Gung-fu, meditation and internal force energy, science, astronomy and sci-fi in general, this show always held a special place with me. As a child that grew up being bothered and picked on, this show was a huge escape for me and helped me to understand many things and inspire me in my training and in overcoming myself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The commentaries are outrageous November 4, 2007
By ashford
I loved watching TP again. Hard to explain the appeal; you will see some of the worst acting, worst sets, worst effects, bad telecine and dodgy chromo-key on display anywhere in the 1970s. And yet...sometimes it looks fantastic, the stories are often original and engaging and the good acting performances definitely outweigh the bad. Most indefineably of all it has charm. Although there are campy moments (which can be enjoyed as such) it is the stories and the characters that hold the attention.

I am intrigued by the removal of the commentaries. The UK boxes describe these as the funniest commentaries on DVD. Quite a claim but I think I might just agree. They are hilariously bitchy and embittered (time was not terribly kind to the TP stars after the show finished, well at least as far as their acting careers went). The comments on other actors and the production team are unbelievably cruel (but hysterically funny); and yes, ribald is the word. They are also very non-PC. At one stage you hear the sound of beer cans being opened (which might explain much) and not infrequently someone says "that will be edited out." The worst of the expletives are bleeped out but it seems that's about as far as the editing went. Was it all a terrible mistake?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A Must if you love movies and series
Published 2 months ago by Tony.M
5.0 out of 5 stars Step back into the past to see the future
Series is just a I remembered it from my youth....dated and effects well below today's expectations; but the themes and stories as on track as they would be today.
Published 3 months ago by G. Capek
1.0 out of 5 stars Again I got the wrong DVD I wanted the latest ...
Again I got the wrong DVD I wanted the latest version that is out currently and got some old version from the distant pass. Again I think it was my fault more than yours. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Goose
4.0 out of 5 stars cool series
glad I found this obscure series from the past. I like the new series they remade from this one. But I always like to go back and watch these. Just plain fun
Published 4 months ago by Dennis King
2.0 out of 5 stars Mistake to return to your childhood
I bought this set of DVDs when I heard that the CW was going to remake this series for modern television and I remembered how much I liked the show as a kid. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Hall
4.0 out of 5 stars grew up with this show.
growing up in Sydney I watched this show everyday when I got home from school for the time and level of special effects that they had it was a great take on X Men superheroes and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by M. Harbison
4.0 out of 5 stars Recomend this to scifi fans
A definate watch for scifi fans who like the older Doctor Who series back when Pertwee and Bake play the Doctor
Published 19 months ago by Richard Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved this Show as a youngster!
Thank you Very Much for this, such Fast Service, great Delivery just as Advertised: I Look forward to recalling the Joy, I had watching this seminal Sci Fi Program!
Published 21 months ago by Traxman 15
4.0 out of 5 stars Remembering what is important
While this series may not have the best special effects for it or any other day it does have one thing many of today's movies and television series lack. A story. Read more
Published on October 10, 2011 by Leni
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back Memories
I remember watching this series on Nickelodeon when I was a little kid. I'm thrilled to be able to see it again. It is dated, but still a lot of fun! Read more
Published on November 8, 2009 by C. S. Thien
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