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Torchwood: Children of Earth (2009)

John Barrowman , Eve Myles , Euros Lynn  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd, Peter Capaldi, Paul Copley
  • Directors: Euros Lynn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (388 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002BVYBJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Torchwood: Children of Earth" on IMDb

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  • Torchwood Declassified: A look behind the scenes featuring cast and crew

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After two engagingly frothy seasons of action-packed science fiction TV, the Russell T. (Doctor Who) Davies-produced Torchwood takes a decidedly dark and thoughtful turn in its abbreviated third season miniseries, Children of Earth. Here, Captain Jack Harkness and the Torchwood Three team, still reeling from the deaths of two of its key members in the previous season, investigate a outbreak of hypnotic chanting by children across the globe. The phenomenon heralds the arrival of an invading alien force, the 456, who plan to destroy the human race if 10% of the Earth’s children are not given to them. Captain Jack and his cohorts must find a way to stop the 456’s plan, but encounter formidable obstacles along the way, including enemies in the British Home Office and Jack’s own past, which is intertwined with the 456. Penned in part by Davies, Children of Earth does an impressive job of bringing the Torchwood characters and mythology into a more complex and mature storyline (which borrows and elaborates pleasantly on John Wyndham’s novel The Midwich Cuckoos and its film adaptation, Village of the Damned). Dedicated fans of the series may decry some of Davies’ decisions regarding some of the show’s characters (and new ones are introduced here), but most should enjoy this attempt to bring weight and suspense to the Torchwood universe. The double-disc DVD contains all five episodes of Children of Earth (which were broadcast on consecutive nights on the BBC and its affiliated stations), as well as a 31-minute episode of its companion series, Torchwood Declassified, which addresses the season’s production (and under no circumstances should be viewed prior to watching the episodes). --Paul Gaita

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In this new series, re-join Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones, who are still coming to terms with the death of two of their closest friends, Tosh and Owen. This time the Torchwood team are faced with their fiercest threat to date - one which throws the future of Torchwood and the entire human race spiraling into danger. They battle against the odds but do they stand a chance of saving mankind?

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178 of 218 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Torchwood series yet! Spoiler free! July 12, 2009
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For the first two series Torchwood was your standard solve the horrible situation of the week series but that all changed with series three. First and foremost, the bigggest difference is that there are only five episodes instead of the usual 12 but that is because all five episodes comprise one mini-series mega event where the BBC showed one episode each weeknight during a single week as opposed to one show a week. Those are the minor technical differences and here are the stylistic differences.

Previous incarnations of Torchwood were a mix of frivolity, political thriller, and science fiction while series three puts the political thriller aspect front and center with the jokes and scifi taking supporting roles. The tone is emotionally taut, psychologically upsetting, and decidedly dark--all perfect motifs for a show designed only for adults. If you are wanting a Dr. Who style trip into the imagination where you get a bit scared but return with a smile on your face this is not going to be to your liking at all because this time Torchwood takes us into a nightmare realm where many of the humans in charge seem more alien and threatening than the actual aliens, who are definitely scary themselves, and that insures you won't return from this journey with a smile unless you're a sadistic freak. Does the darkness overwhelm the show? Not at all! As I said the political thriller aspect is front and center and its pacing almost feels like this is Torchwood 24, especially seeing how each episode represents one day of time so that by the end of this series only five days have passed for the Torchwood crew.

Should you buy Torchwood series 3? Well if you are more of a fan of Dr.
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79 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The darkest, sharpest series of 2009 July 10, 2009
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Russell T. Davies, freed from the restraints of the family-friendly brief of DOCTOR WHO, takes full control of TORCHWOOD and fulfills the spin-off series' more adult, tragic and even political agenda.

This is Davies creating a show with the safety wheels off. Where the previous two seasons often promised the characters would be pushed to their limits, this season really means it this time. A mysterious, seemingly unbeatable alien race makes contact with Earth by controlling and manipulating every child in the world, their demands as unfathomable as their threat to the human race, and the politicians are driven to both cover their own skins while committing a monstrous act in the name of the greater good. The question is whether Captain Jack Harkness and Torchwood are up to the challenge of averting a worldwide tragedy without losing their lives and their souls, and how much they're willing to sacrifice. Davies uses the medium of Science Fiction to explore issues of government corruption and cravenness, complicity and moral failure. This is adult Science Fiction drama, not the silly, adolescent teases of previous series of TORCHWOOD.

