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Highlander: Best of the Best (Ultimate Collection )

4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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This 6 DVD set features 15 episodes and over 3 hours of original material including interviews demonstrations with swordmaster F. Braun McCash and fight coordinator Anthony De Longis inside featurette tour of Paris with producer Bill Panzer and director Dennis Berry swordmaking documentary look at the new Highlander video game and documentary on Highlander fans with David Bramowitz at the 2006 Leeds convention.System Requirements:Running Time: 720 minsFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/SERIES & SEQUELS UPC: 013131516494 Manufacturer No: DV15164

Curious about the enduring popularity of the Highlander television series? You can rent its entire six-season run, or you can indulge in this six-disc set, which compiles its best episodes (as determined by its loyal fan base) and packages them with some intriguing behind-the-scenes featurettes. Adrian Paul starred as Duncan MacLeod, clansman to the character played by Christopher Lambert in the theatrical Highlander features, and like him, an Immortal being who aided in the balance between good and evil among other Immortals. The show's mix of action and mysticism found favor with a large audience of science-fiction fans, and developed the life and history of MacLeod and the other Immortals beyond the scope of the films. Included in this Ultimate Collection are fifteen episodes culled from the entire series run, including the debut episode, "The Gathering," which introduces Duncan MacLeod and features an appearance by Lambert; "Comes a Horseman," which pits MacLeod against a villain named Cronos; and the two-part series finale, "To Be" and "Not To Be," which brings the saga to an impressive close. It's safe to say that the collection serves best as a sampler from which viewers can get a taste of the show, rather than a representative overview, since the continuity is thrown off by the leapfrogging of episodes. But as far as picking and choosing the best that the series had to offer, most fans would probably agree that the 15 collected here are on the mark. The final disc in the set is what will attract longtime fans to this collection; it's chock full of featurettes that cover many aspects of the show's production, as well as the myriad of fans and offshoot projects. Two featurettes focus on the swords wielded by MacLeod and the other Immortals; viewers get to see how they're made and how the actors were trained to use them. Also included is a glimpse behind the scenes of episodes that were shot in Paris, as well as a preview of the Highlander video game, and a look at the worldwide fan phenomenon which keeps the adventures of the MacLeod clan alive. -- Paul Gaita

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Product Details

  • Actors: Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes, Alexandra Vandernoot, Lisa Howard
  • Writers: Scot Reins
  • Producers: Lanko Miyazaki, Nathalie Civrais-Velarde
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LP6L2U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,192 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Highlander: Best of the Best (Ultimate Collection )" on IMDb

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Fans of the "Highlander" TV series can now own the greatest episodes from all six seasons in "Highlander: The Ultimate Collection!" This well-produced six-disc set contains fifteen episodes that the producers, stars, and fans of the show consider to be the "Best of the Best." All the episodes belong on this set: there is not a questionable episode among them!

Among the powerful episodes are:

-"The Gathering," the series premiere, featuring "Highlander" film star Christopher Lambert reprising his role as Connor MacLeod in his only appearance in the show;

-"Comes a Horseman" and "Revelation 6:8," the powerful two-part story dealing with the Four Horsemen, which features powerful performances by Adrian Paul as Duncan MacLeod and Peter Wingfield as Methos;

-"Homeland," the amazing episode where Duncan returns to Scotland for the first time in 200 years;

-"Deliverance," the second-half of the "Dark Quickening" story, where Duncan must find a way to defeat the evil within him, and;

-"To Be" and "Not to Be," the two episodes that brought the series to its exciting, emotional conclusion!

The DVD set also comes with great extras that take a behind-the-scenes look at the shows great moments, as well as looks at the fans and the upcoming "Highlander" Video Game from Eidos! Whether you're a fan of the series, or someone new to the show, then this DVD set is for you! It is truly the best of the best!

Program/DVD Set Grade: A+
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I love the Highlander series. Duncan MacLeod is the best- and this is a great collection of some of the best episodes. It comes in an album style case, with pictures, etc; makes a great gift or the Highlander lover.In fact somebody gave it to me as a gift! So far I've only finished watching through Disk 2. There's one glich. I like to watch DVDs with the captions on. I have some hearing loss and it helps with comprehension. The captions on the disks I've watched are unbelievably bad. Just really dumb things like "your" instead of "you're" "Rookie" was typed in as "Rocky"-not the same thing! Spelling errors like "pregnent" One made me laugh out loud- The characters Joe and Methos are walking along saying something about being like Scully and Mulder- the caption read "Scallion molded"!!! Not kidding. If you don't want/need the captions, turn off the captions and enjoy the adventures of Duncan. As I watch the rest of the collection, I'll have to do that too because the captioning is THAT bad. Apart from the captioning issue, it really is a 5 Star collection!
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This is a nice way to get a taste of the best of the Highlander: The Series episodes without buying all the season sets, however, the thing that confused me is the order in which they put them on the disk. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it as we get the backstory of Methos on disk one but don't get the first episode where he is introduced until Disk 3? And the first episode of the series where we meet Duncan McLeod isn't until the end of Disk 2?? Makes little sense. A little more thought to the order would have made this a great "lender set" to give to a friend curious about the series. As it is, I think it would confuse someone unfamiliar with the show.

The bonus features here were okay, though several suffered from poor audio mixing and were hard to hear.

All in all, its a good, lower cost way for fans to get some of the best episodes, but a true fan will want to buy the season sets to be able to view them in proper order.
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Don't get me wrong, this is a great set, for all of us Highlander Fans who can't afford (or don't want to fork over for), the "Immortal Collection" of all six seasons in boxed set form.

The 15 episodes are great, and the bonus material is NEW, and not included in any other set.

However, therein lies my only caveat... there is a sticker on the back of the box I own that says "15 Episodes and Over Three Hours of Original Material Including..." and then lists the five documentaries. I clocked them all (contained on the sixth disc) and they come to a total of roughly 115 minutes. That's 1 hour 55 minutes. So what happened to the missing hour and then some? Sounds like they planned another doco and didn't include it. Oh well. Modern viewers may chuckle a bit at hype for that flop known as "The Source" and shed a tear for the cancelled "Highlander: the Video Game" that was showing promise.

Just let that be a warning to anyone who expected more from this set than they got!

The Episodes are out of order, but clearly labeled on the packaging (cardboard fold out accordion style, similar to the Extended Editions of Lord of the Rings) as to which seasons they are from. Basically they took two from every season (though only one from season 3 and more from the later seasons to make the 15 count).
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I'm glad I bought this collection. I remember the show when I was younger but never paid attention to it. This collection is a good choice for me to get into the show. Good acting and storylines. I feel the episodes from seasons 3-6 are stronger in story, acting, and production. The flashback scenes are very creative and always tie into the present plot. Excellent collection foor anyone who's liked the Highlander movie(s). Highly recommended!
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