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V: The Complete Series (2004)

Marc Singer , Jane Badler , Kevin Hooks , Gilbert M. Shilton  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Marc Singer, Jane Badler
  • Directors: Kevin Hooks, Gilbert M. Shilton, Cliff Bole
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
  • 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: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 897 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00023BKMC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "V: The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 19 episodes of the original television series on three discs

Editorial Reviews

They came for water. And for food. And as it turned out, we were the food. But humanity bravely resisted - a struggle seen in the hit miniseries V and V: The Final Battle. Yet the war continues. The heroic conflict comes to a surprising outcome in V: The Series, presented complete and uncut in this 3-disc, 19-episode set. Once again, Earth is the main battleground. But now the aliens whose human guise hides their true reptilian natures are wiser. They believe the secret to their survival on Earth lies in the DNA of the newly born half-human, half-spaceling Starchild. They intend to capture her. But that's something the world's Resistance Fighters cannot allow.

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305 of 314 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80s Sci Fi Action! August 19, 2004
Format:DVD
In 1985, I didn't have a VCR. I loved "V" in 1983 and enjoyed "V The Final Battle" in 1984. I was really happy to hear that the struggles of Mike Donovan and the rest of the resistance were coming back as a series. At the time I worked at a local grocery store and, as fate would have it, I was usually scheduled when V the series was on. As a result I only caught a few episodes here and there when I had a day off. It was not as good as the two mini series but I thought it was entertaining. After a mere 19 episodes the show was cancelled and V was gone forever.

Since that time, I ran across friends who didn't like the series. Whenever I found articles about "V", the series follow up was always dismissed as crass exploitation of the franchise. Last week, WB released the series (possibly to test the wind for a new mini series) on DVD for the first time. Finally, after nearly two decades (can it be that long?) I have been able to finally discover what the series was all about. Here are my impressions:

There will be many SPOILERS so please do not read further if you want to be surprised.

1. This series isn't bad. It is not as good as the two mini-series but it is entertaing in its own right. I also think that this show was innovative in the field of TV Science Fiction. Prior to "V", Science Fiction was very episodic. Star Trek, Space: 1999, Logan's Run, Planet of the Apes, Buck Rogers and to a certain extent, Battlestar Galactica all told self contained stories. The plot was resolved by the end of the hour. "V" The series was different in this respect. It had story arcs and continuing plot threads. Every episode ended in a cliff-hanger and it left you wanting more. In this aspect, it has a modern flavor.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start That Ran Out Of Ideas September 2, 2004
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V: The Series was a very odd television show. On one hand, The Final Battle ended and it was a very satisfying end to the 10 hour miniseries. But this weekly series did actually made some interesting points to the ongoing story but it was soon abandoned as well as most of the originally cohesive cast.

The series starts out about a year later and we soon see that Diana and the fleet wants revenge over the red dust. As we soon find out, the dust is harmful to people and really can't be used anymore and the visitors patiently wait for the dusts effects to cease. This sets up many good episodes about the visitors regaining control. However, gone is the Nazi allegory and it therefore goes for power and corruption plots all the while the resistance is back to fight the Visitor's once again.

I found myself really enjoying the first several episodes. The acting was solid, Diana was as nasty as ever and they took chances and killed off regulars and that added to the dramatic impact. The Nathan Bates subplots were actually interesting and you really began to hate Mr. Chang. Michael Ironside was also very fun to watch. And the "soap opera" of "Charles and Diana" was also very entertaining.

