Highlander: Best of the Best
DVD | Box Set
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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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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).