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This review is from: Forever Knight - The Trilogy, Part 1 (1992 - 1993) (DVD)
I have been a fan of the vampire genre my whole life. There have been many films and television shows that have focused on that very subject. However, Forever Knight is one of the best overall that I have ever seen. The storyline could not have been better. Nick Knight ( Geraint Wyn Davies) is a vampire who has lived for almost 800 years. However, he has always wished that he could become mortal again. To repay his debt to society, he works as a homicide detective for the Toronto Metropolitan Police. While he secretly uses his vampire abilities to solve the city's most difficult cases with his smart-mouthed and witty partner Don Schanke ( John Kapelos), he attempts to find a cure for his case of vampirism with his best friend and fellow medical pathologist Natalie Lambert (Catherine Disher).
The different cases, the outstanding vampire effects, and the superb acting from Davies, Kapelos, and Disher really make Forever Knight one of the best television shows that I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Every episode manages to offer moments of outstanding action, humor, and horror. Now if this review was only for the show itself, I would give it 5 stars hands down. But this review is also for the DVD set as well. That is the reason why I can only offer a 3 star rating. While it is nice to have all the episodes for season 1 together in one collection, the DVD set is seriously lacking in some areas. First of all, the picture quality of the episodes is extremely average and even grainy at times. The transfer of the episodes could have been much better. Secondly, the very first episode "Dark Knight PT 1" has scenes missing from it. When you purchase the DVD of anything, you are supposed to have access to the best version available. This is simply not the case. There is also NO EXTRAS at all. I would have enjoyed a behind the scenes look into the show as well as interviews with the cast members. However, that is not to say that the DVD set does not have its good points as well. With the acception of the very first episode, the rest of the episodes offer all the original footage shown in the U.S., and then some with the Canadian footage added in. The sound quality is also very good. I just wish that if Columbia went all out with giving us the best versions of the episodes, why not do it for the first episode as well?
Overall, this DVD set is a must have for fans of the vampire genre and obviously fans of the show. However, the buyers need to look out for poor picture quality, a serious lack of extras, and missing scenes from the first episode.