However, as it went on toward midseason, the series started falling apart by the seams. The idea of the resistance always winning and episodes ending with showing Diana dejected began to run thin. They just beat us over the head with Willy and his butchering of the English language, which is a shame, because he was such a charming character and performed well. The special effects were reused over and over again. The campiness factor of eating rodents was way over done and all originality that they could have tried for just went away.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 80's classic sci-fi May 19, 2004
Format:DVD
For those of us who were there, the 1983 original "V" minseries (and its sequel the following year) were Event Television. The weekly series that followed wasn't well-received by comparison. I'm not sure why that is, as it was a reasonably well-made, action-packed continuation of the story.
The first dozen or so episodes were the best, as Marc Singer's Mike Donovan looked for his son while trying to hold together the rag-tag band of resistance fighters. Along with Faye Grant as Juliet Parish and the ever-imposing Michael Ironside as Ham Tyler, Singer helped carry the episodes. But around episode 12 (it's been awhile, so forgive me if I'm off by one or so) about the half the cast was written out, including Ironside. The remaining episodes degenerated in quality, but the final cliffhanger (the NEVER RESOLVED cliffhanger) was very exciting.
"V" originally conceived as a WWII allegory; the weekly show, while perhaps omitting some of the more intellectual and philosophical beats, still stands up as a well-made bit of action/sci-fi. Give it another chance, I think you'll find it wasn't nearly as bad as its detractors suggest.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Technical Note December 11, 2004
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I had to own this. It was awful, this series, but it was a part of my childhood, and a follow up to the excellent two-part miniseries and the mediocre The Final Battle. But, as always, these reviews will be read, mostly, by folks who already have seen the series and formed their own opinions. So I have a technical warning to add to the mix.

The original two-part miniseries and The Final Battle were transferred from the original 35mm film for the new DVD releases. This contributed to their excellent picture quality. Even 'Knight Rider,' which was two-and-a-half years older, was transferred, in all its 35mm glory, directly to the master digital medium prior to making its way to DVD.

Not so with V: The Series. The picture quality's really not great. Apparently the DVD authors were unable (or too lazy) to find the original 35mm film stock, and elected to transfer from the original analogue videotape to the DVD master. So you get a picture confined by the technical limitations of 1984 broadcast technology. For example, composite video. Which means that your juicy S-Video or Y, Cr, Cb hookup to your video monitor doesn't help you - you WILL be stuck with the artefacts inherent in composite video, in the same way you would have been with LaserDisc.

To drive the point home, the DVDs have the old FBI warning slide at the end of the episodes. Yes, the very same FBI warning you'll see on a 1990 LaserDisc - if you can actually see it through the analogue composite video haze.

So, beware - no improvements have been made to the quality of this series in order to bring it to DVD. You'll get it exactly as you did 20 years ago (has it been that long???).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This movie took me like 20 years in the past. i enjoy it like a weekend movie that is when I have time to watch TV
Published 23 days ago by Eduardo Verna Orenes
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed as a kid
I enjoyed this when I was kid but as an adult it was OK. Obviously the special effects are dated but the basis for the story and the current version is all there.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Merris
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Classic memory, Awesome to see it again. Will add this to the list of cool things I watched growing up.
Published 1 month ago by Sarah S Oliver
3.0 out of 5 stars ok series,
ok series, didn't stack up as good as the mini-sreies tho,
Stories started to drag 1/2 way thru the season
Published 1 month ago by Alan Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I loved it when it first showed and wanted to have the series so I could watch it anytime I wanted. Great collection for those who are interested in it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every child of the 80's
I have been a science fiction die hard since birth. Growing up the 80's the V franchise has always been one of my favorites. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ZENO-1
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I had seen it before, that was why I bought it, I recommend this to anyone. You cannot go wrong with this product.
Published 3 months ago by Murph
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I remember watching this ever Friday after three's company. Great show awesome story lines. Maybe a lttle out of date. But, you like old school syfy. Your going to love this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by zombie1
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Of course, the Original serie which explains how the Visitors came and how they slowly overtake earth was much more interesting than the follow up (The Complete Series). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cyril Malka
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong order
I ordered the wrong series. I wanted the newer one.
This is very dated and uninteresting I would like to return it.
Published 3 months ago by Joan Pfau-Jaros
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