As some reviews have already noted, this 5-part miniseries changes all the rules of the show, raises the stakes and suspense to an almost unbearable degree, and by the end, nothing will ever be the same again. The changes to the show are tragic, permanent, and leaves the continuation of the series in doubt. However, it is also the angriest political drama the BBC has produced in years, the story openly states that governments are corrupt and untrustworthy, and practically encourages class warfare. This is on par with classic Old School British Leftist series such as EDGE OF DARKNESS, BOYS FROM THE BLACKSTUFF and STATE OF PLAY.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Torchwood to date!! May 8, 2011
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Torchwood: Children of Earth [Blu-ray] For fans of the Torchwood series, "Children of Earth" will surely be a bringer of hope of things to come. It's just the three of them now, Jack, Gwen and Ianto against a race of alien drug addicts who crave human children as their drug of choice.
Torchwood enlists the help of a simple (or so we are led to believe), office secretary named Lois Habiba to infiltrate the government and it's "deal" with the aliens known as the 456, to hand over 10% of the Earths population of children. Fans of the series will remember the famous contact lenses that act as a web cam with additional applications. Miss Habiba finally puts them on and knowing if caught, she could be tried for treason, goes ahead with Torchwood's plan to help save the children.
The five part mini-series is very exciting and as usual so brilliant in the way creators of the show bring so much humanity and realism to each of the characters. If this were an American production, we would marvel at the special effects, but leave not feeling much. Torchwood always puts a human face, human emotions, human relationships at the forefront of each segment. The alien stuff, things exploding etc. are just the icing on an amazing cake.
Without spoiling too much, there is of course the specter of death always looming around the members of Torchwood, their family and friends, just like it is in real life for all people.
This simple fact makes Torchwood stand out as completely unique in the world of Sci-Fi, Fantasy television and movie productions.
Adolescent boys everywhere would give the entire series moderate to low points. Why?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Kevin Seggerty
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Torchwood at its very best
I'm a huge Doctor Who fan and so gave quite a bit of latitude to my enjoyment of the various Torchwood seasons. Read more
Published 10 days ago by dwall
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how to end a TV Series
I am a big science fiction fan and a Doctor Who Fan in particular. I like watching Children of the Earth all by itself every so often. It is that good. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Peter Labrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful program
This is a suspenseful and thoughtful program. It is one of my all-time favorites. The acting is great, script is fabulous and even the music is great. Enjoy!
Published 25 days ago by HJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Season 1 or 2
This season is more cohesive and doesn't try to explore all the various routes to get attention like the previous seasons- namely sexuality- Maybe because they already tried... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GardenerbobW
4.0 out of 5 stars Incessant family-centered backstory
I wonder whose decision it was to infuse the Torchwood series with non-stop family-involved storyline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Barbara L. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and unexpected
I love this series. It's always i love this series, its always changing. Whst happes is usually the unexpected. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Glidden
5.0 out of 5 stars Shreds Me Every Time
I love this miniseries. I love Torchwood in general and John Barrowman/Captain Jack and compassionate, kick-ass Gwen Cooper/Eve Myles. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann E. Byassee
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Season
Great sci fi story with thriller scenes. Sad to see a main character be written out, but love the relationship between Gwen and Jack. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Nurse
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand. Operatic
Ranks with the very best serial TV. Tightly scripted. Fast moving Lets the viewer fill in the blanks, but makes time for emotion. Worth watching for the score alone. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William R. Burns, Jr.
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Of course there's a chance of them bringing Ianto Jones back. They brought Suzie back. They brought Rhys back. They brought Owen back. That said, there is a Save Ianto Jones Campaign to make sure that the BBC knows how important Ianto is.

http://www.saveiantojones.com/
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Yes La Bomba, we do realize all those things. But if you actually watched TW since the beginning you will know that Ianto was and still is (even after his death) a fan favorite. And as we all know fiction especially sci-fi has ways of having characters come back from death. And as you should also... Read More
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