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Spooky turns to sinister as science and the supernatural collide

All is not as it should be in Milbury, a sleepy English village surrounded by a megalithic stone circle. Astrophysicist Adam Brake (Gareth Thomas, Blake’s 7) and his teenage son, Matthew, arrive to research the standing stones, but end up delving into the past in ways they never expected. What are the secrets of the ancient stones? What power does the druid-inspired Rafael Hendrick (Iain Cuthbertson, Gorillas in the Mist) have over the village’s trancelike "happy ones"? And is it true that "nobody ever leaves the circle"?

An air of menace pervades this sci-fi thriller, enhanced by a haunting, chanted vocal score. Filmed on location at the Avebury stone circle--older than nearby Stonehenge--each episode builds relentlessly to a harrowing climax in what becomes, literally, a race against time. Seen on Nickelodeon’s paranormal anthology program The Third Eye, this eerie British series will also scare adults.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE interviews with star Gareth Thomas and producer/director Peter Graham Scott, production notes, series trivia, and photo gallery.

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A fun and freaky treat -- Blogcritics Magazine

Expertly blends science and magic in a thrilling adventure tale -- Pittsburgh Form

Fantastic, in more ways than one. It's as suspenseful and as intelligent as ever -- DVD Talk

Sci-fi fans won't be able to stop watching it, or laughing -- The News Journal (DE)

The show is still fun, with a junior-grade "X-Files" vibe -- Hartford Courant

Product Details

  • Actors: Gareth Thomas, Ian Cuthbertson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HZ4K7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Blaine on January 17, 2009
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I received this a few days ago and started watching this today, and I'm happy to say that I am glad this classic mini-series has finally made it to North America!
Of course, I first saw this on Nickelodeon's paranormal anthology series The Third Eye (over 25 years ago). It was such an involving, powerful, and terrifying seven episodes of science meeting mysticism -- and even today it still intrigues and haunts me to this day. Given that this British production is actually just over 30 years old, the video transfer looks quite acceptable (if you can stand good ol' film grain in the film segments, and the videotaped segments look quite good). Good mono audio, too -- in fact, on this DVD, I'm hearing elements that I never heard on the Nick broadcasts (this is a good dual-layer disc). The extra materials are quite good and informative, too.
Definitely recommend this to others who know and love this classic. If this sells well enough, we'll also get "Into The Labyrinth" from Acorn Media.
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7 episodes, originally filmed for children, star Gareth Thomas as Adam Brake, Astrophysicist, and his son, Matthew, (Peter Demin). They search for modern (1977 standard) clues to standing stones 4000 years old. They find Milbury, a scenic country English village, filled with "happy day" families who are not quite normal. The mystery needs solving.

Matthew is the boy for the job, as he has the gift of seeing into time, through mental images. If it begins to seem a bit far-fetched, the film was intended to be supernatural, sinister, spooky, and paranormal, at least for kids. That is similar to another British author, J. M. Barrie, who came up with children stories of the paranormal and time travel in the form of Peter Pan and Wendy and those evil pirates. Matthew has his own Wendy friend in "Children of the Stones". Sandra (Katharine Levy), daughter of the new standing stone museum curator, Margaret (Veronica Strong), sparks Matt's attention, as Margaret does with Adam. Nothing turns into true romance--after all, it was filmed for kids.

Time travel was the basis for another British step through megalithic stones. Diana Gabaldon, author of the popular and lengthy "Outlander" series, used gems in place of this story's serpent-designed amulet for protection. Her books, never turned to film, YET, are a bit more believable, if paranormal behavior connected to ancient 2-ton rocks can be normalized. Her books are recommended.

One must keep in mind that this science fiction story was created in 1977 and has the gadgetry and special effects capability of the 70's. So, it looks a bit like the earliest action and suspense of Batman TV series of the late 60s.
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My husband and I watched this over a few nights and we both had bizarre dreams each night!! I know this show seems cheesy (and it really is at first), but it really pulls you in and creeps you out!! Love the basic story, characters and the setting. Strange, but the clothing is almost back in style!
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Children of the Stones is the DVD collection of all seven episodes of a British science fiction thriller, filmed on location at the Avebury stone circle (which is older than the nearby Stonehenge). When astrophysicist Adam Blake (whose other credits include "Blake's 7") and his teenage son Matthew come to research the standing stones, they discover fascinating and harrowing mysteries hidden in the stones' past. The seemingly druidic Rafael Hendrick holds an inexplicable sway over the entranced "happy ones" of the local village - and why is it said that "nobody ever leaves the circle"? The menace gradually builds up to the suspenseful climax, in this exciting and dramatic saga enhanced with interviews, production notes, series trivia, and a photo gallery. Highly recommended. Approximately 174 min., full screen, color.
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I first watched this TV series as a kid, growing up in the UK in the 1970s. I liked it then & having just watched it straight again, some 40 years later, I still like it. I am glad that even though I did read the reviews here, I trusted more to my memory than to the few less kind takes I read. Bear in mind, this was filmed in the 1970s as a show for kids for the after school slot. Ok, they were bright kids, but there are no computer generated effects. How could there possibly be? There were no computers capable of that at the time! As to "Poor Quality", well, both indoor (studio) shots & those out on location in Avebury (very near Stonehenge) were just fine on an LCD TV supported by a Sony 4K upscaling player - bought via Amazon by the way. The quality is fine, I guess it does not play well on a 30 buck player from Walmart but really, what will? In short, I am very happy with this this disk,

I only wish I had found it years back. For a genuinely strange, resourceful show, this is a good one. If you want special effects (& no real plot?) look elsewhere. To me, well worth FIVE stars
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I'll start off by saying this mini series is awesome but at the same time is cheesy. I'd seen it on youtube and had to purchase it for myself... why don't they make stuff like this anymore... I don't want to spoil the series but you will get your money's worth.
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